Copyright and Trademark INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

A premier litigation and IP team possessing the depth and breadth of experience critical to addressing cutting-edge copyright and trademark issues, protecting clients' business objectives, defending their assets and delivering results.

WilmerHale's Copyright and Trademark Practice brings to bear the talents of a highly skilled team of litigation and intellectual property lawyers with a proven record of success. Many of our lawyers have experience working in the same industries and technology fields as our clients, enabling us to deliver targeted insight, a unique perspective and long-term solutions. Our clients range from startups to some of the most recognizable global brands, and span a diverse range of industries, including media and entertainment, new technology, manufacturing, automotive, Internet and e-commerce, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, software, electronics, financial services, and retail.

In copyright, we work to protect and advance our clients' interests in the rapidly evolving technology marketplace, in the entertainment industry, and with consumer products. In trademark, we protect our clients' interests and investments in global brands and work to prevent others from unfairly leveraging those brands for their own gain.


We counsel clients in the technology sector on cutting-edge and novel copyright protection matters centered on the dissemination and transmission of copyrighted works and content. We also support clients in the entertainment industry who rely on us for guidance on critical issues surrounding copyright protection for movies, television, music and other forms of art.

Our experience includes:

  • representing an American toy and board game company against allegations of copyright infringement;
  • representing a technology company in an international copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation dispute in the United States and in parallel declaratory proceedings in the UK;
  • representing several major television networks in a copyright case; and
  • defending a technology company in a copyright infringement claim related to fair use.


We protect local and global brands from infringement and dilution, guarding our clients' assets from competitors who aim to weaken their names. Our lawyers assist clients in the strategic selection, registration, management and enforcement of trademark, trade dress and domain name rights—often their most valuable assets. We take into consideration not only potential infringement of third-party rights, but also whether a potential name or trademark can be registered, and can provide the client with the desired exclusivity and global market impact. In 2014 alone, we filed more than 3,300 trademark applications, and more than 2,000 trademark registrations were issued. We also helped clients prevent third-party misappropriation of trademarks and names by opposing registrations and seeking cancellations of existing registrations in the USPTO, under the Madrid Protocol and before various national and regional patent and trademark offices.

Our experience includes:

  • representing a global consumer electronics company in asserting claims and winning trade dress and trademark claims;
  • defending an audio equipment company against trademark infringement action;
  • representing a global sportswear and athletic goods company in a trademark and trade dress matter;
  • handling various trademark and trade dress matters for a global car manufacturer;
  • managing a global trademark portfolio for Europe's number-one company in color cosmetics, representing the company in trademark litigation and strategic counseling on trademark matters, including licensing, and representing the client before the European Court in a trademark cancellation action;
  • managing a global trademark portfolio for several affiliates of a global publishing company, representing the client in trademark matters, providing strategic counseling on copyright matters, and representing the client in IP litigation; and
  • managing a global trademark portfolio for a global banking and financial services company and representing the client before the European Court of Justice in two trademark application proceedings.

The Team

Clients turn to WilmerHale's copyright and trademark lawyers for our clear understanding of their business goals, our in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and political environments in which they operate, and our experience in the creative, technical and/or scientific disciplines at the core of many of their operations. Our attorneys practice in district and appellate courts across the nation, as well as before the US Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, US Copyright Office, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Sentencing Commission, the Court of First Instance in Luxemburg, the Federal Patent Court and German Patent and Trademark Office, and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, among other courts and venues.

As businesses expand globally, it is more critical than ever to protect intellectual property and develop winning strategies across international jurisdictions. When the stakes are high, WilmerHale delivers a fully integrated team of lawyers who work together cohesively to manage copyright and trademark matters in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and China, and across all other major jurisdictions. We have highly regarded practitioners with exceptional experience in the UK and Germany, handling landmark cases up to the highest levels, as well as a partner who has served as chairman of the British Copyright Council since 2013. We have one of Germany’s largest trademark practices, and our team represents companies, associations, universities and research institutes in all aspects of industrial property rights and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on trademark litigation.


  • American Lawyer: Named WilmerHale its IP Litigation Department of the Year in 2014.
  • BTI Consulting Group: In 2015 recognized WilmerHale as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," a "Go To IP Litigation Firm," and a "Go To IP Firm" for non-litigation IP work.
  • Chambers & Partners: Chambers Global and Chambers Europe consistently rank WilmerHale in the category of Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition in Germany, and Chambers Europe 2015 ranked one of our partners in the area of Intellectual Property: Trademark Law and Competition Law.
  • JUVE: In its 2014/2015 edition recommended WilmerHale's German IP and trademark practices for trademarks and unfair competition.
  • Law360: Recognized the firm among the 2014 IP Groups of the Year, pointing to WilmerHale's successes for clients including Apple, Intel, Becton Dickinson, GlaxoSmithKline and more.
  • Legal 500: Recommended WilmerHale's German trademark and unfair competition practice in its 2015 edition for the group's "pragmatic and professional advice as well as the strength and breadth of the team and their consistent transparency," and one of our partners has been lauded as an "experienced specialist and efficient leader in global matters."