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Preetha Chakrabarti

Counsel

pchakrabarti@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.895.4327
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Preetha Chakrabarti is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's New York office and is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Advertising & Media groups. Preetha's practice consists primarily of litigation, counseling, and prosecution. Her patent and trademark litigation work includes proceedings in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and involves various industries, from chemicals to pharmaceutical, biotech, software, apparel, fashion, retail, luxury, beauty, and wearable technology. 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 2019-2020, 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
New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2019
South Asian Bar Association Rising Star Award, 2019

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"DC’s Consumer Protection Law Presents Risks for Companies Advertising Clean Energy Efforts: Just Ask Exxon," (April 22, 2021). Contacts: Christopher A. Cole, Preetha Chakrabarti, Eryn Howington
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Made in USA Settlement for Chinese Imports," Advertising & State AG Alert (April 15, 2021). Contacts: Lauren Aronson, Holly A. Melton, Preetha Chakrabarti, Tiffany Aguiar
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The CASE Act of 2020—New Board to Provide Low-cost Resolution of Copyright Small Claims," Advertising & State AG Alert (March 15, 2021). Contacts: David Ervin, Preetha Chakrabarti, Carissa Wilson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"2021: Year of the Knockoff," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 10, 2021). Presenters: Joshua Pond and Preetha Chakrabarti.
Speech/Presentation
"Deep Sixed: Federal Circuit Boots Trademark Licensee for Meritless Claims Against U.S. Army," IP Insights (March 8, 2021). Contacts: Jonathan M. Baker, Anne Elise Herold Li, John E. McCarthy Jr., Nicole Owren-Wiest, Preetha Chakrabarti, Carissa Wilson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"How Cos. Can Combat Knockoffs At And Beyond ITC This Year," Law360 (March 2, 2021). Authors: Joshua Pond, Preetha Chakrabarti.
Publication
Analysts: ITC Poised To Tackle Pandemic-Fueled Rise Of Online Counterfeit Sales Inside U.S. Trade (February 23, 2021)
Media Mentions
"Maryland's Digital Advertising Tax: A Contentious Start, and an Uncertain Future," Advertising & State AG Alert (February 19, 2021). Contacts: S. Starling Marshall, Preetha Chakrabarti, Christopher A. Cole, Roy Abernathy, Roy Abernathy
Client Alert / Newsletter
LITIGATION NOTE: Crowell & Moring Prevails for ScentAir in Long-Running Patent Infringement Case (Feb.10.2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 & 2021 USPTO Fee Changes," (January 28, 2021). Contacts: David Ervin, Deirdre Long Absolonne, Preetha Chakrabarti, Siri Rao
Client Alert / Newsletter

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