Dickinson Wright

WTR Research

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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With specialists in strategically located offices in 10 major cities from coast to coast, Dickinson Wright has built up a potent national trademark group. Integral to its success is its cohesiveness: it pools resources astutely and ensures that the right matters go to the right people wherever they are based, enhancing efficiency and facilitating better outcomes than more siloed organisations can typically produce. Collectively, its professionals have all aspects of trademark management, enforcement, litigation and commercial exploitation on lock. Flying Dickinson Wright’s flag high in Arizona are Frank Long and Flavia Campbell, both of whom bring something special to the table. Long is equally experienced in portfolio management and litigation, and leverages this duality to support clients in all their trademark endeavours. “Highly effective communicator” Campbell possesses “clear strategic vision, a pragmatic mindset and precise legal analytical skills”.

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With an abundantly experienced and well-resourced IP team, Dickinson Wright provides comprehensive trademark coverage to many of the world’s household-name brands. Its savvy global strategists and polished trademark litigators are well connected abroad; while boots on the ground in Toronto and the ability to directly handle matters at both the USPTO and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office give the firm an advantage that few of its US rivals can claim. The first name on the team sheet in Nevada is prosecution, licensing and enforcement ace Jennifer Ko Craft, who garners rave reviews: “Jennifer truly enjoys her work and has the ability to make intellectual property fun and exciting for all those around her – her enthusiasm is unmatched and contagious. She is reliable, fierce and dedicated, and is unfazed by high volumes of work”. “She anticipates needs, offers tailored advice and presents information in a way that suits the needs of the individual business unit she is communicating with at any given moment”. She regularly pairs up with fellow Nevadan John Krieger, who is widely admired for his enforcement and litigation chops. He has recently been counselling one of the world’s leading bookmakers on worldwide filing and enforcement strategies.

Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy

DC-based Nicole Meyer and Jonathan Redway are twin engines of Dickinson Wright’s dynamic national and global trademark and copyright practice, which has increased in stature recently and has ambitious plans for further growth. Co-chair Meyer distinguishes herself as a well-rounded strategic brand counsellor and protector, but can also bring the heat in federal court litigation; while Redway is a dyed-in-the-wool trial lawyer who is primed and ready for any contentious IP engagement. Between them, they present an attractive one-stop shopping option for brand owners. They recently defended Cvent in a trademark infringement action brought by Connect Marketplace, securing summary judgment in a decision which found that the plaintiff’s trademark afforded only a narrow scope of protection; that there was no likelihood of confusion; and that Cvent had not adopted its mark in bad faith.

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A one-stop shop for all trademark and brand needs, Dickinson Wright maintains a well-resourced trademark group that can effectively tailor its response to work demands thanks to a collaborative ethos. Integral to many cross-office team efforts, John Nishi is a valuable contact in Ann Arbor. He dives deep into the detail of all manner of complex briefs: as examples, he has lately been developing innovative brand ownership and licensing structures; overseeing major rebranding efforts; and implementing global clearance and filing programmes.

Firm Profile

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a growing, full-service law firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals. We have more than 475 attorneys in 19 offices across more than 40 practice areas. Our IP group is one of the firm's largest and most robust practice groups, employing more than 100 lawyers, with 20+ dedicated exclusively to trademark law.

Our trademark group counsels clients in all aspects of trademark law, striving to provide cutting-edge, cost-effective legal advice with excellent results. From clearing new marks to resolving disputes, we help clients secure, optimise and protect their trademarks, trade names and domain names worldwide. Our trademark lawyers have been recognised in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Our experience

The Dickinson Wright team handles every type of trademark issue, from managing global trademark portfolios to helping emerging companies to develop, optimise and enforce their rights. We routinely guide clients through all aspects of trademark protection and risk management, negotiating and structuring acquisitions, licences and transfers of marks. We counsel clients in trademark and domain name registration strategies to protect their intellectual property in the United States and around the world.

We routinely advise on the full range of infringement and unfair competition matters, including piracy, anti-counterfeiting, copyright, cybersquatting, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, false advertising and deceptive trade practices, as well as strategies for maximising the value of intellectual property through licensing and other creative arrangements to achieve client goals.

We represent firms ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small and emerging businesses. Our clients own some of the most notable and valuable trademarks in history and come from myriad industries, including high-tech, automotive, broadcasting, chemicals, consumer electronics, retail, food and beverages, e-commerce, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, healthcare, real estate and development, pharmaceuticals and publishing.

International experience

In addition to our domestic practice, our team has an extensive background in foreign and multi-jurisdictional trademark policing, protection and enforcement efforts. We have represented some of the largest companies in the world, as well as start-ups, artists and other rights holders, in the international arena – where local laws can be challenging, and piracy and trademark counterfeiting are a constant threat. Our lawyers are proficient at working with foreign trademark counsel in creative and meaningful ways to provide worldwide trademark protection and fight unfair competition.

Trademark litigation

Dickinson Wright trademark litigators are highly skilled in representing clients in claims involving trademarks, product design, trade dress and copyright. Our lawyers are experienced at preventing the import, sale and distribution of both counterfeit products (through both civil and criminal proceedings) and grey-market goods in the United States and internationally. Our team members are highly adept at obtaining emergency seizure orders, as well as temporary and permanent injunctive relief.

Dickinson Wright litigates complex cases before the TTAB and regularly represents clients before the USPTO, the International Trade Commission and courts and arbitral bodies at all levels throughout the United States. Our team has extensive experience litigating cases involving the infringement of IP rights over the Internet, successfully shutting down websites containing infringing material and securing the transfer of infringing domain names.

Recent highlights for the firm include:

  • shutting down six different Chinese manufacturers/suppliers promoting and selling infringing automotive goods at a major international trade show by obtaining a seizure and temporary restraining order within 24 hours of their set-up;
  • defending a client against allegations of violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act brought by the Navajo Nation;
  • resolving an international dispute by shutting down a trademark infringer in the high-tech space at a US trade show through a temporary restraining order 48 hours after set-up; 
  • successfully defending a small business owner's registration against a highly contentious attack at the TTAB by a world-famous athlete; and
  • shutting down a trademark infringer offering a fraudulent crypto-currency within an hour of the currency being launched, by way of a temporary restraining order.

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