- Advertising and Marketing Law
- Consumer Products Practice
- Copyright Litigation
- Due Diligence in IP Acquisitions
- Internet Law
- IP Transactional
- Right of Publicity
- Strategic IP Portfolio Development and Management
- Trademark and Copyright Litigation
- Trademark and Copyright Practice
- Trademark Litigation
- Trademarks and Trade Dress
- Unfair Competition and False Advertising
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2022, 2023
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020
- State of Connecticut, 2017
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. with Intellectual Property Certificate, with honors, 2017
Trinity College, B.A., Public Policy and Law, cum laude, 2014
Ali Caless assists clients with trademark clearance, prosecution, monitoring, and enforcement. She advises clients in both U.S. and foreign portfolio development and management. Ali is involved in drafting settlement agreements to resolve trademark disputes. She also provides assistance with other intellectual property agreements including assignments, licenses, and consent agreements. Ali also has experience in copyright matters and domain name disputes, including arbitrations under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
- Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2021-present
- Associate, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2017-2020
- Law Clerk, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2012-2017
- Law Clerk, Woodbridge Group of Companies, January-July 2016
- October 9, 2023
Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the largest full-service intellectual property law firms in the country, is pleased to announce that Partners Michael Cantor and Todd Garabedian are 2023 Super Lawyers and Ali Caless is a Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Only 5% of attorneys are selected to be Super Lawyers; only 2.5% of attorneys are selected to be Rising Stars.
- August 17, 2023
- May 28, 2020
Cantor Colburn copyright attorneys presented a webinar on copyright law for artists, called, "Creativity and the Law: A Webinar for Artists on What Every Artist Should Know About Copyright," on May 28, 2020. This webinar was in partnership with the Greater Hartford Arts Council to explain how art is protected by copyright law. Michelle Ciotola, Ali Caless, Benjamin Cantor and Crysta Lemon Schmidt presented.
- IP Law360March 18, 2020
Curt Krechevsky and Ali Caless co-authored the article “TTAB Rulings' Preclusive Effect 5 Years After B&B Hardware,” published in IP Law360 on March 18, 2020.
- December 12, 2023Cantor Colburn Hartford Office and Virtual
Cantor Colburn Partner Eric Baron, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Practice, moderates the discussion, Ethics Check-In! – USPTO Insight and Practical Implications of AI, presented by the Connecticut Bar Association's the IP Section on December 12, 2023 at Cantor Colburn's Hartford office.
- November 14, 2023Houston
- October 17, 2023Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta
On October 17, 2023, INTA Roundtable Discussions on the Commercialization of Brands will take place all around the country. Trademark attorneys Michelle Ciotola and Ali Caless and practice manager and senior paralegal Crysta Lemon will attend the Hartford event; Kerry A. Nicholson will attend the Atlanta event; and Farzad Panjshiri will attend the Washington, D.C. event.
- September 20, 2023Berlin, Germany
The MARQUES 36th Annual Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany on September 20-23, 2023. This year's conference theme is "CELEBRATING MARKS: How sustainability and technology will shape the future of brands."
- June 10, 2023UConn Storrs Campus
The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) Finals take place Saturday, June 10, 2023 at UConn's Storrs campus. During the judging of the student inventions, parents are invited to a presentation by Cantor Colburn attorneys Michelle P. Ciotola, chair of the Trademark & Copyright Practice, and Brad Lawrence, co-chair of the Electric Engineering Practice, called, "Options & Realities - Protecting Your Kids' IP." Eric Baron, patent attorney and chair of Cantor Colburn's Artificial Intelligence Practice, chairs the CIC board of directors, and will present the Cantor Colburn award for the Most Patentable Invention to a student inventor at the ceremony after the judging. Ali Caless and Jim Merrick are Volunteer Judges.
- March 29, 2023Cantor Colburn's Hartford Office and Zoom
Cantor Colburn hosts IP Year In Review: Hot Topics in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law presented by the Connecticut Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section for CLE credit on March 29, 2023. This discussion takes place in person at Cantor Colburn's Hartford office and via Zoom.
- Trademark Enforcement Outside the Courtroom: Customs, Watches, and Leveraging Online Platform SolutionsDecember 6, 2022webinar
Cantor Colburn attorneys Michelle Ciotola and Ali Caless and Warner Music Group Vice President, Senior Trademark & Domain Name Counsel Sofya Nadgorny will be panelists for the webinar "Trademark Enforcement Outside the Courtroom: Customs, Watches, and Leveraging Online Platform Solutions: Exploring Options for Early, Effective, and Budget-Conscious Strategies" on December 6, 2022, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, presented by Strafford.
