United States: Oregon

Firms

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • IdeaLegal
  • Lane Powell PC
  • Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Tonkon Torp LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

With over 20 dedicated specialists across multiple offices, DWT is a powerful national force in brands practice. Diverse but deep sector knowledge underpins the commerciality of its service across the contentious/non-contentious divide, while a collaborative culture and concise communication style ensure efficiency in approach. An anchor of the team in the Pacific Northwest is gold-standard brand strategist Sheila Fox Morrison. When it comes to clearing, registering, protecting and enhancing brands “her work is fabulous – there are no holes in it”. She is also “pragmatic and tough” on enforcement and TTAB proceedings and although she stops short of entering the courthouse, she is outstanding in support of litigation efforts as a top subject-matter expert. Handling US registrations and enforcement for Craft Brew Alliance, worldwide prosecution and enforcement for Fall Creek Farm & Nursery and trademark clearance and protection for Leatherman – and much more besides – she has an exceptionally busy practice but never drops the ball.

IdeaLegal

IdeaLegal is a fresh-faced firm debuting in the WTR 1000 this year; the majority women – and women-owned – Portland outfit provides a well-rounded, accessible and flexible business management, disputes, IP and data privacy service to dynamic local and regional companies. “Its lawyers have a lot of experience and you can really trust the quality of their work.” Trademark specialist Elizabeth Milesnick is a rising star in Portland’s business and legal communities. As a practitioner she excels at facilitating quick wins and resolving disputes.

Klarquist Sparkman LLP

Influential locally, regionally and nationally, Klarquist Sparkman is one of Oregon’s IP trailblazing heavyweights. Exceptional on the patent side – it is the sole occupant of the IAM Patent 1000 Oregon gold tier – the firm also draws on a profound well of trademark experience to advise rights holders holistically. The engine of the brands practice in Portland is Kevin Hayes, a swift and effective trouble-shooter with an excellent résumé including victories in IP litigation, TTAB proceedings, domain name disputes and online brand enforcement. Ramon Klitzke II is also on hand and is a veteran IP all-rounder who is invaluable for providing a high-level steer.

Lane Powell PC

Lane Powell’s IP lawyers know what it takes to go the distance and win IP trials; their readiness and track record in this regard is their unique selling point. However, they do not turn on the litigation machine and let it run but utilise a well-equipped arsenal of conflict resolution tactics to win outside of the courtroom. A “phenomenal litigator and enforcer and not someone you want to go up against”, Kenneth Davis II leads the line. In touch with how legal practice is developing, he is not afraid to offer alternative fee arrangements or hesitant to explore the use of technology tools to efficiently manage data-rich cases at a time when discovery is getting increasingly expensive.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s profile in Oregon has been on a meteoric rise recently; in summer 2018 the firm added the Marger Johnson team, which gave it instant clout in the patent and technology space. While flexing its newly upgraded IP capabilities, the Portland group has continued to thrive on branding and trademark mandates in the alcoholic beverage area. This is the domain of Paul Havel, who is a go-to for craft breweries and distilleries when it comes to the establishment and maintenance of strong, distinctive and enforceable brands.

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

A “valued partner that thoroughly understands the unique needs of its clients”, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt is an IP leader in the Pacific Northwest. With 25 specialists in Oregon, it has the expertise and resources to field any brand-related question. Steeped in the healthcare, manufacturing, natural resources, construction, technology and transportation industries, it is alive to business developments in its clients’ markets and dispenses commercially relevant advice. “All-around superstar” Michael Cohen inspires and motivates his colleagues and makes in-house counsel look great. “Exceptionally smart, easy going and non-adversarial, Mike is rightly adored by his clients.” Best described as a brand strategist, Cohen is a leading light when it comes to prosecution, enforcement and IP monetisation. Joining him in the WTR 1000 this year is former in-house professional Yvonne Tingleaf, who receives rave reviews from the market: “Yvonne is responsive, accommodating, flexible, thorough and concise. She is excellent at raising potential red flags and outlining options and is candid about the best paths to take.”

Stoel Rives LLP

Using state-of-the-art trademark management and workflow tools, Stoel Rives makes light work of managing a docket of over 6,000 trademark records. However, far from churning out advice, the side tailors innately strategic counsel to clients that is pitched at the right level and easily within budget. The wider firm’s increasing organisation around industry verticals has sharpened the focus of the IP team of late. In the food and beverage, forestry, consumer products, manufacturing and transportation industries, Anne Glazer operates with great sophistication. The gold-tier lawyer “understands business and what her clients need and gives sensible advice” that showcases “an amazing eye for detail”. Service-minded, “she makes herself available at short notice and is highly responsive”.

Tonkon Torp LLP

Thoroughly deserving of its first inclusion in the WTR 1000 in 2020, Tonkon Torp is “one of the smartest and best mid-sized firms rooted in the Portland area and one of the best in the wider Pacific Northwest. If you need expertise in intellectual property or in other legal fields, you can trust the outfit to provide fantastic representation.” Testament to the level of trust they engender, top Tonkon IP contacts Christopher Erickson and Parna Mehrbani are made integral in business decision making by their clients. Erickson is the perfect fit for innovative companies that are constantly developing their technology and coming up with new products – he keeps pace effortlessly and is a staunch protector at every stage of his clients’ journey. “Chris is knowledgeable on so many topics, his response times are excellent and he gets back with clear, easy-to-understand advice.” On Mehrbani, one source espouses: “She has always been our calm in a storm. We value her responsiveness, experience, genuine concern for our brand and her pragmatism. She’s extremely committed and always seeks to be cost-effective.” She has been plugged into Tonkon Torp’s dynamic start-up practice since joining the firm in 2018 and taken on creative and challenging projects in the cannabis industry.

Other recommended experts

Kristin Cornuelle flies the flag for Orrick in the Pacific Northwest. She artfully crosses the contentious/non-contentious divide and supports discerning brand owners throughout all phases of the trademark lifecycle. “Anna McCoy’s expertise handling administrative trials and trademark appeals is unmatched – she consistently prevails. Unwavering in her pursuit of relevant business knowledge, she is incredibly quick and proactive in understanding her clients’ unique needs. The value she brings as outside trademark counsel is outstanding.” The McCoy Russell lawyer provides “exceptional advice and counsel on complex international matters”; executing strategies for global trade dress protection and obtaining well-known trademark status for clients are some of the things she has been doing recently. “Thomas Romano does interesting work across many industries for a diverse set of clients – all of whom love him – he is a phenomenally smart lawyer.” Kolitch Romano is the headquarters for the internationally minded business and legal strategist, litigator and counsellor.

Individuals

  • Michael Cohen - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anne W Glazer - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Sheila Fox Morrison - Davis Wright Tremaine 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
  • Kevin Hayes - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Ramon A Klitzke II - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Anna McCoy - McCoy Russell LLP
  • Parna Mehrbani - Tonkon Torp LLP
  • Elizabeth Milesnick - IdeaLegal
  • Thomas J Romano - Kolitch Romano LLP
  • Yvonne Tingleaf - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt