Washington, D.C. – The specialized intellectual property law firm, Winterfeldt IP Group, opened its doors this week. The firm is led by Brian J. Winterfeldt, a veteran trademark and Internet attorney who most recently served as Co-Head of the Global Brand Management and Internet Practice at Mayer Brown.
The firm offers highly focused, customized services to all organizations seeking advice and counseling in connection with their brand presence, from large global corporations to startups to local nonprofits.
Together with Winterfeldt, the firm consists of nearly 20 attorneys and IP professionals with many decades of collective experience across both analog and digital platforms, including all areas of trademark portfolio counseling and management, brand-related Internet presence, and IP policy matters including copyright, ICANN, the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, and Internet registry/registrar matters. Notable senior members of the attorney team include Sarah B. Deutsch, who joins as Senior Counsel, and Christy Susman, who will serve as Counsel. Other attorneys include Phillip V. Marano, a Senior Associate; Kiran Malancharuvil as Associate & Policy Counselor; and Griffin M. Barnett and David W. Rome as Associates. Rounding out the non-attorney management team are Omar Akrouk as Managing Director, Denise B. Enyart as Director of IP Services, Chris May as Chief Financial Officer, and Emily D. Murray as Chief Marketing Officer & Director of IP. Other support staff members include Stephanie Butler as IP Paralegal, Aaron Eilbott as IP Paralegal and Diversity & CSR Coordinator, Candice Spencer as IP Administrator, Myra Winterfeldt as Accounting Specialist, and Bishara Tannous as IP Analyst.
The practice has worked with over 100 companies in varied industries including media and entertainment, retail, Internet and tech, consumer products, pharma, hospitality, food and beverage, financial services and apparel.
“We are excited to partner with our clients to build and protect their IP portfolios across all international jurisdictions,” said Winterfeldt, who serves on the International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors as well as the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, a small group of prominent industry professionals who advise the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on policy development and operations. “The specialized focus of the firm allows us to offer creative and practical solutions through a concierge-style approach.”
At the core of Winterfeldt IP Group’s work are its commitments to both diversity and pro bono service. “Our commitment to the community runs deep, with pro bono work and industry-leading diversity & inclusion efforts,” Winterfeldt stated. All members of the firm participate in these activities, which include assistance to organizations that support LGBTQ youth, LGBT members of the legal industry, persons with disabilities, leadership opportunities for women and girls, sexual assault survivors, and environmental concerns.
“We aim to be the leading global solution for complex IP challenges from trademark portfolios to digital assets, such as domain names and social media,” advised Winterfeldt. “Our team is dedicated to learning about each client’s unique needs and to making the process of working with outside counsel as enjoyable as possible.”
About Winterfeldt IP Group
Winterfeldt IP Group is a specialized law firm focused on intellectual property issues, particularly brand management, Internet, and policy matters. Based in Washington, DC, the firm consists of nearly 20 lawyers and other professionals with many decades of collective experience across digital as well as analog platforms, including trademark, portfolio, internet and registry/registrar expertise. The firm has worked with over 100 companies in varied sectors including media and entertainment, retail, internet and tech, consumer products, pharma, financial services and luxury goods. Winterfeldt IP Group has a concierge, creative-driven and practical approach and leverages a global network of partners. Winterfeldt IP Group has a strong commitment to pro bono legal services and diversity, striving to serve as responsible and productive citizens of the legal, local and global communities.