- Due Diligence in IP Acquisitions
- IP Transactional
- Post Grant Practice
- Strategic IP Portfolio Development and Management
- Trade Secrets
- Trademark and Copyright Practice
- Named to Best Lawyers(R) in America, 2016
- Client Choice Award Winner, US, Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Client Choice USA & Canada 2013, 2015
- Internationally Recognized Trademark Attorney, Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2005 - 2016 editions
- Selected as one of Boston's "Best IP Lawyers," Digin's Top Picks in Boston, Boston Digital Industry News, May 2001
- U.S. Court of Appeals for First Circuit, 2000
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2000
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit, 1985
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1984
- State of Colorado, 1983
- Not admitted in Connecticut
- Law Clerk, Hon. Zita L. Weinshienk, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, Denver, CO
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
Yale University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1978
- Distinction in the Major
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Harvard Business School, Guest Lecturer
- Harvard Law School, Guest Lecturer
- Boston University Law School, Guest Lecturer
- Tufts University Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, Guest Lecturer
- Suffolk University Law School, Guest Lecturer
Curt Krechevsky's practice focuses on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, rights of publicity and privacy, Internet, advertising, marketing, promotions, licensing, and trade secrets law. With more than 30 years of law-firm and in-house experience, handling both national and international matters, Curt provides a business-oriented, pragmatic, innovative, and cost-sensitive approach in advising and representing clients of all sizes and types of industries.
Before joining Cantor Colburn, Curt ran his own solo legal practice and prior to that he was a partner at the Boston law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler, & Dittmar, where he was a founding member of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department and head of the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group. Before joining Hutchins Wheeler, Curt was Assistant General Counsel and Trademark Counsel at Reebok International Ltd., where he was responsible for all trademark and related legal matters involving the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. He also managed and supervised the trademark practice group within Reebok’s Legal Department and dealt with various patent and copyright enforcement matters. Curt started his legal career as an IP attorney and litigator with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart before moving in-house at Reebok.
Curt has been active in the International Trademark Association (INTA) for many years, and he is a former member of the INTA Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the INTA Presidential Task Force on Brands and Innovation and as a member of the INTA Related Rights Committee and its Right of Publicity subcommittee. Curt has been appointed as the first Chair of INTA’s new Brands and Innovation Committee, effective January 1, 2016. Curt has chaired or co-chaired numerous INTA committees in the past. He is also a former member of the INTA Panel of Neutrals, which acts as mediators for trademark disputes. Curt has published a number of articles on IP law and is a frequent speaker at legal and business conferences and seminars. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Partner and Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Department, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2005-present
Intellectual Property Attorney and Consultant, solo practice, Wellesley, MA, 2002-2005
Partner and Head of Trademark/Copyright Practice Group, Hutchins Wheeler & Dittmar, Boston, MA, 2000-2002
Assistant General Counsel and Trademark Counsel, Reebok International Ltd., Canton, MA, 1988-2000
Associate Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, CO, 1984-1988
- Michael A. Cantor, Philmore H. Colburn II, and Curtis Krechevsky Recognized in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017August 17, 2016
Cantor Colburn, one of the largest intellectual property (IP) law firms in the country, is pleased to announce that its Co-Managing Partners Michael A. Cantor and Philmore H. Colburn II, and partner Curt Krechevsky, who leads the firm’s Trademark & Copyright Department, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017.
- August 5, 2016
The United Kingdom’s recent referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU), otherwise known as “Brexit,” has led to much speculation and uncertainty as to the implications and effects. This includes intellectual property law, since the UK has been an important part of the EU’s overall drive to harmonize trademark and patent protection systems for all EU members. However, it is important to stress that the existing IP relationships between the UK and the EU currently remain the same as they have been, and are likely to remain unchanged for at least the next two years.
In these circumstances, we are generally telling our clients who own intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the EU to proceed as they normally would, until the arrangements for the UK’s separation from the EU have been formalized. However, we do suggest that IPR owners or related parties in the EU begin a review of any IPR agreements that cover or include the EU and/or the UK, such as licensing agreements. We consider it worthwhile to anticipate where changes to an agreement’s provisions such as governing law or territorial scope, may be required.
