Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to lead in the practice area, utilizing the strength of its worldwide network to advise major global clients like Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline and SpaceX in trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes. Trademark litigation authority David Bernstein leads the team, representing household names involved in high-value claims and domain name arbitrations. Megan Bannigan, who has a strong focus on the fashion industry, has appeared as an expert before the Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee on the issue of fraudulent trademarks. Jyotin Hamid acts for high-profile brand owners in obtaining preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders. Michael Schaper handles complex civil litigation and Jim Pastore acts in disputes for technology clients. All lawyers mentioned work at the New York office.
Trademarks: litigation in United States
‘Debevoise’s experience is vast and top notch and their resources are cutting edge. Debevoise’s trademark litigation practice truly rises above even the best trademark litigation practices.’
‘Whenever I approach partner Megan Bannigan and her team with an issue, I know that they will do the most thorough job and deliver bulletproof work product. Megan always adds value by not only answering my questions but also being several steps ahead in recommending additional innovative approaches that I had not yet considered.’
‘I think what makes the Debevoise trademark practice unique is its ability to quickly develop a comprehensive strategy, incorporating advice from a number of different subject matter experts as needed, and then executing that strategy efficiently and effectively. Each of the Debevoise attorneys involved in our matter was able to provide clear, actionable guidance that strengthened our position.’
‘David Bernstein is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but he also has a unique ability to explain, both verbally and in writing, complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner. David is uniquely gifted at exuding either strength or approachableness as appropriate, all while conveying a mastery of the subject matter. His reputation as a preeminent lawyer in his field is well-deserved.’
‘The Debevoise team is truly at the top of the game. This is the team you go to when you have the most complicated IP issues or a bet-the-company type of issue. No other firm can beat their innovative strategy, top notch legal analysis, and phenomenal litigation skills.’
‘Megan Bannigan is a true partner to our brand and has established herself as our go-to for advice on fashion law and design issues.’
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Bank of America
Costco Wholesale Corporation
MSCHF Product Studio, Inc.
WeWork Companies Inc.
- Represented successfully MSCHF Product Studio, a Brooklyn-based art collective, in defending, and ultimately settling, a lawsuit brought by Nike in the Eastern District of New York, claiming that MSCHF’s Satan Shoes infringed and diluted Nike’s trademarks.
- Representing SpaceX in opposing Subaru of America’s petition to cancel SpaceX’s STARLINK trademark registrations.
- Represented Costco in achieving a 3-0 Second Circuit decision vacating a judgment against our client in excess of $25m in a dispute with Tiffany & Co in which Costco was accused of wilful trademark infringement and counterfeiting by marketing diamond rings that featured a Tiffany setting next to signs that included the word “Tiffany.”
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP continues to protect the marks of major global brands like IBM, Nestlé and Sony, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in high-value litigation. The group represents a wide span of clients across the automotive, chemicals, food, telecoms, financial services and entertainment sectors. The group is headed by managing partner Anand Sharma and chair Mark Sweet, along with practice leader Danny Awdeh, who assists clients with high-profile disputes involving trademark infringement, counterfeiting and false advertising. Douglas Rettew handles matters concerning unfair competition litigation, product disparagement and domain names disputes. Mark Sommers specializes in building strategies for the acquisition and enforcement of core branding rights. Naresh Kilaru brings extensive experience in appearing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). All lawyers mentioned work in the Washington DC office.
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
ATP Tour, Inc.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
ECCO SKO A/S
EdgeVerve Systems Limited
Flare Health, Inc.
Glioblastoma Foundation, Inc.
Intercontinental Hotels Group (a/k/a IHG
Kinesio Holding Corporation
Le-Vel Brands, LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc.
Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
TBL Licensing LLC
The Lincoln Project, Inc.
Under Armour, Inc.
Unilever United States, Inc.
Varsity Spirit, LLC
WNAC, LLC and Super Towers, Inc.
Wonder Media Network, LLC
- Representing gun magazine loader manufacturer Maglula in a case against Amazon for alleged counterfeiting practices.
- Representing Unilever in a variety of advertising and intellectual property matters involving some of its global brands such as Dove, Axe, Nexxus, and Tresemmé.
- Representing the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries in a noninfringement suit.
Co-ordinating with offices in New York and Washington, DC, the team at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. continues to be a force in the marketplace, representing celebrities and household names including Lego, Peloton and Warner Brothers Entertainment involved in high-profile trademark disputes. Barbara Solomon, who represents clients across the beauty, luxury goods, financial services and entertainment sectors, brings experience to UDRP cases and appearances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Leo Kittay, who specializes in fostering start-ups, acts in litigation before federal, state and administrative tribunals. Lydia Gobena handles complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, pursuing infringement claims around the globe. John Margiotta brings expertise to claims for clients in the luxury fashion, watch and jewelry areas. Another key figure is Laura Popp-Rosenberg, who represents high-profile clients in trademark litigation. All lawyers mentioned are at the New York office.
Bristol Myers Squibb
Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy
Johnson & Johnson
The LEGO Group
Overtime Sports, Inc.
Peloton Interactive, Inc.
