United States: Indiana

Firms

  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 
  • Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Nationally reputed and a powerhouse in the Midwest, Barnes & Thornburg is distinguished for the quality of its trademark practice and the depth of its senior bench. The team is a major filer at the USPTO and knows domestic trademark practice inside out; it has an excellent foreign associate network too and can safeguard clients globally without issue. From her office in Indianapolis, Julia Spoor Gard brings resolute leadership to the firmwide IP group. A cultured strategist, Gard gives commercial impetus to the portfolios she manages and develops. The firm also knows how to handle itself on the contentious side and has veteran litigators such as Dwight Lueck to serve as sword and shield for clients. Lueck’s experience and poise instils brand owners with confidence. His approach is aggressive, but he earnestly seeks opportunities for resolutions outside the courtroom.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

A mastery of trademark, copyright, advertising and media law enables Faegre Baker Daniels to supply satisfyingly holistic counsel to rights holders and solve any brand-related conundrum. The firm’s integrated national trademark group manages nearly 15,000 trademark records and sees to the successful resolution of many infringement cases. A powerful engine of the practice, the Indianapolis team of Stephanie Gumm, Amie Peele Carter and Louis Perry is extremely capable and efficient. Highly organised, Gumm is a repository of trust for patrons because she gets things done; helping companies grow their brands internationally and increase their influence on the global stage is her metier. Peele Carter “can answer any trademark question you can throw at her” and is a “top-quality lawyer” with a sophisticated feel for the key trademark issues of the day. Perry is the Indy set’s leading IP trial lawyer.

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Present in multiple key locations in the Midwestern, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, Frost Brown Todd is a well-resourced regional commercial outfit – and one with a dynamic trademark protection and enforcement practice. The firm has been making moves in Indianapolis recently and recruited several trademark experts to take its local count of specialists up to five. A key addition was Eric Lamb, a well-rounded brand expert with longstanding client relationships that are built on the provision of commercially tailored advice. “Precise, practical, highly responsive, efficient and cost-effective, Eric will never steer you wrong. He is very intelligent about business risk and great at modulating his approach depending on the magnitude of a matter and commercial concerns of the client.” An “excellent communicator and collaborator” and “personable lawyer with a great sense of humour”, he gets on well with in-house professionals, examiners, other US lawyers and foreign associates and can remove any obstacle on the path towards effective rights protection.

Ice Miller LLP

Indiana is home base for innovative 340-plus attorney, seven-office commercial firm Ice Miller, as well as being the epicentre of its lively brands practice. Although integral as a support function in the wider firm, the IP group has an enviable roster of standalone clients and has been drawing trademark work away from coastal players thanks to its combination of quality and cost sensitivity. Indianapolis’s Holiday Banta and Chicago’s Alice Kelly are the most in-demand individuals. Banta is an ace at bringing projects home on time and on or under budget. She personifies the Midwestern work ethic – something she combines with a deft commercial touch.

Quarles & Brady LLP

Clients profess that they could not be more pleased with Quarles & Brady, which dispenses a “consistently high-quality and responsive trademark service quickly and efficiently”. Singled out for praise, Joel Tragesser “delivers excellence thanks to his thorough legal knowledge and strategic expertise”. “Whatever complicated business market or competitive industry you are in, Joel puts in place vital brand protections. His work is exemplary, and he functions like a dedicated and conscientious member of the in-house teams he serves.” With rights holders being more strategic with regards to their portfolios and becoming more assertive with respect to online enforcement, Tragesser and his Indiana crew – including impressive associate Jordan Downham – have hit a purple patch; recent examples of their work include managing domestic and international registrations and social media strategy for Indiana Mills & Manufacturing and clearing and registering marks and policing online infringement for Klipsch Group.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 

“When you think of trademarks in Indianapolis, Taft comes first to mind – it has a vibrant and substantial practice” and a superb local partner in Amy Wright. Wright maintains an exciting entertainment industry practice and is also a favourite for European – particularly French – associates referring work into the United States. New York firms and peers based in other major cities are losing out to Wright and her well-organised and highly specialised local team which produces first-rate legal work on prosecution and enforcement briefs for a fraction of the cost.

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP

With roots stretching back to 1879, Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner can tell the origin story of intellectual property in Indiana. The long-established local boutique has a particularly glimmering reputation in the patent field but also an excellent handle on trademark issues; whatever the brief, the side will prioritise client interests and bring about the desired outcome. Chair of the trademark group Charles Meyer is experienced as a prosecutor, enforcer and deal broker and is a versatile lawyer to partner with.

Individuals

  • Amie Carter - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Julia Spoor Gard - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Amy Wright - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Holiday W Banta - Ice Miller LLP
  • Stephanie Gumm - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Eric Lamb - Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Dwight D Lueck - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Charles J Meyer - Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP
  • Louis Perry - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Joel Tragesser - Quarles & Brady LLP