Trademark & Copyright

Group at a Glance

  • 9 members
  • Filed 848 trademark applications in 2012
  • Annually listed by NameProtect, Inc. (trademark research company) among top trademark registration firms in United States

What Matters to Our Clients

Experienced Branding Advisors

The value of a good reputation in the market starts with the selection of a strong brand. We know from experience how to guide clients toward strong brands, and we understand the business value of doing it well.

The business objectives of our clients play a large role in our advice as we seek marks that will secure exclusivity in their key markets, avoid potential infringement issues, and maximize commercial impact. For this reason, we have built internal systems and created strong offerings to be highly effective in our support of clients through such critical decisions.

Because a company’s name, trademarks, and trade dress are critical in delivering the brand promise, protection of those assets calls for rigorous analysis, strategy, and execution. Our clients value the longstanding experience we bring to their challenges. Decades of experience in counseling our clients on the strategic selection, cost-effective registration, on-going management, and enforcement of trademark, trade dress, and domain name rights has conferred wisdom to our practice.

In 2012 alone, we filed 848 trademark applications, which is quantifiably the largest number filed by any New England firm devoted exclusively to IP law.

International Presence

Because the international market is an important part of decisions, counseling clients requires the knowledge and resources to traverse the labyrinth of independent legal systems, treaties, and agreements. Our clients rely on us to help them develop cost-effective global strategies for determining where and when to protect their trademark and copyright assets. Executing aggressively on those strategies in our clients’ key markets and manufacturing countries, we use a well-established network of international associates to efficiently extend our reach world-wide.

This reach is particularly useful in anti-counterfeiting matters, as well as in coordinating world-wide clearance and registrations to protect trademarks and copyrights in a broad range of industry sectors. 

Technical Expertise

Our clients count on us to apply our sophisticated technical backgrounds to the art of branding their products and services. Understanding the technology behind a client’s product or service brands allows us to develop and execute strategies that return strong business value.

Enforcement Experience

When it becomes necessary to enforce our client’s trademarks, trade dress, or copyrights, we create strategies on when and where to litigate, whether to seek arbitration or other ADR solution, and how to craft a winning trial strategy.

We have successfully handled numerous domain name disputes, and trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement cases, including a case which has become the leading authority in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on trade secrets, a decision cited as a leading case on trade dress and copyright law, and the largest jury verdict in a trade secret case in Massachusetts history.

Scope of Practice

Services we provide clients in this area include:

  • Strategic counseling on trademark and copyright clearance, selection and use
  • Acquisition, assignment, and sale of trademark and copyright rights
  • Drafting and prosecution of trademark and copyright registrations in U.S. and other countries
  • Advice on internet domain name selection, registration, and use
  • Software copyright licensing and enforcement issues
  • Trademark and copyright portfolio audits
  • Trademark and copyright litigation including oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board
  • Trademark and copyright issues on the internet (keywords, Second Life, etc.)
  • Advice on international anti-counterfeiting, anti-infringement, and anti-parallel trade and brand strategies
  • Licensing and development agreements
  • Collateral security agreements involving trademarks and copyrights
  • Internet and domain name registrations, counseling, and dispute resolution
  • Infringement and due diligence opinions
  • Right to use and register opinions
  • Client training and trademark and copyright audits
  • Maintenance of trademark rights

Representative Industries Served

  • Apparel & fashion accessories
  • Athletic equipment
  • Chemical technologies
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software
  • Consumer electronics
  • Electronic components
  • Financial services
  • Fluid treatment and purification equipment
  • Food, beverages & restaurants
  • Footwear
  • Hospitals
  • Infant & children’s products
  • Internet technologies
  • Kitchen and houseware products
  • Medical devices
  • Office supplies
  • Personal care products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing
  • Semiconductors
  • Toys
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Representative Group Clients
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Earth.com, Inc.
  • Keurig, Incorporated
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Teradyne, Inc.
  • Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
  • Toy State Industrial, Ltd.
Newsstand
March 26, 2014 - Confused? The Basics of Trademark Infringement

March 19, 2014 - Doug Wolf's expert commentary on the difference between copyrights and trademarks

February 28, 2014 - Anderson Duff was interviewed by CBS Channel 4 regarding the "B Strong" trademark

March 5, 2014 - Doug Wolf featured as the Entrepreneur.com expert for the month of March

February 2014 - What Sochi Can Teach About Trademarks

January 30, 2014 - "Intellectual Property for Startups: Making It Work on a Limited Budget" Webinar - Replay Now Available

October 21, 2013 - Fifteen Wolf Greenfield Lawyers Named to 2013 Massachusetts Rising Stars List

