Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Gold - Firms

Barnes & Thornburg’s skill in obtaining, protecting and elevating robust trademark and IP rights has earned it an excellent reputation and many long-term relationships. Its respected national group has been on a roll lately, creating the opportunity to promote multiple specialists across multiple offices to partner and make moves in the lateral recruitment market, all of which has strengthened its platform and set it up for continued success on all fronts. Among those coming on board recently, John Cullis is a redoubtable litigator and Robert Browne is a veteran all-round IP counsellor. Now with seven Chicago attorneys named in the WTR 1000 for 2022, the firm has a great bench in the city. Coming in for special praise, Christopher Dolan shines as an “extremely knowledgeable and skilful attorney who analyses matters for all angles to get the best results”. One source comments: “Chris handles our portfolio and advises on trademark prosecution, litigation and licensing negotiations. He clearly explains relevant IP issues and counsels us with great care and empathy. He is exactly the kind of lawyer everyone hopes to have in their corner.” Among those he represents are Skullcandy, Logitech International, ScottsMiracle-Gro and HotelsAB. He supervises the trademark practice while Philip Jones takes the reins of the advertising and marketing group; Jones is the archetypal relationship lawyer who takes on others’ problems as his own. Michael Carrillo serves as managing partner of the Chicago office and acquits himself with distinction as a global portfolio manager for the likes of Illinois-based software company Flexera. Administrator of the IP litigation group Jonathan Froemel maintains a broad disputes practice and has cultivated a deep strategic playbook. Cut from the same cloth, John Gabrielides has ample courtroom experience and an excellent hit rate.

Gold - Firms

Barnes & Thornburg is home to a powerhouse of a trademark team that proficiently serves all trademark needs of A-list brand owners worldwide. The stats bear this out: crunching its way through 1,481 trademark applications in the United States and 1,710 internationally in 2020 alone, the firm has an unerring ability to strategise, defend and monetise clients’ marks whatever the jurisdiction. Its attorneys draw on varied backgrounds in business, industry and academia to provide big-picture, future-proofed counsel. Chair of the IP department Julia Spoor Gard has an encyclopaedic understanding of technology, internet and e-commerce law, giving her an edge both in TTAB and ICANN proceedings and when filing worldwide. Another pivotal cog in the machine is Dwight Lueck, a poised performer before the federal and state courts, as well as at the ITC.

Bronze - Firms

Barnes & Thornburg’s strong national presence and phenomenal track record have earned its trademark practice an impeccable reputation. With an emphasis on the commercial aspects of IP, it has cultivated deep insight into clients’ businesses and industries. The team ably provides a host of service, including strategic counselling, portfolio management and litigation. All of these and more fall under the remit of the versatile Patrick Gallagher, who has a rich understanding of prosecution and portfolio management. Colleague Kenneth Suzan is a consummate litigator whose name on the team sheet has done much to attract the 448 active trademark litigations that are currently ongoing at the practice. Suzan has many loyal fans, who report that he is “awesome to work with”.

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