Cynthia E. Kernick

Cindy is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property litigation. She has tried cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States in actions involving medical devices, software systems, glass, glass coatings, printer cartridges, food processing, printing systems, and various mechanical devices. Cindy has successfully handled multiple Markman hearings before District Court Judges as well as Special Masters, and obtained (or avoided) injunctions in trademark infringement actions in industries as diverse as clothing, food, computers, music, television and other industries.

Cindy has been active throughout her career in shaping the direction of intellectual property law, including through her work on the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law, and is involved in many other intellectual property organizations. She was one of the original drafters of the Local Patent Rules for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

She has written extensively on and is regularly invited to speak regarding the pro bono litigation she championed to rescue the historically significant photographic archive of photographer Charles H. "Teenie" Harris from a Pittsburgh businessman who had misappropriated it. The case garnered international media recognition because Mr. Harris' collection is widely considered to be one of the most significant and complete documentations of the African American urban community in the 20th Century. Through Cindy's efforts, this collection was acquired and is being restored, preserved and exhibited by the Carnegie Museum of Art. Cindy encourages other lawyers to be generous of their time in doing pro bono work including through a program presented on "Building the Business Case for Having a Pro Bono Program as Part of a Law Firm's Practice."

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Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) IP Litigation, 3) Copyright Litigation, 4) Patent Litigation, 5) Trademark Litigation and 6) Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
Law School Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Education Duquesne University, B.A.1974
Bar Member / Association Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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