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Provider of educational student travel. The company's platform assists teachers with creating educational tours. Its goal is to create authentic and interactive learning experiences by connecting teachers and students to new cultures, languages and people on educational tours across the globe. The company provides Internet, digital, and cellular technology to streamline the process of arranging the student tour, including registration, flight and hotel arrangements, experienced tour directors, and tested itineraries.

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145 Tremont Street 6th Floor

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World Trademark Review 1000 Names Orrick a Top Trademark Practice in the US

Mar 16, 2022

March.16.2022 World Trademark Review has named Orrick and ten members of its national team of trademark attorneys to the 2022 edition of WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Orrick is ranked as a firm across four regions in the United States, including the Massachusetts, New York, California and National directories. In addition, several members of our team were highly recognized individually for their contributions to the practice: Dave Hosp  (Gold for enforcement and litigation in Massachusetts; and Silver for enforcement and litigation Nationally); Mark Puzella  (Gold for enforcement and litigation in Massachusetts and Silver for enforcement and litigation Nationally); Robert M. O'Connell, Jr.  (Gold for prosecution and strategy in Massachusetts); Sheryl Koval Garko  (Silver for enforcement and litigation in Massachusetts); Lisa Simpson  (Bronze for enforcement and litigation in New York); Beth Goldman  (Gold for prosecution and strategy in California); Betsy Wang  (Bronze for prosecution and strategy in California); Annette Hurst  (Bronze for enforcement and litigation in California); Diana Rutowski  (Bronze for enforcement and litigation in California); and Kristin Cornuelle  (Silver in Oregon). WTR 1000 is the premiere legal directory dedicated entirely to researching trademark practices and practitioners across the globe. WTR 1000 undertakes exhaustive research by collecting peer and client feedback, evaluating practitioner’s depth of knowledge and assessing market presence to identify the firms and individuals that are preeminent in the area of trademark law. Related Lawyers Boston David’s practice is focused on trademark, copyright, and media litigation. Over the course of the past two decades, he has represented prominent clients in significant trademark litigations and trials, including companies like New Balance, Samsung, Citizens Bank and Dell/EMC. In addition, he has represented some of the most prominent media and technology companies like The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Microsoft, Cablevision and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in significant media and intellectual property matters of first impression. David brings creativity and determination to all of the matters he handles, whether they involve issues that are novel and complex or more traditional. He has tried matters to both juries and judges, and prepares every one of his cases with the assumption that the matter will be tried to verdict. That attention to preparation often leads to positive results before trial in favorable settlements or rulings on motions to dismiss or on summary judgment, which saves clients time and expense. Throughout his career, David has been involved in some of the most widely followed cases in the area of trademark, copyright, and media law. For example, David: Represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse. That case was cited by IP Law360 as the top trademark ruling of 2016; Served as Aereo’s lead trial counsel in the successful defense in the district court (874 F. Supp.2d 373 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)) and lead appellate counsel in the successful appeal at the Second Circuit (712 F.3d 676 (2d Cir. 2013)). The case was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in 2015; Represented Cablevision at the district court in Cartoon Network LLP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. (478 F. Supp. 2d 607 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)), and was instrumental in developing the arguments that ultimately succeeded at the Second Circuit, which clarified copyright law on issues of both reproduction and public performance (536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008). Served as lead trial counsel for Triumph Learning in the successful defense of trademark claims in Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC (96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (T.T.A.B. 2010)), and successfully defended that verdict before the Federal Circuit (668 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2012)) in a decision that established a new standard for “fame” in trademark dilution cases. Served as lead trial counsel for the New York Times and The Boston Globe in Gatehouse v. The New York Times, a case of first impression that involved both copyright and trademark claims, which settled favorably just prior to trial. Served as lead trial counsel in successful defense of his client Recorded Books against trademark and copyright claims in Brilliance Audio v. Haights Cross Communications, which established new law with respect to the first sale doctrine, and successfully defended that result before the Sixth Circuit (474 F.3d 365 (6th Cir. 2007)). As a senior associate, served as a member of the trial and appellate team in Lorillard v. Reilly, a case that was ultimately decided in the client’s favor at the United States Supreme Court (533 U.S. 525 (2001)), in one of the leading First Amendment commercial speech decisions in recent jurisprudence. