Mary Ann Novak is an experienced litigator, whose trial practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on intellectual property disputes. Mary Ann has represented clients in a broad array of intellectual property issues, including trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, false advertising, copyright, utility patent, design patent, trade secret and right of publicity disputes, in numerous federal district courts around the country, as well as on appeal.
Mary Ann also counsels clients on intellectual property matters and transactions. She conducts trademark clearance searches and prosecutes trademark applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mary Ann litigates matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”), including oppositions, cancellations, and concurrent use proceedings.
Mary Ann has represented clients of all sizes—from individuals and start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies. She has counseled clients across a wide range of industries—from manufacturing to consumer goods and apparel to entertainment to financial services.
Mary Ann earned her law degree from the Stanford Law School, where she was Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review and Articles Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. She clerked for both the Honorable Michael R. Murphy, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Honorable Martha Vázquez, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Prior to joining Hilgers Graben, Mary Ann practiced for nearly a decade at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, California. In 2009, she returned to her home state of Nebraska, where she practiced at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P. for three and a half years before joining Hilgers Graben.
Mary Ann regularly speaks on trademark and intellectual property matters and is presently serving as Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Associations Intellectual Property Law Section.