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WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE (June 17, 2005) – NameProtect, Inc. (http://www.nameprotect.com), a leading trademark research and monitoring company, has named Venable LLP among the top trademark registration firms in the country in its annual awards publication.  Venable filed 624 domestic trademarks in 2004, 15th among U.S. law firms overall and 8th among general practice firms.  The firm has been ranked in the top 25 overall since the inception of the survey.

“Our group’s continued success as top performer shows that Venable is among the few general practice law firms able to stand on equal footing with specialized boutiques that limit their practice to intellectual property and trademarks,” said Mark B. Harrison, who chairs Venable’s Trademark and Domain Name practice.

Mr. Harrison was individually recognized as the 13th most productive trademark attorney in the country for 2004, with 276 trademark applications filed. Mr. Harrison has also been ranked in the top fifteen since the survey was begun in 2002.

While NameProtect tracks only domestic trademarks, Mr. Harrison noted that Venable files and prosecutes trademarks in virtually every country that protects them as intellectual property.  Venable guides clients through every stage of trademark prosecution, including representation before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board if the process turns contentious because of a third-party challenge.  In addition, Venable’s trademark lawyers and IP litigators provide counsel on protecting and exploiting the value of marks and represent their clients in both mediations and trials in federal court.

NameProtect is the latest IP industry source to recognize Venable’s trademark practice in the last few years:
  • IP Today’s May 2005 issue ranked the firm in the top 20 nationwide for trademark registrations obtained in 2004.
  • Legal Media Group’s World IP Survey in November 2002 ranked Venable among the top 25 firms in contentious trademark representation.
  • IP Worldwide’s November 2002 issue called Venable one of the “Trademark Counsel for the Global 50” – a Who’s Who of firms representing the largest businesses in the world.

Among the well-known brands Venable has helped establish and protect are MENSA, T. Rowe Price, Citizen watches, Melitta coffee products, Marmot clothing, FM Global Insurance, and Pizza Inn restaurants.

“Companies understand that brand protection is a critical component of any business strategy,” said Mr. Harrison.

Venable’s intellectual property practice has over 75 professionals working in trademarks, domain names, patent prosecution, copyright, unfair trade, entertainment, and IP litigation.

One of the American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia.