Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a growing, full-service law firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals. We have more than 475 attorneys in 19 offices, across more than 40 practice areas. Our IP group is one of the firm's largest and most robust practice groups, comprising more than 70 lawyers, with 12 dedicated exclusively to trademark law. Dickinson Wright is one of the few law firms in the country to have its own IP academy where practicing lawyers train law students to become IP lawyers.

Our trademark group counsels clients in all aspects of trademark law, striving to provide cutting-edge, cost-effective, legal advice with excellent results. From clearing new marks to resolving disputes, we help clients secure, optimise and protect their trademarks, trade names and domain names worldwide. Our trademark lawyers have been recognised in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Our expertise

The Dickinson Wright team handles every type of trademark issue, from managing global trademark portfolios to helping emerging companies to develop, optimise and enforce their rights. We routinely guide clients through the transactional aspects of trademark protection, negotiating and structuring acquisitions, licences and transfers of marks. We counsel clients in defensive trademark and domain name registration strategies to protect their intellectual property in the United States and around the world.

We routinely advise on the full range of infringement and unfair competition matters, including piracy, anti-counterfeiting, copyrights, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, false advertising and deceptive trade practices, and the full range of IP strategies, including trademarks and copyrights, trade dress and product configuration, as well as use and ownership of rights and the use of licensing and other creative arrangements to achieve client goals.

We represent firms ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small and emerging businesses. Our clients own some of the most notable trademarks in history and come from myriad industries, including high-tech, automotive, broadcasting, chemicals, consumer electronics, e-commerce, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, healthcare, real estate and development, pharmaceuticals, and publishing.

International experience

In addition to our domestic practice, our team has extensive background in foreign and multi-jurisdictional trademark policing, protection and enforcement efforts. We have represented some of the largest companies in the world, as well as start-ups, artists and other rights holders in the international arena, where local laws can be challenging and piracy and trademark counterfeiting are a constant threat. Our lawyers are proficient at working with foreign trademark counsel in creative and meaningful ways to provide worldwide trademark protection and fight unfair competition.

Trademark litigation

Dickinson Wright trademark litigators are highly skilled in representing clients in claims involving trademarks, product design, trade dress, copyrights and trade secrets. Our lawyers are experienced at preventing the import, sale and distribution of both counterfeit products (through both civil and criminal proceeding) and grey market goods in the United States and internationally. Our team members are highly adept at obtaining emergency seizure orders, as well as temporary and permanent injunctive relief.

Dickinson Wright litigates complex cases before the TTAB, and regularly represents clients before the USPTO, the International Trade Commission and courts at all levels throughout the United States. Our team has extensive experience litigating cases involving the infringement of intellectual property rights over the Internet, successfully shutting down websites containing infringing material, and securing the transfer of infringing domain names.

Recent highlights for the firm include:

  • shutting down six different Chinese manufacturers/suppliers promoting and selling infringing automotive goods at a major international trade show by obtaining a seizure and temporary restraining order within 24 hours of their set-up;
  • defending a client against allegations of violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act brought by the Navajo Nation;
  • resolving an international dispute by shutting down a trademark infringer in the high-tech space at a US trade show through a temporary restraining order 48 hours after set-up; and
  • successfully defending a small business owner's registration against a highly contentious attack at the TTAB by Floyd Mayweather's company, Mayweather Productions.

Contact details

Dickinson Wright
500 Woodward Avenue
Suite 4000
Detroit MI 48226-3425
United States

Professional contacts

  • Philip E Rettig, Division director: intellectual property and IP litigation
    [email protected]

Other offices

  • Ann Arbor
  • Austin
  • Grand Rapids
  • Las Vegas
  • Nashvill
  • Phoenix
  • Reno
  • Silicon Valley
  • Toronto
  • Troy
  • Washington DC