Biography

Sonia S. Shariff focuses her practice on trademark clearance, prosecution and litigation, including Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters, and enjoys assisting clients of all sizes and in various industries, including those in the pharmaceutical and the food and beverage sectors. In addition, Sonia enjoys working on complex commercial agreements.

Client Experience

  • Global technology companies

  • Advertising agencies

  • The largest publicly traded property and casualty company in the world, as in-house counsel

  • Brand owners for a wide range of consumer products

  • Foodservice providers

  • Pharmaceutical companies

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strengths
  • Versatility – I have the skills and perspective to serve as both outside and in-house counsel.

  • Assisting clients in developing and maintaining their trademark rights

I WANT YOU TO KNOW

I served as the global advertising and marketing in-house counsel for a legacy Fortune 500 IT infrastructure company where I lead deals valued in the $6-300 Million range.

WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUELY ME 
  • My excitement about all things trademarks!

  • My interest in gardening/horticulture

What Drives Me
  • Problem-solving: I am an active listener, invested in solving complex and sophisticated legal problems with a balanced approach to risk-taking. 

Focus

Practice Focus
  • Intellectual Property

  • Trademark Clearance

  • Trademark Prosecution

  • TTAB Matters

  • Advising on claim substantiation issues

  • Negotiation of commercial contracts

INDUSTRIES

  • Food & beverage

  • Entertainment

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Consumer products

  • Technology

News

News
Publications

Community & Professional

Community & Professional

ChIPs, Member
A nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law, and policy.

Education

J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh  

  • University of Pittsburgh Law Review, member

M.S., UCLA, Chemistry

B.S., magna cum laude, Bates College, Chemistry

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
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