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Hailed as providing ‘highest-quality’ litigation advice, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘terrific’ department often represents clients in high-profile cross-border disputes. Clients ‘do not hesitate to recommend’ co-head David Bernstein, who, along with Jim Pastore, represented Case-Mate in federal litigation brought against Walmart regarding infringement over the ‘Case-Mate’ mark. Bernstein and Michael Schaper have been acting for WeWork in litigation brought against UrWork arising from the launch of a confusingly similar mark. Jyotin Hamid has been assisting GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with opposition proceedings brought by Neutec Group and Sandoz regarding GSK’s Advair mark. The department, which is also led by Jeffrey Cunard, was bolstered by the arrivals of Henry Lebowitz from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Paul Rubin from Ropes & Gray LLP in 2017. All partners are based in New York.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has strong experience acting for clients in litigation brought before federal and state courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mark Sommers successfully represented LG in obtaining $168m in damages in a counterfeiting case brought against a number of companies. Practice co-head Douglas Rettew and Danny Awdeh led advice to Bridgestone in a suit brought against a number of companies regarding the client’s ‘Firestone’ mark. The firm also assisted Universal Audio with proceedings brought against Earbyte regarding the company’s unauthorized use of the client’s marks. Mark Sweet and James Monroe also lead the practice, which is based in Washington DC.

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The strong team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton handles all aspects of trademark litigation for clients across a broad range of sectors, including technology, hospitality and entertainment. In Atlanta, co-head William Brewster, Charles Hooker and Charles Henn have been representing adidas and Reebok in a high-profile infringement suit brought against TRB Acquisitions regarding the company’s use of the ‘RBX’ trademark. Brewster- and New York-based Lisa Pearson acted for Coty in administrative actions brought by Revlon regarding allegations that the client’s ‘Miracle Gel’ nail polish mark was deceptive. In Los Angeles, Dennis Wilson defended Snap Inc against a preliminary injunction brought against the company by Eyebobs arising from allegations of infringement. The nationwide team, which is jointly led by David Mayberry in Washington DC and Anthony Malutta in San Francisco, also includes Judith Powell in Atlanta, as well as Larry McFarland and David Caplan in Los Angeles.

Cooley LLP’s department excels in cross-border litigation and has particular strength in the UK and in European jurisdictions. It counts high-profile brands such as Google, Facebook and Nintendo among its clients. Led by the well-regarded Peter Willsey, who is based in Washington DC, the department also includes Janet Cullum in New York and San Francisco-based senior counsel John Crittenden, who specializes in litigation involving trademark, false advertising and copyright issues.

Considered ‘extremely skilled’ in all areas of trademark litigation, New York-based IP boutique Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. has considerable experience in high-profile matters with an international element. Led by litigation head Laura Popp-Rosenberg, the team continues to act for Royal Crown Cola and Dr Pepper/Seven Up in a dispute brought before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding Coca-Cola’s right to claim exclusive rights to the ‘Zero’ mark for soft drinks. The well-regarded James Weinberger has been leading advice to DC Comics and Warner Bros in an infringement action brought against the clients by Hasbro alleging violation of Hasbro’s rights in the use of the character name ‘Bumblebee’. Barbara Solomon and Richard Lehv are names to note. Leo Kittay was promoted to partner in 2018.

Jones Day’s ‘excellent’ group represents high-profile clients across a wide range of sectors, including food and beverages, technology and retail. In Washington DC, co-head John Froemming led the representation of SharkNinja in litigation brought against Dyson regarding false advertising claims. Cleveland-based co-head Meredith Wilkes has been leading advice to McCain Foods in litigation brought against the client by Simplot regarding design issues arising from the client’s potato product. Susan Kayser in Washington DC assisted Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) with litigation brought against Western Rise arising from the use of A&F’s ‘MOOSE’ mark. The group was bolstered by the arrivals of Thomas Vitt from Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Emily Tait from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Jessica Bradley is also recommended in the firm’s Washington DC office.

Rated among the highest firms’, boutique Kelly IP LLP handles high-profile litigation for clients across a broad range of industries. Practice head David Kelly has been leading the representation of Harley-Davidson in various suits regarding a number of the client’s trademarks. Stephanie Bald and Robert Litowitz have been acting for Bugatchi in a number of TTAB and federal court proceedings brought against Bugatti regarding allegations of infringement. Linda McCleod is a name to note. The firm is based in Washington DC.