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter included David in its annual Power 100 edition, highlighting the most influential media attorneys in the country, and naming his team’s defense of Aereo, Inc. against claims brought by the country’s major television broadcasters at the trial court and before the Second Circuit as the “Case of the Year.” He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in The American Lawyer, The World Trademark Review 1000, and The Legal 500, among other legal publications. He also writes extensively about the law, and has lectured at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center and Boston College Law School. Boston Trademark and copyright litigator Mark Puzella protects some of the world’s most powerful brands and emerging technologies. Clients rely on his ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise, whether developing comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation where possible, or succeeding in litigation when necessary. As a trial lawyer, Mark excels at handling accelerated, complex cases. For example, as lead counsel for New Balance, Mark won a swift six-month International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation concerning claims of trade dress infringement. The ITC ruled in favor of his client, finding that the plaintiff had no rights in the claimed design. And, as lead plaintiff counsel for Explorica in a trademark case, he won a jury verdict just ten weeks after filing the complaint. During that short span, the parties engaged in complete discovery, including taking and defending numerous fact and expert depositions. Clients routinely ask him to take over matters at the close of discovery or prior to trial, which presents unique challenges and time constraints. He is also skilled at explaining complex concepts and technology to judges and juries in a persuasive, intelligible style. In the high-profile Supreme Court case ABC v. Aereo, he led the trial and appellate team’s presentation of the key technology. That presentation was the basis of the trial court’s denial of a preliminary injunction, and the Second Circuit’s affirmance of that decision. Mark draws upon his litigation experience to help clients anticipate and avoid legal issues related to new technologies and brands. For example, Mark has advised numerous technology and media companies on the creation, use, and delivery of content and helped clients assess whether their products will withstand investor and competitor scrutiny. He also has significant experience advising on branding and re-branding projects, including private brand or store brand clearance and risk assessments. Mark’s exceptional record has earned him praise as a problem solver from client and peer surveys. World Trademark Review 1000 has called him “intelligent, thoughtful and client-oriented” and “incredibly impressive.” Legal 500 has described him as a “smart, creative” trial lawyer who “anticipates everything.” And in 2016, IP Law360 named two of his cases among the top ten trademark decisions of the year. However, Mark’s greatest accomplishment lies with his client relationships. At every turn, in every case, Mark’s clients know their problems are his problems and that his ultimate focus is helping them grow their businesses. Boston Bob O’Connell devotes his practice to providing comprehensive trademark and copyright strategic advice, prosecution and enforcement for clients across many industries. He helps clients prevent and solve problems involving all aspects of domestic and international trademark law, as well as advertising and competition law and related disciplines. His expertise includes registration and protection of copyrights; clearance and selection of pharmaceutical names; and negotiating and drafting a variety of licensing and technology transfer agreements and other IP-intensive transactions. Businesses ranging from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations turn to Mr. O’Connell for help developing and implementing cost-effective domestic and global branding and trademark protection plans. They hail from the financial services, food & beverage, alcohol, retail and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Bob's significant transactional experience includes a trademark and merchandise license agreement for a large resort casino in Las Vegas and naming rights and sponsorship agreement for a major league sports stadium and a prominent performing arts center. He also has extensive commercial litigation and dispute resolution experience in both intellectual property and other matters in state and federal courts, in inter partes and appellate matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board, and in UDRP arbitration proceedings. Noteworthy reported cases include Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC, 96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (TTAB September 17, 2010) affirmed, 668 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2012). In the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000, a listing of the world’s top trademark practitioners based on peer and client surveys, Bob received top-tier rankings for trademark prosecution and strategy. Previously, WTR 1000 reported that Mr. O’Connell “wins effusive praise for his “thoughtful and practical approach.” “Simply stated, he is among the most cost-effective, business-oriented lawyers in any specialty.” “He is of incredible value – he matches anybody on expertise and exceeds most, if not all, on responsiveness and efficiency.” In prior years, WTR 1000 reviewers have said: “He never fails to address domestic and global branding issues quickly and comprehensively, causing one client to profess: ‘He is the only lawyer that I would use for trademark work in the Boston area.’” Bob has been characterized as a “distinguished” and “highly respected practitioner” with “a great reputation” in multinational mandates, who is “a trusted adviser in helping to build value in…brands” and “commands respect” particularly in the strategy and commercial field.” He has been listed in WTR 1000 each year since its inaugural edition in 2011. Noteworthy past and present client engagements include: A “super-regional” bank with a