Ms. Pifher advises clients in the areas of intellectual property prosecution, licensing and technology agreements and strategies, as well as advertising and entertainment matters. Ms. Pifher's intellectual property counseling includes assisting clients in the selection, clearance and enforcement of trademarks and securing copyright protection for creative works. Clients also look to Ms. Pifher to draft and negotiate domestic and international intellectual property and technology agreements, advising on corporate branding programs and portfolios, as well as on-line and print advertising and promotional campaigns and initiatives.
Ms. Pifher's entertainment law practice extends to a broad range of legal matters on behalf of writers, musicians, artists, and producers, including privacy and publicity rights and negotiating and preparing agreements for music, television, literary works, and multi-media projects.
|Advertising and Promotions|
Ms. Pifher serves as primary counsel for publically-traded retailers, distillers and restaurants for all promotional campaigns, including gift cards, coupons, loyalty programs, sweepstakes and contests in all forms of standard and social media channels.
|Technology Transfer and Multi-Media Licensing|
Ms. Pifher is experienced in the acquisition and transfer of a variety of technologies and intangible assets on behalf of a variety of industries, including professional athletes, high-tech companies, health and natural resources organizations, professional entertainers, authors and publishers. Other industries include telecommunications service providers, information technology vendors and resellers, environmental agencies, educational institutions, and general merchandise manufacturers, marketers and distributors of a broad range of products.
She has also worked on Internet content assignment agreements, software license and subscription agreements, network license and maintenance agreements, software development agreements, clickwrap and shrink-wrap agreements, beta test site license agreements, distribution and sub-agent agreements, joint venture agreements, employment, independent contractor (work for hire) and consulting agreements, non-disclosure, non-circumvent and non-compete agreements. Ms. Pifher’s experience also includes IT and intellectual property license agreements, export and import compliance agreements, wholesale and reseller telecommunications provider co-location agreements, web site privacy policies, employee e-mail and web usage policies, technology transfer agreements, software escrow agreements, marketing representative agreements, linking agreements, co-branding agreements, Internet advertising agreements, and network site license agreements.
|Trademark and Domain Name Enforcement|
Ms. Pifher has handled trademark infringement matters addressing affiliation and sponsorship confusion and dilution claims, as well as trademark infringement by domain names under the Federal Anti-Cybersquatting Act. She has handled numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, she has experience in administrative proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Rules of Network Solutions Inc.
|Copyright Registration and Enforcement|
Ms. Pifher is experienced in securing and enforcing copyright registrations for a broad range of literary and musical works, computer programs, pictorial and graphic works and sound recordings, as well as drafting and negotiating transfers and licenses of copyrightable authorship.
|Domestic and International Trademark|
Ms. Pifher is experienced in all aspects of domestic trademark prosecution, representing trademark clients in a wide range of industries, including computer products and services, sports training, association services and sporting equipment, nutritional supplement manufacturers and distributors, and advertising and branding companies. She also assists clients in securing trademark registrations around the world. She works directly with a network of foreign associates who themselves specialize in trademark matters.
|Entertainment and Publishing Law|
Ms. Pifher handles a variety of legal matters in the entertainment and publishing areas, including drafting agreements for the production and distribution of television programs, affiliate marketing, music videos and live performances; securing author and literary rights; and advising clients surrounding protection of celebrity, publicity and other proprietary rights. Ms. Pifher works all forms of music licensing, e.g., mechanical, synchronization, master recording, public performance, blanket licenses for a variety of industries, and has extensive experience working with the performance societies, music publishers, songwriters, unions and guilds.
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
- AV Rated
- Named 2012 Best Lawyers (Technology)
- Women of Influence honoree (2005 and 2011)
- Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Committee Member, Brand Names Education Foundation
- Member, American Bar Association, Trademark and Copyright Sections
- Member, Colorado Bar Association
- Member, El Paso County Bar Association
2004 and 2005
Identifying Licensing Issues and other Intellectual Property Issues in the Entertainment Industry
Speech given at Business Symposiums, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado
Understanding and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights
Speech given at CTEK
Domain Names v. Trademark Rights: How to Advise Web-Based Businesses
Moderated at International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting