Anna Kurian Shaw

Anna Kurian Shaw

Washington, D.C.


Phone +1 202 637 5687

Fax +1 202 637 5910


Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

"Anna Kurian Shaw understands the challenges that clients face in their respective industries. She overlays her trademark advice with sharpened strategic analysis."

World Trademark Review 1000, 2018

For 20 years, Anna has litigated trademark, unfair competition, and copyright cases and has first-chaired cases in federal court, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the International Trade Commission (ITC). She has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property, 2018 as an IP Star and by the World Trademark Review 1000, 2018 for having "a special flair for dealing with non-traditional marks and issues that reach the International Trade Commission."

She has worked with clients on cutting-edge trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues, including obtaining protection for nontraditional trademarks such as the shape of the Tic Tac mint, the product configuration of various furniture designs, and the purple color of a protective glove. Anna also manages the trademark portfolios for companies, including Ferrero, Pemex, Synopsys, International Finance Corp., and Medifast.

When it comes to contentious disputes, Anna is both a zealous advocate and a creative problem-solver and has successfully represented well-known brands including Ketel One, Caterpillar, the Smurfs, the American Red Cross, Nutella, Tic Tac, Kinder Joy, Merck & Co., Noosa Yoghurt, and Goodyear in enforcement and litigation matters.

Awards and recognitions


WIPR Leader
Leader World Intellectual Property Review


WTR Global Leaders: Private practice (United States: DC Metro Area)
World Trademark Review


Trademarks, Women in Business Law
Legal Media Group's Expert Guides


Trademark star (District of Columbia)
IP Stars


Ranked individuals: Enforcement and litigation (DC Metro Area)
World Trademark Review 1000

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999

B.A., Duke University, 1996


Member, Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Member, Intellectual Property Law Section, District of Columbia Bar 

Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association

Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association

Member, International Trademark Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Successfully represented the American Red Cross in its epic battle with Johnson & Johnson regarding the use of the Red Cross emblem.

Successfully represented Ferrero in trademark and trade dress litigation involving the Tic Tac mint and Kinder Joy confection.

Obtained general exclusion orders from the ITC on behalf of Kimberly-Clark prohibiting the importation of purple protective gloves.

Obtained general exclusion orders from the ITC on behalf of Red Bull prohibiting the importation of gray market Red Bull Energy Drink.

Obtained a limited exclusion order for Segway against Swagway-branded hoverboards.

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