April 19, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that World Trademark Review 1000, the first and only standalone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, has honored Fenwick & West as a leading trademark practice, one of only five law firms in California to earn First Tier status. In addition, three partners have been recognized as leading trademark lawyers in the publication’s inaugural edition. The partners are:
Sally Abel, chair of the firm's Trademark Practice, "wins renown for her non-contentious trademark practice." She is also honored for her insightful knowledge of the latest cutting-edge trademark issues. Ms. Abel, routinely ranked by various publications among the top trademark practitioners in the world, handles international trademark portfolio management and enhancement, for clients such as Cisco, Symantec, Google and NVIDIA.
Connie Ellerbach, Trademark Partner, whose practice encompasses trademark counseling and management on behalf of a diverse range of clients, is acknowledged for her "niche expertise in internet-related issues, such as brand usage online." Ms. Ellerbach routinely works with national and multi-national companies to design and implement worldwide trademark strategies, typically interfacing with either in-house legal counsel or other senior management at her clients. Ms. Ellerbach’s clients include Alibaba, Google, StumbleUpon and Twitter.
Jedediah Wakefield, chair of the firm's Trademark Litigation Practice, is noted for his considerable experience in trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution. “His flexibility and preparation are marks of his success as a litigator.” Mr. Wakefield has handled all variety of trademark disputes, from routine trademark enforcement matters to hard-fought litigation in federal court, for well-known brand owners such as Groupon, Google and Intuit.
WTR 1000 conducted an exhaustive qualitative research project over a three-month period in order to identify and rank the firms and individuals that provide unparalleled trademark services. The publication is designed to cut through the confusion and identify the firms and individuals that are setting the industry benchmark for trademark legal services. More information about WTR 1000 and its methodology is available on the organization's website.
Fenwick & West has one of the largest U.S. and international trademark practices at a full-service law firm, focusing exclusively on all aspects of trademark counseling, including clearance, international prosecution, enforcement, licensing and Internet issues. Our internationally renowned trademark practice has received numerous awards and recognition for its insightful, strategic, cost effective and value enhancing advice and efforts on behalf of some of the world's best known, highly regarded, and highly valued brands. We were recently ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the top 15 trademark law firms in the U.S. and as one of four “Best in the West” trademark prosecution firms.