Richemont (brand include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chloé, among others)
Sony Interactive Entertainment—Brands include PlayStation, PS4 and PS5
Tiffany & Company
Warner Brothers Entertainment Group
- Representing Peloton Interactive as the defendant in a litigation in which the plaintiff World Champ Tech, LLC, has alleged trademark infringement and related claims on the basis of its use and registration of the mark BIKE+, the name of its GPS-enabled fitness app.
- Representing a major fashion brand against defendants in the Southern District of New York alleging claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition.
- Representing several of Richemont’s luxury watch brands – Montblanc, IWC and Baume & Mercier – against claims asserted by the jewelry and watch company Solid 21, Inc. alleging infringement of the purported trademark RED GOLD.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
With locations across the US, Europe and Asia, the team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton employs the bench strength of its worldwide network to represent major brands in the prosecution and defense of infringement and dilution actions. The team is led by IP litigation authority William Brewster at the Atlanta office, Anthony Malutta in San Francisco, who counsels clients across the retail, tech and food sectors, and in New York by trademark arbitration expert David Mayberry. In Los Angeles, Dennis Wilson manages the group’s strategic technology group, and Larry McFarland employs experience in the media and entertainment sectors. New York's Lisa Pearson acts for creators and brand owners in the fashion and luxury goods, travel, and consumer products industries. In Atlanta, Judy Powell specializes in disputes involving web site content and domain names, and Charlie Henn represents companies and universities in trademark and trade dress infringement claims.
‘A very cohesive and hard-working team of lawyers and paralegals able to get things done from counseling to litigation.’
‘My interaction has been mainly with Charlie Henn and William Brewster who are perfectly representing the values of competence both in terms of legal skills and strategic advice, availability and capabilities to understand the underlying business realities confronted by their clients.’
Delta Air Lines
Honey Baked Ham Company
Jack Daniels Properties
National Basketball Association
The ‘top-notch’ team at Cooley LLP represents in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving the trademarks of major global brands. Brendan Hughes in Washington DC leads the team, representing high-profile clients such as Google, SpaceX and Gilead Sciences, across the tech and life science sectors. At the Silicon Valley office, Angela Dunning brings experience appearing before federal and state courts, assisting key players in the biotech, financial services and real estate areas. Bobby Ghajar provides expertise in infringement actions and false advertising and trademark class action lawsuits at the Los Angeles location, where JP Oleksiuk represents public figures and trademarks holders in the healthcare services, apparel, and coffee industries. John Crittenden retired from the firm in March 2021.
‘The Cooley team is top-notch when it comes to: 1) technical expertise, 2) responsiveness, and 3) client interaction and collaboration is superior.’
‘Susan Christoff is a fantastic attorney who is very knowledgeable and very responsive. She is also personable and relates well to clients and collaborators. She is a problem solver!’
‘Cooley has a strong reputation in trademark litigation.’
‘Brendan Hughes and JP Oleksiuk are standouts in litigation.’
The Boring Company
Pabst Brewing Company
- Representing Google in ending a three-year case relating to whether the tech company could offer goods and services in the children’s content space after SM Kids sought to enforce rights in a 2008 settlement agreement between Google and SM Kids’ predecessor-in-interest, who allegedly owned prior rights in the GOOGLES trademark.
The experienced team at boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC continues to safeguard the portfolios of major global brands such as J. Crew, Universal Music Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment throughout national and international court litigations, trademark office and domain name enforcement matters. Richard Mandel heads the practice, representing TV and film, music, fashion, food and tobacco clients in trademark disputes before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He works closely with firm chair Jonathan King, who brings to the practice over 30 years of trademark litigation experience. Eric Shimanoff manages trade dress infringement cases across the financial services, manufacturing and information services sectors. Mary Kevlin acts for Major League Baseball in opposition and cancellation proceedings with Maryann Licciardi, who also handles complex domain name disputes. Joelle A. Milov was promoted to special counsel in January 2022.
‘Brilliant lawyers. They understand the client’s needs perfectly and give a quick and very professional and flexible response to their client’s needs.’
‘The partner responsible for the matters is Robert J. English. He is very knowledgeable about intellectual property, flexible and quick to respond. He is a pleasure to work with.’
‘CLL has a very strong and capable team. They are quick to respond to queries and follow up diligently on their files.’
‘CLL provide a very experienced and professional TM litigation support which has proven to be very effective.’
‘Joel Schmidt – fantastic lawyer!’
‘I have worked with Cowan, Leibowitz & Latman, P.C. for decades and have, over the years, always found the firm’s lawyers and other legal professionals to be practical, economical and business savvy. In cases where settlements are possible, their lawyers will always foster settlement. However, in cases where they have to litigate hard, they do. Moreover, the time given to each matter is ample despite their busy schedules. I’ve always found that they make clients feel special and, often, the feeling is that my matter is the only matter they are handling because of the constant care given to it. This is rare in law firm partners.’
‘The team of Richard Mandel, Jonathan King and Eric Shimanoff is deadly. Each of them are very smart, business savvy and know practice and procedure in not only New York but even other jurisdictions.’
