CHICAGO (November 14, 2013) – McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been honored by the International Trademark Association (INTA) as the sole recipient of its Volunteer Service Award (VSA) in the “Pro Bono Services Provided by Organizations” category. INTA is a member-based organization that supports and advances trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.
The VSAs recognize both individuals and firms that have provided exemplary volunteer service during the past year. McDermott Will & Emery was singled out for the important impact the Firm’s attorneys have made by volunteering both their time and legal experience to support the Association’s goals and objectives as outlined in INTA’s 2010–2013 Strategic Plan.
Specifically, the Firm is being commended for a number of successful pro bono initiatives over the past year by attorneys in McDermott's Trademark Practice Group. Through its pro bono program, McDermott’s IP lawyers are providing legal services to non-profit organizations and small businesses that focus on low- income communities and the environment, including: Fonderie 47, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Absolute Return for Kids, Streetscape, Universal Education Foundation, Solar Sisters, and Rainforest Alliance. McDermott also provides a range of legal services to several “Lawyers for the Arts” organizations. Finally, the firm’s London office participates in a monthly Own-It pro bono advice clinic, which caters to art students and creative businesses.
“Our volunteers are a crucial element in achieving our mission to advance the protection of trademarks around the world,” said INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “On behalf of INTA and brand owners across the globe, I’d like to thank McDermott Will & Emery LLP for their hard work and determination.”
Joanne Ludovici and Jennifer Mikulina of McDermott Will & Emery LLP will accept the award today at an awards ceremony at INTA’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Miami, Florida.
“We are honored to receive this award from INTA,” said Joanne Ludovici, head of McDermott’s global trademark practice. Our trademark lawyers are dedicated to protecting what are often our clients’ most prized assets around the world—their brand name, identity and reputation. INTA’s award is a fitting recognition of the many hours that we devote to providing trademark and related IP services to our pro bono clients.” Read more about INTA and the contributions of this year’s Volunteer Service Awards winners.
McDermott’s Commitment to Pro Bono Work
McDermott Will & Emery LLP recognizes and appreciates the need to give back to the communities of which it is a part and to assist those who are unable to afford legal services. The Firm offers a comprehensive pro bono and community service program managed and led by its full-time pro bono counsel, a pro bono litigation partner, and the chair of its Pro Bono & Community Service Committee which seeks to ensure that the same standards of quality, service and care that McDermott gives to its paying clients are also afforded to those it serves on a pro bono basis. The Firm strongly encourages its lawyers and staff to participate in pro bono initiatives, volunteer services and charitable activities, and it recognizes lawyer time dedicated to pro bono and community service as equivalent to billable hours for all purposes. For more about McDermott’s commitment to social responsibility, click here.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, the Firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending its reach to Asia, it has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.
Founded in 1878, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 6,300 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark research, policy development, education and training, and international network. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.