portfolio of hundreds of federal and state trademarks and an active TTAB and UDRP enforcement program; A global spirits company with hundreds of brands and an extensive enforcement docket; A national women’s apparel retail chain with stores across the U.S. and Canada; and A branded pharmaceutical company with pioneering products for both human and veterinary medicine. Boston Sheryl Koval Garko is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on high-stakes intellectual property litigation. Clients hire Sheryl for her creative, strategic, business-focused advice enriched by her extensive courtroom experience and working knowledge of a wide range of technologies. Over the course of her career, she has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups in trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret litigations and at trial. She has worked with leading technology companies and some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including New Balance, Samsung, and Microsoft. She has tried cases to both judges and juries in federal courts across the United States and is experienced practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Through her trial work, she has developed deep expertise in litigating novel and complex damages issues in IP cases and leveraging survey work. Sheryl honed her skills in high profile, precedent setting cases. She represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in a case that IP Law360 named it the top trademark ruling of 2016. Sheryl also represented Aereo against the major U.S. television networks in defense of its novel, industry-disrupting system for providing internet access to over-the-air broadcast television. That case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which addressed copyright law issues of first impression. Having prepared countless cases for trial, Sheryl has a clear understanding of the importance of identifying litigation strategy early on to direct the case in a cost- effective and efficient manner. Sheryl also leverages her wealth of experience to counsel clients on strategies to protect intellectual property when avoiding litigation is a strategic business priority. Having also litigated a number of patent cases throughout her career, she brings to each matter a unique understanding of the intersection of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. A superb communicator, she is able to explain diverse areas of complex technology to a judge or jury. Sheryl has been consistently named as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the world by World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey. In its 2017 publication, WTR 1000 described her as "'highly recommended’ for her ‘helpful and creative advice,’ which is ‘always of first-rate quality.’” In the 2018 edition, WTR 1000 stated that Sheryl “offers significant firepower to any contentious mandate.”  Most recently, in the 2021 edition, WTR 1000 said Sheryl "puts her heart and soul into driving favourable outcomes." Sheryl is the Global Chair of Orrick's Women's Initiative and serves on the firm's Management Committee. She was named a 2017 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Sheryl was also singled out for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business and the Law 2017 edition. In 2015, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Top Women of Law and she received a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council. New York As an experienced intellectual property and products liability litigator, Lisa Simpson’s practice centers around consumers and their interaction with products and creative works, whether those products sit on a consumer shelf, reside on a computer as code, float through the airwaves as digital files or build brands by developing consumer goodwill. With expertise in the areas of trademark, copyright, false advertising and products liability, she focuses on companies within the technology, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries. Lisa has been recognized as one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property and has received accolades from American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 USA and New York Times Magazine with World Trademark Review 1000 noting that Lisa “marries a rich comprehension of IP law with a gift for connecting with people, making full use of each advantage in the courtroom.” Intellectual Property Lisa handles a variety of high-profile trademark and copyright matters. Lisa’s copyright experience includes some of the leading copyright cases of the past decade: she represents Oracle in its litigation with Google over the Java APIs, represented DISH Networks, LCC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and Sling and served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the copyright first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad. Lisa’s trademark litigation has spanned a variety of courts and industries: she successfully defended trademark infringement claims in the Northern District of California on behalf of Sony over its popular “Gran Turismo” racing video game and scored two separate wins in the Southern District of New York and then in the Second Circuit on behalf of client Sanei in trademark litigation brought by fashion designer Jill Stuart. Lisa also successful established secondary meaning and secured a preliminary injunction for the New York City Triathlon in S.D.N.Y. Products Liability and Consumer Class Action Lisa serves as counsel to Johnson & Johnson in cases asserting claims arising from the use of its talcum powder products, including claims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. She also represented Wyeth and Dow Agrosciences in a variety of complex products liability and consumer class action litigations. Lisa served as counsel in hundreds of product liability matters concerning injuries allegedly associated with childhood vaccines, handled litigations involving the labeling and advertising of Advil, and obtained the