United States: Oregon

Firms

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

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

A “top-tier trademark firm in Oregon”, and indeed the country, Davis Wright Tremaine can be counted on for incisive strategic advice on all facets of brand protection, enforcement and value creation. Its trademark specialists – there are more than 25 of them nationwide – bring keen industry insight to every assignment, which helps to align outcomes with business needs. Worthy of special mention is the set’s expertise in the luxury goods, apparel and technologies sectors, in which it exhibits striking proficiency in global enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and litigation. Able to whip portfolios of all sizes into fine shape, the firm is an adroit performer across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Flying the flag in Portland are seasoned brand managers Sheila Fox Morrison and Steven Klein. Coming in for special praise, Morrison “understands how trademarks work in the real world, not just in trademark offices, and has an extremely practical mindset”. “She is tough and tenacious and knows how to get the best deals for her clients, though she is never less than perfectly reasonable to deal with.” She is also hailed for her knowledge of the wine industry, which peers describe as “second to none”. Klein is similarly specced as a pragmatist, which is why he works so well with Morrison; the two are currently representing Willamette Valley Vineyards in TTAB opposition proceeding.

IdeaLegal

IdeaLegal, which makes its sophomore appearance in the WTR 1000 this year, is a “new and exciting” boutique in Portland with a “fun, experienced and nimble team that is getting excellent traction in the market”. With a wide-ranging service capability encompassing trademark protection and enforcement, transactional work and litigation, the firm does a neat job putting together bespoke packages for clients according to their individual requirements, adopting an industry-wise approach in the process. “One of the smartest, clearest-thinking and most creative lawyers in the state”, Andrea Jasinek comes highly recommended; likewise, Elizabeth Milesnick, who “looks at matters from an unbiased perspective” and “approaches things as a realist”. Jasinek is tech-smart individual with insider insight from a stint in-house and a strong focus on data, marketing and advertising law; while Milesnick concentrates on IP prosecution and IP and business disputes.

Klarquist Sparkman LLP

Venerable West Coast and Pacific Northwest boutique Klarquist Sparkman fields a talented and versatile line-up of trademark lawyers who provide a hands-on service through all phases of the brand lifecycle at a very reasonable price point. The clarity of their communications and counsel is highly appreciated by patrons, which also benefit from the team’s generous time and effort when it comes to client training and education. On the prosecution side, the group has filed several thousand applications domestically and internationally in the past few years, while simultaneously handling numerous disputes at administrative and judicial levels. Spearheading the practice alongside California-based lawyer Lisa Caldwell is Ramon Klitzke, who has been with the firm for over 40 years, having joined in 1980 before becoming partner in 1986; he has a rare faculty for litigating complex proceedings. Testament to the strong internal culture here, Kevin Hayes has also spent his entire private practice career at the firm, having arrived in 2001 after completing his law degree. An oppositions and cancellations master, he strikes an effective balance between tenacity and pragmatism.

Kolitch Romano LLP

On the say-so of those who enlist it, Kolitch Romano makes a firm-level appearance in the WTR 1000 this year: “The team appreciates the business side of things and understands that while clients want to protect and defend their intellectual property, they don’t want to devote all their time, energy and money to that. Taking care of the legal side of things, it provides practical advice based on commercial needs.” Thomas J Romano is highlighted as a “responsive, proactive lawyer who sees the bigger picture”. “He isn’t looking to tick boxes, file applications, charge a fee and go home – he takes the time to understand your objectives and puts forward tailored solutions accordingly.” “TJ doesn’t engage in endless back and forth via email, but picks up the phone to address issues quickly. He is enthusiastic and conveys a sense that he genuinely enjoys what he does, which inspires confidence of excellent results and an exceptional service.” Also highly rated is Kimberly Fisher, who debuts in the listings for 2021: “Working with Kimberly is never anything less than a totally positive experience. She is kind, listens to your concerns and offers well-informed guidance and accurate risk assessments.”

