Ideally, a business’ reputation for quality and service is directly connected to recognizable, high-impact symbols and product names. The trademark search and registration process is an important first step in helping a business protect its brand, identity and status in the marketplace. Once a trademark has been developed and secured, it is imperative to prevent competitors from riding the coattails of that investment. Conversely, when clients are accused of trademark infringement, they require legal advisors with the experience and sophistication to identify the strengths of the claims and the potential merit of all available defenses, and to help identify and execute the most effective resolution strategy, whether in court, before an arbitration panel or as the result of a negotiated settlement.
McDermott’s practice includes lawyers recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and World Trademark Review 1000 as top litigators nationally and internationally. Members of our team have decades of experience serving as first-chair counsel in US federal district and appellate courts, before the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in comparable international and national courts and tribunals in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany and Asia. Our lawyers have also served in leadership roles for the International Trademark Association (INTA), which recognized McDermott as the sole recipient of the 2013 Volunteer Service Award in the “Pro Bono Services Provided by Organizations” category.
We regularly represent clients in arbitration proceedings in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution policy adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Our lawyers have helped numerous clients conduct online monitoring for infringements and recover domain names from hijackers and infringers.
We have represented clients from a broad range of industries, including nonprofit organizations and associations, as well as in the apparel, computer software, electronics, food and beverages, health care, hospitality, chemical lawn and garden products, medical devices, toys, and other consumer goods and services sectors.