Powley & Gibson, P.C. is a full service intellectual property law firm.

Our firm advises and counsels clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues in various industries, including pharmaceutical, retail, food services, publishing, apparel, financial services, sports management, energy, entertainment and the arts, and transportation. Our firm also represents many small companies and start-up ventures.

Powley & Gibson is located at 60 Hudson Street, New York, New York in the TriBeCa district of lower Manhattan. The firm utilizes state of the art computer and communications technology and has cutting-edge legal research abilities.

Who We Are

Our firm specializes in all aspects of trademark law, unfair competition, and copyright law, as well as entertainment, Internet and new-media related matters.

In addition, our attorneys regularly litigate before both Federal trial and appellate courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as providing comprehensive services in the areas of contracts and licensing.

Powley & Gibson also protects our client’s IP rights abroad by working closely with a select group of experienced attorneys and agents around the world.



In Our Words

Powley & Gibson prides itself on the individual and specialized attention it gives to each of its clients. Our attorneys consistently provide the highest level of service in both routine and complex matters. We take time to learn our clients’ businesses so that we can help clients get the results they are seeking at very competitive prices.

Our Story

In 2002, after practicing more than fifteen years in the area of intellectual property at Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert, and then at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, LLP, Rob started the Law Office of Robert L. Powley, which is now Powley & Gibson, P.C.

The firm has grown steadily over the last twenty-one years with James M. Gibson joining the firm in early 2006 and Thomas Curtin joining in 2015.  Jim has practiced in the IP field for twenty years, having started his career at Morgan & Finnegan, L.L.P. and later becoming a partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, LLP.  Tom has been practicing in the IP field for 25 years starting at Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert where he became a partner, then of counsel at King & Spalding and partner at Lathrop & Gage before joining Powley & Gibson, P.C.


Representing corporations, individuals & organizations in all areas of intellectual property law.

Trademark Practice Group

Attorneys at Powley & Gibson handle all aspects of trademark prosecution practice including U.S. and Worldwide clearance, counseling, filing and maintenance. Our attorneys have litigated opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as before Federal trial and appellate courts. Our attorneys counsel our clients on domain name and internet issues, including UDRP proceedings, web advertising disputes and trade dress. Our firm works closely with a network of foreign associates selected for their expertise and cost-effectiveness in representing our clients’ interests in their respective jurisdictions.


Copyright Practice Group

Our attorneys counsel clients on a wide variety of copyright issues including timely preparation and filing of applications for registration before the Copyright Office, assignments and licenses, and other related transactions. Our attorneys also regularly litigate copyright cases both for plaintiffs and defendants in Federal Courts.

Our attorneys have developed significant expertise representing clients in the publishing, art and sports management industries, having filed dozens of lawsuits in federal district courts to protect their copyrights. Our copyright practice also includes issues pertaining to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and “take down” practices with social media companies.



We’re proud of our diverse team of attorneys who provide personalized, quality representation at reasonable rates.




Robert L. Powley

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Rob founded Powley & Gibson in 2002 and has specialized in trademark, copyright and patent law for over 30 years. Frequently asked to advise on complicated intellectual property issues ranging from branding to litigation strategies. Rob’s extensive experience includes selecting, prosecuting, maintaining and enforcing trademarks, copyrights and patents worldwide.  Rob’s practice includes drafting and negotiating licenses and agreements involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, and domain names. He also litigates intellectual property rights in the Federal Courts throughout the United States, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has also negotiated and constructed art exhibition, loan and sales agreements throughout the world.

Rob is also active in the not-for-profit area and serves on the board of directors for several companies. Rob has been recognized as one of the top 1000 trademark attorneys throughout the world, and is recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in New York.

Rob’s clientele includes a variety of domestic and international corporations, start-up companies, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations. Most notably, Rob has worked for one of the most successful Broadway musicals in history; large retail operations; food and beverage clients; a leading publisher in the energy and petroleum fields; the pharmaceutical industry; leading fashion companies; a world famous sculptor, and various other successful corporations, entities and individuals offering a wide scope of products and services.

Rob is an active member in the International Trademark Association, serving on several committees, and is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Rob is licensed to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, the District of Colorado, and New York State Court. Rob is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Rob received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Washington and Lee University and graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law.


James M. Gibson

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James M. Gibson has over twenty-five years of experience practicing in the areas of trademark and copyright law.  Jim has extensive experience representing trademark owners in the United States with trademark prosecution at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in both federal court and the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.  Jim has worked closely with brand owners to develop trademarks, search and clear trademarks, prosecute trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and protect brands.

Jim also works with a network of experienced and reasonably priced attorneys around the world to protect clients’ rights worldwide.  Jim also has extensive experience in all phases of litigating trademark and copyright matters in federal courts.  Jim has represented a wide variety of clients in diverse fields such as publishing, financial services, fashion and sports management.

Jim is licensed to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District, New York State courts, and the District Court of Colorado.  Jim is a member of the International Trademark Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, having served on several committees for both organizations.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and graduated from Touro Law School.


Thomas H. Curtin

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Thomas Curtin has over 30 years of experience in handling a wide variety of intellectual property issues, particularly in trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters.  Tom has represented Fortune 500 companies in federal courts and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office protecting their intellectual property portfolios.  He has litigated cases involving claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, dilution, cybersquatting, trade dress infringement, counterfeiting and copyright infringement.  Tom’s practice also includes counseling clients on trademark matters from the search and clearance of marks to prosecuting applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board through to decision.  He is also involved in licensing, internet-related issues including UDRP proceedings and has supervised trademark registration, maintenance and litigation matters worldwide.

Tom has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The Second, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as New York State courts.  Tom is a member of the International Trademark Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the Copyright Society.  Tom was selected among The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2023.

Tom received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College and graduated Fordham University School of Law.

William R. Hansen

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Bill has been practicing IP law since 1978. In those over 40 years, Bill has been one of the leading IP litigators in the U.S. regularly representing large U.S. and International companies in IP matters including trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising, copyright infringement, patent and trade secret cases.

In addition to his intellectual property litigation work, Bill regularly provides counsel on all aspects of trademarks and copyrights, including proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, trademark clearance and protection of copyrighted works.

Bill has been named as one of the leading intellectual property attorneys in New York by Chambers USA (2012, 2013), selected to Super Lawyers (2007-2011) in New York IP litigation, named among the world’s top trademark attorneys by Euromoney International Investor, recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners (2008, 2012), featured in Expert Guides (2020, 2021), and as one of the “World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Prior to joining Powley & Gibson, P.C., Bill had been a Senior partner at the firm Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert, a highly respected law firm that has been involved in much of the case law that provides the framework of today’s trademark law, and where many of us began the practice of IP law. Since 2002, Bill has been a partner at large general practice AMLAW top 150 law firms often in leadership positions.  Bill made the decision to return to an IP specialty firm to better serve his clients.  Admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1978, Bill is admitted in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Bill graduated with an A.B. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College in 1974, and received his J.D. degree from The Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1977.


Stephen M. Ankrom

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Steve M. Ankrom focuses his practice in the areas of copyright and trademark litigation.  Steve has represented clients in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and has experience at all stages of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and trial.  He has represented clients in a variety of industries and fields such as music, art, retail, publishing, financial services, apparel, insurance, and footwear.

Steve is a member of the International Trademark Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the Copyright Society of the U.S..  Steve is licensed to practice law in New York State and is admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Prior to coming to Powley & Gibson, Steve was an associate with Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Steve graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio State University in 2001 and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2006.

Powley & Gibson, P.C.
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Powley & Gibson, P.C. is located at 60 Hudson Street between Worth and Thomas Streets. Closest subway stops are either Franklin Street on the 1 Line or Chambers Street on the 1, 2 and 3 Lines. There are several pay parking lots near our offices.

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