(Aug. 16) – It has been an exciting week for Bell Nunnally.
The Dallas firm moved into new office space on the penthouse floor of KPMG Plaza in the Arts District and announced the addition of a new intellectual property expert.
Jason Nardiello is the second IP partner to join Bell Nunnally this summer. He previously led the trademark and copyright practice at Barclay Damon in Syracuse, New York.
Nardiello says there were professional and quality of life reasons for leaving New York for Texas.
“The Texas economy has been booming and trademark attorneys should be around areas of great commerce as growing companies have a need for trademark services,” he says. “My family and I also decided to move away from the snowy Central New York area to the much warmer climate of Texas to permanently settle.”
Nardiello focuses his practice on trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. He has served as lead counsel for Nikon, Subaru and Epson in trademark and copyright matters.
In his trademark work, Nardiello says there is still significant discussion concerning whether “disparaging” trademarks are registrable in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Matal v. Tam. One of the cases that led to the court’s decision included the Washington Redskins trademark dispute.
“In all, the Redskins were able to keep their mark on First-Amendment grounds but the USPTO is still dragging their feet with respect to allowing “disparaging” marks to register,” he says.