Sarah P. Harrell is an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg. She is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department and the Internet and Technology Law and Advertising and Marketing practice groups. Sarah focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, advertising and marketing, and right of publicity law.
Working with clients of all sizes and in all industries, Sarah assists them in understanding the risks associated with the adoption of new trademarks, slogans and business names. She advises clients on how intellectual property can be best protected, defended and enforced. Sarah also has experience in the prosecution of trademark registrations in the United States and facilitating the expansion of trademark protection in foreign jurisdictions. She has helped clients with large international portfolios identify ways to simplify those portfolios and reduce maintenance costs.
Sarah also evaluates and provides advice on advertising claims, including potential liability for false or misleading representations. On the evolving topic of influencer marketing, she advises clients on best practices to comply with Federal Trade Commission regulations. Her practice also includes enforcing IP rights online through DMCA takedown notices, drafting trademark and copyright licenses, and negotiating with third parties on issues involving potential trademark infringement.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Sarah gained experience in the intellectual property field at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and CMG Worldwide. She was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and a law clerk with the Indiana Attorney General's Office.
Sarah also has an interest in architecture and historical preservation. She has been published on the subject in the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review: 'From the Big Apple to Big Ben: International Guidance for Abu Dhabi's Modern Heritage Preservation Initiative,' 24 Ind. INT'L & COMP. L. REV.547 (2014).