Based in New York, the team at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC provides 'effective, efficient, and practical advice' to its clients on a wide range of trademark issues, including infringement and counterfeiting, and matters relating to domain names. Its clients include digital pharmaceuticals, retail brands, and advertisers, as well as major media, film publishers, and sports teams. Practice chairman Jonathan King is highly experienced leading on trademark litigation in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Also recommended are Richard Mandel, who has extensive expertise in trademark arbitrations and federal court cases, and Eric Shimanoff, who litigates on behalf of well-known brands and regularly leads on domain name arbitrations.
Trademarks: litigation in United States
Jonathan King; Richard Mandel; Eric Shimanoff
‘The team has very strong experience and insight when it comes to litigation all around the world. They are very pleasant to work with and follow up on their cases regularly.’
‘The trademark team at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. has extensive experience of handling all types of litigation and prosecution matters around the world by managing global trademark portfolio of many large corporate clients. Due to such extensive experience of handling global trademark prosecution matters, they are able to provide effective, efficient and practical advice to its clients.’
‘The CLL team combines an in depth knowledge of the law with a strategic and commercial approach. They are also very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Finally, they are very “user friendly”, and I am very comfortable for them to be in direct communication with my clients where this is most effective to progress the matter.’
‘They provide excellent advice and on time.’
‘Besides their being experts in the US trademark litigation rules and procedures, the team is particularly good at predicting the opponents’ next procedural steps and at assessing these steps’ impact on the clients’ case. Their strategic advice is extremely helpful.’
Major League Baseball
J. Crew Group, Inc. and Madewell, Inc.
G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (DKNY and DONNA KARAN)
Universal Music Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.
Barclays Bank PLC
Ruth’s Hospitality Group
Tri State Management/Wetson Restaurant Group
Wicked Fashions, Inc.
JAND, Inc. d.b.a. Warby Parker
Empire State Realty Trust
National Audubon Society
The Blackstone Group
Maxima Apparel Corp
Henry Schein, Inc.
The Forward Fund, Inc.
Hanky Panky Ltd.
S&P Global / Standard & Poor’s Financial Services
- Successfully opposed US applications to register CUBSESSED and IAMCUBSESSED as a trademark for clothing.
- Successfully opposed US applications to register LEHMAN BROTHERS as a trademark for a planned line of whiskeys and restaurant services.
- Representing maker of Welch’s Fruit Snacks, in a ligation with J.M. Smucker over whether the phrase FRUIT IS OUR 1st INGREDIENT! is a trademark.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses on novel and high-profile IP matters involving trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity. The team has a track record of success in cases throughout the US, from district courts to the Supreme Court, and has also been involved in significant trademark actions with international elements. It also has experienced in prosecuting and defending against motions for preliminary injunctions. Areas of particular strength for the team include consumer products, fashion and luxury goods, food and beverage, and entertainment. Based in New York, practice leader David Bernstein is 'one of the leading lights' in trademark litigation, while Megan Bannigan 'stands out' for her representation of clients in industries such as consumer products, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Jyotin Hamid handles trademark and trade dress cases, including obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for widely known brands. Jim Pastore and Michael Schaper focus primarily on copyright matters, but also have experience in trademark disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Megan Bannigan; Jyotin Hamid; Jim Pastore; Michael Schaper
‘The IP group at Debevoise is the best IP group anywhere. They are not only knowledgeable IP practitioners and outstanding litigators, but they’re bright business advisors. They understand how to advise the client on what’s best for client and not just best for the law firm.’
‘David Bernstein and Jared Kagan are absolutely outstanding. Nobody better than them – individually and as a team.’
‘Expertise makes Debevoise unique. They represent clients on the most high profile trademark and IP litigations, or they are drafting amicus briefs on behalf of the International Trademark Association. If there is an IP litigation issue that matters, Debevoise is there and stands out amongst the rest. Knowing Partner Megan Bannigan has testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property provides excellent peace of mind that she is one of the country’s leading experts on IP and trademark law and she will be providing you with sound, practical and informed advice.’
‘Megan Bannigan at Debevoise stands out because of her tremendous drive, unsurpassed knowledge, creative solutions and quick, insightful communications. She is the superstar lawyer you want to work with when you need high caliber advice for the most difficult trademark and IP litigation issues.’
‘While I sometimes find myself chasing other law firms I work with for responses, Megan and the Debevoise team are several steps ahead and always anticipate what’s on the horizon.‘
‘If you have a trademark or IP litigation issue, Megan and the Debevoise team are who you want to call to ensure your case goes smoothly and is resolved professionally, quietly and economically.’
‘Debevoise boasts one of the the country’s top trademark litigation teams, led by David Bernstein. They have done extensive work for businesses in the sports and entertainment industry, so they are very familiar with the sorts of sophisticated and complex issues that can arise.’
‘David Bernstein is one of the leading lights of the trademark litigation bar. His extensive experience over many years as well as his practical approach to solving problems makes him the “go-to” attorney for important litigation in this area.’
Bank of America
Booking Holdings Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Cubaexport, Havana Club Holdings and Pernod Ricard
Exponent Private Equity LLP
Industrias AIen, SA
James Beard Foundation
Lululemon Athletica Inc.
Mark Anthony, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, White Claw
NBC Universal, Rory McIlroy
Wave Hill Inc.
WeWork Companies Inc.
- Successfully represented Booking.com B.V.. at the Supreme Court, with judgment asserting that the client could register as a trademark its eponymous domain name, BOOKING.COM.