October 21, 2013 - Twenty Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Selected to 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

October 17, 2013 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Strategically Building a Valuable Worldwide Patent Portfolio - Replay Now Available

August 15, 2013 - Ten Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

August 2013 - Rainmaker Q&A: Wolf Greenfield's Edward Gates

Louboutin v. YSL (9/5/12) - Single Colors That Have Acquired Distinctiveness May Serve as Trademarks in Fashion Industry

July 31, 2013 - Brand Marketers: Beware of False Advertising

June 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Named to IAM 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners List

DuoPross v. Inviro (8/14/12) - Single Element May Not be Enough to Prevent Finding of Descriptiveness

April 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Tops the Boston Business Journal’s List of Largest Area Intellectual Property Law Firms

April 10, 2013 - Rob Walat quoted in Mass High Tech

March 22, 2013 - Ed Walsh quoted on "first-inventor-to-file" changes

March 22, 2013 - Patrick Waller quoted on the "First-Inventor-to File" system

March 11, 2013 - Patrick Waller quoted in Law360 on first-to-file patent system

February 21, 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Attorney Recognized for Pro Bono Service by Women’s Bar Foundation

February 12, 2013 - Deadline approaches for patent protections

February 2013 - Why AdWords are not set in stone

February 5, 2013 - Wolf Greenfield Named Elite Trademark Law Firm in World Trademark Report 1000

January 29, 2013 - Preparing for the “First Inventor to File” Transition

February 2012 - The Birthing of Celebrity Brands: Lin-Tastic!

January 18, 2013 - Ed Walsh was quoted in a Law360 article on Patent Reform

October 30, 2012 - Anderson Duff quoted on the Kirtsaeng case

October 22, 2012 - Fifteen Wolf Greenfield Lawyers Highlighted in 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

October 18, 2012 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: What You Need to Know to Prepare for the "First Inventor to File" Transition - Replay Now Available

October 15, 2012 - Anderson Duff quoted in the Boston Globe

September 25, 2012 - Hot Red Feet

September 19, 2012 - Eleven Wolf Greenfield Attorneys Selected for 2013 Best Lawyers in America®

September 6, 2012 - Federal Circuit Establishes New Standard on Divided Infringement and Inducement

August 6, 2012 - Protecting your trademarks is an Olympic feat

July 27, 2012 - Chelsea Loughran quoted in Law360 on the new First-To-File rules

July 18, 2012 - Anderson Duff was quoted in LAW360

June 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Named to IAM 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners List

June 2012 - GBLS Recognizes Wolf Greenfield with 2012 Associates Drive Award

May 24, 2012 - Anderson Duff quoted in PC World

May 16, 2012 - Doug Wolf presented at Boston Biz Labs

April 26, 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Named Top Trademark Law Firm by World Trademark Report’s WTR 1000

In re Becton, Dickinson and Co (4/12/12) - Courts Still Wrestling with Trademark Functionality

Bridgestone, LLC v. Federal Corp. (dec. 3/16/12) - Federal Circuit Takes Another Look at Likelihood of Confusion

Coach Services v Triumph Learning (2/21/12) - What “Fame” Means in the Likelihood of Confusion and Dilution Contexts

February 16, 2012 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Trademark Protection in a Social, Global Economy - replay now available

February 10, 2012 - What You Need to Know About Creative Commons

January 31, 2012 - Is SOPA Really That Bad?

January 30, 2012 - Louboutin Has the Fashion Industry Seeing Red

January 23, 2012 - The Confusing Intersection of Trademarks and Search Engine Optimization

January 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Joins Leading Organizations Exploring Trademark Issues in a Digital Culture

January 4, 2012 - The 2011 Trademark Report

December 2011 - Neil Ferraro Named 2012 Boston Patent Law Association President

January 4, 2012 - Trademark Report: Highlights from 2011 and Looking Forward to 2012

January 3, 2012 - Wolf Greenfield Welcomes 2012 Promoting Seven Lawyers to New Positions

December 2011 - Copyrights Used to Stop Grey Market Goods—The Good and the Bad

October 2011 - The Final Chapter

November 2011 - America Invents Act: The Implications of Patent Reform

October 25, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield mentioned in the Country Index for Dependent Territories

October 12, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield Sponsored MIT Forum Event on October 12

August 18, 2011 - September 1 deadline to obtain registration to prevent .XXX domain name registrations of your trademark

June 24, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield Named One of World’s Top Trademark Law Firms by World Trademark Review

May 6, 2011 - Christina Licursi, Ed Perlman, and Doug Wolf attended 2011 INTA Annual Meeting

April 2011 - Google Books and the Complexity Of Digitalization

April 2011 - Doug Wolf in top tier of World Trademark Review

February 25, 2011 - Managing the Pace of Patent Applications

February 17, 2011 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Managing IP Risks: The Importance of Obtaining Freedom to Operate Guidance - presentation now available

January 2011 - Facebook: Trademarks, Fan Pages, and Community Pages

January 1, 2011 - Wolf Greenfield filed 2,749 patent applications and 688 trademark applications in 2010.

