Tricia McDermott Thompkins is the Chief Intellectual Property and Licensing Counsel for Perry Ellis International, Inc. in Miami, Florida, where she counsels the business on the acquisition, maintenance, enforcement/litigation of a wide range of intellectual property rights, including trademark, copyright, anti-counterfeiting, and right of publicity. Ms. Thompkins is also responsible for the legal work associated with the licensing, distribution and advertising of the retailer’s diverse brands, which include owned brands such as Perry Ellis®, Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Jantzen®, Grand Slam® among others and licensed brands such as Nike®, Callaway®, PGA Tour® and Jag®. Having just joined Perry Ellis in December 2011, Ms. Thompkins was instrumental in the recent acquisition of the worldwide intellectual property rights to the Ben Hogan® family of brands from Callaway Golf Company.
Prior to joining Perry Ellis, Ms. Thompkins served as Sr. Director, Intellectual Property and Division Counsel for the $1.3B appliances division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., owner of the George Foreman®, Rayovac® and Remington® brands, among others. Ms. Thompkins was also Director and Trademark Counsel for Office Depot, Inc. and previously worked in a law firm in Washington, DC and at the US Patent & Trademark Office before migrating to South Florida. She earned a B.A. in English and J.D. from Rutgers University, Camden College of Arts & Sciences and Camden School of Law, respectively.
Ms. Thompkins is the current Vice-Chair of the Trademark Transactions Committee of the American Bar Association, active as a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and is a frequent speaker for several bar association conferences – most recently, for the National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section and the Miami-Dade Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee.
Ms. Thompkins, along with her daughters Maya and Tajo – both 13 years old, are humbled to serve as volunteers at the day center of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County to continue the legacy of her beloved and recently deceased husband, David Thompkins, of giving back to the community.