Pirkey Barber PLLC

Intellectual Property Department

Texas
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What the team is known for

Greatly acclaimed IP boutique, particularly known for its high-level expertise in trademark and copyright law. Notable international practice, often advising US companies on the establishment of brands abroad. Strong in trademark prosecution proceedings at the USPTO and in matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Also fields substantial expertise in domain name disputes before ICANN, as well as frequent appearances before federal courts across the USA.

Strengths

One client reports: "They bring significant energy and a practical yet strategic perspective to our discussions. They are a great partner."

One commentator describes them simply as "the best," adding: "They are an icon in Texas, hands down the best trademark attorneys in Texas. They are very specialized in that space."

Another notes: "They're a trademark boutique that provides the levels of client service you'd expect from an elite, big firm, and they can support a significant volume of work without delay."

Work highlights

Represented Viacom International in its challenge to IJR Capital Investments' attempt to open restaurants under the Krusty Krab mark, a mark which derives from a fictional restaurant in the SpongeBob SquarePants television show on Viacom's Nickelodeon network. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment on behalf of the firm's client.

Notable practitioners

Bill Barber is hugely respected for his handling of trademark law matters, including litigation and enforcement. Sources consider him to be an "exceptional" practitioner and note: "He's able to advise a business on legal ramifications in a practical way."

Christopher Kindel is adept at advising clients on the trademark issues in large transactions, and is a licensing specialist. Sources describe him as "practical, responsive, easygoing and a pleasure to work with."

Louis Pirkey continues to be recognized for his outstanding trademark law practice, with one interviewee naming him as "one of the godfathers, not just of trademark law in Texas, but nationally too." He handles both contentious and noncontentious matters, including infringement litigation and counseling.

Shannon Vale is an experienced trademark practitioner who regularly counsels clients on the management and protection of their brands. He also offers considerable expertise in copyright matters.

Steve Meleen is an experienced and highly regarded litigator who currently serves as managing partner of the firm. He focuses his practice on trademark disputes and is also experienced in copyright counseling and litigation.

Wendy Larson specializes in trademark litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes relating to the internet and online brands, including matters such as cybersquatting. Sources note that "she is very knowledgeable and attentive, and does not waiver in the face of more aggressive opponents."