McDermott Ranked By World Trademark Review 1000 For Eleventh Consecutive Year


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has been recognized for the eleventh consecutive year by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, known as the “go-to” resource for those seeking legal trademark expertise. Described as the “savvy choice of partner for global brands,” McDermott’s practice is commended for its superb client service within prosecution and strategy, as well as for enforcement and litigation. WTR 1000 noted that the Group’s global practice  runs the gamut from prosecution to brand protection, to high-stakes litigation and online enforcement, to IP commercialization and IP transactional matters, lauding its “legal prowess and reputation in many different business sectors,” including technology, block chain, food and beverage, life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

WTR described McDermott as a “top-tier” “leading player”, as well as a “repository of unshakeable trust for multinational rights holders,” adding that the firm’s ability to protect and enforce trademark rights across borders without limit “has new clients knocking on its door daily.”

Overall Firm rankings:

  • Illinois – Silver Band for General Trademark. Described as a “one-stop shop for all trademark needs, [the Firm] is in high demand for incisive counsel aimed at brand growth and development, and robust representation in must-win infringement disputes.”
  • California– Bronze Band for Prosecution and Strategy. McDermott is noted as a “repository of unshakeable trust for multinational rights holders” and as having the “facility for protecting and enforcing trademark rights across borders without limit [which] has new clients knocking on its door daily.”
  • DC Metro Area– Bronze Band for Enforcement and Litigation. The publication noted that “blue-chip brands entrust [the team] with their most important trademark and brand issues, secure in the knowledge of receiving consistent advice along with cogent strategic action plans across borders.”

Gold-band ranked lawyers:

  • Christina Martini – Gold Band for Prosecution and Strategy, Silver Band for Enforcement and Litigation  (Illinois). Described as one of the “firm’s best,” WTR states that “the range of things [Christina] can do extremely well has made her a trusted adviser to myriad companies, including numerous leading pharmaceutical players.”
  • Jennifer Mikulina – Gold Band for Prosecution and Strategy (Illinois). Also noted as one of the “firm’s best,” Jennifer is recommended for her “spot-on judgement and tremendous expertise translating legal advice into language easily understood by business leaders.”

Other individual lawyer rankings:

  • Robert ZelnickSilver Band for Enforcement and Litigation (DC Metro Area). Bob is described as a “rainmaker in the US capital” and noted by resources as a “gentleman and a scholar,” who “has a wonderful way of developing trust with clients quickly…a great trial lawyer as well as day-to-day adviser.”
  • Sarah BroBronze Band for Prosecution and Strategy (California). WTR describes Sarah as having “special weapons and tactics for handling financial technology-related brand matters and domain name issues.”

The full World Trademark Review 1000 directory is available here.

McDermott’s full-service global trademark practice is one of the strongest and most active in the world. Our experience spans across all aspects of brand management including selection, counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, litigation and transactional matters. We partner with our clients from the earliest stages of product development to provide strategic advice in searching and filing for brand names globally. To maximize the value of our clients’ portfolios, we develop global filing strategies that are streamlined and cost-effective. We are leaders in the area of branding, including the maintenance, enforcement, licensing, acquisition and disposition of IP rights in addition to handling copyright, domain name, social media, advertising, unfair competition and trade dress matters.

About World Trademark Review

WTR is the world’s only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally. WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is the only standalone research directory to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners. To view the full WTR1000 rankings click here.

About McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices and industries to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,200 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

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