Winston & Strawn LLP

With more than 140 attorneys, Winston & Strawn’s IP practice is one of the most active and highly regarded in the United States. In 2019 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 and Partners and The Legal 500 have recognised our IP practice on a national level.

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 particularly 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.

For several clients, we also provide integrated trademark protection services, including reviewing watch notices and domain name notices, and overseeing infringement protection programmes. With our substantial experience in advertising law and domain name issues, we are well suited to assist clients in prioritising their brand protection goals and developing a cost-effective 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 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 clients before numerous courts and agencies in matters involving false advertising; unfair competition; trademark, trade name and service mark infringement; consumer protection claims; counterfeiting; cybersquatting; and other matters involving Lanham Act violations.

As noted above, we have an active practice before the USPTO, the TTAB and the courts that handle trademark proceedings. 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

We help 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 allows us to provide sophisticated and strategic counselling, always keeping in mind the business goals. We work together as a team and 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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