Noted by clients for its ‘passion for the industry’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s group ‘always provides on-point advice’ and has particular strength in the entertainment, consumer products and technology industries. Claudia Ray, who has a ‘great combination of practical litigation chops and strategic acumen’, and Bonnie Jarrett have been defending Droga5 against infringement and unfair competition claims brought by LRN and its CEO, Dov Seidman, arising from the client’s ‘How Matters’ advertising campaign. The well-regarded Johanna Schmitt, Joshua Simmons, and ‘practical and brand-sensitiveDale Cendali, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’, have been leading advice to J.K. Rowling in all aspects regarding her trademark portfolio. Cendali and Ray, along with John O’Quinn and Los Angeles-based Diana Torres, have been representing Nike in an infringement suit brought at the US International Trade Commission regarding Nike’s Converse Chuck Taylor designs. Shanti Sadtler Conway and Mary Mazzello were promoted to partner. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s ‘superb’ department has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile federal litigation. Co-head Robert Raskopf has been representing Gucci in an infringement claim brought by Forever 21 arising from the client’s striping trademarks. In Silicon Valley, co-head Margaret Caruso led advice to Google in various trademark actions arising from Google’s AdWords advertising program. Todd Anten acted for Tommy John in a dispute brought against Dick’s Sporting Goods regarding allegations of infringement of the client’s ‘Second Skin’ mark. Other clients include Pro-Football, Inc, YouTube and Alibaba. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Arnold & Porter’s practice has significant international reach and often takes on high-profile trademark litigation. The well-regarded Louis Ederer and Matthew Salzmann represented Louis Vuitton and its subsidiary Céline in a counterfeiting and infringement action brought against a number of defendants before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Paul Llewellyn has been leading advice to the Hershey Company in various trademark disputes, including opposition proceedings brought before the TTAB and litigation against a number of competitors. Other clients include the Washington Redskins, Gucci and Pfizer. Matthew Wolf heads the practice from Washington DC. Former co-chair Michael Malecek has retired. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘impressive’ New York-based group at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is often called upon to assist clients with high-profile litigation. Group head Richard Mandel has been assisting Sony Pictures with cancelation proceedings brought before the TTAB. Jonathan King, of counsel Christopher Jensen and Meichelle MacGregor, who was recently promoted to partner, acted for Edible Arrangements in various disputes arising from allegations of infringement of the client’s marks. Eric Shimanoff and Deborah Squiers have been representing Varsity Spirit in an infringement action brought against a third party using the ‘Cheerobics’ mark. The group, which also includes William Borchard, Mary Kevlin and recently promoted partner Robert English, was strengthened by the return of counsel Mary Donovan from her own firm.

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

Rated for its ‘great nuts and bolts knowledge’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s department acts for domestic and international clients across various industries. In Chicago, co-head Floyd Mandell has been defending Pepsi against infringement claims brought by Sportsfuel Supplements in federal court. In New York, co-head Karen Artz Ash has been acting for the estate of Marilyn Monroe in a suit brought against Fashion Central involving allegations of trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition, among others. Clients also recommend Kristin Achterhof in Chicago and Roger Furey in Washington DC.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles high-profile litigation, often with an international element, and has notable strength in the technology and entertainment sectors. San Diego-based co-head Jennifer Barry represented NUDE Skincare in various international disputes, including an infringement suit brought against Happiness Group arising from its use of the ‘Nudu’ mark. Greg Garre in Washington DC and Andrew Gass in San Francisco led advice to Pandora Media and iHeartMedia in various litigation brought by a number of record labels alleging piracy. The team, which is also led by Matthew Moore in Washington DC and David Callahan in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Kevin Wheeler in Washington DC from Fish & Richardson P.C.. Clients also recommend Perry Viscounty in Orange County, which is also where recently promoted counsel David Troutman is based.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, technology and life sciences. Practice head John Dabney, Robert Zelnick, Richard Kim and Marc Sorini have been acting for Brooklyn Brewery in various disputes, including cancelation proceedings before the TTAB arising from Brooklyn Brew Shop’s registration for beer-making kits. Dabney, Michael Nadel, Natalie Bennett, Mary Hallerman and of counsel Katie Bukrinsky successfully represented Dalmatia Import Group in a bet-the-company dispute arising from trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims brought by a number of parties regarding the client’s fig spread. All partners are based in Washington DC.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s team excels in trial and appellate work, as well as opposition and cancelation proceedings brought before the TTAB. The team includes San Francisco-based Jennifer Lee Taylor, who often acts for clients on trademark, trade dress and unfair competition matters. Clients include Ubiquiti Networks, Restoration Hardware and VMware. In Los Angeles, Benjamin Fox has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including entertainment, financial services and healthcare.

