Colin T.J. O’Brien


Loyola University Law, J.D.

University of Maryland, B.A.

Prior Experience

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Sughrue Mion PLLC

Jones Day

Admitted to Bar

Illinois, 2004

Professional Organizations


Member of the Internet Committee for INTA.

Colin T.J. O’Brien



He has over 10 years of experience protecting his clients’ brands and enforcing their rights.


Colin has extensive litigation experience in pursing Lanham Act, Copyright, Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, Design Patent Infringement and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act actions on behalf clients throughout the United States. Additionally Colin has pursued numerous cancellation and opposition actions on behalf of clients with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Colin’s practice also focuses on the Internet and how companies protect their brands online. Colin has handled large numbers of UDRP and URS actions with both the World Intellectual Property Organization and National Arbitration Forum. Colin has also prepared and filed new gTLD applications; drafting Legal Rights Objections against new gTLDs. Colin is an active member of the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN and is currently a member of INTA’s Internet Committee.


Colin’s practice also encompasses the traditional areas of transactional matters involving trademarks and copyrights including: trademark clearance reviews and investigations, drafting hundreds of international and domestic clearance opinion letters; reviewing FDA regulations to ensure client compliance; the prosecution and maintenance of domestic and foreign trademarks; drafting office action responses. Colin has also developed a worldwide network of local counsels to assist his clients in securing rights in foreign jurisdictions.

Professional Involvement and Teaching

Mr. O’Brien has been actively involved in numerous roles for the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of ICANN, including participation in the WHOIS Public Accuracy Pilot Study Comment Group, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability); the Cross Community Working Group on the Use of Country and Territory Names (CWG-UNCT), the GNSO Review Draft Report Comment Group, as well as the development of the IPC website. Colin is also a member of INTA’s Internet Committee.

For the past three years Colin has taught Advanced Trademark Law at the John Marshall Law School

Speaking Events:

Guest Lecture on Internet Enforcement and New gTLDs
Nov. 15, 2016
Loyola Law School