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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 is an experienced intellectual property lawyer; he maintains a comprehensive intellectual property law practice and advises clients on all aspects of trademark and copyright law, including transactional and adversarial matters. He counsels clients as they develop or acquire new intellectual property and navigates the registration process to secure their rights in the U.S. and globally. He also helps his clients protect their intellectual property rights through enforcement, litigation, assignment and licensing. His clients range from manufacturers and breweries to major league sports teams and private equity firms.

Andy has been practicing trademark law for over 20 years, beginning as a trademark examining attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 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.

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.

  • Won an appeal for a specialty distributor before the TTAB that reversed the USPTO’s initial refusal to register the client’s trademark application.

  • 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 American 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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