‘Cowan is practical, commercial and thoughtful in their advice. They provide easy-to-implement advice that takes our business goals into consideration.’
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, Inc.
Tri State Management/Wetson Restaurant Group
Wicked Fashions, Inc.
Warby Parker Inc.
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
- Represented a vehicle finance company as co-counsel on a successful appeal to the Third Circuit, which reversed a judgment against the client for over $10m.
- Representing a food manufacturer in an appeal to the Third Circuit of a cancellation of the client’s U.S. registrations of trademarks which the petitioner, a major multinational, has used in India but not in the U.S.
- Represented an entertainment company in the successful opposition of an application.
Led in New York by intellectual property litigation authority Dale Cendali, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts in high-stakes trademark disputes on behalf of internationally recognized brands including Delta Air Lines and Epic Games. In Los Angeles, Diana Torres represents consumer product manufacturers, fitness service providers and media companies, and Allison Buchner litigates for companies against regulators, competitors and consumers. In New York, further support is provided by Claudia Ray, who specializes in unfair competition claims for clients in tech, aviation, financial services and entertainment, and Shanti Sadtler Conway, who, in addition to appearing high-profile court actions, provides IP counselling for non-profits and low-income individuals.
Association of American Publishers
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Epic Games, Inc.
Lucky Brand LLC
SH Group Global IP Holdings, L.L.C.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP leverages its combined bench strength and the experience of its team to represent major brands in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional high-value disputes. The group is headed in Washington DC by Jared Bobrow and Sten Jensen in Silicon Valley, both known for their work in the tech sector. In New York, veteran trademark litigator Peter Vogl, whose clients have included former Vice President Al Gore and Elizabeth Taylor, acts in matters for clients on the federal and state levels, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In Boston, David Hosp specializes in litigation for media clients, and Mark Puzella builds strategies for the developers of emerging technologies. Also in Silicon Valley, Diana Rutowski manages complex cases involving trade dress rights.
‘The Orrick team are hard working, smart, and results oriented. They have the firepower for big matters and aren’t afraid to take on the tough case.’
‘Mark Puzella is an extremely strong trademark litigator. He is smart and thorough. Dave Hosp is a seasoned veteran who is strong across multiple disciples.’
Kars 4 Kids, Inc.
CoorsTek Bioceramics, LLC
Mahindra & Mahindra
Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management LP
Nreal Technology Limited
Adore Me, Inc.
Salvestrin Wine Co.
Vox Populi Registry
- Represented Kars 4 Kids, Inc. in a trademark dispute over the use of the phrase “Cars For Kids” by America Can! (“AC”).
- Represented Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Mahindra Automotive North America in a trademark and trade dress investigation involving the design of Mahindra’s ROXOR off-road vehicle.
- Represented Adore Me, Inc. (“Adore Me”) in connection with a trademark infringement action in the Central District of California filed against competitor Lavender Lingerie, LLC dba Savage x Fenty (“Savage”).
Arnold & Porter utilizes the experience of its team to protect the trademarks of top clients in high-value infringement and unfair competition litigations. In Chicago and Washington DC, the group is led by veteran IP litigators Dina Hayes and Matthew Wolf, who specializes in disputes for and against major tech companies. At the New York office, Dori Hanswirth brings expertise to advising on protected speech, journalism and public interest issues, and Paul Llewellyn manages trademark conflicts, from the preliminary injunction stage to trial, for brands across the food, pharmaceuticals, retail, consumer products and engineering sectors. Louis Ederer handles anti-counterfeiting litigation in the luxury goods and apparel arenas. Christopher Renk and Michael Harris in Chicago represented Nike in the infringement and dilution case against art collective MSCHF over the ‘Satan Shoes’ shoe line launched by Lil Nas X. DC’s Michael Kientzle, an expert in fintech sector disputes, was promoted to counsel in January 2022.
Matthew Wolf; Dina Hayes
Other key lawyers:
David Yurman IP LLC and David Yurman Enterprises LLC
Even Responsible Finance, Inc.
Fox News Network, LLC
ITV America, Inc.
Las Vegas Raiders
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
- Representing The Hershey Company in enforcement actions and opposition proceedings.
- Advising long-term client Google 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.
- Represented Nike in obtaining a temporary restraining order in a trademark dispute for Nike with a Brooklyn-based artists collective MSCHF over claims that consumers would be duped into thinking the company is affiliated with Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes,” which feature the famous Nike mark and Nike Swoosh mark.
DLA Piper LLP (US) is a go-to for high-stakes litigation on behalf of blue-chip global clients. Intellectual property and tech co-global head Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley leads the practice, along with US trademark, copyright and media practice chair Gina Durham, who represents clients like Nike and Radisson Hotels in major infringement trials, in San Francisco. Tamar Duvdevani in New York acts for major rights holders across the fashion, media and consumer products sectors. Melissa Reinckens in San Diego brings expertise to false advertising, trademarks and trade dress disputes on behalf of clients in the sports, entertainment, IT, and medical device areas. Associate Marc E. Miller provides support in New York, representing top corporates and emerging businesses.