- Successfully represented Costco in a Second Circuit appeal, overturning a lower court decision that Costco had engaged in willful trademark infringement and counterfeiting by marketing diamond rings on signs as “Tiffany” rings.
- Defended NBC Universal in the litigation brought by GolfClub, LLC (a company that since 2018 had been offering a tee-time booking service also called GolfPass) alleging trademark infringement based on the adoption of the GolfPass trademark, as well as antitrust violations.
Based in Washington DC, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes trademark litigation and matters relating to non-compete agreements in federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and various tribunals. Clients are often operating in industries including biotech and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, software, entertainment, sports, and telecoms. Key figures in the team include Douglas Rettew, widely considered one of the best trademark lawyers in the country; and Danny Awdeh, who has impressive experience in disputes at the TTAB and in high-stakes litigation, often with complex international components. Another name to note in this space is Mark Sommers, who handles a wide variety of contentious IP matters relating to trademarks, domain names, unfair competition, and cybersquatting. Also recommended is Naresh Kilaru, an expert in global brand protection, who plays a role in the firm's domestic and international trademark highlights.
Danny Awdeh; Douglas Rettew
Other key lawyers:
Mark Sommer; Naresh Kilaru; Douglas Rettew; Laura Johnson
‘The team is well structured and organized. Our company’s works are assigned to appropriate persons. Works are assigned according to the position and professional experience of the team members. Attorneys at higher levels can focus their attention to works of some complexity. Regarding billing, the team’s invoices are very client-friendly. Specifically, amounts on each part are clearly breakdown, and they are easy to understand. Clients can easily know and manage how much we spend on what particular work.’
Dedicated solely to IP law, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. represents clients from start-ups to major media outlets and iconic brands in both state and federal courts. Its clients are frequently operating in the pharmaceuticals, fashion, personal care, technology, and entertainment sectors. The firm has an experienced group of lawyers in New York, including Barbara Solomon, a leading name in the market, and Nadine Jacobson, who has expertise in disputes involving foreign opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as multi-jurisdictional trademark litigation. Also recommended in New York are Lydia Goben, who focuses on international trademark litigation for clients in the apparel, hospitality, and entertainment sectors; and Leo Kittay, a name to note for start-ups and emerging companies. In Virginia, Allison Strickland Ricketts advises on the prosecution of trademark applications worldwide, and John Margiotta focuses on representing luxury brands in IP-related litigation. Ron Lehrman retired in May 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Barbara Solomon; Nadine Jacobson; Lydia Goben; Leo Kittay; Allison Strickland Ricketts; John Margiotta
‘Incredibly responsive, always on top of the law and legal trends, and always business-focused.’
‘First-rate, industry-leading expertise and experience in copyright and trademark advice and litigation.’
‘This firm has an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge in trademark law. They are true experts and leaders in the field.’
‘Barbara Solomon is by far the best trademark lawyer I have encountered in my practice. She has a razor-sharp intelligence, is incredibly efficient, and handles matter with speed and urgency. She is practical and fair and will give you a complete and expert analysis of your issues. If you have a trademark conflict, you want Barbara on your side. I cannot say enough good things about her.’
‘Fross Zelnick is the best in the business. They are experts in all areas of trademark and copyright law. They are responsive, cost-efficient and business-friendly. While they are excellent litigators, if that is not the client’s objective, they’ll work towards an amicable resolution.’
‘While some larger firms have capable IP practices, Fross Zelnick focuses exclusively on these matters; this specialization comes through in the expertise and high quality of service. I have used Fross to manage our trademark portfolio for some 11 years now and continue to be pleased with the attention to detail, the deep bench of talent within the firm and the collaborative nature of their attorneys.’
Johnson & Johnson
Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy
Tiffany & Company
Warner Bros. Entertainment Group
The LEGO Group
Richemont (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, & others)
- Acting on behalf of SOUR PATCH candybrand owner, filed a federal lawsuit and used investigators to successfully address the misuse of client’s mark and packaging with packaging used for cannabis products.
- Acting on behalf of Robert Kirkman, LLC (owner of THE WALKING DEAD trademark associated with the comic book and television series) successfully opposed in the TTAB an application to register the mark THE TOKING DEAD that covered retail merchandise related to comic books about zombies that smoke cannabis.
- Represented Overtime Sports in a matter against Dick’s Sporting Goods, concerning the use of the name “Overtime by Dick’s Sporting Goods” for deep-discount retail stores.
Kelly IP LLP
Kelly IP LLP is a boutique IP firm that is highly regarded for representing clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in industries such as software, media, and publishing. The team has experience in court litigation and in proceedings before the Trademark Trail and Appeal Board (TTAB). Practice head David Kelly is the key contact at the firm. Also recommended are Stephanie Bald, who specializes on trademark litigation, and Linda McLeod, who has a wealth of experience at the TTAB. Senior associate Clint Taylor is a name to note on the more junior level. The team is based in Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Litowitz; Stephanie Bald; Linda McLeod; Clint Taylor
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton covers the full range of global trademark disputes, representing clients in virtually ever core industry, including in consumer products, food and drink, technology, retail, and media. The litigation team has extensive experience at the Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In Atlanta, William Brewster is highly experienced in both jury and bench trials, and is a key resource for time-sensitive advice regarding preliminary injunctions. David Mayberry divides time between New York and Washington DC and represents clients in the hospitality, retail, fashion, and food and beverage sectors. In the Los Angeles office, Dennis Wilson focuses on complex litigation for clients in the entertainment industry, and managing partner Larry McFarland is recommended both for IP litigation and counseling. Also recommended in New York is Lisa Pearson, who specializes in unfair competition, copyright, and trademark litigation. In Atlanta Judy Powell focuses on trademark infringement and false advertising litigation in federal court. Additionally, Charlie Henn is highly experienced in representing professional sports organizations regarding trademark infringement and counterfeiting. Joseph Beck retired in 2020.
