Anne has practiced intellectual property law since 2003, following her passion developed in college. Anne has represented and continues to represent a variety of individuals, non-profits, and small and large companies in connection with every aspect of non-patent intellectual property law and sweepstakes and promotions law, including athletic equipment, apparel, and footwear companies, Internet companies, software companies, hosting providers, consumer goods manufacturers, food and beverage companies, restaurants, professional and celebrity chefs, recording artists, hospitals, and medical-related companies.

Anne routinely counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international trademark and copyright matters. Anne assists clients with state, federal, and international trademark selection, clearance, registration, maintenance, and enforcement. Anne also assists clients with domestic and international trademark portfolio management, including overseeing application filings, prosecution, and maintenance, as well as inter partes and ex parte proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Anne manages international counsel, including coordinating th...

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  • Presentations & Teaching Experience
    • Panelist, “War Stories of an I.P. Attorney” – State Bar of Georgia, April 18, 2017
    • Panelist, “IP Protection for the Fashion Industry” – The Museum of Design Atlanta, November 2014
    • Interview, Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc. and the effect the TTAB’s cancellation of the WASHINGTON REDSKINS trademarks could have on the Atlanta Braves- CBS Atlanta television interview- June 18, 2014
    • Panelist, “What You’re Worth: How to Protect the Intellectual Property Rights in Your Designs” – Museum of Design Atlanta- June 11, 2014
    • Panelist, “Risk Management Terms for Addressing Potential Intellectual Property Ownership Challenges and Infringement Claims: Clauses for Copyrights; Strategies for Navigating Risks in Data and Technology Transactions” – March 27, 2014
    • Panelist, “INTA Career Panel in Trademark Law” – Mercer University School of Law – February 25, 2014
    • Moderator, “Responsible Enforcement – How Not to Be Perceived as a Trademark Bully” – 2013 INTA annual meeting
    • Panelist, “IP Issues in the Entertainment Industry” – John Marshall Law School (Atlanta) – 2012
    • Moderator, “Social Media: A Trademark Administrator’s Perspective” – INTA roundtable – March 8, 2011
    • Clayton State University, Adjunct Professor (intellectual property law), 2004-2005
  • Publications
    • Former co-editor, “Troutman Sanders LLP Intellectual Property & the Law Newsletter”
    • Author, “Don’t Fall Victim to Online Trademark Infringement”
    • Author, “Fair Use or Fat Chance: Dispelling the Fair Use Myth in Educational Settings”
    • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Trademark Law,” 2002-2006
    • Co-author, “Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Effective Domain Name Portfolio Management”
  • Professional and Community Activities
    • International Trademark Association Anti-counterfeiting Committee, member, 2019-present
    • 7 Stages Theatre, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, 2009-2011
    • Adorno & Yoss LGBT Affinity Group, founding member, 2008-2010
    • Arnall Golden Gregory Diversity Committee, member, 2010-2011
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Admission Committee, member, 2001-2002
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Board of Trustees, student representative, 2002-2003
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Bookstore Board, member, 2001-2003
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Moot Court Board, President, 2002-2003
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Student Bar Association, President, 2002-2003
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center Teaching Effectiveness Committee, class representative, 2000-2002
    • International Trademark Association, member
    • International Trademark Association Academic Committee, member, 2011-2013
    • International Trademark Association Internet Committee and Geographic Terms, Internationalized Domain Names, and Country Code Subcommittee, member, 2016-2018
    • Saul Lefkowitz National Moot Court Competition, brief judge, 2004-2007; oral argument judge, 2008-2016
    • State Bar of Georgia, member Intellectual Property Law Section and former member Trademark Law Committee
    • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, member, Class of 2010
    • Troutman Sanders Diversity Committee, member, 2004-2006
    • Troutman Sanders Pro Bono Award (recognition for at least 50 hours of annual pro bono service), 2004-2008




Anne E. Keenan Yates


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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law); J.D., 2003
Georgia State University; B.A., Sociology, 1997

Prior Law Firm Experience

Troutman Sanders LLP

Practice Areas