King & Spalding 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.

Silver - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Some of the world’s best-loved and most valuable brands trust in King & Spalding for watertight protection and strategies that not only ring-fence their advantage on the market, but extend it. The Coca-Cola Company, for example, regularly consults Kathleen McCarthy and Bruce Baber – two New Yorkers who shine on contested matters, but also apply a rigorously commercial mindset to portfolio management. They have been putting in work for the beverage giant in a long-running dispute against Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper Seven-Up relating to Coca-Cola’s applications to register its ZERO trademarks. Extremely diligent and productive, McCarthy also represents French cosmetics and beauty products company Sephora on trademark tasks of strategic importance; and protects and enforces several famous brands for Madison Square Garden Company, Radio City Music Hall and the TAO Group.

Bronze - Firms

Resolving conflicts is the special talent of King & Spalding’s trademark attorneys: the team has abundant experience in federal court trials, TTAB proceedings, ITC investigations and ICANN domain name arbitrations, and has developed a deep strategic playbook as a result. The group acquits itself with distinction on the prosecution and counselling side, too; here, its disputes know-how is a boon, as it promotes a forward-thinking, risk-wise approach to trademark protection. Austin-based Richard Groos runs the show in Texas. Testament to the quality he offers, he has acted as trademark counsel to The Home Depot for 20-plus years, advising it on all aspects of global trademark clearance, registration, enforcement, licensing and so on; notable is the large number of enforcement actions in China which he takes care of for the client. International sources call him “hugely knowledgeable and solutions oriented”.

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