Mountain View, CA (March 22, 2012) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR) has honored the Firm as a leading trademark practice, one of only two law firms in California to earn Gold Tier status. In addition, four trademark partners have been honored individually both in California and nationally: Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Connie Ellerbach and Jedediah Wakefield. World Trademark Review describes these partners as follows:
Sally Abel, chair of the firm's Trademark Practice, is "greatly admired by clients," whom she instructs on prosecution, clearance and their worldwide portfolio strategies; she also handles maintenance work and domain names. Ms. Abel is ranked in the Gold Tier nationally and in California for prosecution and strategy.
Andrew Bridges, Intellectual Property and Litigation Partner, is a "formidable trademark litigation player." Mr. Bridges concentrates on trial and appellate work before the federal courts, and also possesses expert capabilities in advertising, unfair competition and internet regulatory law. In the past, he has defended major casinos, private educational establishments, consumer electronics manufacturers and a military veterans' organization. Outside the courtroom, Bridges advises popular global corporations on the management and enforcement of their brands. Mr. Bridges is ranked in the Silver Tier nationally and the Gold Tier in California for enforcement and litigation.
Connie Ellerbach, Trademark Partner, is a "deeply skilled trademark counselor." Ms. Ellerbach assists clients in establishing, developing and protecting their trademark portfolios, advises on internet-related trademark activities and regularly acts as trademark counsel in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Ellerbach is ranked in the Bronze Tier in California for prosecution and strategy.
Jedediah Wakefield, chair of the firm's Trademark Litigation Practice, is lauded as "the real deal." Concentrating on trademark disputes – including infringement litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings. He brings "expert knowledge and a meticulous approach" to contentious issues. Mr. Wakefield is ranked in the Silver Tier in California for enforcement and litigation.
WTR 1000 conducted an exhaustive qualitative research project over a four-month period in order to identify and rank the firms and individuals that provide unparalleled trademark services. This second edition of the WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice. 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.