Autondria S. Minor is a partner at the New York office of Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP. Autondria has registered copyrights for literary stories, two-dimensional characters, three-dimensional dolls, musical works, religious manuals, marketing literature, and clothing artwork. Autondria has defended copyright infringement claims regarding architectural works for home designs in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Autondria has litigated copyright infringement suits concerning literary works, including training manuals, computer codes, and periodicals. Autondria has handled co-authorship and royalty disputes. Autondria has prepared copyright licenses, copyright assignments, nondisclosure agreements, patent assignments, patent licenses, and trademark assignments.
Her experience includes obtaining trade dress registrations for the inherently distinctive interior decor of three clothing retail stores. Autondria has prosecuted trademark applications for word marks, logo designs, two-dimensional characters, and composite trademarks. Autondria has also prosecuted trademark applications for product packaging and product configuration in the food and beverage industry. Autondria has handled trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board regarding wine labels, food, martial arts, park services, sports education, clothing, and jewelry.
Her litigation practice includes disputes regarding trademark cancellation, incontestability, false advertisement, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and breach of contract before federal district courts. Autondria has handled trademark disputes regarding boots, apparel, insulin pump clothing, veterinary services, sugar packaging, beverages, retail foods, restaurant services, seminars, scuba apparatus, confinement systems, disposal management systems, construction enclosures, florist services, window treatments, roofing services, computer devices, and software. Autondria has obtained a default judgment for infringement of a Buddhist association’s trademarks and conversion of the Buddhist association’s donations.
Autondria has litigated patent and trade secret suits regarding patent ownership, patent infringement, standing, patent invalidity, and trade secret misappropriation. Autondria has litigated patent infringement disputes concerning heat exchangers, solenoid systems, and roadway construction systems. Autondria has litigated trade secret suits regarding construction apparatus, automated dispensing systems, and pressure control systems. Autondria maintains technical expertise in the field of biotechnology.
Before joining Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP, Autondria was an Extraction Analyst for YOH Scientific. Autondria was awarded an Ida Gray Rollins Scholarship to attend college. Autondria studied biology at the University of Houston, and then earned her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School with multiple accolades. Autondria was an American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Scholar. Autondria was awarded the Williams Intellectual Property Law Scholarship and Norbert L. Noel Scholarship. While at Albany Law School, Autondria participated in both the Swyer Program and Lawyering Program as a teaching assistant.
Autondria is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), American Bar Association (ABA), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and Albany County Bar Association (ACBA). Autondria was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Delegations to the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Autondria is admitted to the New York State bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.