Chanel L. Lattimer is Counsel of Intellectual Property for Major League Baseball. Chanel is an intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement and litigation, internet domain and social media infringement and cybersquatting issues, and intellectual property transactional matters, including licensing agreements. Currently, Chanel is IP Counsel at Major League Baseball. Prior to that she was a Staff Attorney in the IP Group at Royer Cooper Cohen and Braunfeld and a freelance IP attorney. Chanel began her legal career at Cozen O’Connor, a top 100 law firm, where she also served as Co-Chair of the Associates’ Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee. Chanel earned her J.D. in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania where, among other things, she served as President of the Black Law Student Association and Co-President of the Entertainment and Sport Law Society.
In addition to her J.D., Chanel obtained a M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee. Chanel gained valuable experience in the sport industry during her time at Tennessee including working at two Super Bowls (XLI-Miami and XLII-Arizona) and serving as General Manager for the University’s Gatorade Summer Sport Camps. Chanel received her B.A., cum laude, in Sociology and African-American Studies from Princeton University in 2005. At Princeton, she was a four-year varsity sprinter and captain of the track and field team, President of the Varsity Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and treasurer of Princeton’s Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapter.
Chanel is passionate about increasing African-American women’s involvement in all aspects of sports, as well as combining her interests and experiences in law and sports. She serves on the Board of the Princeton Varsity Club and on the Advisory Board of the Black Women in Sports Foundation. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and 2 dogs.
Specialties: intellectual property issues, advising startups, client counseling, editing, quantitative and qualitative research, research on sport sociology and gender and race issues, sport management, project management, event-planning, administrative support, hiring, logistics, Microsoft office.
Every year countless stories arise of individuals, churches, and small businesses, receiving cease and desist letters from the NFL or NCAA for unauthorized use and reference to their respective SUPER BOWL, MARCH MADNESS, and other trademarks. The success of these enforcement letters comes from a mixture of the organizations’ trademark rights under the Lanham Act and the fear that these financially well-endowed organizations could sue. The International Olympic Committee (“IOC”), and its national governing bodies, like the USOC (collectively the “Olympic Committee”), also aggressively enforce their rights in their Olympic trademarks, slogans, and symbols (the “Olympic properties”). The Olympic Committee not only employs the traditional methods of other sport organizations, but has several additional weapons that provide a true monopoly on the Olympic properties; thus, significantly increase its success.