Kelly Casey Mullally

Counsel

Atlanta, Georgia

Kelly Mullally is an intellectual property lawyer and appellate litigator focused on providing strategic advice to achieve her clients’ goals. Ms. Mullally has experience in all stages of patent and trademark litigation, from bench and jury trials in the U.S. District Courts, to U.S. Circuit Court appeals, through the U.S. Supreme Court certiorari petition stage.

Skilled in readying cases for appeal, Ms. Mullally has substantial experience analyzing complex trial court records to distill themes and strategies for appeal briefs and oral arguments, successfully navigating disputes through the federal appellate process. She represents clients and collaborates with trial counsel to best preserve, posture, and perfect critical issues for appeal. Ms. Mullally enjoys applying her appellate background in new contexts to address threshold procedural issues and resolve difficult legal questions in a broad range of subject matters.

With particular expertise in intellectual property law, Ms. Mullally was a law professor for ten years. She has authored numerous articles and given speeches regarding patent and copyright law for various organizations throughout the country. Ms. Mullally provides client counseling in patent, trademark, and copyright procurement and enforcement. She represents individuals and businesses in trademark prosecution and inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is also a registered patent attorney.

Ms. Mullally attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where she graduated first in her class and was a board member and editor of the Georgia Law Review. She served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Affiliations

  • Arbor Montessori School, Parent Involvement Committee, 2011-2015; Diversity Committee, 2010-2012
  • Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Founding Member, Master, Past Pupilage Group Chair
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Georgia Amateur Women’s Soccer Association
  • Habitat for Humanity Women Build
  • State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice section
  • Youth Soccer Coach, 2009-present

Recognitions

  • University of Georgia School of Law: Order of the Coif, Georgia Law Review; Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Association; Isaac Meinhard Award (Highest Academic Average Throughout Law School); Chaffin Award for Excellence in Fiduciary Law; Law School Association scholarship recipient; Georgia Bar Association Real Property Award; Outstanding Student Award; First-Year Moot Court Competition Best Brief Finalist
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Faculty Honors; Dean’s List; National Collegiate Natural Sciences Award

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Higher Education
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Technology

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, First Honor Graduate, 1998
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, BS, Chemistry, highest honors, 1995
  • College of William and Mary, Russian Studies, 1991-1992

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Hon. J.L. Edmondson
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Hon. William C. Bryson

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(More) Change in the Patent System

2017

In an article published in the August 1, 2017 edition of the American Bar Association Preview, Kelly Casey Mullally and Coby S. Nixon…

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When a Patent ‘Laches’ on to Doctrine: Should There be a Patent-Specific Approach to the Defense of Laches?

2016

Patent Law When a Patent “Laches” on to Doctrine: Should There Be a Patent-Specific Approach to the Defense of Laches? CASE AT A GLANCE…

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Blocking Copyrights Revisited

2013

“This Article suggests that courts revisit copyright law’s treatment of unauthorized improvers and utilize key principles of a blocking…

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Legal (Un)certainty, Legal Process, and Patent Law

2010

This Article discusses two systematic sources of uncertainty in patent law: first, uncertainty that results from patent law’s public…

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