Faegre Drinker’s intellectual property practice and partners have been recognized among top trademark firms and individuals in the latest annual World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 ‒ the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals and firms in key jurisdictions around the globe. Intellectual Property teams in Colorado, Washington, D.C., Indiana and Minnesota are identified as standouts. Faegre Drinker partners Emily Bayton, Jennifer Dean, Stephanie Gumm, Louis Perry, J. J. Saul and James Steffen all received individual rankings by WTR as well.
Now in its twelfth year, the WTR 1000 ranks firms and individuals that are “deemed outstanding at obtaining, protecting, managing, enforcing and monetizing trademarks.” WTR undertakes exhaustive qualitative research to identify top firms and individuals, including in-person, telephone and video interviews and written submissions from firms detailing their recent activity in the field.
The firm’s practice in Colorado, which received a silver ranking, is described as having an accomplished group of trademark, copyright, advertising and media professionals, each of whom is focused on the provision of tailored services. Denver partner Bayton is recognized for developing “a deep strategic playbook through her involvement in brand creation, prosecution, management, licensing, and enforcement and litigation. She has a particular affinity for sports and outdoor recreation brands.”
District of Columbia
In metropolitan Washington, D.C., Faegre Drinker is recognized as a top firm, receiving a bronze ranking. The WTR 1000 says, “with an army of legal professionals in 21 offices spanning the United States, London and Shanghai, Faegre Drinker is geared up to overcome any legal challenges faced by its clients. Its 20-strong trademark, copyright, advertising and media team is well-specked and – microcosmic of the wider firm – provides a reassuringly complete service. Cohesive as a group and unwaveringly client focused, it is a popular port of call.” The publication highlights D.C. partner Dean for her accomplished global portfolio and vibrant transactional practice.
In Indiana, Faegre Drinker received a silver ranking and the team was noted for their strength and depth to find tailored solutions to even the most technical and complex trademark issues. The publication also highlights Faegre Drinker’s “TCAM Today” blog, and how it keeps clients looped in on the legal and market developments that could affect their business. WTR specifically called out partners Gumm and Perry, saying “Hands-on, 24/7 support comes from the likes of Louis Perry, a “terrific advocate” who dispenses “practical, common-sense” guidance across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Equally versatile is the proactive Stephanie Gumm, who recently showcased her licensing and transactional prowess on a $2.79 billion acquisition for client Hormel Foods Corporation.”
The WTR 1000 recognizes the firm’s trademark practice in Minnesota with a silver ranking, highlighting the firm’s high-caliber practitioners, including intellectual property practice leader Steffen. The publication says Steffen “adroitly handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious briefs: his hawkish eye proves invaluable on all aspects of prosecution, while his assured approach to litigation consistently steers patrons to victory.”
In addition to the jurisdiction-specific rankings the firm received, Chicago partner Saul received an individual ranking in the WTR 1000’s Illinois section. Saul received a Bronze ranking for his prosecution and strategy work.