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Wood, Herron & Evans Broadens the Scope of Its Intellectual Property Law Practice with Major Expansion

Monday, April 05, 2010

Cincinnati, OH -- Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P., the region’s largest Intellectual Property (IP) law firm, announced today that it has expanded its Intellectual Property law capabilities with what is by several measures the largest, most significant shift in the Cincinnati intellectual property community in the last three decades. More specifically, Wood, Herron & Evans has been joined by eight intellectual property attorneys who bring concentrated experience, and who contribute additional depth to Wood, Herron & Evans’ already substantial trademark and copyright practice, including:

  • highly specialized experience as a consultant and expert witness in trademark/trade dress matters
  • toy, game, and interactive industry experience and lead-lawyer involvement in some of the largest brand and entertainment licensing deals in the last 20 years
  • book, magazine, and software publishing industry experience and depth in copyrights
  • international trade court and customs enforcement experience
  • advertising and media defense experience
  • experience in privacy and data security matters

With these additions, Wood, Herron & Evans expands from 42 to 50 attorneys and incorporates an established Publishing and Media Practice. The Firm continues to be the region’s largest and oldest Intellectual Property law firm. Twelve of its Lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers In America, while 20 are recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers. Wood, Herron & Evans was recently ranked 41st out of the top 277 trademark firms and in the top tier of all patent practices in the USA by Intellectual Property Today. This expansion is likely to propel Wood, Herron & Evans into the top 30 trademark firms, nationally.

“Wood, Herron & Evans is excited about the significant expansion of our practice,” said David Stallard, Senior Partner, “and eager to serve our clients with increased breadth and depth of expertise, especially in the fields of advertising, publishing, media, entertainment, and licensing. Ultimately, our clients will realize substantial benefit from this expansion.”

The new lawyers will also increase Wood, Herron & Evans’ profile in the teaching community with adjunct positions at University of Dayton Law School, University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Wood, Herron & Evans’ substantial leadership position in its industry will be enhanced with added leadership roles in CincyIP, Ad Club Cincy, AOAIOIP (the long standing, pre-eminent CLE program for IP lawyers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana), the International Trademark Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

The lawyers include Steve Gillen, Lori Krafte, Karen Gaunt, Glenn Bellamy, Jim Kipling, Ken Germain, Michael Frey and Sean Owens.

More About the Attorneys

Steve Gillen counsels clients in publishing and entertainment transactions and disputes, internet issues, advertising law, computer law, copyrights, technology transfer, trade secrets, and related matters. His clients have included several Midwest and East Coast publishers as well as authors, artists, photographers, videographers, independent producers, Internet service providers, multimedia developers, and software programmers from Maine to California. He has written and spoken nationally on various publishing and copyright topics and teaches a course in Media Business and Law at the University of Cincinnati and a course in Electronic Media Law at the College Conservatory of Music. Earlier in his career, Steve served as in-house counsel for South-Western Publishing Company (an educational publisher owned by Cengage, f/k/a The Thomson Corporation). Listed in The Best Lawyers In America, Steve was also named a top lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Miami University in 1975, and Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University in 1980.

Lori Krafte counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other internet law matters. She has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers In America in the field of advertising law, and was named by Ohio Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Cincinnati in 2009 and 2010, and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Ohio in 2010. She teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2008. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1977, Doctor of Philosophy from The Claremont Graduate School in 1989, and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998.

Karen Gaunt counsels clients in the areas of domestic and international trademark law, copyright, internet, media, licensing, advertising, trade secret and corporate law. Karen frequently gives seminars on various intellectual property issues. Her client portfolio includes some of the best known brand owners in the consumer electronics, eyewear and toy industries. She negotiates computer software, outsourcing and R&D agreements and also litigates in these areas. Karen has been selected for inclusion in Cincy Magazine “Leading Lawyer” list, 2010, listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property - Ohio, 2006-2009, The Best Lawyers in America 2008-2010 in the field of Intellectual Property Law, Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class IX (2005), Fellow, and Named Ohio Rising Star by Law & Politics, 2005-2006. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English, cum laude from Denison University in 1993 and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1997.

Glenn Bellamy has experience that spans the width of Intellectual Property law. His practice focuses on advising clients on the management of patent, trademark, and copyright portfolios, including securing, licensing, policing, and defending IP rights. Glenn is an experienced IP litigator and registered patent attorney. He is one of a small number of attorneys experienced in enforcement of IP rights through U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Glenn was selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005, 2007-2010, Cincy Magazine “Leading Lawyer” list, 2008-2010, and Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated: “AV.” Glenn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Cincinnati in 1984 and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1987.

Jim Kipling represents IP owners and licensors, licensees, inventors, publishers, manufacturers and retailers in protecting and monetizing their properties and product lines and has designed and assisted in implementing advertising practices and clearance processes for major consumer products marketers. Earlier in his career, Jim was a Patent Attorney with General Electric and later was the Vice President and Managing Attorney of the Kenner Toy Company and Hasbro, Inc. for more than 20 years. In this capacity, he was responsible for all legal affairs of Kenner, including all matters involving IP (patent, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights), as well as all product and advertising development, with particular emphasis on Children’s Advertising and Privacy issues and has close associations within the FTC and the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the BBB. Jim has negotiated merchandise License Agreements resulting in cumulative corporate product sales in excess of $5 Billion with all major motion picture studios in connection with such properties as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Fantastic 4, Pokemon, Ghostbusters, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and many others and has established strategic corporate relationships with Disney and DreamWorks. Jim has handled negotiations for licensing rights with all professional sports leagues and players’ associations, and with prominent NASCAR® driver teams and sponsors. Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1968 and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972.

Ken Germain has more than 35 years of varied experience in the trademark/unfair competition field. He focuses his practice on trademark counseling, consulting and litigation. He is often retained as an expert witness on issues relating to trademarks and unfair competition, working on cases involving some of the nation’s largest companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases. For example, Ken was retained as the winning side’s legal expert in the famous TrafFix case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001. As a consultant, he worked with the winning counsel in connection with the landmark trademark dilution case, Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc. (U.S. Sup. Ct., 2003). Ken is a long-time academic whose many publications and over 200 professional lectures have focused on trademark and unfair competition topics. His reputation extends nationally, and for many years he has been an active member of the International Trademark Association, for which he wrote and orally presented The Annual Review of American Trademark Law four times. He is especially proud that many of his former students from law schools at the University of Kentucky, George Washington University, American University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Dayton have become IP practitioners-a number of them now with Wood, Herron & Evans. Ken was selected for inclusion in the Cincy Magazine “Leading Lawyer” list, 2009-2010, Ohio Super Lawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property Law, 2005-2010, listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property - Ohio, 2004-2009, and listed in The Best lawyers In America for many years. Ken received an A.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Rutgers College in 1966 and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law (where he served on the NYU Law Review) in 1969.

Michael Frey counsels clients in the areas of trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. His experience touches on all aspects of trademark prosecution, registration and enforcement. His practice also involves licensing of all forms of intellectual property. Michael was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in 1998, and has published Unfairly Applying the Fair Use Doctrine: Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, 66 U. Cin. L. Rev. 959 and Is It Fair to Confuse? An Examination of Trademark Protection, the Fair Use Defense, and the First Amendment, 65 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1255. Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of Mount St. Joseph in 1990 and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998.

Sean Owens counsels clients in the areas trademark, copyright, media, advertising and Internet law. Sean has taught classes in introductory law at St. Xavier High School and co-teaches classes in media law at the University of Cincinnati. Some of Sean’s honors include Member, University of Cincinnati College of Law Moot Court Honor Board and Recipient of The Order of the Barristers award for excellence in appellate advocacy. Sean also provides civic and charitable involvement in our community through Give Back Cincinnati. Sean received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from the University of Cincinnati College of Business in 2005 and Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2008.

About Wood, Herron & Evans

Wood, Herron & Evans has served businesses, trade associations, universities, foundations, and individuals since 1868. Our practice is committed to aiding clients in the acquisition, development, protection, licensing, defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Our attorneys and their well-trained professional support staff understand the value of our clients’ intellectual property assets. We focus on in-depth involvement with clients. We anticipate legal issues that might threaten or compromise IP assets. And when our clients’ rights require enforcement, we handle necessary negotiation and litigation effectively and vigorously.

Our experience gives us a seasoned and informed view of technology, identity, branding and of the complex laws which protect innovation and intellectual property rights in business, manufacturing, entertainment, sports, publishing, electronic media, and commerce. We work closely with our clients to devise strategies for intellectual property acquisition, licensing and protection that fit and enhance their business objectives and that increase shareholder and owner value.

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