Professional Details

Amy E. Burke


Amy Burke is an experienced business litigator, representing clients in actions involving trademark and copyright infringement, contract disputes, false advertising, unfair competition, employment matters, violations of the California Health & Safety Code, and complex construction disputes.  She practices in state and federal courts, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Amy also advises both emerging and established businesses on intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance, and key contracts.  Amy implements innovative and efficient strategies to protect and enforce her clients’ trademarks and copyrights both domestically and internationally.  She advises clients on product labeling and advertising, offering practical solutions for federal and California regulatory compliance.  She also drafts and negotiates key business agreements, including trademark licenses, international distribution agreements, and commercial leases. 

Amy specializes in working with clients in the personal care products industry.  Amy has been an invited speaker and instructor to industry organizations on critical California regulations such as Prop. 65 and the California Organic Products Act (COPA), as well as domestic and international brand protection.


Representative Matters

  • Successfully prosecuted application for registration of trademark in fragrance of personal care products, one of three fragrance marks ever registered on the Principal Register
  • Won motion for summary judgment in trademark infringement action disposing of affirmative defense of fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Achieved favorable settlement for defendant clothing distributor in copyright infringement action after filing a motion for summary judgment attacking the validity of plaintiff's copyright
  • Successfully defended employers against claims for unpaid overtime wages and rest period penalties before Labor Commissioner
  • Prevailed in motion to dismiss out-of-state client from jewelry design copyright and trademark infringement action for lack of purposeful direction toward California plaintiff
  • Represented personal care product manufacturer in multi-million dollar acquisitions of worldwide intellectual property rights
  • Managed domestic and international trademark portfolios for high-profile personal care product and consumer goods manufacturers


  • Intellectual Property Primer, ATLA Business Torts Section Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall 2006
  • Protecting Your Space: Business Law, in Pilates Space: The Workbook for Inspired Entrepreneurs. (Nicola Conraths-Lange et al. eds. 2005) (with O. Seitel)
  • It's Really Fascinating Work: Differences in Evaluative Adjectives across Academic Registers, in Corpus Analysis: Language Structure and Use. (Pepi Leistyna et al. eds. 2003) (with J. M. Swales)