William Brewster; David Mayberry
Other key lawyers:
Dennis Wilson; Larry McFarland; Lisa Pearson; Judy Powell; Charlie Henn
Levi Strauss & Co.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc.
Major League Baseball Properties
S’well Bottle Company
Cooley LLP represents clients in the technology and life sciences sectors in the full range of high-stakes trademark litigation matters. Members of the team also have deep experience of counseling well-known brands on US and international clearance, protection, and other controversy matters. Moreover, the team has a strong on-the-ground presence on both US coasts. Practice co-chair Ivor Elrifi is based in New York and leads on a wide range of IP-related litigation and arbitration matters, while senior counsel John Crittenden in San Francisco is recommended for litigating trademark and unfair competition cases. In 2020 Nick Bolter departed for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Charlie Winckworth left to set up a solo practice.
Other key lawyers:
The contentious trademark practice at Jones Day has developed a reputation for taking high-stakes cases to court. Its clients include notable politicians, food and drink brands, and prominent restaurant chains. Based in Cleveland and Washington DC, respectively, practice co-leaders Meredith Wilkes and John Froemming are recognized high-stakes trademark litigation experts, as well as experts in trade secrets and trade dress matters. Wilkes is also notably experienced in design patent litigation for global clothing, computer, and automobile brands; while Froemming is particularly experienced litigating trademark cases at the federal level. Also in Washington DC, Jessica Bradley is recommended for disputes involving major clothing and automobile brands. In October 2020, Brent Sokol departed for Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Meredith Wilkes; John Froemming
Other key lawyers:
McCain Foods Limited
L Brands, Inc.
BMW Group (including Rolls-Royce Motorcars Ltd. and MINI)
eos Products LLC
The Wikimedia Foundation
Outfront Media LLC
Bolt Mobility, OU
The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is widely known for representing marquee clients in strategic disputes and high-stakes litigation involving complex trademark and fair use cases, as well as related matters concerning trade secrets and unfair competition. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali frequently represents clients in sectors such as fashion and clothing, major media and entertainment corporations, and the tech industry. Specifically, Cendali is highly regarded for her work for clients in the Hollywood market. The team based in Los Angeles is headed by Claudia Ray and Diana Torres, who are both highly experienced representing clients in arbitration; however, both have a track record arguing cases for major media and publishing companies in appellate and federal courts.
Other key lawyers:
Claudia Ray; Diana Torres
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Club Champion LLC
Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Heineken International B.V. et. al.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sony Corporation of America
With offices in California, Washington DC, Boston, and New York, the team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a solid coast-to-coast platform for representing both new and established brands in high-profile trademark litigation. It is frequently involved in prominent International Trade Commission trademark investigations and is highly experienced in trade dress matters for clients in the footwear, consumer goods, and automotive industries. A key contact in the team is Peter Vogl in New York, a veteran first chair litigator with extensive experience in state and federal courts. Silicon Valley-based Jared Bobrow co-chairs the IP business unit alongside Sten Jensen, who is located in Washington DC.
Jared Bobrow; Sten Jensen
Other key lawyers:
‘The Orrick team has a very unique group in the trademarks litigation practice area, with a combination of practical business experience and high stakes litigation chops that I have not seen elsewhere. I and my company have followed this team to multiple firms over the years, because they are that good.’
‘Orrick has all the bandwidth capabilities and upsides of being a large, multi-office firm combined with intelligent, deep-thinking lawyers at any regional powerhouse.’
New Balance Athletics
Kars 4 Kids, Inc.
CoorsTek Bioceramics, LLC
Emerson Radio Corp
Mahindra & Mahindra
Sanei International Co. Ltd.
Julia O. Faigel, DMD, P.C. / Dr. Dental Management
Opendoor Mortgage LLC
Zhejiang Rongpeng Air Tools Co.
Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management LP
Nreal Technology Limited
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has established itself as a key trademark litigation resource for notable clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, sports, media, and video games, as well as clients in the wider entertainment industry. In New York, practice co-head Robert Raskopf represents clients in a variety of matters relating to trademarks, trade dress, and trade secrets, both in state and federal court. California-based co-chair Margret Caruso deals with complex commercial and IP litigation and appellate litigation. She has extensive experience of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition matters.
Robert Raskopf; Margret Caruso
U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation, Inc.
Google LLC / YouTube
Morgan Art Foundation Ltd.
Boy Scouts of America
Vivendi S.A. and Studiocanal
NetEase Inc., NetEase Interactive Entertainment Ltd., and NetEase Information Technology Corp.
Towada Audio Co., Ltd. And Aiwa Co., Ltd.
- Successfully represented the US Soccer Foundation in a trademark action against the US Soccer Federation in an ownership dispute over the trademark “U.S. Soccer Foundation.”
- Represented the Boy Scouts of America in a case brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in the Southern District of New York.
- Successfully represented Google and YouTube in the Southern District of New York.
Arnold & Porter has established a strong reputation for litigating commercial disputes on behalf of trademark rights holders, as well as for representing clients in administrative disputes. The global tea advises smaller start-ups, mid-size pharmaceutical companies, and alcoholic beverages tied to celebrities, and has expertise covering the protection of color marks and trade dress, and other unique marks. Based in Washington DC, IP practice co-chairs Matthew Wolf and Jennifer Sklenar are key contacts in this space, as is Paul Llewellyn in New York, an expert in infringement litigation and working with survey experts in litigation matters. Also recommended are Louis Ederer and Dori Ann Hanswirth, the latter of whom works at the intersection of protected speech, IP, and journalism. In August 2020, the team brought on three new lawyers from Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.: Christopher Renk, Michael Harris, and senior counsel Helen Hill Minsker. John Ulin departed for an in-house role in June 2020.
Matthew Wolf; Jennifer Sklenar
Other key lawyers:
Paul Llewellyn; Louis Ederer; Dori Hanswirth; Christopher Renk; Michael Harris; Helen Hill Minsker
David Yurman IP LLC and David Yurman Enterprises LLC
Even Responsible Finance, Inc.
Fox News Network, LLC
ITV America, Inc.
Pernod Ricard and The Absolut Company
Professional Golfers’ Association of America
The Hershey Company
Time’s Up Now
W.R. Grace & Company
Wheels Up Partners
- Acting as lead trademark litigation counsel to The Hershey Company and has successfully pursued enforcement actions and opposition proceedings involving a variety of well-known trademarks owned by the company.
- Advised Google for many years on how to protect some of the company’s most valuable trademarks and cutting-edge products, including issues relating to enforcement, prosecution, and brand management.
- Handled for many years US trademark clearance, prosecution, oppositions and cancellations, and infringement litigation for all Pernod Ricard S.A. affiliates around the world, including Irish Distillers Limited (UK), Chivas Holdings (UK), and Absolut Vodka (Sweden).
DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on the management of global trademark portfolios, trademark litigation, and advising on and informing trademark policy. Dividing time between New York and Washington DC, IP and technology group co-chair Ann Ford is uniformly highly regarded by clients and peers for her work on transactional IP matters, pre-litigation protective measures and IP litigation for clients in the retail and fashion sectors, as well as up-and-coming companies seeking to grow their brands. Other key figures include New York-based global co-chair Frank Ryan, an expert in high-stakes litigation, and Gina Durham in San Francisco, who deals primarily in trademark and trade dress litigation and acts as US chair of the trademark, copyright, and media groups.
Ann Ford; Frank Ryan; Gina Durham
‘DLA Piper has a very global intellectual property, trademark litigation practice group. I would not be able to compare it to other firms because the company has used only this practice group for the entire time I’ve been in-house. I think I would share with my in-house peers that the company has been very satisfied with the overall work, efficiency and responsiveness of DLA Piper’s trademark litigators.’
‘I would call out for special recognition Ann Ford, who despite her heavy responsibilities still gets on important calls to discuss strategy and next steps.’
‘Very easy going, easy to work with. Strengths are they are true partners and willing to work with you.’
‘The nature of service is what makes DLA stand out, whether you are a small company or a large one, DLA attorneys have integrity and excellence in all that they do.’
‘Gina Durham is responsive, insightful and cost-effective. She is an excellent attorney and advisor that we trust.’
‘DLA’s industry knowledge has been invaluable. Our internal team has limited bandwidth for a litigation matter, and we have been fully supported by our DLA team to move things forward in a successful manner. We feel confident that DLA has everything covered.’
‘Before choosing DLA Piper as our trademark law firm, I conducted a significant amount of research on not only the best firms but also the most talented attorneys. My research concluded that DLA Piper and Ann Ford were in fact the best. Having now worked with Ann and her team, they are bright, forward-thinking, and creative when dealing with trademark litigation, trademark protection, and related intellectual property. Collectively, I trust them and DLA Piper to help protect and grow our brands.’
‘When you speak with Ann Ford, the vast array of her experience becomes evident, quickly. She fully understands the law, the potential issues at hand, how to resolve them, and most importantly, how to protect your brand. If I were starting a law firm, she is my first hire. I only surround myself with the best and brightest, and this team at DLA Piper, go a level beyond.’
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Altria/Philip Morris USA/Nu Mark/John Middleton Co. /Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Rothschild & Co
The Estate of Marilyn Monroe
The NOCO Company
The Home Depot
Tigercat International, Inc.
STO Building Group
Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.
Boley International Int’l HK and Boley Corp
- Lead trial lawyers for ICE in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by primary competitor, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, seeking over $1bn in damages from ICE.
- Obtained a significant victory on behalf of Nike, Inc. in a high-profile dispute filed by the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2019 MVP, Kawhi Leonard.
- Achieved a trademark win for Rothschild & Co which have been using the ROTHSCHILD and ROTHSCHILD & CO marks in the US for their financial services for many years.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court claims of infringement and dilution, with experience extending to trade dress infringement, and unfair competition in both bench and jury trials. In Washington DC, IP group co-head John Gary Maynard has experience representing major retail companies in federal court. He works alongside IP group co-leaders Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes, who act for clients in the financial services and telecoms industries, as well as major Fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Edward Colbert and Susan Smith are known for their experience litigating on behalf of clients in the banking and financial services sectors and high-profile tech companies, respectively. A contact in New York is James Rosini, who has a leading market reputation in high-stakes trademark litigation. Laurence Posorke left for Arent Fox LLP in February 2020, and Michael Lennon departed to Potomac Law Group in April 2020.
John Gary Maynard; Tyler Maddry; Michael Oakes
Other key lawyers:
Edward Colbert; Susan Smith; James Rosini
William Grant & Sons, Inc.
Sandpiper of California
Commonwealth of Virginia
Woodstock Ventures LC
Fifth Generation, Inc.
ReCollect Systems Inc.
The Vitamin Shoppe
- Represented The Vitamin Shoppe in Vitamin Shoppe Procurement Services, LLC v. Andrei Iancu, 2:19-CV-20948-KM-JBC (DNJ), defending the house mark THE VITAMIN SHOPPE, from genericness claims by the USPTO.
- Represented Woodstock Ventures LC, producers of the WOODSTOCK music festivals, including the 1969 festival in upstate NY, in Woodstock Ventures LC et al v. Woodstock Roots LLC et al (SDNY), a trademark infringement suit against Woodstock Roots, a tobacco and cannabis company.
The team at Katten has been involved in recent major trademark disputes, including representing a jeweler regarding a Fair Use case involving the alleged unauthorized use of a major watch brand. Co-heading the team from the Chicago office, Floyd Mandell is an expert in both IP counseling and litigation, acting for clients in the media and technology sectors. He also has experience in trade dress and IP-related First Amendment litigation. Practice co-head Karen Artz Ash is based in New York, and has expertise in all IP matters relating to the fashion industry. In Chicago, Kristin Achterhof represents major multinationals regarding IP rights related to computer software, social media, and the internet; while in Washington DC, Roger Furey frequently handles investigations and litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and other trademark regulators.
Floyd Mandell; Karen Artz Ash
Other key lawyers:
Roger Furey; Kristin Achterhof
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
The team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has extensive expertise in high-stakes trademark litigation for e-commerce platforms, and is also highly recommended for combating counterfeit goods in the fashion and retail sectors. Here, the team maintains an impressive roster of retail apparel, consumer products, and luxury goods clients. Based in New York, Andrea Calvaruso leads the practice, and has secured big wins on behalf of Bacardi and Foot Locker. In June 2020 Kevin Cadwell and David Clonts left to establish Cadwell Clonts & Reeder; and in April 2021 special counsel Taraneh Marciano departed for an in-house role.
‘Pragmatic partners who understand the difference between the academic.’
Endeavor (Formerly WME | IMG)
Miss Universe Organization (IMG Universe, LLC)
Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA)/MLB Players, Inc.
Mansur Gavriel LLC
Foot Locker Retail Inc.
New Avon LLC
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Ralph Lauren Corp.
Jones Road Beauty
Bacardi & Co. Ltd.
Bobbi Brown Evolution
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
Ashley Stewart, Inc.
Jockey International, Inc.
Hudson’s Bay Company (owner of retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay and others)
Marc Jacobs International
- Represented IMG Worldwide, LLC and International Merchandising Company, LLC (operating companies of Endeavor) in a trademark litigation dispute against Fashion Week, Inc.
- Won summary judgment for clients Bacardi & Company Limited, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., and Bacardi Limited in an action involving the BACARDI UNTAMEABLE trademark in the United States.
- Took the lead in the defense of Foot Locker Retail and Nike, Inc. in a trademark litigation in the United States District Court for the Central District of California arising from the use of the phrase “ENDLESS SUMMER” together with a stylized blue wave and orange sun in connection with the marketing and promotion of Nike branded footwear.
King & Spalding LLP's New York-based trademark litigation group represents clients in both federal courts and in matters before the TTAB. It is particularly experienced in protecting trade dress and product designs, domain name disputes, and class actions relating to trademarks. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco and Stephen Baskin in Washington DC jointly lead the service group. In New York, Kathleen McCarthy focuses on a wide range of trademark work, including trademark parody, while in Atlanta, senior partner and founding member of the IP practice Bruce Baber is also recommended for trademark litigation. Also of note, in May 2020 it welcomed the arrival of a large team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles, including partners Julia Bredrup, Arwen Johnson, Lennette Lee, Kelly Perogoe, and Michael Roth.
Kenneth Steinthal; Steve Baskin
Other key lawyers:
Kathleen McCarthy; Bruce Baber; Arwen Johnson; Lennette Lee; Kelly Perogoe; Michael Roth
‘The bench strength is deep with King & Spalding, which allows for appropriate staffing, collaboration, diversity of opinions, and timeliness, but client is still provided full access to lead counsel.’
‘While pre-eminent in his field, Bruce Baber is humble, willing to listen and consider client input, and provide honest, straightforward recommendations after taking all into account. He understands the practical business issues that his clients are encountering and works to achieve what they want.’
The Coca-Cola Company
PODS Enterprises Inc.
Allergan USA, Inc.
The team at Latham & Watkins LLP is highly regarded for litigating on behalf of clients in the automotive, telecoms, and medical technology industries, handling a range of trademark, trade secrets, and copyright matters. In San Diego, Jennifer Barry is a ‘go-to‘ resource for IP litigation relating to trade dress, trademarks, and trade secrets for pharmaceutical manufacturers, clients in the food and drink industries, and tech companies. Also recommended is senior trial and litigation partner Perry Viscounty, who divides time between Orange County and San Francisco, and is an expert in all areas of trademark litigation, with particular focus on its relation to internet law.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Latham team provides practical, useful assistance.’
‘The team is proactive, pragmatic and business-minded and provides an honest assessment of the work to be done, how long it will take and what it will cost (and stick to it).’
‘Jennifer Barry is great, she is my go-to on IP litigation and counselling matters.’
Allergan and Zeltiq
McCormick & Company
BGK Trademark Holdings (Beyoncé Knowles’ holding company)
Public Investment Fund
Nestle USA, Inc.
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
The Chicago-based boutique IP team at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP represents Fortune 500 companies in the areas of automobiles, food and beverage, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. It is highly experienced in all areas of trademark and brand management, as well as trade secrets, e-commerce, and due diligence. Managing partner Bradley Cohn is particularly known for leading on matters related to international trademark law, and Thad Chaloemtiarana focuses on IP litigation concerning trademark and trade dress, primarily with regard to internet and information technology law. Also recommended is Jonathan Jennings, who handles trademark litigation in both federal and state courts.
Other key lawyers:
Thad Chaloemtiarana; Jonathan Jennings
‘I work with Pattishall’s team on a weekly basis for multiple clients. My key contacts are Jonathan Jennings and the associates and junior lawyers on their team. They have high legal expertise, have a good understanding of the markets in which the clients operate, are thorough, and are open to practical solutions.’
‘The firm provides a complete range of trademark services, and the trademark team is comprised of professionals with a high degree of professionalism, who understand the issues at hand. They consistently provide high quality work because of their expertise and team work, and their instructions and opinions are always in time, clear and easy to understand. In dispute cases, they provide good strategies.’
‘They provide careful, thorough, relevant and prompt advice. It is high quality work, and therefore not cheap.’
‘My key contact is Thad Chaloemtiarana. I value his careful, thorough, relevant and prompt advice.
Advanced Micro Devices
Illinois Tool Works
Eli Lilly and Company
Robert Bosch LLC
Medline Industries, Inc.
- Amicus curiae brief filed on behlaf of Cars.com resulting in US Supreme Court holding in the clients’ favor.
- Waged a successful appeal before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of Medline Industries, Inc. to obtain a registration for a particular shade of green, Pantone 2274C, for medical gloves.
Based in New York, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP has recently been involved in trademark cases in jury and non-jury trials for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Practice co-leader and trial lawyer Brendan O’Rourke focuses on representing clients in the entertainment industry in copyright, trademark, and trade dress cases; Baldassare Vinti stands out for her experience representing clients at the International Trade Commission; and Lawrence Weinstein is a name to note for Lanhamn Act cases and class action lawsuits for clients in the fashion, retail, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices sectors. In October 2020, Alexander Kaplan departed for Oppenheim + Zebrak Law.
Brendan O’Rourke; Lawrence Weinstein; Baldassare Vinti
Young Hollywood LLC
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ trademark litigation team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a key resource for clients operating in the digital media landscape, including music streaming companies, social media platforms, and major radio and television broadcast corporations. Based in New York, head of the IP practice Benjamin Marks is a highly experienced trademark litigator for a number of notable clients in the financial services sector, and has expertise in digital rights management matters. Splitting her time between New York and Silicon Valley, ‘highly responsive, direct, and super smart‘ Randi Singer specializes in trademark litigation and false advertising. Additionally, New York-based partner Jessica Falk is known for her litigation experience on fair use and alleged DMCA violations. In January 2020 Bruce Rich retired.
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Randi Singer; Jessica Falk
‘Incredibly knowledgeable! Extremely fast turnaround times and topnotch work product.‘
‘Excellent legal advice with a high-touch focus that feels like a smaller firm.‘
‘Randi Singer is highly responsive, direct, and super smart. She gets the business context.‘
American International Group
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
The Spectator (1828) Ltd.
Hilton Domestic Operating Company
- Secured a total summary judgement victory for American International Group, Inc. in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, defeating plaintiff A.I.G. Agency’s trademark infringement lawsuit asserting damages worth in excess of $1bn.
- Successfully defended Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in a putative class action asserting claims of direct and contributory copyright and trademark infringement.
- Represented Samsung in a trademark infringement action in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the availability of allegedly infringing downloadable digital watch face apps on the Samsung Galaxy Store.
Arent Fox LLP
Leveraging a presence in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Washington DC, the team at Arent Fox LLP is perhaps best known for its trademark counseling and prosecution work, but it has also built up extensive experience in trademark litigation. It frequently works on behalf of major television and movie studios, fashion companies, and clients in the food and beverage industries. Washington DC-based Ricardo Fischer leads the trademark group and is qualified both in the US and Venezuela. In New York, Michelle Marsh maintains an impressive client base in fashion and retail, software and hardware, and media and entertainment; while Anthony Lupo handles a full range of IP and advertising matters for clients in the entertainment, fashion and technology sectors.
Ricardo Fischer; Anthony Lupo; Michelle Marsh
The Saul Zaentz Company
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile)
Spectrum Brands, Inc.
Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation
- Jointly represented Amazon.com and Valentino S.p.A. in a high-profile anti-counterfeiting action over Valentino Garavani’s iconic rockstud shoes, pending in the Western District of Washington.
- Advise Warner Bros. and its related companies on matters related to film and television entertainment.
- Advise Discovery Inc. on IP matters related to content across multiple distribution platforms.
The California-based team at Fenwick & West LLP has experience in large-scale domestic and international IP management, and is recognized here for representing companies in the technology and life sciences sectors in federal and state courts, as well as at the TTAB. It is particularly experienced in pursuing and defending against time-sensitive requests for temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief. The team is also rated for its ability to obtain early settlements. Based in San Fransisco, chair of the trademark litigation group Jedediah Wakefield has handled cases in both trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration forums. Operating out of Mountain View, Eric Ball is strong on priority disputes, reverse confusion matters for start-ups, and trademark enforcement.
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‘Fenwick’s Trademark Litigation Team has very deep knowledge and expertise in all trademark disputes, from TTAB disputes to federal court litigation. They have an excellent understanding of where TTAB rules deviate from the standard FRCP. Fenwick’s team also has a great understanding of where the Board’s interpretation of particular rules differs from the general interpretations of Federal Courts.’
‘Eric Ball has a very in-depth understanding of the state of the law with regard to trademark enforcement matters. Eric has always given high-quality, practical advice at every stage of any litigation matter he has handled for us. Eric knows we are extremely cost-conscious and will often suggest approaches that will limit our costs, yet achieve the same strategy goals. Eric also goes the extra mile by regularly following our company in the news so he is always up to date with public expansion plans, acquisitions or disputes. I find it highly valuable to have an outside counsel who does that sort of research on his or her own time.’
- Successfully defended Loxo Oncology, an Eli Lilly company, in a trade secret misappropriation action related to allegations that former employees of Array Biopharma stole trade secrets on Loxo’s behalf involving the development of medicines for genomically-defined cancers.
- Successfully defended Peloton, the well-known home fitness company that provides indoor exercise bikes and streamed workout classes, in a trademark infringement action in US District Court for the Central District of California.
- Won a precedent-setting summary judgment in a TTAB proceeding for Delphix; also represented the company in a closely watched trademark case at the Ninth Circuit on unique personal jurisdiction grounds in the declaratory judgment and trademark enforcement context.
Acting for clients in the areas of biotech, entertainment, fashion and retail, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has extensive experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and international arbitration forums. The team has a solid record in trademark infringement and dilution, and trade dress cases, and is also experienced in complex litigation relating to licensing. Susan Heller chairs the global trademark and brand management group and divides time between the Orange County and Los Angeles offices. In Chicago, global IP and tech practice co-chair Mark Galis deals with IP disputes in the e-commerce space; while Atlanta-based Joel Feldman serves as vice chair of the global trademark group, and has recently been involved in the resolution of IP disputes between clients and third parties.
Susan Heller; Mark Galis; Joel Feldman
American Airlines, Inc.
Perry Ellis International
FUJIFILM North America Corporation
L.A. Gear, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
E.S. Kluft and Company and Kluft IPCO, LLC
E.A. Sween Company
Advanced BioTech, LLC
- Represented American Airlines in connection with litigation filed against Delta Air Lines alleging infringement of American Airlines’s FLAGSHIP trademark.
- Represented FUJIFILM North America in a declaratory judgment action it brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Polaroid seeking declaration of non-infringement with respect to the white border or form factor of instant film products.
- Managed the worldwide trademark protection and enforcement efforts for Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s famous brands, including CAESARS PALACE, HARRAH’S, BALLY’S, HORSESHOE, WORLD SERIES OF POKER, and others.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP is sought out by clients in the technology, media, and entertainment sectors to handle federal and state trademark litigation, including trademark infringement, trade dress, false advertising, and domain name disputes. Also among the firm's clients are well-known rights holders in the consumer products, food and beverages, and medical device sectors. Practice co-chairs Steven Nataupsky and Lynda Zadra-Symes represent clients in myriad IP matters, including trademark management, rights of publicity, franchising, and trade secrets. Also recommended are Joseph Re, a trial and appellate lawyer with experience in high-stakes cases for food and beverage companies including Monster Energy; and Ali Razai, who was singled out by a multiple clients for his strategic approach and efficiency. All named attorneys are based in the Orange County office.
Steven Nataupsky; Lynda Zadra-Symes
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Joseph Re; Ali Razai
‘Ali Razai, and the team he leads, have exceeded our expectations in every way. Without fail, they come up with practical and creative options to tackle every matter we bring to them. Even more impressive is the manner in which they treat our business as if it was their own. Their advice is alway the most cost effective way to handle a situation, and they always keep in mind the amount of legal spend a particular situation requires. Finally, the team is always responsive and anticipating our needs.’
‘We cannot say enough about Ali Razai. We were introduced to him when a litigation matter that was being handled by another firm was heading in the wrong direction. After spending an enormous amount on legal fees unnecessarily, we moved the matter to Ali. His strategy and personal interactions with the other side resulted in the matter settling in our favor, a result we thought would be impossible. Ali has brought the same strategic magic to many other cases since then. Without fail, he will propose options that other attorneys have not thought of, and has the foresight to drive the case in such a way that we ultimately achieve results we could not hope for. We also appreciate that he is always mindful of the budget and will not incur unjustified fees.’
Bullettproof Media, Inc.
Pilgrim Media/Gas Monkey Holdings, LLC
Mayer Brown acts for an enviable client base in a huge variety of matters, including defense against trademark infringement claims and representing international clients in Asian and European trademark and patent courts. Its clients are generally in telecoms, consumer goods, and the food and beverage sectors. New York-based practice head John Mancini focuses on litigation in trademark and trade dress disputes in federal and state courts, acting primarily for high-profile clients in the technology sector. In Chicago, Kristine Young was promoted to partner in January 2020.
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‘The Mayer Brown team servicing our company’s legal needs is outstanding in all respects.’
