Ms. Ellen B. Shankman

Ellen B. Shankman & Associates
Moderator of the The Role of Trademarks in  New Businesses of the 21st Century session

Ellen B. Shankman, Esq. has more than twenty five years of experience practicing Trademark, Internet, Licensing and Copyright Law. Formerly a partner and the head of the trademark department with one of the largest intellectual property firms in Israel,  she established  Ellen B. Shankman and Associates as a boutique intellectual property firm specializing in global branding strategy, trademark and domain name counseling, clearance, protection and enforcement, including the development and management of international trademark and domain name portfolios for technology and other companies.  The firm proactively counsels company legal, marketing and business development departments, with creative cost-effective strategies to achieve marketing goals.

A former member of the Board of Directors of INTA, Adv. Shankman drafted the Rules for Domain Name allocation under the .IL, on behalf of the Israel ISOC, the administrative body responsible for the .IL ccTLD, and her clients include a wide range of companies from representation of Fortune 10 companies to small start-ups.

Adv.  Shankman served as Chair of the prestigious INTA Internet Committee and has served as a member of International Trademark Association’s Emerging Issues Subcommittee and Internet Subcommittees, which has been instrumental in defining the legal issues associated with the Internet and e-business. Ms. Shankman was a member of the ICANN Implementation Recommendation Team (“IRT”) and an officer of the IPC.  Previously she served her elected term as a member of the Policy Council of the Generic Domain Name Supporting Organization of ICANN (formerly the Names Council) representing the Intellectual Property Constituency, which works to formulate policy and consensus regarding domain name governance on the Internet, as well as on the Nominating Committee of ICANN.  She is the recipient of the 2002 INTA’s first ever Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of the Association for her work in the Internet area.

A frequent lecturer, Adv. Shankman contributed the section on Israel trademark and Internet law, as well as the chapter on ccTLDs for the INTA books Trademark Law & the Internet.  Ms. Shankman has also authored the section on Israel trademark and Internet law in Domain Names: Global Practice and Procedure  and the Israel chapter for Trade Marks, Trade Names and Unfair Competition both published by Sweet & Maxwell and wrote the Israel section for McGrady on Domain Names: A Global Guide to Disputes, Registration, and Maintenance published by Matthew Bender, and for the upcoming Oxford Press treatise on Trademarks and Domain Names.

Adv. Shankman is consistently listed as one of Israel's  leading trademark lawyers, inter alia, in WTR, Who’s Who, Legal 500 and Managing Intellectual Property's Expert Guide to Trademark Law Practitioners.

Having practiced law in the U.S. as a litigator before moving to Israel in 1986, Ms. Shankman is admitted to practice before the Israel, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland Courts, as well as before the U.S. Federal and Supreme Courts.