Kelli Ovies is an attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson in Raleigh who advises clients on trademark and copyright matters. She regularly prepares and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, conducts and reviews trademark clearance searches, responds to USPTO Office Actions, and assists with maintaining U.S. and international trademark registrations. She also has experience initiating and defending Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal court proceedings, negotiating trademark co-existence agreements, and drafting and reviewing intellectual property assignment and licensing agreements.
Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Kelli practiced at Forrest Firm and Smith Anderson. At both firms, in addition to handling intellectual property matters, Kelli helped her clients negotiate and draft many types of commercial contracts. She also worked on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including one in which her client obtained a $37 million judgment at trial in a commercial contract case, one of the largest jury verdicts in North Carolina history.
Kelli received her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2006. Before deciding to go to law school, she worked for the North Carolina Association of REALTORS, where she was the primary writer and editor for its monthly member magazine.
Kelli and her husband, Joe, have two sons, Caleb (13) and Jacob (10), and two kittens, Lila and Pearl. When she is not working, she enjoys being Caleb’s band mom and Jacob’s hockey mom, reading, working in her garden, visiting as many National Parks as possible, and watching sports both on TV and in person.