Casondra Ruga is an intellectual property specialist with expertise in both IP litigation and IP transactional work. She also has experience with traditional business litigation matters, including disputes involving employment claims of all varieties, business contracts, fiduciary obligations, fraud and unfair competition. Casondra has represented individual and corporate clients in both federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation, and has tried cases involving partnership disputes and contract issues.
Casondra’s transactional practice focuses on the procurement, protection and licensing of intellectual property rights, including trademarks and copyrights, and the registration and enforcement of internet domain names. She searches and clears trademarks, prosecutes both domestic and international trademark applications, and represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Casondra advises clients in the naming and branding process, manages domestic and international trademark portfolios, and negotiates and drafts agreements effectuating the transfer of intellectual property rights.
Casondra received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2004, and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 2000.
- Handled substantial matters involving intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks and patents.
- Assisted clients in numerous cases to enforce their copyrights, including widely publicized claims by a major motion picture studio against another studio for infringement of production, development and distribution rights to a literary work that was the basis for a $125 million theatrical release.
- Assisted in the representation of a multinational corporation in protecting its trademarks from infringement by securing injunctive relief.