Rebecca A. Finkenbinder, Esq.
Rebecca A. Finkenbinder, Esq. has the ability to identify and develop innovative solutions to manage risks for intellectual property and corporate and business matters. She has strong knowledge in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, marketing/advertising/branding, franchise law, social media, and internet law. She has also served as in-house IP counsel for a number of private companies.
Throughout her career, Rebecca has represented the food and beverage industry, specifically food manufacturers, growers, processors, and distributors; the hospitality industry; the entertainment industry; consumer and industrial goods and services companies; technology firms; and educational institutions by protecting their valuable trademarks, patents, and copyrighted works.
In her Intellectual Property practice, she has presented numerous arguments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in support of securing trademark registration. She has instituted and defended opposition, cancellation, and concurrent use proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also represented clients before the National Arbitration Forum and the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Utilizing her knowledge of the food and beverage industry, Rebecca has counseled clients on Federal Trade Commission and The Food and Drug Administration regulations.
Rebecca focuses on trademark and copyright law in which she frequently handles:
- Clearance, registration, licensing, and protection against infringement
- Managing trademark portfolios
- Trademark and copyright protection and enforcement
- Revising and advising on branding strategies, marketing materials, product claims, advertisements and marketing campaigns, ensuring compliance with government regulations
- Preparing and negotiating agreements for strategic alliances
- Protection against infringing and counterfeit goods
- Fair use defense
- First sale doctrine
- Counseling on advertising campaigns and promotions, eCommerce, social media, contests and sweepstakes, and websites
Prior to earning her law degree from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and her Master of Business Administration (MBA). This background gives her a unique understanding of marketing, advertising, branding, franchise law, social media, and internet law. To ensure her clients are compliant with government regulations, Rebecca reviews and advises on branding strategies, marketing materials, product claims, and advertising campaigns. She also has prepared and negotiated favorable terms and agreements for strategic alliances including:
- Joint ventures
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Supply and vendor sales and distribution agreements
- Private label agreements
- Advertising agency and marketing service agreements
- Technology agreements
She counsels clients on the issues of labeling, endorsements and testimonials, claim substantiation, and comparative and false advertising.
Rebecca also provides counseling services to clients seeking to franchise their business including preparation of franchise and area development agreements, franchise disclosure documents, franchise termination, and compliance with state and federal laws. Rebecca’s experience managing federal and state law compliance for various franchises includes restaurants, alternative energy sources, residential/commercial painting, commercial cleaning, and assisted living care services.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, B.S.B.A., Marketing, 1997
Temple University, Fox School of Business and Management, M.B.A., 2000
The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2003
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
International Trademark Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2018-2019 Executive Council, Co-Chair Quality of Life Committee
Past Director, Sales & Marketing Executives International, Central Pennsylvania Chapter
Harrisburg Magazine’s Local Legal Leaders list for Intellectual Property, 2015
Select Lawyers list, 2014
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2009
National MS Society Leadership Award, 2009
Shippensburg University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, 2009
Conducted intellectual property audit for international industrial corporation, consolidating global intellectual property portfolios for five divisions; drafted intellectual property policies; conducted intellectual property training company-wide
Acts as in-house intellectual property counsel, advising on intellectual property disputes, strategizing intellectual property policies, managing intellectual property portfolios, and developing cost-effective solutions to support business objectives and goals
Managed worldwide and domestic trademark portfolios for companies of various sizes
Negotiated creative consideration element of settlement agreement for international food company
Legal member of Consumer Advertising Review Board, reviewing and approving all consumer-facing materials worldwide
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