Other key lawyers:
Tamar Duvdevani; Melissa Reinckens; Marc E. Miller
‘They have an excellent understanding of our company’s business, and a very practical approach to providing legal advice and seeking optimal solutions.’
‘Parnters Gina Durham and Melissa Reinckens tried a case for our company and they were outstanding trial lawyers. They put together a very good evidentiary records, and did a superb job examining the opponent’s witnesses, and handling our defense against IP infringement claims. Their work in this trial was truly excellent and they obtained a great result for us, too.’
The Home Depot
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Tigercat International, Inc.
STO Building Group
Rakuten Medical Inc.
Magnolia Medical Technologies
Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Radisson Hotels International
Trinity Broadcast Network
- Represented Goli Nutrition in a preliminary injunction.
- Represented Intercontinental Exchange (the owners of the New York Exchange and other trading houses around the country) in a 3.5 week bench trial when it was sued by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the “CME”), a competitor, for trademark infringement and counterfeiting.
- Represented Nike, Inc. in a 2-week bench trial, when it was sued by Lontex, Inc. who asserted that Nike’s use of the words “cool” and “compression” adjacent to each other in product descriptions infringed its “Cool Compression” trademark.
Representing high-profile trademark plaintiffs and defendants across the US, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP brings bench strength and experience to every stage of litigation, from injunctions and temporary restraining orders all the way up to appeals before the Supreme Court. The team is led in Washington DC by John Gary Maynard, an expert in high-level brand protection disputes, who also operates out of the Richmond, VA office, and tech sector specialists Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes. At the New York office, trademark litigation authority James Rosini, with deep experience in the practice area, represents major brands across the pharmaceuticals, retail, tech, food and beverages, and entertainment industries. DC-based special counsel Edward Colbert, who represented the Cleveland Guardians in a dispute stemming from their name change, is a go-to for clients involved in high-stakes infringement matters, along with Jeremy S. Boczko in New York.
William Grant & Sons, Inc.
Sandpiper of California
Woodstock Ventures LC
Hisamitsu America, Inc.
ReCollect Systems Inc.
Two Hands America, Inc.
The Vitamin Shoppe
William Grant & Sons, Inc.
Sandpiper of California
Woodstock Ventures LC
Hisamitsu America, Inc.
ReCollect Systems Inc.
Two Hands America, Inc.
The Vitamin Shoppe
- Represented Constellation in a set of consolidated litigation against Vineyard House in the Northern District of California, with the court finding the defendant had infringed on Constellation’s trademarks, resulting in an injunction and the eventual granting of attorney fees.
- Representing Hisamitsu America, maker and distributor of Salonpas Brand Pain Relieving Patches, defending a false advertising case brought by Scilex in the Northern District of California.
Jones Day leverages the experience of its team to represent major brand owners such as the BMW Group, McCain Foods and the Wikimedia Foundation in complex, high-value trademark, unfair competition and false advertising disputes across the nation. In Cleveland, trademark litigation expert Meredith Wilkes, who advises clients across the food, consumer products, insurance and sports sectors, leads the group, along with John Froemming in Washington DC, who brings a strong record in trademark conflicts in federal courts. Anna E. Raimer at the Houston office maintains an active practice leading oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Other key lawyers:
‘They partner with us to make our goals their goals.’
‘Availability, willingness to be creative to reach our goals, co-management of our IP portfolio.’
McCain Foods Limited
The NOCO Company
BMW Group (including Rolls-Royce Motorcars Ltd. and MINI)
EOS Products LLC
The Wikimedia Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Outfront Media LLC
Bolt Mobility, OU
TNSG Biotech Co. Ltd.
Katten capitalizes on its national and international reach to represent global brands in high-stakes trademark litigation at the state and federal levels. The IP team is led by five experienced partners. In New York, global chair Deepro R. Mukerjee brings expertise to the pharmaceutical sector and Karen Artz Ash specializes in fashion disputes. In Chicago, Kristin Achterhof advises the likes of Lenovo and Motorola on global enforcement and firm IP department founder Floyd Mandell offers deep experience in representing household names. Veteran litigator Terence Ross manages high-value internet and e-commerce disputes at the Washington DC office.
Fit & Glow Healthcare Private Limited
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Virtual Dining LLC and Jimmy Donaldson
Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Windstream Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Kinetic)
- Represented Windstream Holdings, Inc. in an adversary proceeding in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York against its competitor Charter Communications, Inc.
- Representing Forever 21 in the trademark litigation against adidas concerning its three-stripe trademark.
- Represented Weight Watchers in connection with litigation arising out of the March 2020 decision to transition temporarily its in-person member workshops to virtual workshops via Zoom as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
New York-based Kelley Drye & Warren LLP utilizes its national network and the experience of its team in major trademark disputes to represent key market players like Bacardi, Ralph Lauren and Endeavor, across such sectors as fashion, retail and entertainment. Andrea Calvaruso at the New York office leads the team, managing complex, high-stakes litigation and advising on emerging issues, such as NFTs and challenges to US cannabis laws. Michael Zinna, who handles multiple high value claims, brings expertise to the New Jersey office. In New York, special counsel Patricia L. Werner and senior associate Kelli Ortega in New York provide further support on complex adversarial proceedings.