‘Mayer Brown professionals are knowledgeable, experienced, and caring people who are committed to client service and satisfaction.’
‘Led by their prominent global IP Co-Chair, John Mancini, the other members of our Mayer Brown team are also highly effective and successful attorneys and professionals who deliver excellent services as well.’
Goya Foods, Inc.
Nespresso USA, Inc.
Jim Beam Brands
Nestlé USA, Inc.
Osem Food Industries, Ltd.
- Represented 3M in two suits aimed to fight price-gouging during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Obtained a victory for Goya Foods, Inc. in an in rem cybersquatting lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia relating to numerous domain names that incorporate “Goya,” which are unrelated to the GOYA brand.
- Represented Capri Sun GmbH (“Capri Sun”) in a trademark infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit.
With offices in Washington DC, California, and Chicago, McDermott Will & Emery LLP's trademarks group is active for clients in the fintech, life sciences, fashion, and insurance industries. Chicago-based Christina Martini heads up the global trademark prosecution and controversy practice, and advises major brands on online trademark enforcement. Also recommended is Robert Zelnick in Washington DC, a very well-known name in trademark litigation. In April 2020, John Dabney, Mary Hallerman, and Richard Kim departed for Snell & Wilmer LLP.
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Greenpark Sports, Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Young Innovations, Inc.
Terlato Wines International
Zodiac Pool Systems LLC
- Served as trademark counsel to Hitachi for over 20 years, providing guidance around strategic trademark portfolio management.
- Advised Univision Communications for over two decades on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as complex international copyright matters.
- Managed various phases of New York Life’s international trademark portfolio, lead enforcement actions around competitor misuse and misappropriation of marks, and counsel on advertising, copyright and trademark-related issues.
Based in Chicago, the team at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP handles trademark portfolio management and IP litigation for popular brands in the food and beverage sector, as well as for clients in the software, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors. The IP practice is co-chaired Michael Kelber, who is particularly experienced in niche areas such as the electromechanical sector. Lee Eulgen is well-regarded for his 'exceptional collaborative problem-solving' skills and focuses on online compliance and data ownership, while Antony McShane handles IP matters for sports franchises, social media companies, and start-ups. In February 2020, David Wheeler joined the team from Chapman Spingola, though Gregory Leighton moved to Quarles & Brady LLP and James Muraff joined McDonald Hopkins Co.
Michael Kelber; Thomas McDonough
Other key lawyers:
Lee Eulgen; Antony McShane; David Wheeler
‘They have the most in-depth level of knowledge and innovation of any IP practice around. Their ability to think outside the box to come up with highly effective solutions is extremely refreshing. Additionally, the fact that they act not just as attorneys but as true business advisors is extremely valuable.’
‘Michael Kelber gives incredible personalized attention and always goes the extra mile.’
‘The team provides strategic and solid advice to bring a matter to conclusion.’
‘Mike Turner does a great job of breaking the law and issues down to a level of understanding for this in-house counsel who wears a lot of hats and is new to IP.’
‘Excellent practical problem-solving ability and candid advice about the most straight-forward path to solution or resolution of legal issues.’
‘Exceptional communication and exceptional collaborative problem-solving by Lee Eulgen.’
Euromarket Designs, Inc. d/b/a Crate & Barrel and CB2
Sedecal (Sociedad Española de Electromedicina Y Calidad, S.A.)
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Dart Container Corporation (and subsidiary, Solo Cup Company)
Top Tobacco L.P.
Viceroy Hotel Group
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Montage Hotels & Resorts
Fresenius Kabi AG
PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid)
Dine Brands Global (IHOP, Applebee’s)
- Won a preliminary injunction for GI Sportz in a product configuration, trade dress infringement suit, which shut down all sales of a line of paintballs sold by competitor Valken.
- Successfully opposed the registration of, and forced the cessation of use of, numerous marks that would have infringed upon Republic Technologies, Top Tobacco and Republic Tobacco’s trademarks, as well as newer marks such as REAL, 4 ACES, PREMIER, JOKER, EL REY, TIN STAR, WASHINGTON, and its trade name REPUBLIC TOBACCO.
The California-based team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles IP litigation for clients based on the West Coast, with deep experience in core industry sectors such as technology, e-commerce, and hospitality. The team's clients range from Silicon Valley start-ups to multinational corporations, including the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros Entertainment. In Los Angeles, practice head Ryan Yagura deals with complex IP infringement cases, while in San Fransisco, David Eberhart is recommended for trademark litigation on behalf of technology companies. Also recommended is Century City-based Drew Breuder, who represents clients in the area of entertainment and media.
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David Eberhart; Drew Breuder
24/7 Customer, Inc.
Artifex Software, Inc.
Endo International, plc
Global Rights Music LLC
JHL Biotech, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
- Represented Elasticsearch in enforcing its trademarks in ongoing litigation against Amazon.
- Successfully enforced USA Volleyball’s trademarks, securing an award of more than $500k and a permanent injunction against Grand Prix Entertainment.
- Working to enforce the SHARPER IMAGE trademarks, and defending against related claims, in a case against a former licensee.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Operating out of New York, California, and Washington DC, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP's specialist IP team acts for clients in the areas of cosmetics, e-commerce, food and beverage, and software. Headed up by Laura Goldbard George in New York, the team represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trademark and trade dress cases and has a wealth of experience in matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Goldbard George works alongside Jason Sebel, who has experience acting as trial counsel in trademark litigation cases.
Laura Goldbard George
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