December 2010 - Wolf Greenfield was ranked #1 in number of patents filed and number of patent attorneys in Mass High Tech’s annual survey

December 2, 2010 - Doug Wolf interviewed on the MTOB radio show

August 22, 2010 - Hunter Baker, Ed Gates and Chelsea Loughran presented at the American Chemical Society’s Fall National Meeting

June 2010 - Increasing Use Of Non-Traditional Marks

June 28, 2010 - CLIENT ALERT— Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Business Method Patents

June 17, 2010 - WOLF GREENFIELD SEMINAR: Strategically Building and Monetizing a Patent Portfolio - replay now available

June 9, 2010 - Virtual-World Conflicts Lead To Real-World Suits

June 1, 2010 - Google pulls an Apple and removes Tetris-type games from Android Market

December 11, 2009 - All companies have IP — and the need to protect it

October 21, 2009 - Doug Wolf presented at Boston Bar Association lunch

September 2009 - Google patents (2004) home page

June 2, 2009 - Wolf Greenfield named Boston’s most prolific trademark law firm by NameProtect

December 1, 2008 - CLIENT ALERT — ICANN Proposes Domain Name Expansion

June 9, 2008 - Give Your Company a Distinct Name

June 6, 2008 - Protect IP in Online Worlds to Avoid Virtual Nightmares

June 6, 2008 - It's a Small World After All in Terms of Rising IP Risks

May 30, 2008 - Federal Court Dents RIAA Strategy Against File-Sharers

April 30, 2008 - Industry Insights: PTO's Potential Next Moves

April 17, 2008 - Proposed Changes to Copyright Office Fees

April 14, 2008 - Tafas Decision Sparks Hope IDS Rules Also Doomed

April 10, 2008 - UMass Amherst Entrepreneurship Initiative

April 4, 2008 - Corporations Escape Patent Threat

February 7, 2008 - An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Intellectual Property Galaxy

February 2008 - Second Life Brings Infringement Risks and Licensing Opportunities, Top Trademark Expert Says - Wolf Greenfield’s Doug Wolf Offers Guidelines

January 17, 2008 - Intellectual Property Considerations in Entrepreneurship

January 6, 2008 - Technology Innovation Challenge

January 2008 - Licensing and Infringement in a Virtual World

November 16, 2007 - USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining "Obviousness" After Supreme Court's KSR Decision

November 16, 2007 - CLIENT ALERT — USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining "Obviousness" After Supreme Court’s KSR Decision

November, 2007 - Protecting Trademarks in China is No Easy Trick

November 2007 - Protecting Trademarks in China Is Crucial But Challenging, Wolf Greenfield Experts Write

October 25, 2007 - PRESS RELEASE — Protecting Your Brand Name in the Growing World Economy for SGMA

October 3, 2007 - Trademark Year in Review 2007

October 1, 2007 - To Protect Your Trademarks in China, Stay Extra Alert

September, 2007 - Trademarks Need to Create a 'Lasting' Impression

July, 2007 - New Trademark Act Revises Standards of ‘Dilution’

June 20, 2007 - Intellectual Property in China: Balancing Risks With Rewards

February 21, 2007 - Intellectual Property: A New Source of Wealth and Power

January 24, 2007 - Acquiring Minds Want to Know: IP Due Diligence for Investors and Entrepreneurs

September 19, 2006 - Trademark Searching

September 4, 2006 - Trademark question: To Google or not to Google?

August 1, 2006 - CLIENT ALERT — New Rules on Accelerated Examinations

December, 2005 - Current Developments in U.S. Anti-Counterfeiting Law

November 4, 2005 - CLIENT ALERT — .EU Domain Names Now Available

September 2005 - Wrap it up - Why you should license your technology and brand

April 14, 2005 - The "Use it or Lose it" Rule in Trademark Law

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Trademarks & Copyrights

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Intellectual Property Litigation

Q&A Booklet - Q&A on Licensing and Transactions

April 14, 2003 - The Use of Trademarks for Resale of Refurbished Goods

2003 - Is Your Corporate Identity at Risk? - How to Proactively Protect Your Trademarks, Domains, and Good Name