Stites & Harbison's trademark attorneys provide comprehensive, personalized services to a diverse clientele worldwide. We have extensive experience helping clients secure and protect their trademarks. Additionally, our team carefully collaborates with select international colleagues to assist clients with the registration and enforcement process internationally.
Services we provide include:
- Conducting clearance searches to select protectable marks;
- Prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and state trademark offices;
- Facilitating the registration of trademarks abroad;
- Maintaining and renewing trademark registrations in the U.S. and abroad;
- Negotiating and documenting transfers and licenses of trademarks;
- Recording trademarks with U.S. Customs to help prevent the importation of counterfeit goods;
- Protecting our clients' marks on the Internet;
- Resolving trademark disputes through litigation, including practice before courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the USPTO, and arbitration panels; and
- Generally assisting clients with management of their trademark portfolios.
We counsel and assist clients by negotiating licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, and other relationships with third parties. In transactions involving the acquisition or disposition of trademark portfolios, our intellectual property attorneys team with our firm’s business services attorneys to:
- Coordinate due diligence efforts;
- Evaluate and assess the status of trademark portfolios involved in a transaction;
- Draft and negotiate the appropriate terms related to trademarks in a transaction, whether they are central to or incidental to the larger transaction; and
- Ensure the accuracy of documents that reflect the transfers of trademarks.
We also have experience working on secured transactions in which trademarks and other intellectual property form a significant part of the collateral securing a loan. In such transactions, we draw on the firm's interdisciplinary experience to achieve successful completion. We understand the value of communication and networking, so we are active members in a number of trademark organizations, including the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. These memberships enable us to advocate for trademark issues, maintain connections with trademark counsel around the world, and remain educated about emerging and significant issues facing brand owners today.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2023 “IP Stars” list. Managing IP recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.
Intellectual Property attorneys Alex MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul take a look at the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Jack Daniel's Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC case in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Patent attorney Nick Stewart takes a look at the enablement challenge for genus claims under U.S. Patent Law in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
The Metaverse (or “Web 3.0”) provides varying levels of access to three-dimensional environments for various decentralized activities such as gaming, commerce, social media, dissemination of authenticated digital assets such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrency, and others. Participants can engage in any number of virtual reality activities and transactions with others at any conceivable virtual location, whether based in reality or in fantasy. Not surprisingly, trademark law has now reached the Metaverse.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The Patent Lawyer Magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC to the 2023 Top 10 Patent Firms and IP Practices in North America – South list. This is the firm’s second year being honored.
Wizards of the Coast, LLC (“WOTC” or “Wizards”) and its parent company Hasbro, Inc. (“Hasbro”) recently found themselves facing unexpected backlash from their attempt to modify an existing license agreement which they had in place with content creators, the Open Game License (OGL), which allowed those creators to use game mechanics and other elements from the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) table-top role playing game. IP attorney TJ Mihill takes a look at what's going on.
Recently the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Notice pertaining to a recent development in fraudulent communications pertaining to U.S. Trademark registrations and registration applications. Scammers are and have been accessing publicly available Trademark information and directly contacting applicants/registrants.
Incentives are powerful tools for driving behavior. On this topic, billionaire businessman Charlie Munger famously advised to "[n]ever, ever, think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives." Because the pathway from patent application to granted patent depends heavily on the actions and judgments of the examiner assigned to the application, a patent applicant is well advised to consider the examiner's perspective and the incentives imposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office through the examiner production system, also referred to as the count system.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Scot A. Duvall to the firm’s Louisville, Ky., office. He joins the firm as a Member (Partner) in the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.
As we come to the end of the year, the members of the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Stites & Harbison took time to reflect upon some of the amazing things that have occurred in the world of Intellectual Property. In a light-hearted review of some of our favorite finds from 2022, please enjoy our own take on the classic carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney James Hayne to its 2022 “Rising Stars” list.