Elizabeth J. Rest


Elizabeth J. Rest is a principal and co-founder of CROWN®, LLP, a boutique San Francisco transactions and litigation law firm.

Elizabeth’s practice is focused on representing clients in domestic and international trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, including handling trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and in both state and federal courts. Her practice also focuses on transactions and litigation involving intellectual property and business matters, including copyright, entertainment and sports law, rights of publicity, business entity formation, maintenance, and dissolution, and in all aspects of the creation, protection, licensing, and distribution of intellectual property. Elizabeth's clients are active in the retail, entertainment, arts, new media, and technology sectors and include filmmakers, musicians, writers, publishers, musical instrument manufacturers, artists, food and wine makers, and distributors of all forms of entertainment and informational content. Prior to co-founding CROWN®, LLP, Elizabeth was an attorney at two premiere boutique Bay Area intellectual property, entertainment, and sports law firms.

Elizabeth is a Past Chair of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section (now the California Lawyers Association), and currently serves as an advisor to the Section. She is also a past Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group of the State Bar of California's Intellectual Property Law Section. Elizabeth is the current Vice-Chair of the Cannabis IP Interest Group of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

Elizabeth is a member of the Marin County Bar, including the Intellectual Property Law Section, the American Bar Association's Section on Intellectual Property, and its Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the International Cannabis Bar Association.

Elizabeth is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. She is also a regular writer on intellectual property and entertainment law issues, including her article, Lost in Translation: A Critical Examination of Conflicting Decisions Applying the Doctrine of Foreign Equivalents, published at 96 Trademark Rep. 1211 (2006). Elizabeth is also a frequent presenter on topics in trademark, copyright, and entertainment law.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Elizabeth was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of Intellectual Property, a designation awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in Northern California. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, Elizabeth was named to the California Super Lawyers list in the field of Intellectual Property, a designation awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in California. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.