Lane Powell PC

Lane Powell is a well-developed and reputed full-service outfit, with 200-plus attorneys handling sophisticated instructions across myriad practice areas. Intellectual property is a discipline it takes seriously, in line with its mission to work on matters that are of the utmost economic and business significance to its clients. Doing so in the context of contentious challenges is Kenneth Davis, an accomplished advocate who has developed sharpened advocacy skills and tactical instincts through his varied caseload of consequential commercial and IP lawsuits.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Embedded within the Pacific Northwest business community, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has a sophisticated toolkit for handling IP assignments of just about any kind. Of particular interest to brand owners is the group’s expertise in trademark, trade secret, advertising and internet law, which is maintained to the highest standards by Paul Havel, among others. A noted authority on the alcoholic beverage sector, Havel acts for many of the region’s craft breweries and distilleries in connection with a broad array of brand and business issues. “Paul is deeply knowledgeable in the space and a practical adviser beloved by his clients.”

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt functions like a well-oiled machine: paralegals are utilised effectively; reliable efficiency and quality control systems are built in; and every one of its 34 attorneys (20 of them in Oregon) pulls in the same direction. The firm’s bailiwick in the trademark arena is wide – just as it is in intellectual property more broadly – giving brand owners sure coverage whatever might come up. Adding to its pitch, many at the firm have industry experience and have thus walked for miles in their clients’ shoes. Yvonne Tingleaf is one of them, having moved in-house for a spell in between time spent at Schwabe. The skilled trademark portfolio manager and contractual IP lawyer is someone who is “willing to listen to your practical concerns before offering sound, straightforward legal advice and recommended actions”. Her long-time colleague and collaborator is Michael Cohen, a well-rounded practitioner and astute tactician who is distinguished by his diligence and dedication.

Stoel Rives LLP

When it comes to trademarks and brand-related work, premier regional general practice firm Stoel Rives has carved a real niche in the alcoholic beverages and consumer products sectors, courtesy of Anne Glazer who anchors the practice in Portland. Leveraging her experience in the drinks space, she has recently taken on an increased docket of cannabis-related work, proving herself a natural at navigating brand challenges in this complicated area. “Thorough, articulate and great at getting even opposing parties on board with her viewpoint”, Glazer acquits herself with distinction. She is extremely responsive and results focused, and she makes good use of the firm’s resources to drive efficiencies in order to keep costs low.

Tonkon Torp LLP

Harnessing intellectual property for business purposes is something the trademark specialists at Tonkon Torp do particularly well, which puts them in hot demand among start-ups and regional small to medium-sized enterprises. Forming the backbone of the practice are entrepreneurially minded attorneys Parna Mehrbani and Christopher Erickson, who excel at advising clients as they ideate, launch and develop new brands. Singled out by peers, Mehrbani is “whip-smart, incredibly thoughtful, personable and dedicated to her clients”. Moreover, she has “outstanding communication skills and gets great results thanks to thorough preparation”. Erickson impresses for his breadth of IP and business knowledge, as well as his sparkling negotiation skills.

Other recommended experts

Orrick’s Kristin Cornuelle is “a fantastic help in terms of proactively addressing issues and coming up with solutions before you even know there are problems”. “She has a great team and services portfolios worldwide, with a smart, practical and business-guided approach.” She takes care of protection and enforcement matters globally for Asana and Beyond Meat. As well-rounded as they come in trademark practice, Anna McCoy of McCoy Russell has a special talent for protecting famous trademarks and protecting trade dress. Sources call her a “hands-on and prolific trademark lawyer with a great reputation and many loyal clients”.

Individuals

  • Michael Cohen - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anne W Glazer - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Paul Havel - Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Sheila Fox Morrison - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Thomas J Romano - Kolitch Romano LLP
  • Kristin S Cornuelle - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Kenneth R Davis II - Lane Powell PC
  • Christopher D Erickson - Tonkon Torp LLP
  • Kimberly N Fisher - Kolitch Romano LLP
  • Kevin Hayes - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Andrea H Jasinek - IdeaLegal
  • Steven E. Klein - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Ramon A Klitzke II - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Anna McCoy - McCoy Russell LLP
  • Parna Mehrbani - Tonkon Torp LLP
  • Elizabeth Milesnick - IdeaLegal
  • Yvonne Tingleaf - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt