James H Donoian

Partner at McCarter & English LLP

James H Donoian has over 25 years of experience protecting and enforcing IP rights. He counsels international clients on global IP and brand management issues, including bet-the-company cases, global IP and branding strategies, advertising and marketing, US and international enforcement and litigation, and anti-counterfeiting and grey market problems. His focus is furthering clients’ business objectives by protecting and maximising their valuable IP assets, including trademarks, trade dress, copyright, advertising and publicity rights.

Mr Donoian has fought for and successfully defended clients in a wide range of disputes in more than 25 different US courts, handling expedited injunction hearings through trials.

Mr Donoian guides companies in proactively building comprehensive IP protection around new products – covering trademarks, trade dress, copyright, design patents and utility patents – in advance of product launches, to restrict anticipated copying by competitors. He leverages and enforces those rights against others, whether they are competitors, copycats, licensees, distributors or counterfeiters, in the United States and abroad.

Mr Donoian is also responsible for global anti-counterfeiting enforcement programmes, combining traditional and non-traditional claims and remedies to obtain damages, seizures, asset restraints, injunctions and other novel forms of equitable relief. These efforts are often concurrent with criminal actions in the United States and civil or criminal actions in foreign jurisdictions.

Mr Donoian works with clients in various industries, including fashion and luxury brand goods, apparel/footwear, jewellery, toys, sports and entertainment, food and nutritional products, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as other industrial and commercial markets. His primary focus is the fashion design, luxury and apparel industries. He has featured on panels and has authored articles relating to fashion law. He is also a leader of the firm’s design, fashion & luxury group.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • IBA
  • INTA

Sample client list

  • Christian Louboutin
  • Lixil/American Standard Brands
  • New Balance
  • Ted Baker
  • Thom Browne
  • Vans
  • VF Corporation

Firm details

McCarter & English LLP
Worldwide Plaza
825 Eighth Avenue
31st Floor
New York NY 10019
United States

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