Offit Kurman

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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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With an eye to maximising value for patrons’ IP assets, the team at Offit Kurman delivers a top-quality start-to-finish service for all trademark issues. Knowledgeable, savvy and client-oriented, the firm’s attorneys have deep insight into the best way to build, expand and monetise any client’s portfolio. Patrons can count on robust counsel from Matthew Asbell and Laura Winston. Asbell’s business-friendly approach and clear communication style have won him praise: “Matthew is one of the top experts I have ever found. He has a strong subject-matter expertise in trademark law, especially cross-border differences. He brings a global mindset to my portfolio. He is fantastically upfront and straightforward about billing arrangements and pricing strategies. I would highly recommend Matthew to clients looking for IP advice.” Winston attracts equal commendation: “I have always found Laura to be extremely knowledgeable and responsive. She has a very pragmatic and business-oriented approach in considering issues relating to trademark strategy, and often brings key insights into the process which are very valuable to the client. On top of that, she is a very warm and genuine person, and such a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend Laura.”


Firm Profile

Attorneys in the IP group at Offit Kurman, PA (Offit Kurman) guide individuals and organisations through all stages of intellectual property, including domestic and international trademark matters – from concept through development, registration, licensing, marketing, maintenance and renewals, enforcement and defence. Their comprehensive and strategic approach is designed to maximise the value of IP assets, including trademarks, and minimise the related risks. When conflict becomes unavoidable, they, along with members of Offit Kurman’s extensive and highly experienced civil litigation group when needed, handle disputes within the courts and governing agencies, including trademark infringement litigation, oppositions, cancellations, invalidations, expungements and re-examinations.

IP attorneys at Offit Kurman have strong relationships with law firms and trademark agents across the world. Offit Kurman serves as a trusted partner for matters in the United States and works with those same contacts on matters in their respective jurisdictions. Additionally, Offit Kurman attorneys serve as counsel to domestic firms or their clientele in need of specialised counsel or a local licensed co-counsel. 

Like their clients, Offit Kurman attorneys are entrepreneurial and business oriented. Offit Kurman attorneys know what it takes to grow and succeed in a tight and hypercompetitive market. They have extensive experience in specialised fields including cannabis, emerging technologies (blockchain, non-fungible tokens and cryptocurrency), social media and influencers, fintech, fashion-tech, food-tech, biotech and health-tech, and sustainable energy and regularly handle trademark protection and enforcement matters in such areas. Members of the Offit Kurman IP group have recently succeeded in settling a complex global dispute between parties that adopted the same term in related fields as their primary trademark and trade name, defending several companies against allegations of copyright and trademark infringement, settling patent litigation instituted by non-practicing entities, and registering and maintaining thousands of trademarks globally and domestically. Offit Kurman attorneys include natives of Europe, Asia and Africa, proficient speakers of several languages, and culturally competent and empathetic individuals that know how to align with their clients’ needs, goals and budgets for their long-term success. With offices from New York down to South Carolina and in California, Offit Kurman continues to garner attention internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. The Washington Business Journal recognised Offit Kurman as a Top Private Company in 2022. It was named in the Baltimore Business Journal’s Middle Market Leaders and Fast 50 lists as well as Charlotte Business Journal’s Women Attorneys at Charlotte's Law Firms and Charlotte's Largest Law Firms lists. And the firm continues to rise on the American Lawyer’s AmLaw 200 list. 

Offit Kurman attorneys attribute their success to their people. The IP group integrates with the firm’s full-service business law offerings that allow for interdisciplinary teams that work closely together, ensuring continuity of service and a thorough understanding of the intersection of business and law. Offit Kurman’s business model allows clients access to senior-level attorneys at cost-effective rates. And their commitment to client service, communication and transparency is unwavering.

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