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Introduction: Dana Robinson is a founding partner of TechLaw, LLP, where his practice focuses on trademark prosecution and licensing, copyrights, and business transactions. Previously, Dana managed the trademark practice at the Las Vegas office of Quirk & Tratos, now Greenberg Traurig. Dana Robinson has taught as adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he has taught IP Survey. His expertise includes a broad base of intellectual property law that covers copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and international intellectual property. Dana is conducting research on issues related to brand trends and is also working on an article about the relationship of self-styled heraldic symbols in Europe, in relation to the evolution of service mark law. Dana has filed, managed and prosecuted thousands of trademarks over the course of his law practice career. He has represented clients in numerous trademark infringement actions, as well as cancellations, oppositions and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His practice includes managing international trademark estates in over 40 countries. Dana has worked on domain name disputes, beginning with complex multi-party cybersquatting actions in 1999, prior to the adoption of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Dana's trademark work has included the brands of many Las Vegas resorts such as the following: * Bellagio * Mandalay Bay * Wynn * Palms * Treasure Island * Station Casinos * Stratosphere * Golden Nugget * Stratosphere Dana has also worked on hundreds of trademarks for non-casino clients including Sunbelt Communications, Teligence Communications, UNLV, HyLoft, iGolf.com, and many others. He also has a broad background of business and corporate law, including M&A, corporate transactions, licensing, and early stage corporate organization and private offerings. Dana has acquired and turned around several businesses and been an active angel investor and advisor to start-ups. He has acted as general counsel to two companies. Dana was the founding partner in Esquivel Designs, LLC, a manufacturer of US-made luxury shoes, co-owned by George Esquivel, 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist and designer. Dana has spent 20 years as an active entrepreneur, having acquired and sold four businesses and invested in many others. He is an active investor and continues to advise his portfolio investments. He sits on non-profit and for-profit boards. He speaks on a variety of topics, including trademark law, brand trends, entrepreneurialism, and subjects related to small businesses. Dana received his bachelor's degree from L.I.F.E. Pacific College and went to earn an M.A. at Azusa Pacific University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the law school's faculty journal, the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. He is admitted to practice in Nevada and California, and before the Federal District Courts for the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, and the District of Nevada. Dana holds an FINRA Series 79 license (M&A investment banking) and a California real estate brokers license.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Don't be afraid to use a non-attorney for something if you can find the resources yourself, or use a paralegal services. But, if your core business asset is intellectual property, you should find an attorney who can understand your business and become a part of things from the very beginning.