Winston & Strawn LLP

With 140 attorneys, Winston & Strawn’s IP practice is one of the most active and highly regarded in the United States. In 2020 our IP litigation practice was ranked in the first tier nationally by US News & World Report in its Best Law Firms survey, while both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 have recognised our IP practice on a national level.

Winston attorneys are particularly adept at helping clients define, secure rights in and enforce their brand assets, and developing effective strategies for global trademark and domain name portfolio management.

Winston takes a global approach to the adoption and enforcement of trademarks. On an ongoing basis, Winston not only manages domestic and foreign prosecution deadlines, but also assists clients in determining when searches should be conducted, when applications should be filed and when existing registrations should be renewed. We also manage domain name portfolios for clients, including ccTLDs, legacy gTLDs and new gTLDs. Our lawyers are especially skilled at helping clients develop a branding architecture that maximises brand power cost effectively. As a measure of our strength in this area, the firm and six partners have been named in previous editions of the WTR 1000.

Our firm also provides integrated trademark protection services, including reviewing watch notices and domain name notices, as well as overseeing enforcement programmes. With our substantial experience in advertising, privacy and new media law and domain name issues, we are well suited to assist clients in prioritising their brand protection goals and developing a cost-effective and comprehensive mechanism for pursuing infringements.

In addition to managing premier national and international trademark portfolios for clients, we have a thriving practice before the USPTO, the TTAB and the courts, handling a wide range of trademark opposition proceedings and litigation in the United States and throughout the world. Our attorneys also work with clients to optimise their trademark portfolios through licensing arrangements that provide the most value for the brand and that best meet consumer needs.

Trademark litigation

Winston has an elite litigation practice, with more than 500 litigators in the United States and around the world. We are well versed in the full spectrum of brand enforcement disputes. Our attorneys consistently obtain winning outcomes for trademark litigation clients in proceedings before numerous courts and agencies, including the USPTO and the TTAB, in matters involving false advertising; unfair competition; trademark and trade dress infringement; design patent, consumer protection claims; counterfeiting; cybersquatting; and other matters involving Lanham Act violations. Likewise, our practice covers counselling on the availability and registrability of trademarks, prosecuting applications for registration before the USPTO and international trademark offices, and litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings in trademark offices worldwide.

Global brand management capabilities

Our team helps clients build powerful brands by using innovative, cost-effective development, maintenance, policing and protection strategies. Several factors set Winston’s practice apart from our competitors. First, we assign an integrated team to each client, made up of highly experienced senior attorneys, more junior attorneys and experienced legal assistant professionals. We pride ourselves in learning the nuances of our client’s business in a way that enables us to provide sophisticated and strategic counselling, always keeping in mind the client’s ultimate business goals. We work together as a team and we really enjoy what we do. Second, in addition to trademark prosecution and domain name management experience, we also have a team of seasoned litigators. Unlike many other brand practices, we do not need to ‘hand off’ dispute matters to other litigators if a matter reaches litigation. This also means that we approach clearance, prosecution and registration with the critical eye of a litigator, which allows us to provide practical advice informed by our years of experience when we are assessing the availability and risk of new marks.

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Winston & Strawn LLP
35 West Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60601
United States

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