Successful companies rely on the power of their brands to communicate the quality and distinctiveness of their products and services. Whether trademarking names, logos, and slogans; registering copyrighted works; patenting product designs; or navigating advertising issues on media platforms, business savvy leaders use intellectual property law to strategically build and protect their brands and market positions. Trademarks are often some of the most valuable assets of a company and infringement or dilution of a mark can cost millions in revenue and goodwill. With our proven track record in high-profile litigation, often related to Lanham Act violations of infringement or false advertising, and noncontentious matters, companies with valuable and rising brands consistently look to Finnegan to handle their most complex, high stakes matters.
Finnegan’s professionals who help companies build and protect brands are known for their experience, sophistication, creativity, and depth. Our practice includes an enviable core of experienced attorneys, legal assistants, and staff professionals, including portfolio managers and in-house investigators. Our extensive experience with virtually every type of product and service and every facet of brand protection helps us advise clients on the best path to protect, advocate, and leverage their IP assets. This team-oriented approach has resulted in consecutive top-tier rankings for our practices by respected publications such as Managing Intellectual Property, The Legal 500, and World Trademark Review.
We follow the life of a mark from selection, clearance, prosecution, and maintenance to portfolio management, trademark audits, licensing, watch services, disputes, and litigation. Our practice scope offers great flexibility, allowing us to implement global brand protection programs, advise on advertising campaigns, and assess data privacy issues quickly and effectively. Our client base is diverse and global, encompassing small and large companies and organizations from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, financial services, publishing, ecommerce, entertainment, sports and fitness, computers and telecommunications, consumer products, automotive, and manufacturing. For many clients, we provide a full range of brand protection services, while others seek our assistance for some of these categories on a project-by-project basis.
Protecting and promoting innovation and market trust is a foundational tenet for Finnegan. Through maintaining a culture of service and leadership in professional bar and legal associations, we collaborate with colleagues in industry and government in promoting IP rights and high professional standards. Organizations we are involved with include International Trademark Association (INTA); American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Intellectual Property Owners (IPO); MARQUES, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); BBB National Programs; and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).
From advertising clearance and claim substantiation to consumer class action lawsuits, advertising raises intellectual property issues across traditional and social media platforms.
To maintain a competitive advantage, companies and organizations need clear guidance in UK and U.S. intellectual property law and creative solutions to protect their copyrighted works.
Counterfeiting and gray market goods are growing at an alarming rate, resulting in industry losses of billions of dollars annually.
Your designs separate you from the competition, make your products distinctive, and help preserve your competitive advantage.
Because of the pervasive nature and extent of cybersquatting and infringement activity on the Internet, you need to manage and set priorities for enforcement efforts by developing specific guidelines and strategies.
From data gathering to data storage, from privacy by design to governance and legal compliance, all industries and sectors are faced with complex and often unsettled issues related to privacy.
Counseling during the early phases of trademark development helps avoid costly conflicts or enforcement problems down the road.
When problems arise and valuable trademark rights are at stake or an accusation has been made, it pays to have seasoned litigators and trial lawyers on your side.
In protecting your brand assets, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings are effective offensive and defensive strategic tools.
Opp. No. 91245851, TTAB, Judges Zervas, Lykos, Larkin
1:19-cv-01570, E.D. Va., Judge O'Grady
3:19-cv-00012, W.D. Va., Judge Moon
Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and damages in high-profile infringement in China. The Supreme People’s Court, the highest court in China, affirmed the decision, securing a complete win for Under Armour.
People’s Higher Court of Fujian Province of the People’s Republic of China
8:17-cv-01795, M.D. Fla., Judges Jung, Honeywell
2:17-cv-03027, C.D. Cal., Judges Walter, Wilner
19-10013, 11th Cir., Judges Wilson, Carnes, Branch
19-1132, Fed. Cir., Judges Prost, Moore, Wallach
Opposition No. 92059437, TTAB, Judge McCormack
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