Alyssa M. Bruno, Esq.
Alyssa represents artists, content creators, and small business owners. She is a fierce protector of artists’ rights and advises creative businesses on how to best protect their copyrights and trademarks. In instances where an artist or business owner has had their work copied or reproduced without their consent, Alyssa initiates intellectual property infringement lawsuits to recover the monetary compensation that they deserve. Alyssa enjoys representing small, independent creators who have had their artwork knocked off or outright stolen by large corporations or entities. She takes on these “David and Goliath” cases because she believes it is imperative for every creator to profit from all commercial uses of their work.
Areas of Practice
Alyssa practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as in federal courts across the country on a pro hac vice basis. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property infringement litigation, copyright and trademark registrations, business transactions, and business litigation.
Copyright law is a central focus of Alyssa’s practice. Artists, authors, photographers, musicians, and other content creators seek Alyssa’s guidance on how to best protect their creative works and what to do when someone infringes upon their copyright-protected work. Alyssa provides her clients with practical and cost-effective solutions to enforcing their rights and pursuing copyright infringement claims when necessary. In instances where the merits of a copyright infringement claim are strong, and there is a high likelihood of recovering significant monetary damages, Alyssa will handle the case on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the client does not pay for their legal services until monetary compensation for their injury is recovered.
Trademark law is also a central focus of Alyssa’s practice. Alyssa represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trademark infringement litigation matters. She also files federal trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and counsels clients on choosing strong company names, logos, and phrases that are likely to qualify for federal trademark protection. If an issue arises during the trademark application process, Alyssa advocates on behalf of her clients through filing responses to Office Action letters and appearing in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
In addition to her intellectual property practice, Alyssa also represents small business owners in business transactions and business litigation matters. Business litigation has been the core of Alyssa’s practice since the onset of her career. She has extensive experience representing both large and small companies in complex litigation matters, including breach of contract disputes, partnership breakups, and business torts. She also negotiates and drafts a wide variety of contracts for her business clients, including non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), intellectual property assignment contracts, independent contractor agreements, and licensing contracts.
Alyssa attended Villanova University School of Law on a Full-Tuition Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina on an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing.
Prior to entering private practice, Alyssa served a year term as an appellate judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jack A. Panella of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. As a judicial law clerk, Alyssa assisted in drafting over fifty (50) decisions on civil and criminal appeals. She gained tremendous insight through this experience, which continues to shape the way she approaches cases to this day.
Following her clerkship, Alyssa joined a regional commercial litigation firm in Morristown, NJ where she focused on products liability, insurance coverage matters, and other complex commercial litigation disputes. After three years of this work, Alyssa returned to her hometown in Easton, PA and pivoted her practice to focus on serving individuals and small businesses rather than large corporations. Since then, Alyssa has been representing artists, designers, and creative businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She finds this work incredibly fulfilling and looks forward to serving these communities for many years to come.
Alyssa is the Co-Founder of the Villanova Fashion Law Society, which is a student-run organization dedicated to putting on events involving the niche area of law known as Fashion Law. Alyssa organized the Fashion Law Society’s inaugural Fashion Law Symposium, which featured panelists from top fashion companies, including Louis Vuitton and Stuart Weitzman.
During her time at Villanova Law, Alyssa also served as a student attorney at the Villanova Civil Justice Clinic where she represented indigent clients in employment matters, Medicare appeals, and landlord-tenant disputes. As an attorney in private practice, Alyssa continues to take on certain pro bono cases.
Here are a few of the notable cases that Alyssa has handled for her clients:
- Successfully registered federal trademarks on behalf of musicians, visual artists, and small business owners.
- Member of the litigation team that recovered a substantial settlement on behalf of a well-known painter who had one of his famous copyright-protected paintings reproduced in a top-grossing video game without his consent and without any payment to him.
- Served as co-counsel and successfully obtained a preliminary injunction in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of a local billboard advertising company attempting to enforce a covenant not to compete provision of a $15,000,000.00 asset purchase agreement that it entered into with a prominent real estate developer.
- Successfully defended the wife of a deceased seller of land who was faced with a lawsuit brought under the Pennsylvania Real Estate and Seller’s Disclosure Law (RESDL) for alleged undisclosed defects in the sale of the property. Alyssa had the case dismissed at the motion to dismiss stage and prevailed in the subsequent appeals.
- Member of the litigation team that recovered a significant settlement on behalf of a small retailer who had their trademarked company name infringed upon by a large, big-box retailer in a nationwide product line.
- Served as co-counsel and recovered a large settlement in a subrogation case involving a fire that occurred at a retail store due to defective store lighting equipment.
- Member of the Pennsylvania Bar
- Member of the New Jersey Bar
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Northampton County Bar Association
- United States Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania