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Preetha Chakrabarti

Partner


Preetha Chakrabarti is a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office and is a member of the firm's Technology & Intellectual Property Department, with a focus on technology, brand protection, advertising, and media. Preetha's practice cuts across all areas of intellectual property and is holistic, consisting of litigation, counseling, licensing, and transactional due diligence, as well as trademark prosecution. Preetha also performs due diligence relating to intellectual property issues in corporate transactions and assists clients with trademark clearance and the filing of trademark and patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In particular, Preetha advises clients in the retail and fashion industries on how best to manage risks when using and developing intellectual property. Preetha also has experience with administrative law, particularly in the environmental context, including analysis of regulatory issues arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, TSCA, FIFRA, CERCLA, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and various federal and state environmental laws.

Preetha's pro bono practice includes cases involving immigration, family, and employment law, as well as IP counseling for non-profit entities. Preetha also successfully represented Sandra Avery, a woman sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent, low-level drug crime, who sought commutation of her sentence from President Obama, reducing her life sentence to time served. Sandra was one of the 95 non-violent drug offenders to whom President Obama granted clemency in December 2015. Preetha was featured in the documentary film The Vanishing Trial, by FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) and NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), released in 2020 in connection with her representation of Sandra. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, Preetha also received the firm’s 2015 George Bailey Award.

From 2019 to 2020, Preetha served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

Preetha received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude, was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, and a notes & articles editor for the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Preetha worked as an extern for the Legal Aid Society in New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York. During her final semester of law school, Preetha participated in LawWithoutWalls, a part-virtual collaboratory that develops problem-solving and project management business skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today's global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. Preetha's group placed first in key presentation categories, and overall, the group was one of three finalists. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Preetha worked as a science teacher and administrator at both private and public schools in the New York City metropolitan area. She received her B.A., cum laude, in biology and classics from Brown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, in secondary science education.

Preetha is active in several professional and non-profit organizations and was selected as a 2015 Pathfinder by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization comprised of the legal profession's top general counsels and managing partners. 

Education

  • Brown University, B.A., biology and classics cum laude
  • Columbia University, M.A., secondary science education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2012) magna cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

Awards

  • Empire State Counsel for Pro Bono Service, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
  • Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award, 2016, 2021
  • New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2019
  • South Asian Bar Association Rising Star Award, 2019
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York, Cornerstone Award, 2021

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Press Coverage
Why Hermès’ MetaBirkins Lawsuit Has High Stakes for Brands and Creators Business of Fashion (July 28, 2022)
Press Coverage
"In the bag (for now): Hermès survives motion to dismiss in MetaBirkin NFT lawsuit," Retail Law Alert (June 13, 2022). Contacts: Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette, Risa Rahman
Client Alert / Newsletter
"In the bag (for now): Hermès survives motion to dismiss in MetaBirkin NFT lawsuit," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (May 31, 2022). Authors: Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette and Risa Rahman.
Publication
Meta Logo Suit May Test How Virtual TM Disputes Unfold Law360 (May 19, 2022)
Press Coverage
TTAB Decision Reminds Brand Owners To Watch Their Words Law360 (April 14, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Government Contracts M&A Series - Intellectual Property and Contract Data/Patent Rights Issues," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (April 12, 2022). Speakers: Jonathan M. Baker, Preetha Chakrabarti, Vincent J. Galluzzo, and Christopher D. Garcia.
Speech/Presentation
"Will the Supreme Court More Clearly Illustrate Fair Use?," Retail Law Alert (March 31, 2022). Contacts: William H. Frankel, Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette
Client Alert / Newsletter
SCOTUS To Examine Fair Use In Warhol ‘Prince Series’ Case World IP Review (March 29, 2022)
Press Coverage
Warhol Case Appeal Reignites Fair Use Debate After Google Law360 (March 28, 2022)
Press Coverage

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