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Dickstein Shapiro Expands Trademark Practice in New York

Monday, May 03, 2010

Welcomes Clark Lackert and Keith Sharkin

New York, NY -- Dickstein Shapiro is pleased to announce the strategic expansion of its Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of Partners Clark Lackert and Keith Sharkin. Mr. Lackert and Mr. Sharkin are internationally recognized trademark attorneys with more than 50 combined years of experience representing a broad range of well-known clients in the consumer products, branded pharmaceutical, and various service industries worldwide. They focus their work on trademark, copyright, domain name, licensing and unfair competition matters.

“Clark and Keith are among the leading attorneys in the trademark, copyright, domain name, licensing, and anti-counterfeiting areas, and their strengths are a tremendous boost to our capabilities in this area of practice. Their joining our firm also continues the significant growth of our top quality IP practice and in the growth of the practice in New York,” said Gary Hoffman, head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and member of the firm’s executive committee. “I am eager to share their extensive knowledge and experience with our clients.”

“Keith and I are energized about this unique opportunity to expand the existing trademark practice at Dickstein Shapiro in order to create a truly world-class team,” said Clark Lackert. “In view of the enthusiasm we have encountered thus far, we are confident we can achieve this vision.”

Mr. Lackert is among the top-ranked trademark attorneys worldwide and he focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, domain name, licensing, and anti-counterfeiting matters, with particular strength in the international area. He is an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in connection with Internet domain name disputes and has been a consultant with the U.S. Government on implementation of the World Trade Organization TRIPs Agreement concerning trademark, patent, and copyright issues. Mr. Lackert has served as the chair of a number of committees of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the INTA Board of Directors. He also is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the World Cares Center and the outgoing President of the United States Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). A prolific speaker and author, he currently is writing a trademark law treatise. Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, Mr. Lackert was a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at King & Spalding and served as Deputy Practice Group Leader firmwide. Mr. Lackert received his J.D. from the SUNY Buffalo. He also holds an A.B., cum laude, from Cornell University and a L.L.M. from New York University.

Mr. Sharkin represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of trademark, unfair competition, and copyright law. He has handled numerous litigation matters in federal courts throughout the country and at the appellate level and has litigated cases for trademark infringement, unfair competition, dilution, false advertising, cybersquatting, copyright infringement, and trade dress infringement. Mr. Sharkin has handled opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the prosecution of trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also has supervised international trademark matters for his clients, including review of foreign searches and opinions, due diligence, counseling, and litigation. Mr. Sharkin received his J.D. from Creighton University and his B.A., cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, he was a partner in the Intellectual Property Group in the New York office of King & Spalding.

Dickstein Shapiro’s nationally ranked Intellectual Property Practice has more than 80 attorneys who work with clients to develop strategies that capitalize on their intellectual property assets and achieve their business objectives. The firm is ranked by Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Today magazines as a top firm for intellectual property work. Dickstein Shapiro has the experience, skill, and knowledge to successfully solve intellectual property problems for clients striving to succeed in this ever-changing, highly competitive arena.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is a multiservice law firm with 375 attorneys nationwide. The firm’s clients include more than 75 of the Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, major motion picture studios, charitable organizations, and government officials. Dickstein Shapiro’s core practice groups—Antitrust & Dispute Resolution, Business & Securities Law, Corporate & Finance, Energy, Government Law & Strategy, Insurance Coverage, and Intellectual Property—involve the firm in virtually every major form of counseling, litigation, and advocacy. For additional information, please visit

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