Dinsmore Ranked 3rd in Ohio Trademark Filers by World Trademark Review

August 9, 2016News Releases

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has been named a top five filer in Ohio by World Trademark Review (WTR). The July issue of WTR focused on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and highlighted the top five law firm filers for top 10 U.S. states. In Ohio, Dinsmore ranked third with its 346 trademark filings.

WTR interviewed top attorneys for the USPTO feature. Dinsmore Trademark Practice Group Chair Karen K. Gaunt offered her thoughts on the potential risks in utilizing mass market online filing services that at first glance may appear to provide a lower cost option saying, “Without tailored legal guidance, there can be numerous pitfalls and traps lurking for the unwary applicant. A trademark application filed without appropriate clearance searching can launch trademark litigation against the filer. In addition, without appropriate forethought and advice concerning the mark, the goods or services, the filing basis, specimens, the appropriate ownership and the various other decisions that should be considered, an application is likely to meet various hurdles to registration, which often can be very costly to overcome later."

Dinsmore was also featured in the 2016 edition of WTR 1000 - the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, a listing of the stand-out firms and attorneys in trademark law. Dinsmore received a silver state wide ranking in Michigan and a ranking in Ohio. Intellectual Property partners Gaunt and Lynda E. Roesch were featured in the individual listings of the top trademark attorneys.

From 70 global markets, researchers compile a list of the top firms and attorneys based on reviews from hundreds of clients and lawyers. The rankings are banded in gold, silver and bronze as well as highly recommended and recommended.

In Michigan, Dinsmore received a silver band listing and was one of seven firms featured for its trademark work. Dinsmore merged with Intellectual Property boutique Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C. in September 2015, gaining the Michigan offices.

WTR 1000 states, “Tracing its roots back to an early 20th century Detroit outfit, this nimble boutique is still going strong under the sage direction of its five current name partners. With its diverse client base, the group has faced – and overcome – the most varied challenges at every turn in the trademark lifecycle, and its accumulated experience is key to its ongoing success. Headquartered in Troy, the group provides on-the-money advice that gives clients real bang for their bucks.”

In Ohio, Dinsmore was one of nine recommended firms highlighted. Gaunt and Roesch received silver band individual listings and were featured among 18 attorneys in the WTR 1000 Ohio report.

According to WTR 1000, “The dedicated trademark line-up at Dinsmore & Shohl is buoyed by support from practices in adjacent areas such as advertising, promotions and social media policy. The forward-thinking team is thus a go-to venue for branding advice for the 21st century, with practitioners such as Karen Gaunt protecting clients’ rights to the hilt in both the online and real-world contexts. Seamless collaboration with business people comes as second nature to Gaunt, who has spent time on secondment at a major Fortune 100 company. Traditional enforcement – such as federal and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board litigation – is the strong suit of Lynda Roesch, who ‘does top-quality work for a lot of famous brands and has a fabulous reputation’.”

This is the sixth year World Trademark Review has published WTR 1000. More information can be found here.