Sean P. McConnell is an associate in the Intellectual Property Department, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. McConnell’s practice concentrates on the development, management, monetization, and protection of intellectual property assets, with a particular focus on trademarks, brand development, brand protection, marketing, and advertising. He assists clients in developing and building comprehensive intellectual property portfolios and leveraging practical returns on those assets through sales, acquisitions, and licensing. He also helps clients protect their IP from and against infringement through litigation in the federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Mr. McConnell represents clients varying in size from single artists to large multinational corporations. His extensive experience cuts across a wide spectrum of industries including alcohol, clothing and fashion, commercial retail, restaurants and convenience stores, technology/software products and services, consumer electronics, energy, financial and insurance services, agriculture and food manufacturing, health and beauty products, industrial and building products, pharmaceuticals, the recording industry, tobacco, and a variety of charitable organizations.
Active in the start-up community, Mr. McConnell is a member of the firm’s Emerging Company, Cannabis, and Technology Groups and is an advising board member for Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, an independent organization that assists emerging, technology-based companies build sustainable businesses and prepare for early-stage funding.
Before entering private practice, Mr. McConnell served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He deployed to Iraq in 2005 with the Third Infantry Division, serving as one of the primary strategic planners supporting Iraq’s first constitutional referendum and permanent government national elections.
Prior to law school, Mr. McConnell jointly operated a Pittsburgh-based, boutique marketing consulting firm, providing advertising and communications services to corporate real estate development companies, product manufacturers and charities.