WIPR Influential Women in IP 2019
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, BARLAW-
BARRERA & ASOCIADOS, PERU
Medalith Albarracin began her career as a trainee
at boutique IP firm Pierola & Asociados in 2009.
Four years later, after passing her exams, she was
hired as a lawyer at the firm.
Soon after, Albarracin moved to Barlaw-
Barrera & Asociados, where she served as an
associate. Last year, Albarracin was promoted to
senior associate, in charge of the trademark and
patent prosecution group.
Albarracin advises clients in the automotive,
medical, fashion and entertainment industries.
She previously worked on the strategy for
obtaining the declaration of the ‘Google’
trademark as a notorious trademark in Peru
and is currently part of the team working on the
strategy and prosecution for the registration of
Chanel’s 3D trademarks for bags in Peru.
Albarracin has also served as director of the
Círculo de Derecho Administrativo, an academic
association formed by law students from the
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
ASSOCIATE, PIRKEY BARBER, US
Although Alexandra Bistline has been practising
law only since 2014, she has represented numerous
high-profile clients at every stage of the litigation
process, including on appeal.
For example, she recently co-chaired and won
a jury trial regarding trademark use, after the US
Supreme Court sent the case back (B&B Hardware
v Hargis Industries). The US Court of Appeals for the
Eighth Circuit subsequently affirmed the decision.
Bistline’s other notable clients include
ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded
international oil and gas company, and Ecolab,
a global provider of water, hygiene, and energy
She has particular expertise in advising clients
from sectors such as fashion, jewellery, energy,
oil and gas, and universities on developing
enforcement strategies, policing infringements,
and trademark-related contracts.
Bistline is a keen advocate of broadening
diversity in the law. She is involved in several
committees aimed at growing Pirkey Barber; as
part of the firm’s training committee, she aims
to ensure that all clerks and associates at the firm
are properly trained and mentored throughout
SENIOR TRADEMARK COUNSEL,
Adraea Brown leads the in-house team of one of
the most well-known brands in the world—Harley-
Davidson—with a brand valued at more than $5
billion. She is the first African-American to hold
this position in the company’s 116-year history.
In her role, Brown has strategic oversight and
management of Harley-Davidson’s 5,000-plus
global trademark portfolio. Brown also focuses
on global brand enforcement, litigation, and
support of the licensing and strategic brand
alliance programmes, in addition training
internal company staff on trademark matters.
She played an instrumental role in obtaining
the largest damages award ($19.2 million) against
a single infringer, a print-on-demand T-shirt
manufacturer, in the company’s history.
Brown previously served as an associate
attorney at The PLK Law Group between 2010
and 2015, before joining Harley-Davidson as
corporate trademark counsel. She was promoted
in 2018 to her current role.
In addition to being an INTA member, Brown
is also a 2018 fellow for the Leadership Council
on Legal Diversity.
PARTNER, GUNNERCOOKE, UK
Since joining Gunnercooke in October 2018,
Rosie Burbidge has moved from being a senior
associate to a partner who has built and manages a
steady stream of work focused on design disputes,
general IP disputes, and strategic advice.
She is particularly well known in fashion
industry circles due, in large part, to her industryfocused
book “European Fashion Law: A Practical
Guide from Start-up to Global Success”.
Burbidge is a regular speaker at conferences,
and presented on blockchain and the fashion
industry during CITMA’s Spring conference. She
is also a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths University,
Southampton University and CASS Business
School, in the UK.
Throughout her career, Burbidge has worked
on a variety of high-profile IP disputes including
Superdry v Abercrombie & Fitch, a case involving
unregistered design rights which was settled in
During her time at Rouse, Burbidge expanded
her knowledge from anti-counterfeiting actions,
clearance and strategic advice to patent litigation
concerning pharmaceuticals (including a suit over
the patent to the anti-malarial, Malarone) and
computer graphics (a dispute between Nintendo
and Philips Electronics).