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An intellectual property attorney who tried to trademark his name has been dealt a technical knockout. M. Kelly Tillery left Philadelphia’s Leonard Tillery & Sciolla last year to move to nearby Pepper Hamilton. He sued to force his old colleagues to drop the domain name leonardtillery.com, which they had retained to receive e-mail and direct users to their new site, leonardsciolla.com. Senior U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro refused to enjoin Leonard Sciolla on numerous grounds. For one, it could hinder the formation of new law firms and “the ability of individuals to practice law in their chosen field without changing their names,” she said. She added that Tillery’s name lacked the distinctness or secondary meaning that would merit trademark protection. And she found no evidence that he marketed his services separately from the old firm. Rather, during his final 16 months there, he generated only a handful of new client matters, almost always from referrals by others. “Evidently Tillery’s name was not so well known that strangers sought his services,” Shapiro wrote. -The Legal Intelligencer Collateral damage White-collar defender Nancy Luque of Washington is famous for her tenacity in the courtroom, but back at the office she’s been alarming the secretaries. Six DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary staff said in a grievance letter that they were “unwillingly subjected to daily barrages of telephonic obscenity-laden screaming matches” coming from Luque’s office. Being ferocious is part of her job, Luque said, “but I have heard these concerns and will try to be more sensitive to them.” -Legal Times

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