‘This team is extremely efficient, smart and strategic.’
‘Andrea Calvaruso: tough, practical, knowledgeable and down to earth – Patricia Werner: intelligent, responsive, business-minded.’
‘Andrea Calvaruso (partner) – as well as being a wonderful human, Andrea is remarkably smart, reliable, responsive and knows everything there is to know about IP, and trademarks specifically. Patricia Werner (special counsel) – the best trademark specialist I have come across in almost 20 years of being in the industry.’
‘KDW’s trademark team, led by Andrea Calvaruso, is our go-to for trademark enforcement work. The team is responsive, efficient, and coordinates exceptionally well with our in-house enforcement attorneys.’
‘Andrea Calvaruso is constantly available to our team when we having urgent questions or issues arise. Her advice is practical and business-focused; she understands our priorities and risk tolerance, and tailors her advice accordingly.’
Endeavor (Formerly WME | IMG)
Miss Universe Organization (IMG Universe, LLC)
Bacardi & Co. Ltd.
Foot Locker Retail, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (“Take-Two”)
Ralph Lauren Corp.
Ashley Stewart, Inc.
Blue Bell Creameries L.P.
Marc Jacobs International
Regency Centers Corporation
- Representing Nelk Inc. in the Eastern District of New York against a company seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement and making claims for tortious interference and trade libel arising out of Nelk’s objection to the company’s promotion and use of the name FULL SEND in connection with the promotion and sale of CBD products.
- Representing Regency Centers Corporation in a trademark infringement action filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey involving their use of the name CHIMNEY ROCK to identify a new shopping center.
- Representing Marc Jacobs International in a high-profile trademark and copyright infringement case alleging infringement of Nirvana’s globally recognized smiley face design.
The New York-based team at King & Spalding LLP represents in high-profile trademark litigation and preliminary injunction hearings in the federal courts, as well as proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, acting on behalf of The group is led by veteran IP litigator Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco and tech sector expert Stephen Baskin in Washington DC. Trademark enforcement authority Kathleen McCarthy in New York, whose clients included Sephora and Madison Square Garden, is a key figure in the practice, as is Bruce Baber, a founding member of the firm’s global intellectual property practice, known for successfully representing Google.
Sephora USA, Inc.
DFS Group, LP
The Madison Square Garden Company
Allergan USA, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company
- Represented Coca-Cola in opposing an application seeking to register the mark CONCEAL-CARRY REGISTERED HANDGUN in a stylized font similar to The Coca-Cola Company’s famous Spencerian Script logo, securing a 51-page May 2021 decision from the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- Represented the owner of the Hollywood restaurant Dan Tana’s and succeeded in persuading the TTAB, in a 51-page September 21, 2021 decision, to cancel the other party’s registration for fraud and resolve an open and important question regarding the intent element of fraud before the Trademark Office.
The team at Latham & Watkins LLP pairs the bench strength of its nationwide practice with that of its global network to represent clients in high-value multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes. The group is led in San Diego by Jennifer Barry, a high stakes-litigation specialist acting for rights holders in tech and beauty, David Callahan in Chicago, a veteran trial lawyer assisting medical device, telecoms, and automotive clients, Tony Sammi in New York, an electrical engineering and physics expert who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in August 2021, and Jeff Homrig in Silicon Valley, who manages players in tech and life sciences. Orange County's Perry Viscounty recently obtained a settlement for Time Magazine’s publisher in an infringement suit filed by The New York Times.
Other key lawyers:
‘The depth of their trademark knowledge and their ability to clearly describe the law, the risks, and their recommendations are second to none.’
‘I have been adverse to Jennifer Barry and been incredibly impressed with her litigation capabilities, creativity, drafting, persuasiveness, etc. She is a formidable competitor.’
1661, Inc. dba GOAT Group
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
With a strong record in intellectual property litigation, Chicago-based boutique firm Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP represents major global brands in high-profile trademark, dilution, counterfeit goods and trade dress lawsuits at the state and federal levels. Managing partner Bradley Cohn acts for clients across the automotive, food, tourism and telecoms sectors. Jonathan Jennings litigates contentious matters in energy and pharmaceuticals. Phillip Barengolts represents household names as a lead appellate counsel in the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th circuit courts. Ashly Boesche handles complex disputes for entertainment and fashion brands. Felicia G. Traub joined from Culhane Meadows PLLC in September 2021. All lawyers mentioned work in Chicago.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are easy to work with and are incredibly knowledgeable. They are very responsive and provide detailed recommendations, which helps us in making proper decisions!’
‘I have been working with the Pattishall team for a long time now. My main contacts are Jonathan Jennings and Phil Barengolts. The team is unique as one complements each other in a perfect manner, in terms of specialism and in terms of method of working.’
‘Pattishall is unique because its sole focus and expertise is on soft-IP, primarily trademark law, which allows them to offer direct and pragmatic advice quickly and efficiently.
‘In matters trademark litigation Pattishall is amongst the top-notch US firms – highly experienced, very able and very hands-on approach with a great response – the go-to US trademark litigation firm.’
