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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

901 NEW YORK AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001-4413, USA
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Work +1 202 408 4000
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www.finnegan.com

Mark Sommers

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Work +1 202 408 4064
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www.finnegan.com/en/professionals/mark-sommers.html
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Intellectual Property

Career

Mark Sommers practices exclusively in the areas of trademarks, domain names, dilution, unfair competition, false advertising, cybersquatting, counterfeiting, and related areas of IP.  Mark provides a full range of services in those areas, including U.S. federal court and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) litigation and appeals, strategic counseling, infringement and clearance opinions, portfolio management and prosecution, empirical research, intermediary liability, and damages.

Education

University of London, England
LL.M., 1983
Northern Illinois University College of Law
J.D., 1982
Ohio Wesleyan University
B.A., Economics, 1978


United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Leading lawyers

Mark Sommers - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ lawyers at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP are ‘deeply engaged IP experts’ who ‘think ahead of the curve’. In a recent highlight, the team represented Under Armour in a lawsuit brought by Michael Calmese, who alleged that motivational phrases on the client’s products infringed upon his 'PROVE IT!' trademark. Douglas (Chip) Rettew and Virginia Carron also notably assisted Nestlé in a trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution lawsuit against Gigi Anthony related to the similarities between the client’s 'HOT POCKETS' and 'LEAN POCKETS' trademarks and the defendant’s 'PIZZA POCKET' and 'PIZZA POCKETS' marks. Practice head Danny Awdeh is ‘an expert in the field’ and is noted as ‘the best’ and ‘most efficient attorney’. His team also includes the ‘outstandingMark Sommers, who ‘really understands the strategic importance of IP’. Partners operate from Washington DC except for Christopher Foley who is Reston based.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Clients value Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP for its ‘forward-looking strategic decisions’ and ‘broad and deep legal expertise’. Danny Awdeh, hailed for his ‘tremendous legal expertise and impeccable judgment’, leads the practice, which undertakes the full spectrum of non-contentious matters. Awdeh recently assisted InterContinental Hotel with the expansion of its brand portfolio through the launch of AVID and VOCO and alongside Douglas (Chip) Rettew acted for Varsity Brands regarding the IP considerations of its $2.5bn purchase by Bain Capital. Mark Sommers is an ‘exceptionally good attorney' and is lead counsel to Petco, routinely filing and prosecuting trademark applications domestically and internationally for the client. Boston-based associate Laura Johnson is recommended. Named partners are based in Washington DC.

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