Fish & Richardson

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.

Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy

“Fish & Richardson can provide an impressively wide range of IP services – it has an incredible depth of experience and can always put someone forward with the particular expertise you need for your case. Its lawyers are extremely collaborative, unflappable and a pleasure to work with.” Flying the firm’s flag high in California is Silicon Valley-based Lisa Greenwald-Swire. Popular among peers – who admire the “astuteness with which she handles sensitive cases” – she also gets great reviews from clients, which she accompanies from the point of name clearance through prosecution, office actions, oppositions, registration and enforcement. “Lisa is an experienced attorney whose knowledge brings an immediate advantage when strategising on IP matters globally. She understands her clients from a commercial perspective and is highly responsive and always available.”

Silver - Firms

Few other firms have the IP cachet of Fish & Richardson, which continues to distinguish itself as a patent and trademark leader in Boston, the United States and internationally, thanks to a far-reaching network and footholds in Germany and China. The firm has been protecting illustrious brands for many decades, with an unswerving commitment to providing an efficient, high-quality service. Cynthia Johnson Walden, Debra Serota and Timothy French make up the A-team locally and between them cover all bases for rights holders. Head of the trademark and copyright group Walden focuses on strategic counselling and TTAB proceedings, and is a “real straight-shooter who gives solid advice you can rely on”. A former USPTO examiner who also has in-house experience, Serota never loses sight of the business angles and has a flair for progressing matters in a commercially beneficial direction. French has a deep technical understanding of trademark issues and is a great mentor to colleagues and clients.

Silver - Firms

& Richardson PC (Washington DC)

Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Fish & Richardson is an elite name not just in the patent sphere, but in trademarks and brand-adjacent areas, too. A repository of trust for rights holders, it delivers satisfying outcomes in prosecution, litigation and IP monetisation scenarios with equal concern for quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Mention the firm in a trademark discussion and Kristen McCallion and Catherine Stockell’s names will likely come up: McCallion has an impressively large and diverse client following and is looked to by Eyeverify, Hikvision and Barings – among many others – as a global filing, rights management and enforcement pathfinder. Sage counsellor Stockell is distinguished by more than three decades in the game and her contentious background, both of which give her a keen sense of risk. They are joined in the listings this year by Jennifer DeWolf Paine, a 2019 arrival at the firm following a four-year stint in-house at Microsoft handling trademark matters relating to popular and high-profile brands such as Xbox and Minecraft.

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