FH+H is excited to welcome Melissa Cross as a Partner to our firm’s Intellectual Property + Technology practice group. Ms. Cross specializes in intellectual property and technology licensing and transactions with a focus on trademark law and branding.
Prior to joining FH+H, Ms. Cross was an attorney with Arnold & Porter’s Intellectual Property and Technology group both in New York City and Washington, D.C., where she represented many high-profile clients from a wide variety of industries. Ms. Cross then went on to form Cross Intellectual Property Law, where she offered strategic counseling in identifying and protecting intellectual property assets and maximizing their value.
“Melissa really rounds out our intellectual property practice. Our team now has the combined experience to counsel and represent clients with virtually any IP-related matter, domestically or internationally,” Managing Partner Tom Craig said. “She not only brings deep knowledge about intellectual property, and especially trademark law, to our team, but Melissa also brings broad experience from working with clients in a wide variety of industries. She has represented clients operating in anything from digital media to sports to charities to politics.”
At FH+H, Ms. Cross’s practice includes identifying valuable intellectual property; filing trademark and copyright applications both in the U.S. and abroad; maximizing the value of intellectual property through product distribution, promotional partnerships, and licensing; and counseling and enforcement related to trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, rights of publicity, copyright, and domain name disputes.
“I’m very excited to be joining FH+H and sharing in its commitment to growing small businesses and middle-market companies," Ms. Cross said. "As an entrepreneurial law firm itself, FH+H really understands the synergy required of a rapidly growing business. This dynamic team approach is most exciting in my own practice, particularly in branding. A client’s business today might not look the same a year from now, and I love helping secure valuable, long-standing intellectual property rights that endure far beyond their initial breakthrough into the market.”
Ms. Cross received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Maine, and she is licensed to practice law in Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia.
Read Ms. Cross’s full bio here.