China and SARs: Hong Kong International United States: DC Metro Area United States: Illinois Mayer Brown LLP

Innovators at multinational corporations, emerging growth companies and established mid-size businesses all rely on Mayer Brown to help protect, preserve and enforce their IP assets. We offer options relevant to each client’s business strategy, whether it is assessing an IP portfolio; performing due diligence for an acquisition; conducting clearance for and securing a patent, trademark, copyright or domain name; developing and implementing IP enforcement strategies and programmes; or using litigation to resolve disputes over patent, trademark or copyright infringement, or trade secret misappropriation. We help our clients protect their investments, increase their market share and strengthen their competitive advantage. Our clients include global leaders in the retail and apparel, media, communications, educational services, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, hospitality and technology industries.

Our US trademark lawyers represent both domestic and international clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in trademark cancellation cases and opposition proceedings and appeals, which can involve hundreds of disputes. In Asia, we represent Chinese and international clients in trademark proceedings before the Hong Kong Trademark Office and the China Trademark Office. In Europe, we are active in matters before the German Patent and Trademark Office and have extensive experience representing clients before the EU Intellectual Property Office and its boards of appeal and the European Court of Justice.

In addition to our traditional trademark services, our lawyers advise clients on a wide range of IP issues related to the Internet, social media and other new media. We protect and enforce trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, keywords, domain names and other online content on a global scale.

Our lawyers are recognised advisers on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and other internet policy matters, including cutting-edge generic top-level domain (gTLD) issues. Clients have sought our counsel in drafting, prosecuting and protecting hundreds of new gTLD applications, along with navigating implementation, operational and ICANN compliance issues as new gTLDs become part of the Internet. We also offer a full range of domain name enforcement services to brand owners navigating the changing internet landscape brought about by ICANN’s new gTLD regime, including serving as a registered trademark clearinghouse agent. Our experience includes drafting the rules and policy for the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited and assisting other Asian registries with similar projects. Our Asia practice boasts domain name panellists with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Additionally, our relationships with government and industry leaders allow us to serve as strong advocates for brand owner and client interests in the development of global internet and domain name policy. In fact, a number of our senior members are active domain dispute panellists with WIPO, a sub-body of the United Nations based in Geneva, responsible for hearing cybersquatting complaints and for ruling on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy actions.

Our team also counsels clients on data protection and privacy matters, including the US Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (2003), the EU Data Protection and Privacy and the Electronic Communications Directives, as well as identity theft, liability and risk aversion, encryption regulation and security matters. We are knowledgeable in matters regarding the global regulation of export, import and encryption use; the use of cryptography for financial applications; and the issues surrounding security breaches and compliance with federal and state laws and industry standards.

Contact details

Mayer Brown LLP
71 S Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60606
United States

T: +1 202 263 3000
F: +1 202 263 3300

Professional contacts

A John P Mancini, Partner

Gabriela Kennedy, Partner

John P Mancini, Partner

Michael D Adams, Partner

Brian J Winterfeldt, Partner

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Sample client list

  • adidas
  • Calvin Klein
  • Citigroup
  • Cummins
  • Discover
  • Goya Foods
  • Kate Spade
  • Modern Luxury Media
  • Motorola
  • Nespresso USA
  • Nestlé USA
  • T Rowe Price
  • Verizon

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