Irish Legal 100


CATHERINE M.C. Farrelly is a partner and chair of the Trademark & Brand Management Group at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, P.C. Based in the firm’s New York office, she is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.

Farrelly is an internationally recognized leader in the field of trademark law who advises some of the world’s leading brands on intellectual property matters. She helps her clients plan strategies, manage trademark portfolios and protect trademarks and other IP in the U.S. and world markets.

She represents well-known companies in a variety of industries, including entertainment, finance, sports, cosmetics, toys, beverages, publishing and real estate.

Farrelly has focused on trademark and copyrightlawfor20years,andregularlyprovidesclients with strategic advice regarding the availability, validity and enforceability of trademarks. She also has significant experience preventing the unauthorized use of trademarks and copyrights through litigation, arbitration and negotiation.

In addition to representing clients in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Farrelly helps clients establish, maintain and grow domestic and international trademark portfolios.

Farrelly has the distinction of being the trademark attorney who managed to get the smell of Play-Doh modeling compound registered as a trademark – it’s the only famous smell trademark registered in the world.

She has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers since 2013; Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and World Trademark Review 1000—The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals since 2017.

Farrelly earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

She is married to Stephen Farrelly, and traces her paternal roots to Co. Mayo. “I was raised in a family that strongly identifies with our Irish Catholic heritage. My father, who heads the Eucharistic ministers at our church, loves a good Guinness, and played the Dubliners so often that I knew all of their songs by heart by age 10,” Farrelly says.

“On my mother’s side, my grandmother, Rose McNeil Bennett, baked amazing shortbread and scones, with a nod to the heritage passed on from her father, Joseph Patrick McNeil, a moving business owner who came to the U.S. as a child from his home in Co. Down. We know much less about that side of the family, but the pride in our Irish heritage is no less strong for it.”





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