Steve Abreu

Partner at Sunstein LLP
Ranked in United States: Massachusetts
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

Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Silver - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Unwavering in its focus on quality, innovative and tech savvy in its approach and highly efficient in its practice, Boston boutique Sunstein never fails to leave a positive impression. It also has an eminently capable team which is captained by Steve Abreu and Lisa Tittemore, who serve as trademark chair and litigation chair respectively. Both receive loud applause from the market. “Steve is very knowledgeable about trademark law, but a humble guy who is downright fun to work with.” “Lisa is very dedicated to her clients and an extremely tenacious individual when it comes to complex contentious matters.” Commentators also appreciate her generosity in sharing insights and strategies with fellow lawyers – “she’s not trying to keep her knowledge to herself”. Kerry Timbers is another vital cog in the machine, thanks to his trial seasoning and role as managing partner.

Steve Abreu's Profile

Steve Abreu, partner at Sunstein and chair of the trademark group, takes a pragmatic approach to trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement to help a wide range of enterprises meet their IP protection and business goals. Mr Abreu helps his clients to manage their domestic and foreign trademark portfolios and has experience in trademark policing and enforcement actions, including opposition and cancellation practice, licensing and internet and domain name issues.

Mr Abreu’s clients are varied and include renowned institutions of higher learning, world-famous footwear brands, medical device companies, sports leagues, and companies focused on the provision of computer software and data visualisation services. He also represents well-known manufacturers of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Mr Abreu specialises in the clearance and prosecution of pharmaceutical trademarks and offers insight from a trademark law perspective into regulatory review.

Mr Abreu’s strategic outlook on trademark and copyright protection has assisted both large and small businesses in the United States and abroad. Mr Abreu strives to accomplish successful and efficient registration of Madrid-based US trademark applications owned by trademark applicants from outside the United States.

Mr Abreu graduated in 2004 from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law with honours and was first recognised in the WTR 1000 2014. Mr Abreu has been named a Best Lawyers in America for his trademark work (2019-2022), as well as a Super Lawyer in the area of IP law (2010-2021). He is an active member of INTA, contributes to the WTR Daily and has authored the US section of the WTR Pharmaceutical Guide for 2020-2021.

Firm Profile

 “Winning Intellectual Property” is Sunstein’s tagline, which embodies the firm’s dedication to innovation and client services and mission to deliver efficient and effective IP solutions to clients.

Sunstein is an IP boutique passionate about addressing our clients’ needs by providing high-quality trademark counselling, prosecution and enforcement services with a focus on implementing legal strategies that advance clients’ business goals. We have an outstanding record of important wins for our clients through litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, IP portfolio development and business transactions. We also have a long track record of success in protecting and enforcing our clients’ patent, trademark, copyright and other IP-related assets. We emphasise early identification of client business goals and develop strategic plans in order to achieve them.

Proven trademark experience

Sunstein develops and maintains domestic and foreign trademark portfolios for clients and provides a complete range of trademark services, including pre-filing consultation, trademark selection, searches and clearance, trademark registration and maintenance and trademark licensing, enforcement and policing.

We believe that the first step towards achieving our clients’ goals is listening to our clients and working with them to understand their goals. We pay special attention to developing strategies that encompass a client’s entire business and we help them to identify the questions that should be asked. We set up procedures and policies consistent with the client’s culture and provide cost-benefit analyses that help them to make choices regarding the proper focus of their trademark strategy.

We work as a team with our clients and seek to develop a close working relationship. Our proactive approach and passion for trademarks ensure the highest level of cooperation and lead to the highest level of legal service. Clients enjoy working with us because of the experience and enthusiasm that we bring to finding solutions that work for them. 

Our extensive network of law firms from around the world, provides services to their clients and obtains international protection for our many clients with global business needs. When we represent the clients of other law firms, we work with those firms and their clients to guide them through the USPTO process and introduce cutting-edge strategies to procure US registration more easily. We strive to make billing easier by offering fixed fees for certain trademark clearance and prosecution projects.

Leveraging technology

We use the latest technological tools to manage clients’ trademark portfolios. We use an award-winning fully electronic file system, allowing our attorneys access to the entire client file whenever and wherever they need it. We employ a nationally recognised innovative proprietary workflow automation software system – developed at Sunstein – to manage prosecution tasks, increasing our efficiency and accuracy. We can also provide clients with direct access to their patent and trademark portfolio reports through secure internet portals.

We regularly monitor third-party uses of our clients’ marks, through electronic watch services and other means, to ensure that our clients’ hard-won rights are protected from infringers.

Representative industries

Sunstein represents clients located throughout the United States and abroad, including public and private companies in all fields – including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and services, retail and consumer products – as well as major academic and research institutions, government agencies and individuals.

Litigation

Aggressive representation in high-stakes IP litigation is a hallmark of Sunstein’s trial practice. Our litigators have handled significant cases in courts throughout the United States and have achieved superior results by carefully tailoring litigation strategy to our clients’ business objectives and the requirements of the case. Trial strategy is our constant focus.

Sunstein trial lawyers have won multi-million-dollar recoveries, obtained emergency injunctive relief and successfully defended high-stakes cases. Our knowledge of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, technology and science enables us to deliver results.

Business transactions

We routinely handle a wide range of transactions involving technology-based companies and are accustomed to dealing with the special problems of forming and financing new business ventures in the United States. We offer a variety of corporate legal services to businesses. Our business practice group leverages our transaction skills with extensive knowledge of intellectual property and technology to promote clients’ business objectives.

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