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I love taking complicated facts and legal issues and weaving together a simple, compelling story for the judge or jury.


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Abnormal Security Raises $210 Million Series C, Reaches $4 Billion Valuation

May 10, 2022

Cooley advised Abnormal Security, a leading artificial intelligence-based cloud-native email security platform, on its $210 million Series C financing round, which brings the company’s valuation to $4 billion. Lawyers Josh Seidenfeld, Nan Yang, Rachel Lydon and Kaavya Gowda led the Cooley team advising Abnormal Security.

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Josh Seidenfeld
Partner, Palo Alto
Nan Yang
Associate, Palo Alto
Rachel Lydon
Associate, Palo Alto
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington DC
Sharon Connaughton
Special Counsel, Washington DC
Amanda A. Main
Partner, Palo Alto
Angela Dunning
Partner, Palo Alto
Joshua Elefant
Associate, Palo Alto
John Sellers
Partner, Palo Alto
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Bryan Berman
Special Counsel, Colorado
Jean Park
Partner, New York
Liza Cotter
Associate, Boston
Lei Shen
Partner, Chicago
Mika Reiner Mayer
Partner, Palo Alto
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington DC
Kimberly Nguyen
Special Counsel, Reston
John Paul Oleksiuk
Partner, New York

Knocked down challenge to famous Google brand

October 29, 2013

In an important “genericide” trademark suit that threatened to deprive Google of one of its most valuable assets – the Google trademark - Cooley achieved a significant victory that prevented the company’s billion-dollar brand from falling victim to its own success.

The mark was challenged by two individuals who attempted to register over 700 domain names incorporating the Google trademark. We successfully fought those registrations under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and forced all of the domains to be transferred to Google. Plaintiffs then sought to cancel the mark, claiming that it is generic because consumers use the term "google" as a verb when describing an internet search.

Less than a month before trial, a District of Arizona judge granted Cooley's summary judgment motion, clearing Google on all counts. The court found that the Google trademark is not generic and remains a valid and subsisting trademark for Google's world-famous search engine. The court understood that even though the "Google" term is often used as a verb, most internet users understand Google as designating the source of a particular search engine.

The district court win prompted plaintiffs to appeal. In May 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a complete victory to Google, unanimously affirming the lower court’s summary judgment ruling. The decision was named a top 5 ruling of 2017 by Law360.


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Angela Dunning
Partner, Palo Alto

Rankings & accolades

Daily Journal: Top 100 Women Lawyers in California

Legal 500: Leading Lawyer for Commercial Disputes

World Trademark Review 1000: Top Trademark Lawyer

YWCA Honors: Tribute to Women Awards

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