Mitchell A. Frank
Special Counsel

Duane Morris LLP
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4086

Phone: +1 212 471 1882
Fax: +1 212 202 4651

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Mitchell A. Frank


Mitchell A. Frank practices in the area of Intellectual property law. Mr. Frank focuses his practice on all aspects of trademark and copyright counseling, from trademark clearance, enforcement and protection, licensing and trademark and copyright aspects of acquisitions and divestitures. His experience includes overseeing the protection, maintenance and enforcement of global trademark portfolios as well as transactions and trademark and copyright litigation.

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Frank spent more than 25 years as in-house Trademark Counsel at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., Bestfoods and Unilever, where he was responsible for advising the business on all aspects of trademark and copyright usage, protection, enforcement and licensing, both in the United States and globally.

Mr. Frank is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, where he was lead articles editor for the Syracuse Law Review, and Johns Hopkins University.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trademarks and Copyrights


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1975
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1972


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2010-present
  • Unilever United States, Inc.
    - Assistant General Counsel, Commercial Law and Trademarks, 2001-2010
  • Bestfoods (formerly CPC International Inc.) (acquired by Unilever)
    - Trademark Counsel, 1990-2000
  • Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
    - Senior Staff Attorney, 1983-1990
  • Bierman, Bierman & Peroff
    - Associate, 1982-1983
  • Cowan, Liebowitz and Latman
    - Associate, 1978-1982

Professional Activities

  • International Trademark Association (formerly U.S. Trademark Association)
    - Member, 1978-2009
    - Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2002
    - Member, 2004 Annual Meeting Project Team
    - Member, "Trademarks in Cyberspace 2000" Project Team
    - Member, 1997 Annual Meeting Subcommittee
    - Former Member, Editorial Board, Trademark Reporter
    - Former Member, Industry Advisory Council
    - Former Member, Forums Committee
    - Former Member, Parallel Imports Committee

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, "2012 USA Yearbook," World Trademark Review, August 6, 2012
  • Contributing Author, "The Thirty-Second Year of Administration of the Lanham Trademark Act of 1946," 69 Trademark Reporter 517 (November-December 1979)
  • Contributing Author, "The Thirty-First Year of Administration of the Lanham Trademark Act of 1946," 68 Trademark Reporter 687 (November-December 1978)
  • "Alien Inheritance Statutes: An Examination of the Constitutionality of State Laws Restricting the Rights of Nonresident Aliens to Inherit from American Decedents," 25 Syracuse Law Review 597 (Spring 1974)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator and Speaker, International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Food and Beverage Industry Breakout Session, May 2004
  • Speaker, International Trademark Association "Advanced TTAB Practice" Forum ("Settlement and Alternative Dispute Resolution"), September 2001
  • Speaker, International Trademark Association "Trademarks in Cyberspace 2000," October 2000