Appalachian State University, BS Sociology, 1999

Joanna Steed is the Trademark Administrator and Managing Paralegal for Bates & Bates, LLC. She has over 14 years of copyright, trademark, and patent experience. Ms. Steed assists all Bates & Bates attorneys with the prosecution of domestic and foreign trademark registrations, United States copyright registration applications, and domestic and international patent prosecutions, including the multi-layered process to the management of annuity payments.

Ms. Steed has been working principally on U.S. and international trademark and patent matters since 2003, and manages portfolios for domestic and international clients. This includes primary responsibility for the entirety of the Intellectual Property docket for the one of the world's premier musical instrument manufacturers, as well as the trademark management of the European contingency of a global beverage company. Through the management of procedures and workflows of trademark applications, assignments, licensing, and customs matters filed worldwide, Joanna has built access to expertise across the globe.

Both her trademark and patent application experience includes the successful communication of appeals with domestic and international examiners for active office actions, cancellations, and oppositions, which includes extensive gathering of supportive evidences in defense cases. She works effectively with applicants and other business personnel to obtain necessary signatures and specimens relative to the Intellectual Property prosecution and defense process. Ms. Steed is also a member of the B&B Intellectual Property litigation team, responsible for case management, organizing electronic and paper discovery, preparing witness files, deposition transcripts, and exhibit files.

Ms. Steed has worked with Bates & Bates since its inception and is fully committed to the firm's growth and development. Her well-founded grasp of the importance of intellectual property and its impact on business is reflected in her commitment to effective management of our client's portfolios.