Kelly IP

Kelly IP is an innovative boutique law firm focused on all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright, design, domain name and unfair competition law. The founding partners of Kelly IP – Dave Kelly, Rob Litowitz, Linda McLeod, Lynn Jordan and Stephanie Bald – are all recognised leaders in the trademark field and are known for their creative, practical, responsive and cost-effective advice. They believe that brand owners deserve lawyers who are as passionate as they are about nurturing and protecting brands and creative works. The partners brought this vision to fruition by opening Kelly IP in May 2013. They leveraged their 110 combined years of ‘Big Law’ IP experience – including leading hundreds of civil litigations and thousands of oppositions and cancellations, sending thousands of demand letters, filing hundreds of UDRP complaints, clearing thousands of marks, and filing, prosecuting and maintaining tens of thousands of trademark applications and registrations – and created a firm with a collaborative, team-oriented approach.

Kelly IP immediately established an international reputation by scoring significant litigation victories in trademark cases before courts and the TTAB, counselling on cutting-edge issues for many of the world’s most famous brands and being recognised as a leading firm in various areas, including civil and TTAB litigation, online enforcement, portfolio management and trademark clearance and counselling in the entertainment industry. Kelly IP has been consistently recognised as a top firm for both contentious and non-contentious trademark work, including the following awards and accolades:

  • WTR 1000 – Gold Tier recognition as one of the top 6 national trademark firms in the United States (2018-2019), and one of the top 3 firms in the Washington DC area for both trademark litigation and prosecution (2015-2019);
  • IP Stars – Ranked nationally as one of only 3-5 Tier 1 firms for trademark litigation (2017-2019) and one of only 3-5 Tier 1 firms for trademark prosecution (2018-2019);
  • Managing Intellectual Property – National award for the top US firm for non-contentious trademark work for both 2017 and 2018;
  • The Legal 500 – Ranked among the top 10-15 US firms for both trademark litigation and non-contentious work (2015-2019);
  • Managing Intellectual Property – Named top trademark litigation firm in the United States, Northeast region for 2016;
  • The Legal 500 – Named top US trademark litigation firm for 2015; and
  • Law 360 – Recognised in 2015 as one of the top 10 boutique law firms in the country with “established brands on par with the biggest firms”, commenting that “[t]he [Kelly IP] founders’ reputations as big players at a big firm allowed the new boutique to become an instant power”.

The following client feedback from these publications best sums up Kelly IP:

  • “despite coming into existence just a few years ago, Kelly IP has already cemented its position as one of the pre-eminent names in the trademark world”;
  • “established brand on par with the biggest firms”;
  • “[Kelly IP has] a very bright, result-orientated ensemble [that] is hailed as knowledgeable, practical and commercial”;
  • “an amazing firm that does impeccable work at a fraction of the cost that you would expect given its quality”;
  • “the place to go for big-ticket disputes”;
  • “a top-shelf trademark counselling and litigation practice”;
  • “[Kelly IP’s] high-quality work inspires confidence time after time”;
  • “every single one of its lawyers is really incredible”;
  • “what makes its group of all-stars super-competitive is that you receive a world-class service at a significantly reduced rate – you get so much for your money”;
  • “it is fantastic at clearing marks and is especially adept in the entertainment sphere”;
  • “excels in prosecution, clearance and opposition proceedings for high-profile clients”;
  • [Kelly IP’s] “truly outstanding” attorneys are “the finest in the world”; and
  • The “[Kelly IP] team [has]… a combined track record so extensive that they have seen almost every conceivable type of issue and can advise their clients accordingly.”

All of Kelly IP’s partners have similarly received numerous individual recognitions and honours from these same organisations and others. Now in its sixth year, Kelly IP continues evolving to meet the demands of the changing IP landscape disrupted by online new technologies such as print-on-demand online retailing and 3D printing of auto parts and other products. Most of all, Kelly IP remains true to its founding principle of partnering with clients to provide exceptional work and exceptional value.

Contact details

Kelly IP
1300 19th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States

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