United States: NameProtect Trademark Inside ® Ranks Pillsbury Winthrop #1 in Trademark Filing Activity in Third Quarter 2004
Last Updated: January 28 2005

San Francisco--Pillsbury Winthrop LLP has been ranked the leading law firm in US trademark filings for its activity in the third quarter of 2004, as published in the most recent edition (Q3-2004) of NameProtect's Trademark Insider® report. The publication reports that the firm racked up an impressive 236 significant trademark filings during a busy three-month period. The results elevated Pillsbury Winthrop to the #12 law firm with the most significant trademark filings for the first nine months of 2004, up from #22 for that period in 2003.

The quarterly trademark industry publication provides data on overall trademark filing activity that includes rankings of the leading trademark law firms, companies, and individual trademark filers in the nation. The Trademark Insider® report also provides year-to-date rankings for the Top 100 U.S. Trademark Law Firms and Companies, and the Top 25 Individual Attorney Filers. Pillsbury Winthrop has been in the top trademark ranks for some time. In 2002, it was ranked in the top 13 patent firms by number of patents issued, (Intellectual Property Today, March 2003); the firm ranked in the top 12 trademark firms in May 2003, (Intellectual Property Today) and was named in the top 6 for largest IP practice in the US, (Managing Intellectual Property, September 2003).

"Trademark issues and concerns have risen to the forefront of many businesses and industries as the global market evolves and expands, and this is reflected in the sharp spike of filings that were posted in 2004. Pillsbury Winthrop's increases are in tandem with that trend and also reflect our ability to provide a broad range of services to a large roster of clients," according to partner Richard Kirkpatrick who heads up the firm's Trademark Practice team.

James R. Menker, a senior associate in the firm's Northern Virginia office, made substantial contributions to this success and was recognized with the #5 position in the listing of the Top 25 Individual Attorney Filers, logging 102 third quarter filings.

"It is extremely gratifying to be recognized by Trademark Insider® for our efforts in the third quarter which were just a fraction of a very busy 2004 for our firm’s active trademark practice," notes Menker, who oversees more than 3,000 active trademark applications and registrations. Since 2001 he has personally filed more than 450 US trademark applications and has assisted clients in the registration of marks in over 50 countries.

Pillsbury Winthrop also ranked third in the Patent Litigation Survey, "Firms that Brought the Most Cases" (IP Law & Business, May 2004).

About Pillsbury Winthrop

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP is an international law firm with core practices in litigation, intellectual property technology, energy, and capital markets/finance. The firm has 16 offices and over 700 attorneys worldwide. For further information, visit www.pillsburywinthrop.com.

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