About

Tanya Curcio counsels clients regarding a wide range of trademark and copyright issues.  Primarily, she helps clients select and register trademarks and manages global trademark portfolios.  Balancing risk, practicality, and budgets, Tanya devises a plan to meet client’s brand protection objectives and then puts the plan into action.  She also handles intellectual property due diligence, acquisitions, licenses (including music licenses), co-existence agreements, enforcement, and disputes, including before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  Though Tanya has worked with clients in a variety of industries such as fashion, hospitality, restaurant, consumer goods, and healthcare, Tanya is particularly well known for her work in entertainment.

Tanya began her legal career at a boutique entertainment firm in New York City, where she negotiated and drafted recording, publishing, and other entertainment-related agreements for high-profile clients, including recording artists, music publishers, producers, songwriters, and music-based online platforms. Prior to attending law school, Tanya worked at a leading global record label and music publisher, where she handled music licensing and royalty calculations. 

Highlights

Mavis Tire Supply LLC vs. The Reinalt-Thomas Corporation (TTAB Cancellation 91242454)

Handled the TTAB companion case to a federal trademark infringement case.

Coulter Ventures, LLC v. Impex, Inc. (TTAB Cancellation 92059288)

Summary judgment in cancellation for fitness equipment manufacturer.

Managed intellectual property aspects of the sale of branded restaurant chain and food manufacturer to different parties.

Worked on various aspects of a comeback album and tour for a boy band, including producer agreements, songwriter agreements, tv appearance releases and new trademark filing strategy.

Settled royalty dispute-based litigation between former drummer of a punk rock band and estates of other band members.

Administered music publishing rights, licensing and royalty collection for R&B songwriter.

Publications

  • Author. “5 Things to Consider When Naming a Brand.” PR Daily, Sept. 2014

Public Speaking

  • Panelist. “Women and Minorities in IP Law: Careers, Challenges and Triumphs,” Rutgers University, March 2019
  • Speaker. “Current Developments in Transparency in the Music Business,” DRI Business Litigation Seminar, May 2016
  • Panelist. “Whose Transparency Is It, Anyway?,” Future of Music Coalition, 14th Future of Music Policy Summit, October 2015

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • University of New Hampshire (Franklin Pierce Law Center), J.D., cum laude, 2007
  • Belmont University, B.B.A., Music Business Management, cum laude, 2000