Thomas Zutic > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
500 EIGHTH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20004
United States

Work Department

Trademark and Copyright; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Media, Sport and Entertainment

Position

Partner

Career

Tom Zutic is Chair of DLA Piper’s Washington, DC Trademark, Copyright, and Media Group. Tom regularly counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues affecting their day-to-day business operations and transactions.  Tom works with clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on trademark counselling and enforcement, complex intellectual property licensing, as well as copyright enforcement and litigation, domain name, and other Internet issues.  He partners with clients to identify valuable intellectual property assets, as well as develop effective strategies to enhance the value of their intellectual property and take action against unauthorized uses of the same.  Tom works closely with clients in all sectors including the video game and media, retail, real-estate, and professional services sectors.

Tom has in-depth experience in intellectual property licensing and he works with clients to acquire, develop, and exploit intellectual property assets. He also frequently advises clients on brand development and protection, as well as the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence and agreement drafting.

Tom also handles trademark and copyright litigation matters in the federal courts, as well as inter partes trademark matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Tom has successfully handled numerous ICANN domain name disputes and assists clients with all aspects of domain name portfolio management.

Tom is Chair of the US Chapter of Iris, DLA Piper’s LGBTQ Resource Group, and he is a member of DLA Piper’s North American Pro Bono Committee.  He also serves on the Boards of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and Olney Theatre Center.

Memberships

International Trademark Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

Education

J.D., American University, Washington College of Law; B.A., George Washington University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Representing trademarks in over 150 countries worldwide, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) advises on the management, prosecution and enforcement of the portfolios of major household names across such sectors as food, hospitality, retail, e-commerce, consumer goods, tech and entertainment. The practice is led by global co-practice group leader Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley and IP prosecution expert Gina Durham in San Francisco. At the Washington DC office, Ann Ford counsels mature and emerging companies on developing and strengthening their brands, and Thomas Zutic specializes in the selection, adoption and use of trademarks. In addition, in Chicago, IP specialist Keith Medansky advises major clients on brand strategy.