Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Taft’s team of IP attorneys focus on providing comprehensive legal strategies to support clients’ needs and goals. Our group consists of more than 70 attorneys, including 40 registered patent attorneys, whose experience and connections place in an ideal position to protect our clients’ intellectual property.

In addition to patent, trademark and copyright protection and litigation, our IP attorneys advise clients on trade secret protection, unfair competition, false advertising and the right of publicity. We have experience representing clients across industries, including financial services, software development, manufacturing, specialty chemicals, security, automotive, entertainment and healthcare.

Our attorneys assist clients in a range of traditional and innovative IP matters, from drafting licensing and development agreements and handling disputes to assisting individuals and institutions from early research through commercialisation.

Taft’s IP attorneys are experienced in handling IP rights issues in website development and hosting, and online co-branding and content license agreements. We provide advisory services to internet start-up businesses, as well as many established companies of all sizes based in the Midwest, throughout the United States and globally.


Trademark searching and prosecution of applications for trademark registration are traditional elements of our practice. As a preliminary step to a full availability search, we are able to assist our clients through online screening searches. For this service, we subscribe to CompuMark SAEGIS, as well as the databases available through LexisNexis and Westlaw. Thus, clients have turned to our attorneys for assistance in formulating new trademarks even before seeking clearance approval or opinion letters.

The maintenance of our clients’ existing trademark registrations, including the filing of Sections 8 and 15 affidavits and renewals, is facilitated through the use of a computerised trademark database system. Not only is the system automated to alert attorneys as to approaching filing dates, it has been designed to merge database records with form documents and letters to provide the most efficient services possible.

For clients with a large number of registrations to maintain, such a system is invaluable. Our practice handles international trademark matters for many of our clients. We assist clients in determining a strategy for globalisation of their brand and related business.

On occasion, we work with foreign counsel already employed for other matters by our clients. We engage or recommend local foreign counsel with whom we have worked previously and who have demonstrated competence, reliability, accessibility and attention to our clients’ needs.

Other services

In addition to trademark and copyright, our attorneys advise clients with respect to protection of trade secrets, unfair competition and false advertising. We have experience drafting and negotiating licences, development agreements, non-disclosure and other agreements for use with research institutions, employees, independent contractors and other business partners of all types.

Taft also has a robust ‘soft’ IP litigation practice with considerable depth. Our team litigates trademark, copyright and other non-patent/unfair competition cases around the country. Our IP litigation experience includes:

  • trademark infringement;
  • copyright infringement;
  • trade dress infringement;
  • opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board;
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers/domain name dispute proceedings;
  • trade secret violations;
  • false advertising;
  • unfair competition; and
  • right of publicity litigation.

Taft’s IP group has grown considerably over the past five years along with the firm. In January 2020 Taft merged with Minneapolis-based Briggs and Morgan adding 135 lawyers to the firm, including 15 IP attorneys, and additional offices in Minneapolis and Denver.

Contact details

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
One Indiana Square
Suite 3500
Indianapolis IN 46204
United States

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Other offices

  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Covington
  • Dayton
  • Delaware
  • Denver
  • Minneapolis
  • Phoenix
  • Washington DC

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