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Represented a distillery in a trademark opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, including trial briefing and oral argument before the Board. The Board sustained the opposition in favor of the client, recognizing client’s rights in the mark.

Represented plaintiff and counter-defendant in litigation concerning trade secret misappropriation and multiple allegations of breach of contract. Litigated through discovery, securing an amicable settlement agreement.


  • University of California - Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2009,

    Executive Editor, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal

  • University of California - Berkeley, B.S. Political Science; Religious Studies, 2006,

    Highest Honors in Religious Studies; Distinction in General Scholarship

  • Colorado State Bar
  • California State Bar


INSIGHT: How Covid-19 Changed the Future of Litigation, Co-Authored with Heather Kliebenstein, Bloomberg Law (May 7, 2020) Best Practices For Managing Litigation During Pandemic, Co-Authored with Heather Kliebenstein, Law360 (April 23, 2020). Chapter Editor, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (2011). Karen Boyd and James Beard, Patent Marking: True AND False in 11th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, Advanced Patent Law Institute (2010). James Beard, Note: A Better Carrot: Incentivizing Patent Reexamination, 1 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 169 (2009). James Beard and Albert Halluin, An Analysis of CIGS Solar Cell Technology, 6 Nano. L. & Bus. 19 (2009). James Beard, The Limits of Licensing: Quanta v. LGE and the New Doctrine of Simultaneous Exhaustion, 2008 UCLA J. L. Tech. 3 (2008) James Beard, Weeds in the Docket: Patent Continuation Reform and Its Effects on the Biotechnology Industry, 90 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 423 (2008).