Bruce Alexander McDonald is the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Practice Group Leader. His practice involves all aspects of trademark and intellectual property law, including federal court litigation, opposition and cancellation proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, trademark portfolio administration, clearance investigations, enforcement and counseling. His recent litigation successes include Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Ahmad,
112 USPQ2d 1361 (TTAB 2014), and AESP v. Signamax, LLC
, 29 F. Supp. 2d 683 (E.D.Va. 2014). He also defended the American Bar Association successfully in the first and only trademark infringement case ever brought against the ABA, Civil Action No. 07-1861 (D.D.C. 2008)
, and was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the first reported case to uphold a claim for direct service mark counterfeiting against an Internet domain name registration services provider based on the registrar’s de facto ownership of domain names registered to fictitious and anonymous entities, Transamerica Corp. v. Moniker Online Services, LLC
, 672 F. Supp. 2d 1353 (S.D.Fla. 2009).
Bruce joined Buchanan in February 2010 with 20 years of experience in federal trademark and copyright infringement actions going back to Nugget Distributors Cooperative of America, Inc. v. Mr. Nugget, Inc., 776 F. Supp. 1012 (E.D.Pa. 1991), and Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli Akitengesellschaft v. Rykoff-Sexton, Inc., 24 USPQ2d 1236 (S.D.N.Y. 1992).
Before concentrating his practice in intellectual property, Bruce was an appellate litigation attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he served as lead counsel in numerous reported decisions, e.g., Back v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 796 F.2d 169 (6th Cir. 1986); Begley v. Consolidation Coal Co., 826 F.2d 1512 (6th Cir. 1987); Farmer v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, 839 F.2d 269 (6th Cir. 1988); Heffinger v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, 813 F.2d 401 (4th Cir. 1986); Kiser v. Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 85-19944, 1986 U.S. App. LEXIS 186368 (4th Cir. June 12, 1986); Phillips v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 768 F.2d 982 (8th Cir. 1985); and Williamson Shaft Contracting Co. v. Phillips, 794 F.2d 865 (3d Cir. 1986).
Prior to that he served as a litigation associate in an energy and natural resources firm where he appeared as counsel of record in Oasis Petroleum Corp. v. U.S. Dep't of Energy, 718 F.2d 1558 (Temp. Em. Ct. App. 1983); Kocher Coal Co. v. Marshall, 497 F. Supp. 73 (E.D.Pa. 1980); and Kocher Coal Co. v. Marshall, 505 F. Supp. 156 (E.D. Pa. 1981).
A Russian language scholar by training, Bruce’s fluency in Russian has led to representation of Russian institutions and state-owned enterprises, e.g., Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport v. Spirits International B.V. et al., 15-152-cv (XAP) (2d Cir.) (pending) (counsel for amicus curiae Advisory Council to the Intellectual Property Court of the Russian Federation); Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport v. SPI Spirits Limited, 726 F.3d 62 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 134 S.Ct. 1291 (2014) (counsel for amicus curiae Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law Under the Government of the Russian Federation).
He was also lead counsel in a successful action against the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on behalf of a Russian bank resulting in the removal of an asset freeze imposed by OFAC under economic sanction regulations. See Bank Soyuz v. Office of Foreign Assets Control, 1:05CV01073 (D.D.C.) (funds released Feb. 2, 2006).
In September 2013, Bruce was the first and only American named to the Advisory Council of the newly established Intellectual Property Court of the Russian Federation.