United States: Indiana

Firms

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

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

With a line-up of seasoned trademark specialists, including many with industry and business backgrounds, Barnes & Thornburg is a discerning choice for a commercially minded brands service. Its well-integrated teams in Indianapolis, Chicago, DC and Minneapolis render total brand care not just in the United States, but globally. Indianapolis is home to IP department chair Julia Spoor Gard, an experienced trademark attorney known for her focus on client service and creative problem solving. Julia runs the department with grace and wit, bringing together the finest intellectual property attorneys in the country to form a high quality, high functioning team. Down the hall, Dwight Lueck is a tried-and-tested litigator who has successfully resolved challenging cases in diverse sectors in courts across the country; he also prosecutes with forethought, his contentious nous serving as a further source of strength on the counselling side.

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the combination of Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath, Faegre Drinker came into existence in February 2020. Carrying on the rich legacies of its component firms in the IP realm, its specialised group has grown to nearly 200 professionals. Over 30 of these anchor the trademark division and dedicate their time to all aspects of trademark protection, management and enforcement, in addition to social media, advertising, promotions and other brand-relevant issues. Locally in Indianapolis, Amie Peele Carter, Stephanie Gumm and Louis Perry drive the practice. “Amie is at the top of her game and has been for a long time. She has great clients who bring her complex work, which she excels at handling thanks to outstanding experience.” She is unique in this market for her insight on privacy, e-commerce and advertising matters.  Gumm shines in the role of global brand manager for patrons. She is highlighted as a “deeply strategic thinker who provides business-focused advice” and frequently makes the difference on contentious engagements; in one recent highlight, she obtained a preliminary injunction for 3M arising from the misappropriation of its trademarks in connection with the proposed sale of N95 respirators to the state of Indiana.

Frost Brown Todd LLC

A network of nine offices spread across the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and southern states powers the brands offering at Frost Brown Todd. With a thriving culture of collaboration and an impressive bench of experts – who make practical, commercially beneficial results their mission – it is a superb one-stop shop for all types of trademark instructions. The set in Indianapolis has seen both the scope and sophistication of its work increase since Eric Lamb joined in 2018. “Eric is the best US trademark attorney we have ever worked with,” enthuses one happy client. “He knows just what we need and solves our problems in an economic way. He thinks beyond the brief and is proactive at bringing new ideas to the table.” Another adds: “Eric fundamentally makes our lives easier and gives the right advice to help us achieve the best outcomes.” Joining him in the WTR 1000 this year, Matthew Clark also garners praise: “He is an excellent attorney for prosecution and enforcement tasks. He sees things in detail beyond other lawyers, which helps him to design and put into play improved strategies.”

Ice Miller LLP

Ice Miller can take on board any brand-related instruction and assemble a tailored team of specialists with the appropriate skillset to see it through to a successful conclusion. Savvy on the selection and adoption of marks, it is a great choice for those launching new brands on the market; and with proficiency across the trademark lifecycle, it has everything necessary to help those brands to flourish. The side benefits from the presence of a number of seasoned professionals who have effectively registered, managed and enforced marks for many years; but the name that comes up in conversations most often is accomplished patent and trademark all-rounder Holiday Banta. “Holiday is great to work with because she is very accessible and responsive; she also doesn’t waste time, but gets straight to the point. She won’t try to force clients into preconceived actions, but works closely with them to get the results they want to achieve, laying out options and clearly explaining their pros and cons. She also works well with USPTO examiners to address the issues they are concerned about.”

Quarles & Brady LLP

Trademark prosecution and portfolio management are meat and drink to Quarles & Brady. Across diverse industries, from finance to consumer goods, its practitioners keep their ears close to the ground and stay abreast of commercial as well as legal developments, thereby customising their advice more accurately to the unique issues that clients face. One feature of the practice worth noting is its adroit handling of international – and specifically China – matters: members of the trademark team have close connections with Chinese counsel and leverage them to strategise effectively against counterfeiters. Overall, “the quality of its work is quite exceptional”. In Indiana, Joel Tragesser is hailed as an “incredibly thorough and detail-oriented attorney who is sensitive to the immediacy of client requests”. His practice is not limited to the United States, as he is often busy pursuing infringers and enforcing marks in other territories around the globe. Wherever you need him, you can rest assured that “he is always looking out for your best interests and taking a proactive, not reactive approach”.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 

A leading commercial firm in the Midwest, Taft Stettinius & Hollister has established itself as a prime destination for trademark work. A highly efficient team – and a large one, now numbering close to 100 – utilises cutting-edge project management tools and quality control systems to dispense clear-cut advice on prosecution, portfolio management and litigation. Amy Wright and Jonathan Polak serve a prestigious client base that includes world-famous names in the confectionery and promotional products industries, bringing equal dexterity to clearance, prosecution and enforcement briefs. Wright is especially cherished for her tenacity in dealing with infringers and for her finely honed advocacy and negotiation skills. Extraordinarily dedicated to her work, she makes herself available 24/7 and has instilled a strong service ethos in the talent around her, which she does a wonderful job nurturing.  Cut from similar cloth, Polak is a polished IP and commercial litigator who has fought – and won – notable victories all over the country. He acts for Carmel, Indiana-headquartered Heartland Consumer Products and TC Heartland, and lately pursued claims against well-known restaurants in connection with the unauthorised use of Heartland’s SPLENDA trademarks, which it acquired in 2015.

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP

Boutique Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner has long been considered a hub of IP excellence in Indiana. Its attorneys understand how to create business value from intangible assets of all kinds, affording the companies they represent an edge in their markets. Chair of the trademark group Charles Meyer helps companies to help themselves by building in robust IP programmes – something he’s exceptionally good at, thanks to his contentious and non-contentious know-how in both the brand and patent domains. Agility and cost-effectiveness are hallmarks: with his sights locked on clients’ desired outcomes, he takes no time to chart out winning strategies for enhanced brand protection without breaking the bank. Meyer dispenses pragmatic, precise advice without indulging in legalese – something which is warmly welcomed by in-house counsel and C-suite executives.

Individuals

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