- December 1, 2022Hartford, Connecticut
Trademark Counsel Ali Caless and Patent an IP Transactions Partner David Bomzer will speak at an Ethics CLE roundtable, Ethical Practices for Communications with Clients, Opposing Parties, and the USPTO, a discussion presented by the Connecticut Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section on December 1, 2022.
- November 15, 2022Miami, Florida
The INTA 2022 Leadership Meeting will take place November 17, 2022 in Miami, Florida. This annual conference brings together INTA’s volunteer leaders and committee members to advance the Association’s support of trademarks and related intellectual property. Michael Cantor, Phil Colburn, Michelle Ciotola, Ali Caless and Ben Cantor are attending the conference.
- October 12, 2022Hartford, Connecticut
Ali Caless and Michelle Ciotola will attend The Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls event, "Cocktails for Community," at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on October 12, 2022.Cantor Colburn is proud to sponsor the event and support the nonprofit's mission to empower low-income women, women of color, and first-generation college students to earn a college degree.
- September 20, 2022Madrid
- September 11, 2022Greater Washington, D.C. Area
Ali Caless, Trademark & Copyright Counsel, Crysta Lemon, Trademark & Copyright Manager, and Soomin Kim, Paralegal, will attend the 2022 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners (TMAP) Meeting, September 11-13, 2022, in Arlington, Virginia.
- April 30, 2022Washington, D.C.
INTA’s Annual Meeting Live+ is in-person and virtual. Taking place over April 30–May 4, 2022 in Washington, D.C., the annual conference of the International Trademark Association brings together the most influential brand and intellectual property professionals from across the globe and across industries.
- October 7, 2021
- October 7, 2021virtual program
Trademark Counsel Ali Caless will be part of a panel discussion on Effectively Proving Trademark Use, presented by the Fairfield County (CT) Bar Entertainment/Media/IP Committee on October 7, 2021, a virtual program.
- April 26, 2021
During the Connecticut Invention Convention, more than 500 engineers, academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, and legal professionals will judge students' inventions and inspire young minds to pursue science and engineering studies and careers.
- May 28, 2020
Cantor Colburn copyright attorneys will present the complimentary webinar, "Creativity and the Law: A Webinar for Artists on What Every Artist Should Know About Copyright," on May 28, 2020 at 5:30 PM in partnership with the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Michelle Ciotola, Ali Caless, Benjamin Cantor and Crysta Lemon Schmidt will review copyright law and how artists can protect their creative works.
- December 3, 2019Hartford, Connecticut
Alison Caless will participate on an IP Ethics CLE panel for the IP section of the Connecticut Bar on December 3, 2019; 2 CLE Ethics credits are available in CT and NY. Alison is a member of the CBA's IP Section.
- October 23, 2019West Hartford, Connecticut
- October 15, 2019Plantsville, Connecticut
- September 17, 2019Dublin, Ireland
- May 18, 2019Boston, Massachusetts
The 141st annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) will take place in Boston, Massachusetts from May 18-22, 2018. Nearly 10,000 intellectual property professionals from around the world will attend, including a large delegation from Cantor Colburn.
- May 4, 2019University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Several Cantor Colburn attorneys will be judges at the regional and statewide Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), competitions, including Eric Baron, who is also a CIC board member. Michael Cantor will attend to represent the firm during the program, which will recognize Cantor Colburn's support. This year's convention will take place on May 4, 2019 at the UConn Storrs campus.
- April 12, 2019New York City
Trademark and copyright attorney Alison Caless attended the ASIPI Sports Law Conference on April 12, 2019 in New York City.
- January 30, 2019Cantor Colburn's Hartford Office
The Copyright Team at Cantor Colburn will present, “Creativity and the Law: What Every Artist Should Know About Their Creations,” presented in partnership with the Greater Hartford Arts Council. This session is a copyright basics seminar for artists in all media.
- March 28, 2018Southington, Connecticut
The Women of Innovation® awards gala on March 28, 2018, celebrates the women who make Connecticut's businesses and institutions strong leaders on the cutting edge. The event is presented by the Connecticut Technology Council.
- December 5, 2017Hartford, Connecticut
Cantor Colburn's copyright attorneys are pleased to partner with the Greater Hartford Arts Council and present a copyright basics seminar for artists in all media. This session will inform artists about the rights and protections available to them regarding their creations.
Connecticut Bar Association
- Intellectual Property Law Section and Education Coordinator
- Young Lawyers Section
International Trademark Association
- Trademark Administrators Committee, 2023-2025
- Events Subcommittee, 2022-2023
- Trademark Administrators Committee, 2022-2023
Intellectual Property Owners Association
- Education Team