Tepper & Eyster, PLLC

Kathryn M. Eyster

Email: keyster@teiplaw.com
Direct Dial: (919) 861.8905

Kathryn M. EysterKathryn's practice involves advising clients on the selection, adoption, use and enforcement of trademarks and service marks, with a particular focus on the unique challenges presented by overlapping legal and regulatory scrutiny of pharmaceutical trademarks, She deals with all aspects of trademark prosecution, maintenance, enforcement and portfolio management. Kathryn counsels clients on trademark development, clearance and registration strategies tailored to fit the unique needs of their business objectives and industries. She assists clients in the negotiation of licenses and other intellectual property-related agreements. Kathryn also regularly works to resolve intellectual property disputes in a manner that meets her clients' needs, through direct negotiation, alternative dispute resolution or, when necessary, formal inter partes proceedings, such as trademark opposition proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice also includes resolving domain name disputes as they relate to trademark interests, and addressing copyright registration and enforcement issues.

Kathryn is active in the International Trademark Association, where she currently serves as Chair of the US Legislation Subcommittee. In this position, Kathryn will play an active role in helping to shape trademark policy and to protect the integrity and reliability of the trademark system. She has also participated on INTA's USPTO Subcommittee, helping to review examination rules, procedures and training programs and to foster good communication between INTA and the USPTO. Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA), where she currently serves as President. Kathryn is also an active member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Kathryn has been called on to speak to both legal and business audiences by organizations throughout the region. Organizations such as the North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Carolinas Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Association, the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Section and the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section have invited Kathryn to share her insights. She has addressed groups on a wide range of trademark issues, including the Madrid Protocol, international trademark registration strategies, trademark counseling and prosecution tips, dilution, and trademark research and investigation strategies.

Super Lawyers magazine has recognized Kathryn as a "Rising Star" in North Carolina and has most recently identified her as a "Super Lawyer" in the intellectual property field.

Kathryn received her Bachelor's of Science, summa cum laude, from Duke University. She later attended law school at Wake Forest University on the A.J. Fletcher Full Tuition Academic Scholarship, where she participated on the International Moot Court Team and the Wake Forest Law Review. She received her J.D. magna cum laude and completed a federal clerkship for Judge Carlton Tilley in the Middle District of North Carolina before entering into private practice.