Spotlight on . . . Candace Lynn Bell
April 4, 2018
Candace Lynn Bell joined the firm’s White Plains, New York, office in 2011. Today she is based in the firm’s Buffalo, New York, office. She and her husband, Jonathan, share a historic home known as the Edward Harvey House in the Parkside Historic District. Built in 1898-1899, it is a three story late Victorian house just down the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin Complex, the Buffalo Zoo, and Delaware Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Candace has a history of living in interesting homes. As a child, she lived on Grand Island, a large island upstream from Niagara Falls, in New York State. Her home was right on the water, and her bedroom faced Canada on the opposite shore.
Candace and Jonathan have two sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. Their son David is an attorney with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore Maryland. Their son Benjamin is a chief resident in internal medicine at the Yale/New Haven Hospital, and his wife, Rozzie, is completing her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Yale. Their daughter Sarah, a junior at Nichols School, rides and jumps horses competitively.
Candace focuses her practice on intellectual property matters for United States-based companies and individuals as well as foreign-based individuals and companies doing business in the United States. She has more than 20 years of experience in working with clients to develop and manage trademark and domain name portfolios on a national and international basis, including developing brands, policing marks, and portfolio and registration management. She advises clients in a broad range of industries including software, insurance, entertainment, food service, bakeries, consulting, aviation, construction, precious metal refining, and retail. Candace also has an active trademark litigation practice representing clients in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in federal courts.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
I’m a lifelong learner and gravitated toward law because it is a field that is always changing and requires a natural curiosity and enthusiasm for seeking knowledge on a daily basis.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
Working with the clients to protect their brands, which are the symbol of their company, and learning about all the different products and services our clients provide to the world. I also really like working with the marketing people who create ad campaigns and new brands for clients.
What is one of your hidden talents?
I worked at F.A.O. Schwartz 5th Avenue New York for several months during one Christmas season. Because I helped celebrities shop the store and worked private parties, I learned how to play “Chopsticks” on the floor piano – just like Tom Hanks did in the film Big.
What do you like to do on weekends?
Cook – braised rabbit, venison medallions, chocolate peppermint soufflé – you name it. I ran a catering business in college. Cooking for family and friends is a source of joy for me. The character Remy from the film Ratatouille is one of my heroes.
What is your favorite place?
Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. It is a rustic and beautiful resort in the middle of the wilderness with an outstanding staff, an amazing chef, and fabulous food served in a huge octagonal log dining room with a massive stone fireplace in the center – the best Welsh rarebit ever!
What is a movie that you can watch over and over again?