United States: Pennsylvania

Firms

  • BakerHostetler LLP
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Cozen O'Connor
  • Dechert LLP
  • Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • K & G Law LLC
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

BakerHostetler LLP

With IP specialists coast to coast, BakerHostetler is always within easy reach of its clients. Error-free prosecution is the name of the game for the team, which has filed nearly 5,000 domestic trademarks over the past few years; working with only the best foreign associates, it has also filed nearly 10,000 foreign applications. The group is about so much more than just filing, though – it keeps worldwide portfolios in the best of health through effective and efficient daily management. Nancy Frandsen has mastered the art of trademark protection and inspires confidence with her 32 years of experience. Roberta Jacobs-Meadway has over 40 years in the practice and has accumulated infinite wisdom on brand protection and enforcement in that time.

Ballard Spahr LLP

Philadelphia-born national business firm Ballard Spahr is rigorously commercial in everything it does, which is why it is so well suited to IP practice; brands and patents are vital business assets and are treated as such by the specialists here. Among the best the side has to offer are Lynn Rzonca and Jamie Bischoff, both of whom flex well-rounded trademark, advertising, copyright and patent skill sets. Chair of the IP division Rzonca handles anything her clients ask her to; no day looks the same, but the outcome of her efforts are never anything less than excellent. Senior counsel Bischoff gets a kick out of taking highly creative abstract ideas and turning them into successful, well-protected, products.

Blank Rome LLP

Each Blank Rome lawyer recognised in the WTR 1000 Pennsylvania chapter is recommended for both prosecution and strategy and enforcement and litigation, which speaks to the well-roundedness of the firm’s practice and its interdisciplinary scheme of thinking when it comes to brands. Chair of the section David Perry is au fait with all aspects of brand creation, clearance, prosecution and enforcement and is an excellent strategic counsellor for it. The same can be said for Timothy Pecsenye, a former USPTO examiner who has also served on the Corsearch advisory board. Associate Matthew Homyk knows a great deal about social media, the Internet and anti-counterfeiting in China and many other subjects besides. Fans in Europe describe him as being “practical and commercial” and a lawyer who “eschews the formality which US law firms often display”.

Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O’Connor scores a 10 out of 10 from clients, as one espouses: “We struggled along with several other high-profile service providers but failed to find consistent and reliable representation and the level of responsive we’d like – that was until we asked Cozen O’Conner to take the reins.” “Camille Miller has a very close-knit and effective group with the critical mass to handle very complicated and time-sensitive matters. Camille and her team are devoted, thorough, creative and service-minded and represent tremendous value for money. Camille stays on top of issues and keeps her clients up to date and informed. She offers sound and strategically clever ideas and is just a wonderful individual personally and professionally.” Miller co-chairs the IP department and leads by example, producing excellent results for Beachbody, Celgene and Endo Pharmaceuticals, all of which instruct her on myriad trademark and IP matters.

Dechert LLP

Strategic guidance on intellectual property is integral to the wraparound commercial service that global outfit Dechert delivers to a prestigious international client base. For brand owners, the name to know is Philadelphia’s Glenn Gunderson. “He is a very thorough attorney who specialises in trademark clearance – he has mastered it and writes books and teaches courses on it to the industry. He is very easy to work with and his opinions are clear and detailed.” IP transactional matters are another strong suit of his. Many of his clients – TAG Heuer (and other Swiss watch brands) and the Ivy League to name just two – have been loyal to him for decades because of the pure quality he offers.

Flaster Greenberg PC

One of the top mid-sized business law firms in the United States, Flaster Greenberg has excellent IP credentials. Fleet of foot and efficient, the set resolves complicated trademark problems quickly and effectively while putting in place strong safeguards for the future. In Jordan LaVine, the ensemble has an inspirational group leader. “Jordan is incredibly practical, looks at issues through a business lens and analyses risk precisely. He has good interpersonal skills but can be aggressive when need be.” Alexis Arena is also on hand to guide and protect. She knows a great deal about internet law and data privacy and swiftly shuts down online infringement threats.

