United States: National

The United States, which has the most valuable nation brand of any country, is still the largest and most important theatre for the world’s top brands. Many of these – approximately 200 of the 500 most valuable brands in the world – are domestic. While the Trump administration’s controversy generation has caused international concern, the economy is roaring, which is fuelling healthy levels of filing activity at the USPTO. The trademark office is also performing well, achieving all its quality and timeliness targets. If there is a note of concern to sound, it is that some of the increase in filings can be attributed to a rapid rise in applications from China and some of which are of questionable legitimacy; in 2017 Chinese filings made up almost 45% of all foreign filings into the United States. While filings are up, litigation has decreased; despite the health of the economy, corporate counsel are still dealing with cost pressures and becoming increasingly averse to expensive and time-consuming disputes, which is a trend that lawyers are watching closely. The WTR 1000 rankings for 2019 across all major states are consistent with those for 2018; there is certainly a lot less volatility in the law firm market when it comes to trademarks than there is for patents.

Firms

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting

  • James L Bikoff - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP 
  • Brian W Brokate - Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
  • Andy Coombs - J Andrew Coombs APC
  • G Roxanne Elings - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Anthony M Keats - KeatsGatien LLP
  • Harley I Lewin - McCarter & English LLP 
  • Theodore C Max - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Heather J McDonald - BakerHostetler LLP
  • Mark N Mutterperl - Zeisler PLLC
  • Geoffrey Potter - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • M Kelly Tillery - Pepper Hamilton LLP

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • William G Barber - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • David H Bernstein - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • William H Brewster - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Andrew P Bridges - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Dale M Cendali - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • David M Kelly - Kelly IP 
  • Floyd A Mandell - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Brendan J O'Rourke - Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Louis T Pirkey - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Danny M Awdeh - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Jeffrey M Becker - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Edward T Colbert - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • John W Crittenden - Cooley LLP
  • Anthony J Dreyer - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • G Roxanne Elings - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • David S Fleming - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • John G Froemming - Jones Day
  • Bobby Ghajar - Cooley LLP
  • Michael A Grow - Arent Fox LLP
  • Jeffery A Handelman - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Peter Harvey - Harvey & Company
  • David Hosp - Fish & Richardson PC
  • Julia Huston - Foley Hoag LLP
  • Roberta Jacobs-Meadway - BakerHostetler LLP
  • Leslie J Lott - Lott & Fischer PL
  • Anthony V Lupo - Arent Fox LLP
  • Douglas Masters - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Mark VB Partridge - Partridge Partners PC
  • Lisa Pearson - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Jill M Pietrini - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Mark S Puzella - Fish & Richardson PC
  • William D Raman - Fleckman & McGlynn PLLC
  • Douglas A Rettew - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Molly Buck Richard - Richard Law Group
  • Robert W Sacoff - Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Barbara A Solomon - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, PC
  • Mark Sommers - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Jedediah Wakefield - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden - Fish & Richardson PC
  • John L Welch - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC

Individuals: generic top-level domains

  • Michael D Adams - Mayer Brown LLP
  • Paul McGrady - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Russell C Pangborn - Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP 
  • Mark VB Partridge - Partridge Partners PC
  • Mike Rodenbaugh - Rodenbaugh Law
  • Marc Trachtenberg - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Fabricio Vayra - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Brian J Winterfeldt - Winterfeldt IP Group

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Sally M Abel - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Theodore H Davis Jr - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Susan Upton Douglass - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, PC
  • G Roxanne Elings - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Mark I Feldman - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Susan L Heller - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • David M Kelly - Kelly IP 
  • Julia Anne Matheson - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Louis T Pirkey - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Purvi Patel Albers - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • William G Barber - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Jeffrey M Becker - Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Pamela T Church - Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Joshua Gerben - Gerben Law Firm PLLC
  • Glenn A Gundersen - Dechert LLP
  • Timothy M Kenny - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Paul F Kilmer - Holland & Knight LLP
  • Anthony V Lupo - Arent Fox LLP
  • Mark VB Partridge - Partridge Partners PC
  • Molly Buck Richard - Richard Law Group
  • Lisa Rosaya - Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Grace Han Stanton - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Maury M Tepper III - Tepper & Eyster PLLC
  • Shannon T Vale - Pirkey Barber PLLC
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden - Fish & Richardson PC