- May 9, 2016
Michael A. Cantor, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn LLP, and Curtis Krechevsky, Partner and Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Department at the firm, are recognized as world leading practitioners of trademark law by the 2016 edition of The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers.
- Michael A. Cantor and Curtis Krechevsky Recognized in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers In AmericaAugust 19, 2015
- China IP MagazineJune 1, 2015
- April 24, 2015
- Law360April 10, 2015
On April 10, 2015, IP Law360 published Curt Krechevsky and Tom Mango's article, "Giving DuPont Its Due: How B&B Hardware Empowers TTAB," on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. Krechevsky, a partner, chairs the firm's Trademark & Copyright Department and has more than 30 years' experience in IP law. Mango, who is litigator specializing in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) proceedings, is part of the firm's Trademark and Litigation Departments.
- June 6, 2014
Michael A. Cantor, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn LLP, and Curtis Krechevsky, Partner and Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Department at the firm, are recognized as world leading practitioners of trademark law by the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers. The two trademark standouts were named to this distinction by their peers. According to the publication, lawyers who receive this honor “have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work and only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.”
- Curt Krechevsky Appointed to Co-Chair the International Trademark Association’s Brands and Innovation Presidential Task ForceJanuary 9, 2014
Cantor Colburn LLP partner Curt Krechevsky has been appointed by the President of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Mei-lan Stark, to co-chair a new task force on Brands and Innovation. A former member of the INTA Board of Directors, Mr. Krechevsky has also chaired and served on numerous INTA committees in his more than twenty years of Association participation. INTA is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The mission of the Brands and Innovation Presidential Task Force is to analyze the relationship between trademarks and innovation, including how brands promote innovation and drive the economy, as well as how innovation impacts brands and trademark-related issues.
- October 10, 2013
Cantor Colburn LLP has been recognized by 10 different organizations and publications- which heralded 14 attorneys in particular- for excellence in their work in 2013. The Legal 500 has applauded the firm for its “solid reputation in the market of providing an excellent level of service, and having an excellent value for money.” From accolades for the firm as a whole to specific recognition of Cantor Colburn attorneys in diverse practice areas within the field of intellectual property, the firm has enjoyed an abundance of recognition in 2013.
- Connecticut Law TribuneApril 9, 2012
- Connecticut Law TribuneJuly 29, 2011
- May 17, 2010
- Connecticut Law TribuneSeptember 28, 2009
- IP Law & BusinessApril 1, 2009
- The Gray MarketElectrical Contractor MagazineAugust 2007
- Trademark & Copyright: A New EraGC New England Magazine, Q32007
- May 20, 2017Barcelona, Spain
The 139th annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) takes place in Barcelona, Spain from May 20-24, 2017 and will be attended by more than 9,500 trademark professionals including a large delegation from Cantor Colburn.
- January 4, 2017Snowmass, Colorado
- November 15, 2016Hollywood, Florida
The 2016 INTA Leadership Meeting, November 15-18 in Hollywood, Florida, brings together INTA volunteer leaders once a year to advance the Association’s objectives and goals. It offers them an advanced-level educational program and the opportunity to conduct business and network with colleagues from around the world.
INTA is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.
- International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual MeetingMay 21, 2016Orlando, Florida
- November 17, 2015Panama City, Panama
The INTA Leadership Meeting brings together INTA volunteer leaders once a year to advance the Association’s objectives and goals. It offers them an advanced-level educational program and the opportunity to conduct business and network with colleagues from around the world.
- May 2, 2015San Diego, California
The 137th annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) takes place in San Diego, California and will be attended by more than 9,500 trademark professionals including a large delegation from Cantor Colburn.
- March 10, 2015New York City
Partners Curt Krechevsky and Howard Levy will attend INTA's 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: Cutting-Edge IP and Business Implications conference in New York City on March 10-22, 2015.