Considered by one client to be ‘as good as it gets in this area’, Chicago-based boutique Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP has experience handling litigation for clients in the automobile, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors, among others. Jonathan Jennings and Philip Barengolts have been representing Sandoz in opposition proceedings brought against Glaxo regarding the shade of purple applied to the company’s ADVAIR products. Robert Sacoff, Robert Newbury and Seth Appel defended Medisana against a federal court action brought by HyperIce alleging trade dress infringement. The practice also includes managing partner Bradley Cohn, Ashly Boesche, Belinda Scrimenti and Thad Chaloemtiarana.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘excellent’ New York-based team often acts for high-profile brands and has experience handling litigation with an international element. Co-head Brendan O’Rourke led advice to Energizer in a lawsuit brought against Spectrum Brands alleging trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims regarding Spectrum’s confusingly similar packaging. O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan successfully assisted Triangl with litigation brought against a former Chinese supplier of swimwear manufactured by Triangl alleging trademark and trade dress infringement. Kaplan acted for Ascena Retail Group in a trademark and trade dress infringement dispute brought against BlueStar Alliance. The team, which is also led by Lawrence Weinstein, includes Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the practice has particular expertise representing clients in the media and entertainment sectors. Practice co-chair Bruce Rich represented Alibaba in a number of actions brought by US brand owners. The well-regarded Randi Singer has been defending long-term client Houghton Mifflin Harcourt against a number of actions brought by Springboards to Education alleging trademark infringement. Other clients include eBay, Procter & Gamble and Discovery Communications. The practice is also led by Benjamin Marks. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Arent Fox LLP’s ‘extremely skilled’ team has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including media and entertainment, technology and fashion. Michael Grow and Elizabeth Cohen have been leading advice to Warner Bros in various trademark matters, including a number of opposition proceedings. Anthony Lupo has been assisting Lacoste with various distribution and counterfeiting matters. The team is headed by Ricardo Fischer, who is also qualified to practice Venezuela. Clients include Google, H&M and Tesla. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) covers a broad range of sectors, including technology and consumer goods, and has seen an increase in media and entertainment clients following its merger with Liner LLP. San Francisco-based group head Gina Durham as well as Frank Ryan and Tamar Duvdevani in New York have been acting for Nike in an infringement suit brought by Why Not Apparel regarding certain Nike products. Duvdevani has also been representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe in an infringement claim under the Lanham Act brought against a merchandiser. The practice includes Ann Ford, who is co-head of the wider IP and technology department.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ team has experience acting for major domestic and international clients, particular within the technology sector. Litigation head Jedediah Wakefield, Eric Ball and Shannon Turner represented video chat app developer Life On Air in an infringement suit brought against Chathouse regarding Life On Air’s ‘Houseparty’ mark. Ball, Patrick Premo and associate William Pierog were engaged by bluetooth tracking devices maker Tile on infringement and unfair competition litigation brought against competitor TrackR. Sally Abel heads the trademark practice in Mountain View. Named lawyers are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

The ‘impressive’ department at Fish & Richardson P.C. has experience representing clients in various courts and forums. David Hosp and Sheryl Garko defended software company Iconics in a number of copyright disputes arising from allegations of infringement on software. Hosp, Garko and Mark Puzella continue to act for New Balance in various litigation, including false advertising claims. All partners are based in Boston.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s team often handles litigation brought in federal court and before the TTAB. In Los Angeles, group head William Robinson has been acting for Toyo Tires in various federal trade dress and unfair competition actions brought against infringers in California and Illinois. Chicago-based vice-chair Jeanne Gills led the representation of CVS Health in litigation brought against MinutePharmacy arising from allegations of trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. In New York, Jonathan Moskin assisted Booking.com with a dispute brought before the TTAB regarding whether or not its mark was generic. Other clients include Allstate, Herman Miller and the New York Jets.

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, the department has significant experience handling disputes for clients in the fashion and technology sectors, among others. In New York, of counsel Daniel Schloss often represents clients before the TTAB and the US Patent and Trademark Office. In Washington DC, Steven Wadyka is experienced acting for clients in federal court.