dismissal, prior to class certification, of a consumer class action in a matter concerning the calcium supplement Caltrate. Current Pro Bono Representation Lisa serves as trial counsel for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, securing an important trial win invalidating as unconstitutional a statewide law that jeopardized access to safe and legal abortion services in Kentucky. Lisa also has served in a variety of firm management roles, including on the Firm’s Management Committee, as Hiring Partner for the New York office as well as Partner-in-Charge of Firmwide Campus Recruiting and as a member of the Professional Development Committee. San Francisco Beth M. Goldman, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on trademark and copyright law, licensing, Internet law and advertising clearance. She has been assisting clients in the selection and creation of brands, as well as their protection, for more than 20 years. Her experience includes worldwide prosecution and policing of trademarks, dispute resolution, UDRP proceedings and litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her clients cover a variety of industries, including alternative energy, biotechnology, clothing, computer services, consumer products, credit card services, food and beverages, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, software, and telecommunications. She has spoken on trade dress for the Practising Law Institute on intellectual property, and on domain name and other issues for the International Trademark Association. She has served on various INTA committees. San Francisco Annette L. Hurst, a partner in the San Francisco Office and Intellectual Property trial lawyer, is the firm’s Worldwide Tech Sector Leader and also coordinates its interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence practice. Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. As an experienced IP risk analyst with deep expertise in the software industry, Annette has been a go-to counselor and speaker regarding the legal issues surrounding access and use of datasets in the development of machine learning algorithms. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers Global ranks her in Band 2 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument” and "a very well-known authority in copyright law, a great advocate and a great trial lawyer." Chambers reports: “Clients agree that Annette Hurst is ‘a very powerful and experienced trial lawyer for copyright cases, and a good team leader who is reliable before judges,” and “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Since 2018, The Legal 500 has recognized Annette as a "Leading Lawyer" in copyright law, and she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. Annette has been repeatedly named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal. Annette’s community and professional activities include past service on the Northern District of California Patent Local Rules Committee, President of the Lafayette Elementary School PTA, and past membership on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco for which she was chair of the Finance and Investments Committee. She also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, as well as a past president of the Barristers Club. Silicon Valley Diana has always loved complex puzzles – studying each piece until the solution emerges. She applies that same determined curiosity to her IP practice. After carefully listening to each client, Diana examines every legal, business, and human element, arranging disparate pieces into elegant solutions. With Diana as their advocate, her clients can confidently develop and expand their IP strategy and portfolios. As a seasoned IP litigator and counselor, Diana’s practice has run the gamut from high stakes trials, to take-down and anti-counterfeiting campaigns, to employee departure and trade secret investigations. She represents clients in District and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Diana recently tried and won a complex case in which the other side sought to extend the monopoly of an expired utility patent by claiming trade dress rights in a technical product feature. Drawing upon experience handling both complex patent and trademark matters, her team successfully argued that the intersection of patent and trademark policy prevented the other side from continuing its monopoly, clearing the way for her client to enter the market. With Diana at their side, companies can rest assured that their essential assets are protected, from their company name, logo, and website, to their core technologies. While at Orrick, Diana was seconded to the City and County of San Francisco, where she had the privilege to serve as an Assistant District Attorney, and first-chair several trials. She was also seconded to Salesforce, where she learned first-hand that the law comprises just one component of a company’s overall business strategy. Diana is also passionate about her pro bono work. For example, she represented two detainees in Guantanamo in connection with their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus, and she is currently working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining the firm, Diana worked for the Legal Aid of Cambodia where she assisted with the prosecution of former Khmer Rouge officials and represented individuals who sought to reclaim land rights. Diana is a member of the International Trademark Association, of ChIPs: Advancing Women in IP and of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.

Explorica Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is Explorica's headquarters?

    Explorica's headquarters is located at 145 Tremont Street, Boston.

  • What is Explorica's latest funding round?

    Explorica's latest funding round is Acq - Fin.

  • How much did Explorica raise?

    Explorica raised a total of $2.5M.

  • Who are the investors of Explorica?

    Investors of Explorica include The Carlyle Group and Novestra.

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