United States: Pennsylvania

Firms

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Baker & Hostetler LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
Dechert LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Flaster Greenberg
Fox Rothschild LLP
K & G Law LLC
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler runs a coast-to-coast IP practice with distinction and is “one of the biggest trademark competitors” in Pennsylvania. “Its local profile is augmented by the refined A-to-Z expertise of the “very level-headed” Nancy Frandsen, who fronts the trademark group from the Philadelphia office.” She is “smart, dedicated and passionate”, “has meticulous attention to detail and knows exactly what she’s doing”.

Blank Rome LLP
Blank Rome keeps a hawkish eye out for market changes, allowing it to troubleshoot branding quandaries before they arise. “Highly efficient in both prosecution and enforcement”, David Perry is one of the trademark practice’s headliners. The “terrific attorney” deftly handles licensing matters for numerous fashion and apparel brands, and is “an active and passionate participant in the community”. Another “outstanding counsellor” is Matthew Homyk, whose flair for resolving internet-related dilemmas has made him “a rising star in this field”. Rounding off the team is Timothy Pecsenye, a master of inter partes proceedings; he keeps a close watch over the practice as co-chair of the IP and technology group.
Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
A firm fixture in the Philadelphia market, Caesar Rivise impresses across the gamut of trademark services, although its courtroom prowess wins particular acclaim. A “dean of the Philadelphia IP bar”, Manny Pokotilow “possesses both the energy and passion for this area of the law”. “He litigates hard and fair, while a strong business sense dictates to him when it’s not appropriate to do so.” Likewise, Stanley Cohen is as good as they come when it comes to disputes, having acted in more than 200 civil actions involving all types of intellectual property. Meanwhile, commercial whizz Eric Marzluf is a first port of call for IP-related transactions.
Dechert LLP
With vast global resources at its disposal, the trademark group at Dechert consistently achieves remarkable successes year on year. It is nationally renowned for its in-depth search and clearance operation, led by the affable Glenn Gundersen, who authored a leading treatise on the subject. Buoyed by a close relationship with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “he is a thorough expert in searching and provides sound advice in clearance work”. “He has a longstanding reputation in the community and is a pleasure to work with; he runs an efficient practice for high-calibre clients.”
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Robust full-service outfit Eckert Seamans is a major trademark player in the Keystone State, although an extensive network of foreign attorneys lends it significant international muscle, too. Its thriving e-commerce practice is reinforced by the tenacious Richard Peirce, a seasoned expert at crafting impregnable brand protection strategies in cyberspace. IP group co-chair Roberta Jacobs-Meadway is an “excellent counsellor and extremely strong litigator” who “consistently delivers superb advice” and is “tirelessly aggressive” in the courtroom. “Highly skilled, pragmatic and awfully knowledgeable”, she has also mentored several other leading practitioners. “She is an outstanding attorney with a first-rate reputation and is certainly one of the top lawyers in Philadelphia.” David Radack supervises the group alongside her; his comprehensive practice gives him a broad yet nuanced perspective on the full range of IP issues and he is a deft performer at the USPTO to boot.
Flaster Greenberg
With particular expertise in the Madrid system and other international filing regimes, the multi-disciplinary branding unit at Flaster Greenberg is a go-to for foreign prosecution work and worldwide portfolio management. A focal point of praise is “very skilled” practice head Jordan LaVine: “fantastic at prosecution on both a national and international level”, he also manages disputes with aplomb. The group has a real flair for resolving complex online issues, thanks in large part to Alexis Arena. Her digital know-how has been a boon for Ancestry.com, for which she recently obtained a preliminary injunction against an online infringer.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Fox Rothschild’s crack trademark team was bolstered in early 2016 by the firm’s merger with Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. However, the core of its practice remains firmly entrenched in Philadelphia, with leading man Michael Leonard overseeing the dynamic group here. Leonard is a magnet for acclaim, not least thanks to his astute international strategies: “He is a guru on European law as applied to US companies and he bridges the gap between what Europeans expect and what actually happens here.” “His broad knowledge of worldwide trademark matters is further enhanced by his huge network of international attorneys.” He is “nothing short of excellent in all branding issues” and “his level of service and speed of response are phenomenal”. Supporting his efforts is the “diligent and proactive” Christopher Olszyk, who impresses for his ability to manage robust portfolios while keeping commercial interests front and centre: “He always maximises IP security through the most reasonable and cost-effective methods, and has demonstrated sensitivity to clients’ public image by creating resolution strategies that minimise conflicts which might otherwise spill over into the press.”
K & G Law LLC
Streamlined and nimble, K & G Law dispenses top-drawer advice to local businesses and multimillion-dollar companies alike at a reassuringly sensitive price point. Founding partners Laura Genovese and Maureen Kassner share more than 50 years of diverse branding experience between them and receive thunderous applause for their enviable knowledge base and polished client service. Genovese is “professional and experienced, and an invaluable partner”; “her broad expertise makes her strong all-round, but she is a particularly solid litigator”. Similarly, Kassner is “a practised attorney who has years of diverse know-how under her belt”. “She is very candid and highly responsive with her advice.”
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
Compact boutique Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel draws from a deep well of experience in all facets of IP law, to superb effect. Its tightly knit trademark group is efficient, versatile and highly attuned to brand owners’ specific needs. Trademark matters are steered principally by the attentive Patricia Smink Rogowski, an extremely well-versed counsellor and enforcement ace. She earned her stripes in Big Law and has accumulated more than 30 years of IP savvy over a distinguished career. She dispenses advice in a way that resonates with clients and can swiftly remedy any branding predicament that they may face.
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Intellectual property remains a cornerstone for commercial outfit Pepper Hamilton. Its trademark group adeptly dispatches both contentious and non-contentious mandates, but is “most highly regarded for litigation” due to trial mavens Paul Kennedy and Kelly Tillery. Kennedy takes charge of the contentious squad; he is “an excellent advocate with a wonderful depth of knowledge and a great courtroom demeanour”. Tillery is also “very strong for litigation and the enforcement of rights, as he takes an efficient and appropriately aggressive stance for brand owners”. Moreover, “he clearly has one of the best anti-counterfeiting practices in the state – if you have a problem with a counterfeiter, he’s the one you call”.

enforcement and litigation

Barry L Cohen - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
Roberta Jacobs-Meadway - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
Manny D Pokotilow - Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
M Kelly Tillery - Pepper Hamilton LLP
Alexis Arena - Flaster Greenberg
Jamie B Bischoff - Ballard Spahr LLP
Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP
Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
Paul J Kennedy - Pepper Hamilton LLP
Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg
Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
Eric S Marzluf - Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
Richard Peirce - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP

prosecution and strategy

Nancy R Frandsen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
Glenn A Gundersen - Dechert LLP
Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
Christiane Campbell - Duane Morris LLP
Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP
Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
Maureen C Kassner - K & G Law LLC
Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg
Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
Eric S Marzluf - Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
Nicole McLaughlin - Duane Morris LLP
Camille M Miller - Cozen O'Connor
Christopher D Olszyk Jr - Fox Rothschild LLP
David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP
Manny D Pokotilow - Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
David V Radack - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Patricia Smink Rogowski - Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
Lynn E Rzonca - Ballard Spahr LLP
Alfred W Zaher - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

luminaries

Stanley H Cohen - Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd
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