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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 commentator reports: "They are outstanding; they're smart, thoughtful and business-savvy, as well as strategic."
Another source says: "In addition to being great attorneys, the team consists of very passionate people. The firm is always trying to evolve and they are flexible and open-minded."
Work highlights Successfully represented Anastasia Beverly Hills in a trademark infringement dispute concerning the name of a makeup product.
Bill Barber is an expert in the trademark space, with significant experience acting on proceedings before the TTAB. Sources praise his "understanding of US case law and its impact on trademark rights," as well as "his high-level strategy in complex situations."
Christopher Kindel regularly counsels clients on a range of matters, including portfolio management and enforcement on a national and international scale. One interviewee calls him an "extremely good communicator, strategic and knowledgeable."Another says: "He provides well-reasoned and actionable opinions, as well as excellent advice and solutions to trademark disputes."
Louis Pirkey enjoys a stellar reputation for his longstanding expertise in trademark law. "He is remarkable," comments one source, while another calls him "an exceptional lawyer" and "a leader in the space." He has a wealth of experience acting for clients in trademark litigation.
Shannon Vale is an experienced trademark lawyer who is called upon to assist clients with copyright and branding issues. "He's a meticulous lawyer," notes one interviewee.
Steve Meleen is noted in the market for his trademark litigation practice. He handles disputes concerning brands and descriptive marks, and is active across a range of sectors, including the education and retail fields.
Wendy Larson is well regarded for her trademark litigation practice. She has experience representing clients before the TTAB and in federal court and offers particular expertise in the technology sector.