Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC

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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.

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Taking to any and all trademark tasks with passion and pride for quality, Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness (COJK) lives and breathes intellectual property. It provides essential support encompassing the entirety of its clients’ trademark needs courtesy of specialised, well-networked, internationally minded and highly strategic attorneys. The key names to know are Frances Jagla, Peter Becker, Melissa Nowak and Jerald Nagae: Jagla has led the trademark group superbly since 2020 and has been the catalyst for tremendous growth in the practice. She is a veteran practitioner – with valuable in-house experience – who prioritises relationships and is well known as a top expert in the pharmaceutical trademarks area. She and Becker share several life sciences patrons for which they undertake trademark search, clearance, prosecution and enforcement work, and advise on regulatory issues. Like Jagla, Becker stands out for his years of experience, which include time spent in-house at Microsoft and Amazon, and for his global thinking on brand strategy. Another life sciences ace, Nowak has a huge number and wide range of IP instructions on her desk at any one time but manages to give them all the attention they deserve; recently she has been assisting Aurora Cannabis with respect to both patent and trademark prosecution, while also providing pro bono trademark services to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Nagae is a pillar of the firm who is counted on by clients and colleagues for deeply thoughtful advice; he is an excellent listener who is not afraid to ask questions, who makes everyone feel like their opinion matters and who epitomises COJK’s client-centric approach. He serves as the US trademark representative for a number of Japanese clients including Daikin, for which he recently overcame several difficult examiner objections to obtain a registration.

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