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NameProtect, Inc.(http://www.nameprotect.com), a digital brand protection company and leading provider of trademark research and monitoring services, has named Venable LLP among the top trademark registration firms in the country in its annual awards publication. Venable filed 623 domestic trademarks in 2003, 11th among U.S. law firms overall and 5th among general practice firms. The firm jumped from #14 overall in 2002 and #23 in 2001.

“The top performance this year by our trademark group is evidence 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 practice. “There is a lot of satisfaction in being able to see our sure and steady movement into the top echelon of trademark firms.”

Mr. Harrison was individually recognized as the #9 Top U.S. Filer in the country for 2003.

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 two years:
  • IP Today’s May 2004 issue ranked the firm as the 13th for trademark registrations obtained in 2003.
  • 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.

“Every organization that recognizes the power of its brand in commerce needs to think about protecting its mark,” said Mr. Harrison.

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

A PDF of the rankings is available below.

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.