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Michelle Browning Coughlin

Partner

P 502-562-7561 F 502-589-0309

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

 

Michelle Browning Coughlin is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service Team.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of trademark and copyright transactional work; trademark  strategy, clearance, prosecution and enforcement and the management of multi-national trademark portfolios.  Ms. Coughlin also advises clients regarding privacy and data security issues, including HIPAA, cloud-computing, FTC, and compliance issues relating to the collection of information through websites and mobile applications, and with drafting privacy notices and terms of use. 

Michelle Browning Coughlin

Location

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

Representative Matters

  • Advising clients regarding trademark strategy, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement.
  • Management of multi-national trademark portfolios, including coordination of foreign counsel.
  • Preparing trademark opposition, cancellation, and other administrative dispute actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Providing guidance regarding domain name issues, including domain dispute matters before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • Trademark and copyright transactional work, including negotiation and preparation of various intellectual property agreements, such as confidentiality and non-disclosure, licensing, assignment, and co-existence agreements.
  • Advising clients on privacy and data security issues, including HIPAA, cloud-computing, FTC, and other requirements.
  • Assisting clients with compliance issues relating to the collection of information through websites and mobile applications.

Education

2009 - J.D. magna cum laude, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

2001 - Master of Social Work, Honors Graduate, Spalding University

1997 - B.S. (Biochemistry) magna cum laude, Western Kentucky University

Honors

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property, 2013-present
  • Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyer" in:
    • Privacy Information Law, 2014, 2016
    • Trademark Law, 2016
    • Technology Law, 2016
  • Business First "Forty Under 40," 2013

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Communications Committee Vice Chair, 2017-18; Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2016-17; Programs Committee, 2016-17
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2016-17
  • Louisville Bar Association

Publications, Blog Posts and Speaking Engagements

  • Website Privacy Policies: Why Companies Should Avoid “Copy-and-Paste” and “Free Policy Generators”, May 2017
  • “Likelihood of Confusion” about Children’s Health: When a Small Difference in Trademarks Can make a Big Difference, February 2017
  • Why You Should Spy on your Trademark in 2017, January 2017
  • Trademark Applicants Beware: Trademark Scams and Solicitations, December 2016
  • Lawyerist Podcast #113 Interviewee, “How to Build a Mom (and Dad)–Friendly Law Firm,” March 2017
  • Bourbon and Beer: Barrels of Trademarks Fun,” co-authored with Amy Cahill, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, December 2016 edition
  • Beer, Booze, & Pot: Barrels of Trademark Fun, LBA IP Section CLE Presentation, November 2016.
  • “Cyber Security Incidents and Data Breaches: Is Your Law Firm Protected?" KBA Bench & Bar, June 2015
  • “Create a Strategy for the World Beyond the .com," Business First of Louisville, March 2, 2012
  • With Shoes & With Trademarks: You Get What You Paid For, BGD Legal Website, January 7, 2013
  • "Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of the Obama Administration's Landmark Healthcare Reform Act," co-author, ABA Health eSource, January 2012, Vol. 8, Number 5
  • Speaker, The Caring Generation, a weekly radio program hosted on 630 KHOW AM (Denver, CO), Sept. 12, 2010
  • "Accessible Internet Design Helps Everybody," Co-author, Communiqué, Advertising Federation of Louisville, Spring 2010
  • "Speed of Science," Co-author, Medical News eNewsletter, June 2010
  • "The Cures Acceleration Network: A Hidden Gem within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," ABA Health eSource, Co-author, May 2010, Vol. 6, Issue. 9
  • Don't Delay! What your business needs to know about expanded HIPAA requirements
  • Deciphering Alphabet Soup: Making sense of health information technology abbreviations
  • Buyer Beware – three important questions to ask before you sign an electronic health record (EHR) Software License Agreement
  • The American Taxpayer Relief Act: Unresolved Issues
  • Fiscal Cliff Legislation: Impact on the Health Care Industry
  • HIPAA Expansion: Time to Update Notice of Privacy Practices
  • HHS Releases Final Rule Updating HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules
  • Fourth Circuit Issues Opinions on Health Care Reform but Side Steps Substantive Issues
  • Health Care Reform Provision Ruled Unconstitutional
  • Sixth Circuit Affirms Constitutionality of Health Care Reform Provision

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Civic Involvement

  • MothersEsquire, Founder, 2013 – present
  • St. Francis School, 2017, Athletic Committee, Gender Equality Review Committee, Our Good Earth Committee
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, 2010-2016, Swim Team Coach, Future Problem Solving Coach, classroom volunteer
  • Lakeside Swim Club, 2014, Quarry Gators volunteer
  • Heart Association Go Red for Women volunteer, 2012-2015
  • Adult Congenital Heart Association volunteer and blogger, 2014-2015
  • Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Board Member 2011-2012
  • Maryhurst Board Member, 2011-2012
  • A.J. Preschool Auxiliary Board Member, 2006-2010

Representative Matters

  • Advising clients regarding trademark strategy, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement.
  • Management of multi-national trademark portfolios, including coordination of foreign counsel.
  • Preparing trademark opposition, cancellation, and other administrative dispute actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Providing guidance regarding domain name issues, including domain dispute matters before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • Trademark and copyright transactional work, including negotiation and preparation of various intellectual property agreements, such as confidentiality and non-disclosure, licensing, assignment, and co-existence agreements.
  • Advising clients on privacy and data security issues, including HIPAA, cloud-computing, FTC, and other requirements.
  • Assisting clients with compliance issues relating to the collection of information through websites and mobile applications.

Education

2009 - J.D. magna cum laude, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

2001 - Master of Social Work, Honors Graduate, Spalding University

1997 - B.S. (Biochemistry) magna cum laude, Western Kentucky University

Honors

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property, 2013-present
  • Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyer" in:
    • Privacy Information Law, 2014, 2016
    • Trademark Law, 2016
    • Technology Law, 2016
  • Business First "Forty Under 40," 2013

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Communications Committee Vice Chair, 2017-18; Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2016-17; Programs Committee, 2016-17
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2016-17
  • Louisville Bar Association

Publications, Blog Posts and Speaking Engagements

  • Website Privacy Policies: Why Companies Should Avoid “Copy-and-Paste” and “Free Policy Generators”, May 2017
  • “Likelihood of Confusion” about Children’s Health: When a Small Difference in Trademarks Can make a Big Difference, February 2017
  • Why You Should Spy on your Trademark in 2017, January 2017
  • Trademark Applicants Beware: Trademark Scams and Solicitations, December 2016
  • Lawyerist Podcast #113 Interviewee, “How to Build a Mom (and Dad)–Friendly Law Firm,” March 2017
  • Bourbon and Beer: Barrels of Trademarks Fun,” co-authored with Amy Cahill, Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, December 2016 edition
  • Beer, Booze, & Pot: Barrels of Trademark Fun, LBA IP Section CLE Presentation, November 2016.
  • “Cyber Security Incidents and Data Breaches: Is Your Law Firm Protected?" KBA Bench & Bar, June 2015
  • “Create a Strategy for the World Beyond the .com," Business First of Louisville, March 2, 2012
  • With Shoes & With Trademarks: You Get What You Paid For, BGD Legal Website, January 7, 2013
  • "Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of the Obama Administration's Landmark Healthcare Reform Act," co-author, ABA Health eSource, January 2012, Vol. 8, Number 5
  • Speaker, The Caring Generation, a weekly radio program hosted on 630 KHOW AM (Denver, CO), Sept. 12, 2010
  • "Accessible Internet Design Helps Everybody," Co-author, Communiqué, Advertising Federation of Louisville, Spring 2010
  • "Speed of Science," Co-author, Medical News eNewsletter, June 2010
  • "The Cures Acceleration Network: A Hidden Gem within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," ABA Health eSource, Co-author, May 2010, Vol. 6, Issue. 9
  • Don't Delay! What your business needs to know about expanded HIPAA requirements
  • Deciphering Alphabet Soup: Making sense of health information technology abbreviations
  • Buyer Beware – three important questions to ask before you sign an electronic health record (EHR) Software License Agreement
  • The American Taxpayer Relief Act: Unresolved Issues
  • Fiscal Cliff Legislation: Impact on the Health Care Industry
  • HIPAA Expansion: Time to Update Notice of Privacy Practices
  • HHS Releases Final Rule Updating HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules
  • Fourth Circuit Issues Opinions on Health Care Reform but Side Steps Substantive Issues
  • Health Care Reform Provision Ruled Unconstitutional
  • Sixth Circuit Affirms Constitutionality of Health Care Reform Provision

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Civic Involvement

  • MothersEsquire, Founder, 2013 – present
  • St. Francis School, 2017, Athletic Committee, Gender Equality Review Committee, Our Good Earth Committee
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, 2010-2016, Swim Team Coach, Future Problem Solving Coach, classroom volunteer
  • Lakeside Swim Club, 2014, Quarry Gators volunteer
  • Heart Association Go Red for Women volunteer, 2012-2015
  • Adult Congenital Heart Association volunteer and blogger, 2014-2015
  • Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Board Member 2011-2012
  • Maryhurst Board Member, 2011-2012
  • A.J. Preschool Auxiliary Board Member, 2006-2010
Michelle Browning Coughlin