United States: New Jersey


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  • Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • McCarter & English LLP 
  • Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC

Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP

A global outlook characterises the thriving practice at Lerner David. This New Jersey boutique has its sights firmly trained on Asia; offices in China and Japan have brought in waves of new work, with many businesses looking for truly international trademark strategies. After determining which jurisdictions are most important to their clients, the team’s canny practitioners employ first-hand experience of the integrity of different trademark offices and courts around the world and then come up with a sound way forward. Of late, they have been particularly busy wrestling domain names away from cybersquatters and embarking on work in the social media sphere. Gregg Paradise’s background in computer science engineering gives him a crucial edge when start-ups are in the market for new counsel. He is a technical whizz who makes light work of even the most multifaceted briefs. His teammate Bruce Sales is a top negotiator. His 30 years of experience have imbued an instinctive understanding of which buttons to press; remaining calm, he gets favourable settlements time and again. The erudite Thomas Palisi manages portfolios with aplomb; issues surrounding the Madrid system are his bread and butter.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Lowenstein Sandler prides itself on offering a premium level of customer service. Its trademark stars spend a significant amount of time each week keeping up to speed on the latest developments and news in their clients’ markets, and schedule as much face time with them as possible; emails are responded to in a flash and counsel is framed in transparent and succinct language. The firm has five offices across the country but New Jersey is home to the practice chair, Vanessa Ignacio. She dazzles on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and has a striking record in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Bayer is just one market-leading company to have placed its trust in her steady hands.

McCarter & English LLP 

Frothing with technical mastery and commercial nous, the IP practice at McCarter & English cannot be ignored. It takes in everything from prosecution to enforcement and specialises in the protection of celebrity designer brands. Clients receive the full package with McCarter & English – watertight legal counsel wholly oriented towards the bolstering of their image and brands in the market. Susan Okin Goldsmith has the experience and composure to serenely ride out changing circumstances in any matter, contentious or non-contentious. “She provides clear, detailed and comprehensive instructions – and does so in a professional and timely manner. When complex obstacles crop up in examinations or oppositions, she sidesteps them with great creativity.” Her colleague Michael R Friscia is another dexterous all-rounder. He builds well-fortified portfolios, brick by brick, and is unflagging in his pursuit of infringers.

Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC

Founded in 1962, the Morristown-headquartered Porzio Bromberg & Newman is a firm fixture on New Jersey’s IP scene; it has a second office in Princeton and strong links with many local businesses. Further bases in New York, Washington DC and Massachusetts make it a formidable force across the country. Operating within a full-service offering, members of the trademark team are never caught out in elaborate, multidisciplinary matters; they simply walk down the corridor and pick the brains of colleagues specialising in other legal fields. Holism is the watchword here. The “very knowledgeable and user-friendly” Todd Denys would be a sensible port of call for interested rights holders. “He provides excellent, practical advice with a quick turnaround time.” His batting performances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board are the stuff of legend.

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