Experienced trademark lawyer and ip trial lawyer, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, LaGrange, Illinois and SW Michigan (Coloma). Offering a full range of international trademark law services, including domain name infringement and trademark infringement litigation, in Chicago, Illinois, SW Michigan, and worldwide, to address your international trademark, service mark, tradename, trade dress, counterfeit, Internet and domain name needs and questions, including trademark infringement litigation, trademark searches, trademark applications, opinions, transfers, branding, royalties, licensing, keying or keyword infringement and trademark litigation involving registered and unregistered or common law trademarks, service marks and tradenames.
Intellectual property law firm perennially ranked among the "TOP TRADEMARK FIRMS" in the U.S. by Intellectual Property Today, a monthly publication focused on legal issues in patent, trademark and copyright law. Ip law firm also perennially ranked among the "TOP PATENT FIRMS" in the U.S. in Intellectual Property Today.
Providing practical and comprehensive legal representation in trademark matters to hundreds of clients worldwide ranging from small businesses and private entrepreneurs to publicly-traded companies, including the world's largest corporate trademark licensing company, a pharmaceutical company with proprietary and generic drug interests, the largest video catalog in the United States, the two largest music catalogs in the United States, the largest movie store on the Internet, one of the largest catalog and Internet direct marketers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, products featured on ABC's Shark Tank, one of Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things 2010, products featured on QVC, one of Internet Retailer's Top 50 Best of the Web, one of Internet Retailer Top 50 Retailing Sites, and one of the 2011 Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies, including representation in trademark infringement and trademark litigation matters.
Offering a CONFIDENTIAL FREE INITIAL REVIEW of a company's pending trademark infringement litigation (lawsuits) and insurance policies to find insurance coverage and an insurance company's duty to pay the attorneys' fees and costs of the trademark infringement litigation defense. Upon completion of the free review, selectively defending trademark infringement litigation at no cost to the client. Click here for an overview of FREE TRADEMARK LITIGATION DEFENSE. Alternative billing arrangements, such as flat fee billing, flat rate billing, hybrid billing, and contingency or contingent fee arrangements, are also available for many matters, including trademark infringement litigation.
Performed thousands of trademark searches and filed hundreds of United States trademark applications and international trademark applications. Using state-of-the-art computerized trademark portfolio management software register, monitor, maintain, renew and protect clients' trademarks worldwide.
Unparalleled success in commercial and intellectual property litigation, including being lead counsel in lawsuits involving the intellectual property of such notables as Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc., Albion Laboratories, Inc, J.C. Whitney & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Polo Ralph Lauren, Deston Therapeutics, L.L.C., PruGen, Inc., Rivers Edge Pharmaceuticals, L.L.C., Toll Brothers Homes, Inc., Sean John Clothing, Inc., Intel Corporation, AutoZone, Inc., PracticeWorks, Inc. (a Kodak company), Kellogg North America Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (Navistar), CheckFree Corporation, United Brands Company, Inc., Americash Loans, LLC, Budget Rent A Car Corporation, American National Red Cross, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Cibavision Corporation, Conseco, Inc., Windermere Holding, LLC, Thomas Kincade, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Fusion Projects, LLC, Tampico Beverages, Sazerac Company, Inc., Alliance Labs, LLC, Stratus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sonar Products, Inc., U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., Gaither Tool Company, Summit Tool Company d/b/a Ken-Tool, Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation, Coach, Inc., Coach Services, Inc., Paris Presents, Incorporated, Rucci, Inc., TJX Companies, Inc. d/b/a TJ Maxx, Aircraft Gear Corporation, Trail Gear, Inc., American Beverage Corporation, Florida Fruit Juices, Inc., LiquiTech, Inc. and Enrich Products, Inc.
Significant experience defending individuals and small businesses against so-called "trademark bullies" or "trademark bullying." As the United States Trademark Office has stated, a trademark bully "could be described as a trademark owner that uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business beyond what the law might be reasonably interpreted to allow." Trademark bullies are considered such a problem that legislation has been passed and the United States Trademark Office has begun studies to address trademark bullying and the litigation tactics of trademark bullies. Indeed, the Trademark and Technical Conforming Amendment of 2010 directs the Secretary of Commerce to "study and report" to Congress on "The extent to which small businesses may be harmed by litigation tactics attempting to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to the trademark owner."
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER USING THE SERVICES OF AN EXPERIENCED TRADEMARK ATTORNEY TO FILE TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS?
A recent study indicates that hiring an experienced trademark attorney statistically gives you a much greater chance of successfully registering your trademark or service mark.
In "Do Trademark Lawyers Matter?" University of North Carolina School of Law faculty members Jon McClanahan and Deborah Gerhardt studied applications filed from 1985 to 2010 to determine whether having a trademark attorney makes a difference in getting your application approved by the USPTO. The study concluded that yes, in fact, it does. "These data suggest that the presence of a lawyer made a meaningful difference," the researchers wrote.
The study found that inexperienced, non-attorney applicants? chances for registration would have increased by 50 percent if they had used an attorney to file their application.
Click here for a general overview of trademarks, including the benefits and advantages of prompt federal registration.
Click here for a general overview of trade dress.