‘It is an excellent IP firm run by professional and diverse partners and represent outstanding clients base. We receive diligent services for our clients and they also refer exceptional well regarded clients. They are simply a pleasant people to work with and build long term partnership.’
‘The firm provides a complete range of trademark services, and the team is comprised of professionals with great expertise and professionalism. They know how to solve complex issues and provide prompt responses. They consistently provide high quality work. In dispute cases, they provide good strategies. I highly recommend the team again this year.’
Advanced Micro Devices
Illinois Tool Works
Eli Lilly and Company
Robert Bosch LLC
Medline Industries, Inc.
- Representing Ferrara Candy Company in a trademark infringement suit against Yauheniya Lis (who does business as GasBuds) related to Ferrara’s Nerds, Trolli and SweeTarts candy products to halt alleged misuse of marks on THC-infused products.
- Represented Not a Real Holding Company (for the award-winning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television show, “Schitt’s Creek”), Eugene Levy, and Daniel Levy is a dispute with Taylor Hamilton (tayham.com), concerning alleged trademarl infringement and rights of publicity violations.
- Represented BP America in a suit against a holdover station using BP marks past its authorized date to do so, resulting in a default Judgment granted for trademark infringement and unfair competition under federal and state law.
Proskauer Rose LLP leverages its worldwide presence, representing both plaintiffs and defendants involved in high-profile trademark disputes, from major multinationals to start-ups and entrepreneurs, across the sports, consumer products, food & beverage, and media and entertainment sectors. Veteran trademark and false advertising litigator Brendan O’Rourke leads the team, along with Baldassare Vinti, who acts for clients in such tech-related matters as digital video compression, prosthetics and medical devices. Support is provided by senior counsel Jeffrey Warshafsky, promoted in November 2021, who has brought anti-counterfeiting actions on behalf of the NFL. Lawrence Weinstein left the firm in January 2022. All lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Brendan O’Rourke is a fantastic lawyer who provides very good strategic litigation advice and he is also very strong in deposition preparation and interviews. Compared to other firms, Brendan has a great supporting team and they are very clear and efficient.’
Hospital for Special Surgery
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP works in close collaboration with its international teams, and leverages the experience of its team to safeguard the international trademark portfolios of household names, encompassing both advisory work and litigation. Entertainment, media and sports sector expert Robert Raskopf in New York heads the practice, along with Margret Caruso in Silicon Valley, whose clients span the tech and automotive sectors and include Google, General Motors and the Boys of America. Trade infringement and trade secret specialist Todd Anten in New York brings expertise in sports matters, having represented the NFL and its member clubs in team logo disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Boy Scouts of America
Tommy John, Inc.
Hope Organics, LLC
Cruise LLC and GM Cruise Holdings LLC
- Representing the Boy Scouts of America in suit brought by Girls Scouts to try to force the BSA to eliminate the word “Scouts” from its flagship Scouts BSA program.
- Representing Google in defending its victory in dismissing Edible Arrangements’ trademark-based claims in Georgia Court of Appeals, briefed and argued same to Georgia Supreme Court.
- Representing Zuru against Lego’s attempt to use of its trademarks to monopolize interlocking plastic bricks and compatible plastic figures.
With 'deep knowledge of trademark, counterfeit and other IP matters relevant to the tech/internet industries', the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP navigates complex issues of secondary liability involved in representing major e-commerce and social media companies. The group is led by Benjamin Marks, a seasoned litigator who specializes in trademark infringement disputes involving issues of digital rights management. In addition to acting for the firm’s tech platform clients, Randi Singer represents major brands like Hilton, CareDx and Sanofi in advertising matters, across the pharmaceuticals, consumer products and biotech sectors. Jessica Falk brings expertise to infringement cases involving multinationals in publishing and insurance. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.
‘Weil has deep knowledge of trademark, counterfeit and other IP matters relevant to the tech/internet industries. They are second-to-none in their substantive expertise, and they have a keen understanding of the client’s business.’
‘Randi Singer successfully combines deep substantive knowledge of trademark and other IP matters with strong business acumen and practical instincts. She is extremely well-rounded in her experience — able to weigh in on all manner of IP issues and to bring to bear her years of practice with tech/internet clients.’
‘Weil’s team draws on deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience to provide insightful and practical counsel on a range of intellectual property issues. Their litigators are outstanding in all respects – strategic, efficient, creative, and highly effective. They focus on the details and keep their eyes on the big picture. Weil’s team understands business issues and works collaboratively with clients to achieve excellent results.’
‘Benjamin Marks stands out for his expertise in intellectual property, broad experience, thoughtful approach, and outstanding litigation skills.’
American International Group
The Spectator (1828) Ltd
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Old Market Group Holdings Corp. (f/k/a Fairway Group Holdings Corp.)
Association of American Publishers
- Representing American International Group, Inc. in its defense before the Eighth Circuit of our total summary judgment victory in a billion-dollar trademark infringement dispute over the rights to use the mark “AIG.”
