Fenwick & West 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: prosecution and strategy

Gold - Firms: enforcement and litigation

The destination of first choice for those who shape and lead technology industries, Fenwick & West knows how to protect, strengthen and grow the brands of innovative companies. The celebrated Silicon Valley ensemble has a deep bench of trademark experts, who register and enforce marks globally and who constantly add to the ensemble’s outstanding track record of success in major IP litigation. Providing strong leadership as trademark group chair and litigation chair, respectively, are Connie Ellerbach in Mountain View and Jedediah Wakefield in San Francisco. Ellerbach was recently tapped by long-term Fenwick & West client Intuit to assist with clearance and prosecution of INTUIT DOME, prior to the announcement of the company’s partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise to name the team’s under-construction arena – Intuit’s largest-ever naming deal. Ranked alongside her in the prosecution and strategy gold tier is Karen Webb, another essential contact for top companies. Wakefield regularly defends and wins reverse confusion cases for fast-growing brands hit with opportunistic claims by smaller companies. He and Fenwick’s other trademark litigators, such as Eric Ball and Kathryn Fritz, are also known for their early resolution of disputes. Ball serves as chair of the trademark litigation practice while Fritz serves as the firm’s general counsel, having recently completed a long term as managing partner. Other names to know are Sally Abel and Andrew Bridges, who both hold the title of partner emeritus. Abel is a far-sighted strategist, while Bridges stands out as a veteran of many notable global internet, technology, media, copyright, trademark, advertising and other litigation campaigns.

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