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
Awesome brands boutique Pirkey Barber puts a star-studded line-up of dedicated experts at the disposal of many Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging businesses, academic clients and others. The group demonstrates a collective mastery of all aspects of trademark practice. Tara Vold leads the Northern Virginia office and gives the firm a potent East Coast presence along with bleeding-edge internet and social media know-how. Sources admire her high-level prosecution skills, commenting: “She has super judgement and legal acumen, and knows how to communicate with USPTO staff, opposing parties and business stakeholders.” As a portfolio manager, she helps clients to cut spend significantly by streamlining rights protection and improving enforcement strategies.
Tara M Vold is an experienced IP lawyer who consults with clients on a variety of matters. After some valuable early years as a general commercial litigator, she began focusing her practice on trademark and advertising consulting, using the lessons learned in her contention practice to help build and protect her clients' brands and portfolios. Mr Vold focuses her practice on trademark selection and branding, trademark prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings, customs enforcement, copyright and trademark licensing, enforcement and infringement matters, domain name issues and disputes, and labelling and advertising issues.
Ms Vold handles a wide range of matters relating to other aspects of IP law, including the drafting and negotiation of licence agreements, managing the IP aspects of corporate transactions and resolving domain name and other internet-related conflicts. She also has substantial IP litigation experience, having worked on numerous trademark and copyright litigation matters in several federal district courts.
Her clients include companies from the food and beverage, video game, media and entertainment, information services and packaging industries, with a practice that includes the representation of multiple Fortune 500 companies.
Ms Vold earned her JD in 1996 from Northwestern University School of Law. Before law school, she graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA.
Pirkey Barber is one of the largest firms in the United States focusing on trademark and copyright law. Our offices are located in Austin, Texas and the Washington DC Metro area (Tysons VA) and our clients are located throughout the world.
Founded in 2006 with three partners, one associate and one paralegal, Pirkey Barber has grown to almost 50 attorneys and paralegals, all dedicated to establishing and defending our clients’ IP rights. Many of our clients are Fortune 500 companies, while others are prominent universities and growing entrepreneurial businesses. With a team of leading experts in the field, we have guided a wide range of extraordinary clients through dynamic shifts in technology and the world economy that have profoundly affected strategies for protecting and enforcing brands and content.
With decades of collective experience representing clients from a variety of industries, our attorneys specialise in trademark and copyright law and are experts in both prosecution and adversarial matters. We help clients large and small establish, promote, defend and enforce their rights as owners of valuable IP rights, including some of the most well-known trademarks in the world.
Experienced in all facets of trademark clearance and prosecution, Pirkey Barber counsel clients regarding brand selection and helps develop and implement global trademark strategies. Our attorneys regularly:
- perform preliminary trademark searches;
- analyse full searches performed by outside vendors;
- represent clients before the USPTO and the TTAB through all aspects of registration, from filing applications through ex parte appeal; and
- manage global trademark portfolios of all sizes.
Pirkey Barber helps companies minimise social media risks while maximising brand protection by advising on responsible and lawful social media use, conducting social media risk assessment, protecting IP assets and developing policies to promote collaboration between marketing and legal departments.
Pirkey Barber counsels clients seeking to acquire, protect and enforce copyright assets, and assist in obtaining registrations, assessing fair use claims, negotiating licenses, and asserting take-down notices or claiming safe harbour status under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Pirkey Barber’s attorneys have represented defendants and plaintiffs in hundreds of trademark, copyright and domain name cases in federal and state courts, before the USPTO TTAB, and in arbitration proceedings under ICANN’s domain name dispute policies.
Pirkey Barber has established an international reputation for excellence and has been regularly recognised by industry experts. Pirkey Barber was the only trademark practice to have received a top-tier gold ranking in World Trademark Review’s inaugural edition of WTR 1000 for Texas in 2011 and again in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the 2021 edition of WTR 1000 accorded the firm a gold ranking nationally. The firm was awarded Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015 and 2016 in the national trademark contentious category; won Firm of the Year awards in 2014, 2020 and 2021 in the US-prosecution South category; and, in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2021 in the US-contentious South category. Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars has awarded us a Tier 1 ranking nationally in the trademark contentious category for the past four years and Tier 2 in the trademark prosecution category for the past three years. Pirkey Barber also enjoys a Tier 1 firm ranking in the Best Lawyers Best Law Firms listings published by US News Media Group.