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Dawn S. Ternig*

Intellectual Property Administrator

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Dawn has been with Michael Best since 1990. She focuses her considerable experience on United States and international trademark prosecution, maintenance, protection, enforcement, and portfolio maintenance.

In addition, Dawn regularly handles due diligence and chain of title issues and has experience with infringement investigations. She also maintains contacts with a global network of lawyers and professionals in order to facilitate the protection and enforcement of clients’ trademarks and copyrights.


  • When a retail sales client specializing in furniture wanted to determine whether or not to bid in auction on a company in bankruptcy’s assets, Dawn conducted trademark due diligence and United States and international searches to determine what marks were owned by the distressed company. The client bid in the auction and won the assets and Michael Best manages the portfolio.
  • While in the process of intaking an alcoholic beverage client’s trademarks from another firm, Dawn conducted an international ownership search to verify the information. She discovered that more than half the portfolio was not included on the prior firm’s reports and that ownership of a considerable portion of the portfolio was in predecessors’ names. As a result of Dawn’s trademark due diligence and chain of title search, the client was able to obtain a highly favorable result when they sold several brands in their portfolio. 

Professional Activities

  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Notary Public
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