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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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

Douglas A. Rettew

Tel:
Work +1 202 408 4161
Email:
Web:
www.finnegan.com/en/professionals/douglas-a-rettew.html
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Career

Recognized in World Trademark Review WTR 1000 as ”[o]ne of the best litigators in the country with an unbelievable success rate,” and “a go-to litigation lead for world-famous consumer brands,” Douglas (Chip) Rettew leads the firm’s trademark and copyright group. He focuses his practice on trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation and disputes.

Member

  • International Trademark Association
    (Member, Publication Committee, 2014-2015)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

Education

George Washington University, National Law Center
J.D., 1995
University of Michigan
B.A., Political Science, 1992


United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Leading lawyers

Douglas (Chip) Rettew - 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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