Fox Rothschild LLP

Fox Rothschild understands all the ingredients that go into a distinctive and robust brand. The team has a can-do attitude and demonstrates a knack for nipping problems in the bud before they make in-house counsel lose sleep. Sensitivity to the commercial risk tolerances of clients is something the group also exhbitis. In the driver’s seat sits Michael Leonard who, for many, is “the perfect choice”. “Michael breaks down complex problems in a very thorough manner and is a great communicator who helps you to understand the issues at hand. He’s very accurate regarding odds of success and is a courteous and efficient lawyer to boot.” He and Christopher Olszyk are very effective in a contentious setting and recently successfully defended trademark and trade dress infringement claims brought by Converse against his client Ash Footwear. The pair also represented Kiko against Kokie Cosmetics, blocking the latter from registering the trademarks KOKI and KOKIE for a line of cosmetics on likelihood of confusion grounds.

K & G Law LLC

“K & G Law is a compact firm with very impressive capabilities in trademark prosecution, enforcement and advertising matters. It is run by two excellent attorneys Laura Genovese and Maureen Kassner.” Genovese is known for her brand strategy nous, which underpins her excellent performance in prosecution and enforcement mandates. Kassner has in-house experience on her résumé – she was the first IP specialist at Tyco Toys, now part of Mattel – so she knows how to handle matters practically in a way that business executives will appreciate.

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Intellectual property is a central plank of Pepper Hamilton’s A-to-Z business law service. On the trademark side, it is best known for its hard-hitting enforcement practice which is run by Philadelphia-based Kelly Tillery. The gold-rated lawyer has a rare level of specialisation in anti-counterfeiting and an outstanding record of obtaining injunctions and seizure orders. Paul Kennedy also works tirelessly in the fight against fakers but acquits himself with distinction in more traditional trademark infringement litigations as well as TTAB proceedings.

Other recommended experts

Christiane Campbell has marked herself out as a leader in cannabis-related brand matters. More broadly, she is great at sorting out what’s what in a trademark dispute, which is also true of her department chair at Duane Morris Nicole McLaughlin. “Nicole is an excellent big-picture thinker and practical lawyer with good business sense. She is someone you can trust and have a close relationship with.” Barry Cohen is a respected trademark litigation strategist at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld. An active participant in numerous IP organisations, he stays on top of all the latest developments and has an excellent network. Darius Gambino has a dual patent and trademark practice and is also an expert on copyright law. The DLA Piper man is a cogent choice for those with diverse portfolios. His mixed practice makes him well suited to trade secret matters, about which he is an authority. Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott is home to Richard Peirce and David Radack; the former comes highly recommended for his expertise on brand protection in the digital domain; the latter for his 360-degree IP know how. Caesar Rivise senior counsel Manny Pokotilow is a top IP litigator with numerous landmark patent and trademark wins to his name. Vast experience, as well as a great track record, set him apart. Life sciences and technology-focused lawyer Alfred Zaher chairs the IP group at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. He knows all about the Chinese market and works wonders for clients seeking ironclad patent and trademark protections in that part of the world.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Barry L Cohen - Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
  • Nancy R Frandsen - BakerHostetler LLP
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Roberta Jacobs-Meadway - BakerHostetler LLP
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • M Kelly Tillery - Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Alexis Arena - Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Jamie B Bischoff - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Paul J Kennedy - Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Richard Peirce - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Nancy R Frandsen - BakerHostetler LLP
  • Laura A Genovese - K & G Law LLC
  • Glenn A Gundersen - Dechert LLP
  • Timothy D Pecsenye - Blank Rome LLP
  • Christiane Campbell - Duane Morris LLP
  • Darius Gambino - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Matthew Homyk - Blank Rome LLP
  • Maureen C Kassner - K & G Law LLC
  • Jordan A LaVine - Flaster Greenberg PC
  • Michael Leonard - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Nicole McLaughlin - Duane Morris LLP
  • Camille M Miller - Cozen O'Connor
  • Christopher D Olszyk Jr - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • David M Perry - Blank Rome LLP
  • David V Radack - Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • Lynn E Rzonca - Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Alfred W Zaher - Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Luminaries

  • Manny D Pokotilow - Caesar Rivise PC