- Representing The Spectator in a high-stakes trademark infringement dispute, preserving the company’s ability to expand its brand to a new U.S. edition.
- Represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement, copyright ownership, and contract royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University, which resolved favourably on the eve of trial.
A Washington DC-centered go-to firm for major trademark holders in the tech, entertainment, fashion, and food and beverages sectors, ArentFox Schiff leverages its national locations to litigate high-profile cross-border disputes. The team is led in Washington DC by US and Venezuela-qualified litigator Ricardo Fischer, whose clients include major food and beverage brands, along with Anthony Lupo, who represents media and tech brands, and Cristina Carvalho, who handles infringement matters for multinationals in the US and Brazil. Michelle Marsh in New York manages high-stakes anti-counterfeiting actions for e-commerce and retail clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Arent Fox are a reliable firm, that offers good and well researched advice for our problems. In our opinion, the Arent Fox team may be described as solid and “well-oiled”. Our perception is that they have good communication skills and that all the team are briefed about the status of the cases so that any of them may help us if required. We would say that their legal expertise and 24/7 availability are their particular strengths.’
‘Our main contact is Ricardo Fischer whose experience as a lawyer in Latin America and the United States, along with his fluency in Spanish is a great plus for our company since the US legal system is usually difficult to understand for us European companies who are used to a completely different legal and judicial system. Ricardo, apart from his full availability, has in a very short time acquired a good knowledge of our company which is extremely important for us. Ricardo has a vast knowledge of IP matters and he understands our concerns and needs to almost perfection.’
Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile)
Spectrum Brands, Inc.
Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation
Amazon.com, Inc. and Valentino S.p.A
Fossil Group, Inc. and Michael Kors, LLC
- Representing Amazon.com and Valentino S.p.A. jointly in a high-profile anti-counterfeiting action over Valentino Garavani’s iconic rockstud shoes, pending in the Western District of Washington.
- Advising Rothy’s, handling all of the company’s national and international IP matters, from product concept to launch, and now in the enforcement of the brand and designs against third-party infringement and counterfeiting.
- Representing Discovery Inc., a global media and entertainment company with subscribers in over 190 countries and territories in over 40 languages.
Fenwick & West LLP
Globally integrated, the experienced team at Fenwick & West LLP prosecutes and defends trademark litigation for technology and life sciences companies at the state and federal levels. Jedediah Wakefield in San Francisco heads the group, representing clients in matters from routine enforcement actions to high-stakes disputes. Eric Ball supports the team at the Mountain View office, acting in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, as well as handling international matters for eSports, gaming and social media companies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very responsive and provides clear, practical advice, while taking into account budget concerns.’
- Representing Delivery Native, which does business as Scratch Kitchen—a cloud kitchen (also referred to as a virtual cafeteria) —in a trademark infringement and unfair competition claim brought by Skratch Labs, a maker of sports hydration drink mixes.
- Representing Atlassian before the TTAB in a trademark challenge.
- Representing FTX US, the cryptocurrency trading platform, in a copyright and trademark infringement case brought by the California-based fast-food chain Jack in the Box, related to FTX’s “Moonman” character.
The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP leverages the strength of its global network to develop strategies for plaintiffs and defendants, including household brands, involved in complex trademark, trade dress and false advertising litigation. The practice is headed by Susan L. Heller in Orange County and Los Angeles, who has deep experience in representing top celebrities and corporates, Joel Feldman in Atlanta, managing high-stakes actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and cross-border litigation expert Mark Galis in Chicago.
‘We have had a long relationship with Mark Galis, the Greenberg Traurig partner who manages this type of engagement on our behalf. He has a long standing relationship with top leadership in our company and, as a result, has a clear understanding of our generally collaborative approach to conflict resolution with third parties. His long term relationships and network within the IP community are an asset, both in terms of engaging with third parties as well as in providing guidance and perspective based on current IP thought and practices.’
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
- Representing American Airlines in connection with litigation filed against Delta Air Lines alleging infringement of American’s FLAGSHIP trademark.
- Representing 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.
- Representing Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s famous brands, including Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Horseshoe, World Series of Poker, and others in dozens of pending trademark opposition and cancelation proceedings pending around the world.
Providing ‘a fantastic client service and commercially creative solutions‘, the team at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP litigates on behalf of global brands involved as both plaintiff and defendants in high-stakes trademark infringement, counterfeiting, trade dress infringement and false advertising claims before state, federal and administrative courts. The practice is headed by experienced trademark and brand protection litigators Michael Friedland and Lynda Zadra-Symes, who represents tourism, food and beverages, and transportation clients from pre-suits to trials and appeal. Ali Razai specializes in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and medical device sectors. IP dispute specialist Brandon Smith was promoted to partner in January 2022. David Jankowski retired in June 2021. All lawyers mentioned work in Orange County, CA.
Other key lawyers:
Ali Razai; Brandon Smith
‘They provide a fantastic client service and commercially creative solutions’
‘The Knobbe Martens team is well-equipped to address trademark infringement issues and also patent infringement issues. Being able to work on both issues concurrently provides for efficient and cost-effective means of pursuing intellectual property rights.’
