Merchant & Gould is proud to be recognized in the “United States: Minnesota” category in World Trademark Review’s 2019 research directory, WTR 1000, a peer-feedback-based resource which spotlights firms and attorneys that are deemed “outstanding” by the global trademark community. Merchant & Gould’s trademark attorneys help implement brand strategies for clients in both global and local markets, as well as protect clients’ trademark rights in the event of infringement.
To research the market, World Trademark Review conducted face-to-face and telephone interviews; exchanged correspondence over a four-month period with hundreds of lawyers, attorneys and their clients involved with trademarks; and gathered written submissions from firms detailing their recent activity in the field. When identifying the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed were also taken into account.
A few comments shared by World Trademark Review: “Outstanding and reliable in terms of quality, Merchant & Gould has long stood tall as a trademark and IP leader in Minnesota. Particularly striking is the international reach of its practice, which extends into all the corners of the world. The professionals here think globally about brands and are extremely well connected with top IP outfits abroad; they send out a lot of instructions and, as testament to the group’s quality, people are only too happy to reciprocate.”
In addition to the general firm feedback, the following Merchant & Gould received positive comments from sources, as noted in quotations below:
- Trademark chair Christopher Schulte “gives excellent, commercially focused advice” and helps clients to mitigate risk wherever they are doing business. “He operates at the cutting edge of trademark prosecution.”
- Andrew Ehard is “unbelievably knowledgeable, practical and responsive, he’s phenomenal on anything complex and hands down the best trademark lawyer.”
- Coordinating work to and from Asia, Brent Routman “has patents to his name and is a dyed-in-the-wool innovator with a passion for trademark, copyright, internet and advertising law.”
- Scott Johnston “brings fresh ideas to the table; he developed Brandscape, which presents trademark information in a visual form to help those with little knowledge of trademarks to protect themselves against third parties.”
- Heather Kliebenstein’s “background in patents puts her in pole position to handle multifaceted IP disputes. She’s a top trademark litigator – big brand owners think she’s fantastic.”
- Gregory Golla “bridges the contentious and non-contentious sides of the practice, and he has an edge in the courtroom over other litigators, who lack his depth of prosecution expertise.”
Congratulations to the Minneapolis office and the Merchant & Gould’s trademark team!