Alaine C. Doolan


  • Overview


    Alaine Doolan focuses her practice primarily in the areas of intellectual property, brand management, corporate transactions, technology, and Internet-related law. She works with clients from a broad range of industries, such as food and beverage, fashion and merchandising, software solutions, and health care. She is a member of the firm's Business Transactions, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Groups. 

    Intellectual Property and Technology

    Alaine works to protect corporate brands through the prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and domain names domestically and worldwide. She works with clients to develop strategies for launching and protecting new brands. She also advises clients on a variety of intellectual property infringement matters, and she handles opposition, cancellation, and appeal proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Alaine also secures and protects clients' intellectual property through the preparation of various documents, including assignments, security interests, and nondisclosure and coexistence agreements. She has worked for two large consumer products companies and managed 4,000-plus worldwide trademark portfolios for both.

    She handles e-commerce and Internet law issues, including end user license agreements, Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements, social media issues, online advertising, promotions, blogs, testimonials and sweepstakes, website terms of use and privacy policies, domain name disputes and takedown requests.

    Trade Regulation

    Alaine advises clients on regulatory matters related to print, digital, and mobile advertising for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.

    Corporate Transactions

    Alaine assists the Business Transactions Practice in corporate transactions and mergers & acquisitions. She frequently handles the transfer of intangible and technology-related assets. This transaction work includes advising on purchase agreements, intellectual property portfolios, performing due diligence relating to intellectual property and technology assets, and preparing and negotiating various intellectual property documents and agreements. Alaine also supports the firm’s Finance Group in various financial transactions through the evaluation of intellectual property portfolios used to secure loans and the preparation of security interests and releases.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement

    Alaine has served as a volunteer attorney in the Truancy Intervention Project, which provides legal advocates to children in contentious family court cases. Through her involvement with the project, she serves as a mentor to students who have attendance problems. She is also a Hartford County Bar Association mentor. Alaine is president and founder of BEE the Best, Inc. (Backpacks for Excellence in Education), a non-profit organization that collects and donates backpacks and supplies for school children to the Truancy Intervention Project and other non-profit organizations.

    Alaine is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford, where she teaches a course on Intellectual Property, a class which covers trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Intellectual Property

      • Assist various financial institutions in verifying borrowers’ intellectual property portfolios and securing liens against such properties.

      • Successfully removed from eBay large quantities of counterfeit personal care products on behalf of client, who had trademark registrations and patent protection.

      • Achieved settlement for food and beverage company client in a trademark opposition dispute, following a proceeding at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

      • Assist clients with rebranding of their products and services, including a nonprofit organization that helps educate our society about emotional suffering and links mental health professionals with veterans.

      • In client’s acquisition of a software company, evaluated the target company’s intellectual property portfolio to confirm that all employees and independent contractors, who were located worldwide, executed the necessary documentation to transfer all intellectual property to the target.

      • Technology Law

      • Successfully represented a media software company in the takedown and transfer of an infringing website and wrongful association with client’s business.

      • Successfully represented an alcoholic beverage company in the takedown and transfer of various Twitter accounts set up by former employees of the company.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Secretary (2017)
      Vice-Chair of Women in the Law Section (2015 - 2016)
      Chair of Women in the Law Section (2012 - 2015)
      Chair of Intellectual Property Section (2015)
      Member, Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section
      House of Delegates (2010 - 2013)

      International Trademark Association
      Pro Bono Committee (2012 - 2013)
      Internet Committee (2008 - 2011)

      MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut
      Board of Directors (2016)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Recipient of the 2013 Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award from the Connecticut Bar Association

      2012 Inductee into The Governor's Prevention Partnership's Mentoring Hall of Fame

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Truancy Intervention Project of New Britain, Connecticut Bar Association

      B.E.E. the Best, Backpacks for Excellence in Education

      University of Hartford
      Adjunct Faculty Member

      Interval House
      Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "Managing the Labeling Requirements of Prop 65," article featured in Robinson+Cole's IP+T Intelligence Newsletter (Q3 2018)

      "ADA Website Compliance," article featured in Robinson+Cole's IP+T Intelligence Newsletter (Q3 2018)

      "Work Made For Hire—It’s Not What You Think," co-authored with Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, article featured in Robinson+Cole's IP+T Intelligence Newsletter (Q2 2018)

      "Unauthorized Filings with the PTO," article featured in Robinson+Cole's Intelligence Newsletter (Q4 2017)

      "Work Made for Hire. It's Not What You Think," published in Connecticut Lawyer (October 2014)

      "10 Copyright Myths and Misconceptions," published in Connecticut Lawyer (3/2012)

    • Presentations


      "Social Media: Legal Implications," at a webinar sponsored by the Women's Business Development Council (3/29/2017)
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      "IP Year in Review," co-presented with James R. Nault, at the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Intellectual Property Section Meeting in New Britain, Connecticut (1/26/2017)
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      "Decisions You Need to Know: Key Trademark Cases from 2015," co-presented with Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, at an International Trademark Association Roundtable discussion in Hartford, Connecticut (1/28/2016)
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      "Legal Implications of Social Media," at Connecticut Women's Business Development Council (2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 26, 2018

        Hartford Office Volunteers for Hands On Hartford’s Annual Holiday Party and Toy Shoppe

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      • November 21, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Hosts CBA Intellectual Property Section Meeting

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      • March 5, 2018

        Alaine Doolan Facilitates U.S. Trademark Case Law Roundtable

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      • December 8, 2017

        Alaine Doolan Moderates Connecticut Bar Association “Ethics and Intellectual Property” CLE Seminar

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      • April 10, 2017

        Alaine Doolan Presents on Legal Implications of Social Media

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      • February 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Participate in CBA Intellectual Property Section Meeting

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      • March 31, 2016

        Women's Committee Supports CBA Pathways to Leadership Event

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      • March 30, 2016

        Alaine Doolan Joins Faculty of Paralegal Studies Program at University of Hartford

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      • February 2, 2016

        Trademark Lawyers Present International Trademark Association Roundtable on Key Cases from 2015

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      • March 19, 2015

        Alaine Doolan Organizes CBA Women in the Law Annual Program

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      • December 3, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Volunteers Teach JA Curriculum in Hartford School

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      • February 20, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Leading Efforts for CBA's Women in the Law Section Program

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      • July 25, 2013

        Two Robinson & Cole Lawyers Appointed to CBA Intellectual Property Executive Committee

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      • June 3, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer and Firm Honored for Work in Youth Mentoring

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      • September 27, 2012

        Alaine Doolan to Lead Women in the Law Committee

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      • April 10, 2012

        Intellectual Property Lawyer Presents on Legal Implications of Social Media and Writes Article on Copyrights

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      R+C News Releases

      • November 28, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • December 28, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • September 26, 2017

        Alaine Doolan Leads Effort to Equip Students with Tools to Help Them “B.E.E. The Best” This School Year

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      • June 19, 2017

        Alaine Doolan Appointed Secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association

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      • November 28, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • December 28, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

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      • December 9, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • September 3, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Co-Chair Intellectual Property Section of Connecticut Bar Association

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      • September 4, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Helps Students in New Britain and New Haven Head to School with Tools for Learning

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      • January 27, 2012

        Who Says You Can’t Go Home? Robinson & Cole Welcomes Back Third Attorney

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    • Newsletters


      IP+T Intelligence Newsletter, co-authored with Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (Q3 2018)

      IP+T Intelligence Newsletter, co-authored with Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Nathaniel T. Arden and Benjamin C. Jensen (Q2 2018)

      IP+T Intelligence Newsletter, co-authored with Brian E. Moran (Q4 2017)