99 Cents Only Stores
Toshiba America Electronics Corporation
Meyer Natural Foods
Venus Laboratories (ECOS)
Monster Energy Company
Edwards Life Sciences
- Representing defendants Pet Qwerks and Petmate in a design patent and trade dress case.
- Represented Monster when Vital Pharmaceuticals alleged that Monster’s successful REIGN line of performance energy drinks infringed VPX’s claimed trade dress rights in the appearance of its Bang energy drinks.
- Representing Oatly in a pending federal court lawsuit in the District of Utah against Betterbody Foods & Nutrition LLC involving the mark OATSOME.
Backed by offices across Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas, Mayer Brown represents major global brands in high-stakes trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and patent disputes. John Mancini in New York leads the practice, litigating at the state and federal levels for clients in the tech, media and telecoms sectors. In Chicago, Richard Assmus utilizes a science and mathematics background to act in complex technology matters, and Michael Adams and Kristine Young bring experience to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings. New York's Jonathan Thomas was promoted to partner in January 2022.
Goya Foods, Inc.
Osem Food Industries, Ltd.
Nespresso USA, Inc.
Nestlé USA, Inc.
Maker’s Mark Whiskey
Jim Beam Brands Co.
- Represented Nespresso USA, Inc. in a suit filed against Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for trademark and trade dress infringement and dilution, acts of unfair competition and false advertising
- Representing Capri Sun GmbH in a trademark infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit.
- Representing the association that hosts the parade and Rose Bowl Game in a dispute with the City of Pasadena, which wanted the game to be called something other than the “Rose Bowl Game.”
Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP integrates its trademark litigation practice with its portfolio management service to safeguard the IP of multinational brands at the state and federal levels, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Experienced IP trial attorney Thomas McDonough leads the team, along with Michael Kelber, who provides risk management solutions to prevent litigation and builds pre-designed strategies for court appearances. Lee Eulgen brings expertise to domain name ownership disputes. Antony McShane acts for social media and tech companies, hospitality businesses, and sports franchises. Brand protection specialist Andrea Stein Fuelleman was promoted to partner in January 2022. Associate Lee Barrington Stark provides additional support. All lawyers mentioned work in Chicago.
‘The team is very responsive. They have great knowledge both of the subject area and our company.’
‘I work primarily with Michael Kelber, who has been outside counsel for our company for many years. He is extremely pragmatic, quick to respond, and great at translating complicated IP law into layman terms for our business teams. There is a newer associate on the team, Lee Barrington Stark, who seems great. She has good attention to detail and quickly got up to speed on the kind of work product we’re looking for.’
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./Republic Tobacco
Viceroy Hotel Group
Chicago White Sox
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Montage Hotels & Resorts
Fresenius Kabi AG
PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid)
Dine Brands Global (IHOP, Applebee’s)
Urban Armor Gear (UAG)
- Advised insurer Delta Dental Plans Association on numerous policing and rebranding issues and have pursued numerous social media-based businesses for wrongfully using its marks to unjustly draw traffic to their sites and products.
- Represented Republic Technologies, Top Tobacco, and Republic Tobacco in opposing the registration of, and forced the cessation of use of, numerous marks that would have infringed upon well-known and 100-year old trademarks.
With offices across the US, Europe and Asia, the intellectual property and technology group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP employs the strength of its global network to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes trademark litigation to safeguard the brands of household name clients. Experienced tech litigator Ryan Yagura, at the LA office, leads the team. David Eberhart in San Francisco handles infringement, dilution, and unfair competition claims for software developers and consumer electronics companies. Also in LA, Drew Breuder acts for clients in the media and entertainment industries.
Artifex Software, Inc.
Fashion Nova, Inc.
Skechers U.S.A., Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
ThreeSixty Brands Group, LLC
Universal Navigation Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Represented footwear company Skechers U.S.A., Inc. against Easy Spirit.
- Represented ThreeSixty Brands Group in proceedings for breach of contract, securing payment to the client instead on trademark infringement breach of contract counter-claims.
- Represented CasperLabs in defeating a motion for a temporary restraining order.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
With locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington DC, the intellectual property team Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP maintains a national presence, representing multinational brands involved in trademark and trade dress infringement disputes. Laura Goldbard George leads the team, acting for plaintiffs and defendants across the food, fashion, energy, and entertainment sectors, in domestic and overseas litigation and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Associate Binni Shah brings expertise to IP and tech matters. All lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have found the team to be efficient and responsive. I feel I receive a very personal service.’
‘My principal contact is with Laura Goldberg; I have absolute faith in her experience and expertise when it comes to US trademark law and she is also commercial in her approach, which I, and clients, appreciate enormously.’
‘Stroock’s trademark team is very specialized and highly-qualified to handle any and all trademark issues.’
David Allee and the Morgan Lehman Gallery
- Represented prominent photographer David Allee and New York City art gallery Morgan Lehman Gallery against claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition under federal and state law and copyright infringement.
- Represented SQAD, LLC, a global leader in creating data and software for the advertising sector, against Toon Goggles, Inc. in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition under federal and NY state law and dilution under NY state law.