Lowenstein Sandler and two of its trademark partners, Vanessa A. Ignacio and Matthew P. Hintz, are included in the 2022 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). This is the eleventh consecutive year that Lowenstein and Vanessa have been listed in the WTR 1000 and it is Matthew’s fourth consecutive appearance.
In this year’s Lowenstein listing, WTR 1000 notes: “Lowenstein Sandler’s 80-lawyer strong technology group houses a dynamic trademark, copyright and trade secret practice with a full-bore offering. Its specialists have an affinity for IP transactions, online enforcement and oppositions, but deliver crisp results whatever they turn their hand to.”
Vanessa, Chair of the Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets practice, receives praise as having “an enormous amount of trademark experience and is someone to call for practical advice on difficult contentious issues. She looks after your brands as if they were her own and is incredibly responsive.”
WTR 1000 recommends Matthew as a lawyer who “knows his clients’ products and understands their business and cost limitations. He’s great to work with and an excellent adviser on a wide range of trademark and strategic IP matters.”
The ranking further notes that “in an extra-curricular capacity, both have made valuable contributions to the advancement of IP knowledge, reflecting their commitment, insight and generosity.”
The WTR 1000 research directory, which focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, is considered the definitive “go-to” resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise. Every year, World Trademark Review conducts face-to-face and telephone interviews and correspondence over a four-month period with hundreds of lawyers, attorneys and their clients involved with trademark. It also gathers a written submissions from firms detailing their recent activity in the field. “Individuals qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources with knowledge of their practice and the market in which they operate. …. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed.”
Vanessa and Matthew are members of Lowenstein’s Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets and Technology & Media Transactions practices as well as the firm’s Tech Group. Vanessa manages the national and global trademark portfolios–from brand selection to clearance and registration to licensing, maintenance, and enforcement–of clients spanning industries as diverse as life sciences and pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, animal health, financial services, apparel, footwear, cosmetics, and software and technology. She has specialized knowledge related to clearing global pharmaceutical names, including counseling on regulatory approval of pharmaceutical brands.
Additionally, Vanessa is adept at untangling brand availability issues and clearing paths to trademark registration for her clients in China. An early advocate for the protection of brand rights in domain names and online platforms, she has an impressive record in combatting online trademark infringement, cybersquatting, and phishing attacks in domain name dispute proceedings for such iconic brands as Claritin, Aleve, Dr. Scholl’s, Alka-Seltzer, Arm & Hammer, Coppertone, and Catalent, to name a few.
Matthew’s practice focuses on intellectual property law with a concentration in trademark and copyright counseling. Clients benefit from his experience with both start-ups and multinational brands for clearance of proposed marks, obtaining approvals for applications to register marks and issued registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as brand protection and enforcement at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and in foreign opposition proceedings.
Matthew has spoken on a wide range trademark and copyright topics, including enforcement strategies with social media and ecommerce sites, trademark and design protections for fashion, personal names as trademarks, television plotlines featuring trademark and copyright law issues, "copyright troll" litigation, and comparative trademark use requirements outside the United States. He recently completed his term as a member of the International Trademark Association's Publications Committee and will be starting a new term on the Copyright Committee.
About Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Lowenstein Sandler is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers based in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington, D.C. The firm represents leaders in virtually every sector of the global economy, with particular emphasis on investment funds, life sciences, and technology. Recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and high standard of client service, the firm is committed to the interests of its clients, colleagues, and communities.
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