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Fenwick Receives Double Gold Rankings for Trademark Prosecution and Trademark Litigation in California

Partners Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Connie Ellerbach and Jed Wakefield are also recognized for excellence by World Trademark Review.

​Mountain View, CA (February 6, 2014) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm has again received first tier, “gold” rankings from World Trademark Review 1000 for the firm’s excellence in both trademark prosecution and strategy and enforcement and litigation in California.

“Fenwick & West wins glowing praise for both its advisory and contentious functions,” WTR 1000 notes in its profile of Fenwick. “With offices in the innovation centres of San Francisco and Mountain View and a firm-wide emphasis on technology, it is ideally placed to serve both well-established and up-and-coming companies in the IT and online sectors.”

“In the prosecution arena, [Fenwick] ‘provides world-class counseling,” the profile adds. “It is exceptional at managing large portfolios and ably coordinates substantial volumes of work without sacrificing quality’.”

Trademark Chair Sally Abel is again ranked in the first tier both nationally and in California for her prosecution work. WTR researchers remark that Abel’s innovative approach to trademark prosecution and strategy is what clients and peers say makes her stand out among other practitioners.

“Trademark division chair and admired leader Sally Abel’s ability to ‘think outside the box, find creative ways to solve problems and recognise the business aspect of any challenge’ sets her apart,” the WTR 1000 profile continues.

Also listed among the top trademark prosecution attorneys in California, WTR 1000 notes that partner Connie Ellerbach is called “[s]mart and detail-oriented” by clients and “commended for her insightful recommendations on brand development.”

In ranking partner Andrew Bridges in the first tier in California for trademark litigation, the guide calls him a “gold-standard trial specialist with a string of victories to his name” and notes that clients call him “terrific.”

WTR researchers add that “[Bridges] is joined by ‘assured, razor-sharp and knowledgeable’ disputes authority Jedediah Wakefield, whose practice continues to go from strength to strength.”

Chair of Fenwick’s Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group, Wakefield is also recognized by WTR 1000 as among the top trademark attorneys in California. The guide notes that Wakefield’s client base includes “[t]railblazing companies such as Groupon, Cisco Technology Inc, Symantec and Google.”

World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is an annual guide published by World Trademark Review honoring the top law firms and legal professions working on trademark prosecution and enforcement matters. In compiling the rankings, WTR 1000 researchers consider information provided from law firms on their work over the past year, insight from other legal professionals and the perspective of the clients benefitting from their work. “Individuals qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate,” according to WTR. Researchers consider “factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed.” More information on the methodology behind WTR 1000 is available through the World Trademark Review website.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders.​