United States: Oregon

Firms

  • Recommended
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Kolisch Hartwell PC
  • Lane Powell PC
  • Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Stoel Rives LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

“Davis Wright Tremaine is an excellent and highly efficient firm, and its attentive professionals are skilled in many fields of trademark practice.” Its Portland arm has a special affinity for issues arising in the food and beverage and hospitality industries, thanks in no small part to the “incredibly knowledgeable” and “articulate” Sheila Fox Morrison. A perennial favourite among brand owners – from mom-and-pop enterprises to international behemoths – she has “a superb business and strategic sense on trademark situations and a balanced perspective”. “Her attention to detail and commercial acumen instil confidence and keep your company protected.” Morrison’s peers are equally impressed: “She is an effective but reasonable advocate – a combination which usually means matters can be resolved amicably to the benefit of both sides. She saves time and effort by taking a big-picture view of what is pragmatic and effective for her client.”

Klarquist Sparkman LLP

“Klarquist Sparkman possesses a strong reputation in the Pacific Northwest and its services come at competitive prices.” Its crew of creative and insightful litigators is well known for taking on high-stakes and often game-changing disputes. As a prime example, in late 2016 it secured a whopping $8.42 million verdict for its client ETAP in a hotly contested false advertising case. Ramon Klitzke II and Lisa Caldwell jointly head the set’s trademark division. Klitzke leverages almost four decades of IP experience to remarkable effect; having managed thousands of applications across an array of industries, he makes for a resolute guardian of trademark rights and is a stalwart on the Oregon IP scene. Cost conscious and strategic, Caldwell has effectively provided safe passage to countless brand owners looking to protect and expand their portfolios. Richard Polley is hailed for his cordiality and the profundity of his IP know-how. He dexterously handles any problem thrown at him and has a knack for resolving particularly perplexing trademark quandaries.

Kolisch Hartwell PC

Kolisch Hartwell’s patent department may make the most noise, but the trademark team is also “great to work with as it is timely, efficient and knowledgeable”. Over the last year, it has been juggling a number of major transactions and expanding its influence in the online and anti-counterfeiting realms. The “commercially pragmatic” Thomas Romano is the lynchpin of the operation. Talented in both prosecution and contentious matters, he is also well versed when it comes to issues involving the look and feel of non-traditional marks. “A pleasure to deal with, he puts himself in the clients’ shoes and takes the time to understand their business, objectives and budget. Wherever possible, he aims to keep costs down without compromising the quality of the service.” “You can send your most difficult problems to him without hesitation – he is prompt and makes the process as smooth as possible.”

Lane Powell PC

Lane Powell’s in-depth understanding of the local landscape has attracted the business of a plethora of Pacific Northwest companies over the years – and its client-oriented approach has kept them coming back for more. Its well-rounded IP department shines brightest in the apparel, food and beverage and technology spaces. Parna Mehrbani is “a fantastic name in the area”. “Really intelligent and reliable”, “she is a diligent professional and has a strong team of paralegals backing her up”. “She has the ability to break down complicated legal jargon and explain things clearly and succinctly in an organised way, as well as being able to react when something unexpected comes up. Her work ethic and accessibility are first-class.” Kenneth Davis II adds formidable firepower in nail-biting courtroom battles. On top of his busy IP litigation schedule, he also tends to a robust antitrust practice.

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

The secret to Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt’s success is rooted in its commercial pragmatism and overall efficiency. It engenders confidence at every turn for clients of all shapes and sizes. Although experienced across the board, it wins most plaudits for its careful management of portfolios and the squad’s deft counselling capabilities. “One of, if not the best in Portland for branding work”, Michael Cohen is renowned for his strategic vision and “has a great client base. He’s smart, gets right down to the issues and achieves brilliant results for clients”. As one respondent extolled: “I have so much respect for his diverse practice – his advice is always business minded and highly practical.”

Stoel Rives LLP

Full-service outfit Stoel Rives is a serious contender in the IP market. “The firm is a leader here for trademark work, especially with the presence of Anne Glazer. She has dedicated herself to this practice for such a long time and is widely celebrated for her vast experience, practical counsel and pleasant demeanour.” Another commentator avers: “She is extremely professional and knows the law inside and out. You will find other lawyers who are legally competent, but are too aggressive in disputes; whereas she is smart and knows how to settle accordingly when appropriate in the best interests of her clients.”

Other recommended experts

Kristin Cornuelle of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is “a real rising star in the field. She possesses a strong knowledge base of trademark law and is also highly ambitious and energetic.” Working out of Tonkon Torp is Christopher Erickson, “a business-focused lawyer who gets solutions”. “Well respected in the trademark world, it is a pleasure to have him on the other side of a case as he easily understands the issues and is easy to work with.” “Paul Havel has a ton of expertise in the food and beverage sector and is especially adroit when it comes to IP issues in the alcoholic beverages industry. He is extremely strategic and reasonable – if he says that you’re infringing his client’s rights, you probably are, since he always thinks his position through.” He is stationed at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. “An active and venerated member of the community” IdeaLegal founder Michael Heilbronner “always impresses with his high level approach to trademarks”. One fellow professional notes: “Every time I hear him speak, I learn something new.” As former in-house counsel to Nike and Silicon Graphics, Ken Kwartler knows what makes brand owners tick. Based at his own eponymous firm, he is proficient across the gamut of brand protection services. McCoy Russell’s Anna McCoy keeps an eagle eye on her clients’ portfolios. Equally skilled in trademark and patent matters, she also knows how to seal the deal in critical IP licensing agreements.

Individuals

  • Michael Cohen - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anne W Glazer - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Michael K Heilbronner - IdeaLegal
  • Sheila Fox Morrison - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Lisa Caldwell - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Kristin S Cornuelle - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Kenneth R Davis II - Lane Powell PC
  • Christopher D Erickson - Tonkon Torp LLP
  • Paul Havel - Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Ramon A Klitzke II - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Ken Kwartler - Ken Kwartler Law Office
  • Anna McCoy - McCoy Russell LLP
  • Parna Mehrbani - Lane Powell PC
  • Richard J Polley - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Thomas J Romano - Kolisch Hartwell PC