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“Our lawyers have the privilege of being our clients’ first call for many sophisticated and complex matters. We pride ourselves on responding to those calls with high quality, pragmatic and prompt advice. The firm's founders instilled those values, and we strive to practice them every day.”

Andy I. Corea is the managing partner of Murtha Cullina and a widely respected trademark and intellectual property lawyer.

Andy approaches managing the firm the same way he advises his clients: by focusing on creative, pragmatic and thoughtful problem-solving. Since assuming the managing partner role at the beginning of 2021, Andy has emphasized transparency and collaboration to help improve the firm’s delivery of services to clients across the U.S. and around the world. Prior to his election, he chaired the firm’s Business & Finance Department.

In addition to his management duties, Andy maintains a comprehensive trademark practice that includes both transactional and adversarial matters. He also helps clients protect their intellectual property rights through enforcement, litigation, assignment and licensing. Andy frequently draws on his deep experience to provide intellectual property due diligence counsel for clients as they evaluate potential acquisitions or mergers. His clients range from manufacturers and breweries to major league sports teams and private equity firms.

Andy’s more than 20 years in the field began as a trademark examining attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a role that provided insight into trademark clearance and prosecution. Knowing what the USPTO looks for when reviewing an application allows him to effectively—and efficiently—guide clients through the trademark registration process. He regularly appears before the USTPO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and represents clients in federal court cases around the country. Praised for his accessibility and responsiveness, he provides pragmatic counsel that aligns with his clients’ business goals.

In an administrative trial before the TTAB in 2021, Andy successfully opposed an application by a sportswear company to use the mark registered to his client’s craft brewery. The TTAB’s decision, which sustained the opposition’s claim that confusion was likely, confirmed the brewery’s exclusive rights to its brand and allowed it to register its own trademark for clothing. The case required extensive proof of the client’s prior use of its trademark on clothing as well as proof supporting the relation of beer to clothing to establish the likelihood of confusion.

Not certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification in the field of trademarks and copyrights is not currently available in Tennessee.

  • Represented a brewing company in a TTAB trial, successfully obtaining a decision by the board that sustained the client’s opposition claim.

  • Led the defense team representing a manufacturer of natural supplements and vitamins for pets in trademark litigation before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, settling the case favorably after filing a Motion to Dismiss.  

  • Served as lead counsel for the opposer in one of the earliest cases to use the TTAB’s Accelerated Case Resolution process, obtaining a favorable decision for the client when the opposition for trademark registration was sustained.

  • Developed the filing strategy and successfully prosecuted a trademark application for a single-color trademark for plastic toy bats. The trademark is regularly featured in articles about unique and unusual trademarks.

  • American Bar Association

  • Connecticut Asian Pacific Bar Association

  • Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), President (2012-2013)

  • International Trademark Association

  • South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, Secretary (2018), President (2013)

  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

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