McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd is a premier, full-service IP law firm. Some of the world’s largest and most iconic companies, as well as other businesses and innovators of all sizes and in virtually every field, rely on McAndrews to handle complex, high-stakes matters. The firm has secured victories worth billions of dollars for its clients.

While best known for our record of litigation success, we also excel in the strategic aspects of intellectual property. We are widely regarded as a leader in IP procurement, post-grant proceedings, IP opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, IP development and licensing, M&A support and design rights.

In addition to being exceptional lawyers, our attorneys have degrees in technical fields such as electrical, computer, chemical and mechanical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry. Many have advanced degrees and almost all are registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Many also have prior work experience in technology and IP-focused industries. Our clients know that – in addition to technical and legal knowledge – our attorneys offer exceptional business sense. We focus on learning and understanding our clients’ businesses, and providing solutions that are often innovative and always tailored to clients’ strategies, priorities and needs.

Perhaps most importantly, we emphasise responsiveness and building long-term relationships with our clients. We have earned the longstanding trust of our clients, as demonstrated by our exceptional level of client retention. Some have been with us since the day we opened our doors in 1988. Speaking of retention, we are also proud that more than 70% of our attorneys have spent their entire careers at our firm.

McAndrews is driven by a mission that has not changed since our firm was founded: to deliver best-in-class, highly effective and efficient IP legal expertise, as well as extraordinary, personalised service.

Trademark experience

At McAndrews, we offer skilled management of large, small and single trademark portfolios. Our clients benefit from our deep knowledge of both US and international trademark law. That ensures effective, strategic counsel on the determination, adoption and protection of trademarks, as well as copyrighted material, design patents, brand names, brand marks, internet-based assets and other proprietary work. The breadth of our experience in preparing trademark opinions and in filing, prosecuting and maintaining both US and foreign trademark applications and registrations is evidenced by the substantial number of matters we handle in any given year.

Our trademark clients also benefit from our expertise in patent law – there is considerable overlap between the two disciplines, and as a traditional patent and trademark firm, we are able to deliver valuable expertise in both.

Trademarks are often among a company’s most valuable assets. We work to ensure that infringement or dilution of a mark does not result in lost revenue, brand/category leadership, or goodwill. Further, our counselling during the early phases of trademark development helps avoid costly conflicts and potential enforcement problems. We also provide guidance in the related areas of trade dress and design patents. The look of a product can be as valuable, strategic and proprietary as its function and technology, and often provides significant opportunities for additional protection.

Should litigation prove necessary, our extensive trademark litigation work includes the assertion and defence of claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition in federal, state and foreign courts, along with both opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Because we possess such strong litigation experience, we have developed an informed and strategic perspective on trademark prosecution, allowing us to prepare comprehensive applications that pre-empt potential challenges and help discourage potential litigants.

Areas of focus

  • Strategic counselling
  • Prosecution
  • Litigation, including opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Domain names
  • Counterfeiting
  • False advertising
  • International trademarks

Contact details

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
500 West Madison Street
34th Floor
Chicago IL 60661
United States

Professional contacts

Sample client list

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AbbVie
  • Ashley Furniture
  • DS Smith
  • ITW
  • Prestolite Electric
  • RTI Surgical
  • Sears
  • Sterno Home
  • The Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Valtech
  • VTech

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