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Attorney with National, International IP Practice Joins Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago Office

Monday, June 29, 2009

Chicago, IL -- Mary E. Innis has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department and will chair its national Advertising & Marketing Practices Group. She joins the Firm from Loeb & Loeb LLP, where she was a founding partner of its Chicago office.

Innis will add significantly to the department’s practice bringing with her national and international experience in the areas of trademark law, advertising, labeling, and marketing and promotion, especially as relates to the Internet, new and emerging media, branded entertainment, and user-generated content issues. The breadth of her experience encompasses trademark portfolio protection and enforcement, transactions and counseling, as well as IP litigation, including trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising litigation.

She has a national reputation in an area that is increasingly important to the firm’s clients in view of the constantly evolving issues relating to advertising and marketing in emerging media (e.g., mobile promotions, privacy, security, fraud, and social media, etc.)

"We are pleased to add Mary during this exciting period of growth for our firm," said Tom Donovan, chair of the firm’s IP Department. "We have recently opened offices in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Columbus to service expanding geographic needs of our clients and now have the good fortune to add Mary's national IP practice to our expanding international IP practice.

"She adds depth to the services we can offer clients in connection with emerging media circles as well as in traditional trademark and unfair competition issues. We look forward to having Mary lead our advertising and marketing practice into the next decade."

Her practice will enhance the firm's Internet practice, including enforcement work relating to trademark and copyright issues in keyword advertising, metatags, online videos, in social networking sites; Communications Decency Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor counseling; domain name disputes and transactions; and transactional work that includes affiliate program agreements, click-thru advertising agreements, and website privacy and terms of use documents.

Innis also has experience in counseling national retail clients with respect to retail marketing practices such as coupons, rebates, gift cards, and sale frequency issues. In addition, Innis represents a broad spectrum of clients in Federal Trade Commission investigations and challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Also joining Innis at Barnes & Thornburg is IP associate Manny Herrera and paralegal Mary Williams, both from Loeb & Loeb.

With nearly 540 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

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