The ‘business-orientedKelley Drye & Warren LLP group has particular expertise in the fashion and retail industries. Group chair Andrea Calvaruso and Michael Lynch have been leading the representation of long-term client Bacardi in various litigation, including a dispute brought against Lodestar Anstalt arising from the use of Bacardi’s ‘untameable’ mark. Michael Zinna has been acting for AKDY Appliances in an infringement and false advertising dispute regarding the client’s product images. John Ward defended Belarusian chocolate manufacturer Spartak in a trademark infringement dispute brought by its US distributor Desley regarding the registration and use of the ‘Spartak’ mark. All named partners are based in New York.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice handles litigation across various sectors, including media, consumer products and financial services. Chicago-based co-chair Douglas Masters has been representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association in opposition proceedings before the TTAB, and defending Kizzang in an action brought before the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana arising from allegations of infringement regarding the client’s ‘March Madness’ and ‘Final 4’ trademarks. In Los Angeles, co-chair David Grace has been acting for City National Bank in litigation regarding its ‘City National Bank’ mark. Practice co-chair Barry Slotnick is based in New York.

Mayer Brown’s group is known for its strong international reach. New York-based group head John Mancini and Washington DC-based Carmine Zarlenga continue to advise Nestlé in various disputes, including opposition proceedings brought against third-party users of its mark in foreign jurisdictions. Mancini as well as Emily Nash and Kristine Young in Chicago have been acting for Nespresso in various trademark and trade dress disputes brought against a number of competitors. The group also includes Allison Levine Stillman in New York and Richard Assmus in Chicago.

The ‘incredibly responsive’ and ‘great’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has extensive experience acting for high-profile brands in domestic and international litigation. Group head Timothy Kenny, who is based in Minneapolis, often handles federal court litigation and TTAB proceedings. In San Antonio, Saul Perloff works with clients across a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, food and pharmaceuticals. Austin-based Michael Metteauer is also recommended. Patrick Gallagher is now at Cozen O'Connor. Clients include FICO, Fairview Health Services and Evine.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice often handles high-profile litigation for clients in the media, financial services and technology sectors, among others. Daniel Petrocelli led the representation of Live Nation in a dispute brought against a competitor regarding Live Nation’s ‘EDC’ trademark. Mark Miller successfully assisted TuneCore with securing the dismissal of a number of trademark infringement claims brought against the client regarding allegations of unauthorized distribution of music performed by a Turkish musician. The team, which is led by Ryan Yagura, was strengthened by the arrival of Sean Trainor from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drew Breuder is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles. Other clients include Disney, Trader Joe’s and Warner Bros.

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the team has experience handling the full gamut of trademark litigation for high-profile clients. Practice head Peter Vogl has been representing Bic in a suit brought by a number of licensing companies regarding the likeness and name of Jimi Hendrix. The well-regarded Lisa Simpson defended Sony against claims brought by furniture manufacturer VIRAG alleging trademark infringement in relation to Sony’s Gran Turismo racing games. In Silicon Valley, Tom Zellerbach and Diana Rutowski have been acting for Apple in a lawsuit brought against a number of companies arising from the sale of counterfeit Apple products. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s group handles all aspects of trademark litigation, including class actions, as well as registration and opposition proceedings. Co-head Laura Chapman and Seong Kim, who are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, have been acting for Forever 21 in cancelation proceedings brought against Gucci regarding the company’s stripe marks. They also defended Forever 21 against claims brought by Puma regarding Forever 21’s ‘Fenty’ line. The team includes Carlo Van den Bosch in Orange County and Paul Garrity in New York.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based department acts for clients across a range of sectors, but has particular strength in relation to fashion. Co-chair Michael Allan has been assisting Burberry with a trademark infringement and counterfeit dispute brought against a number of companies regarding Burberry’s trademarks. Allan also successfully represented Campos Brothers Farms in arbitration brought against Campos Family Farms alleging trademark infringement and dilution regarding the client’s name. William Pecau also leads the department.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP’s practice handles domestic and international trademark litigation. Practice chair Laura Goldbard George and Steven Pokotilow have been acting for ProSight Global in a trademark infringement dispute brought against Amimon arising from the unauthorized use of the ‘ProSight’ trademark. George also led advice to SkyBridge Capital in a suit brought against Skybridge Wealth Management alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting. Other clients include Panor, Emcor and Adrian Original. All named partners are based in New York.

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