- INTA Leadership Meeting 2014November 11, 2014Phoenix, Arizona
- June 18, 2014Alicante, Spain
- May 10, 2014Hong Kong, China
- May 4, 2013Dallas, Texas
- Curt Krechevsky, panelist, “No Trademark Owner is an Island," 2013 INTA Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, May, 2013
- International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting 2012May 5, 2012Washington, D.C.
- International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual MeetingMay 14, 2011San Francisco, California
- Trademark Developments in 2009 at the PTO, TTAB, and Federal Circuit2010National CLE on Intellectual Property Law
- The Pit and The Pendulum – Fraud on the USPTO and Ethical Concerns With Federal Brand Protection, presenterDecember 2008Fox Entertainment Group Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Los Angeles, California
- Trademarks for Trade Associations and Non-Profit Organizations2008Cantor Colburn Seminar
- Protecting Your Company’s Creativity: Current Developments and Hot Topics in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law2008New England Corporate Counsel Association Seminar
- Using Celebrities and Sponsorships to Create Brand Value: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly2008INTA Advanced Trademark Symposium
- Fraud on the USPTO – The Pit and the Pendulum2008INTA Advanced Trademark Symposium
- The U.S. Impact of the Madrid Protocol and European Union Enlargement2004National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law
- Playing the Name Game to Win: The Top 25 Tips for Effective Brand Name Selection2004Thomson & Thomson Educational Forum, 2004; The Walt Disney Company Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2005
- Organizing and Managing Your Trademark Portfolio: The Trademark Portfolio as a Revenue Contributor2004INTA Advanced Trademark Symposium
- International Licensing of Intellectual Property: The Licensing of Trademarks and Rights of Publicity2004Suffolk University Law School
- Crisis Management for Brands2004INTA Advanced Trademark Symposium
- Unconventional Trademarks - More Than Meets the Eye2002National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law
- Trademarks and Parallel Imports - An UpdateNational CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law, 2001, and Annual Legal Symposium of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, 2001
- Charting the Career Path of the Legal Assistant in the 21st CenturyINTA Trademark Administrators and Paralegal Forum, 1998 and 1999; Massachusetts Paralegal Association, 2001
- The Multinational Approach to Anti-Counterfeiting2000National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law
- Searching and Policing Trademark Use on the Internet2000INTA Trademarks in Cyberspace 2000 Forum
- Intellectual Property and Its Importance to E-Business: An Overview2000Protecting Your Company's Value: Registering Your Trademark and Trade Dress, Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association
- The Counterfeiting Conundrum - Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies and Procedures1998INTA Annual Meeting
- Establishing the Essential Ingredients of a Famous Mark1998INTA Forum on Famous Marks
Trademark Registration Update 2012, presenter, National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property Law, January 2013, Aspen, Colorado
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association, Sections on Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment and Sports Law
Intellectual Property Owners Association
International Trademark Association:
- Designated firm representative to INTA
- Chair of the INTA Brands and Innovation Committee, 2016-2017
- Co-Chair of INTA Presidential Task Force on Brands & Innovation, 2014-2015
- Member of INTA Related Rights Committee, Right of Publicity Subcommittee, 2012-2016
Member of INTA Non-Traditional Trademarks Committee, North America Subcommittee, 2008-2011
- Member of INTA Information Resources Committee and Task Force Chair, 2006-2007
- Member of INTA Programs Board, 2004-2005
- Member of INTA Meetings Board, 2001-2003
- Chairperson for 10 years of various INTA standing committees, including:
- Membership Committee, 1999-2001
- Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement Committee, 1997-1999
- Publications Committee / Projects Editorial Board, 1994-1997
- INTA Bulletin Editorial Board, 1992-1994
- Member of INTA Board of Directors and Board Executive Committee, 1998-1999
Boston Patent Law Association
Boston Bar Association, former member
Massachusetts Bar Association, former member
New England Corporate Counsel Association, former member