In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues
Anna Kuhn of Pirkey Barber will be moderating the Austin IPLA CLE luncheon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Westwood Country Club (3808 W. 35th Street). Speakers include Kelly Walton, Dell Inc., Lori Misajlovich, Whole Foods Market, and Shaun Moore, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. They will be discussing In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues. Click here to register.
Pirkey Barber Attorneys Named Leaders in the Field
Pirkey Barber congratulates Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen and Shannon Vale for their inclusion as WIPR Leaders Directory, which recognizes the best and brightest intellectual property attorneys in the world.
Attorneys are selected based on practice history, industry expertise and notable cases. All four Pirkey Barber attorneys have been included in the publication since the 2015 inaugural edition.
Jered Matthysse Elected to Texas Bar Foundation
Pirkey Barber Member Jered E. Matthysse has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the Texas justice system.
Founded in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country and has distributed more than $17 million to assist nonprofit organizations throughout Texas with justice related programs and services.
Congratulations Jered and keep up the good work!
Anna Kuhn Included in the 2017 Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property
Pirkey Barber Senior Counsel Anna Kuhn was recently honored with inclusion in the 2017 edition of IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP. This is the second consecutive year that Ms. Kuhn has been included in this prestigious list. The annual list recognizes female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.
Ms. Kuhn joined Pirkey Barber earlier this year, and we are proud to have her on our team.
Six Pirkey Barber Attorneys Recognized in Who’s Who Legal
July 10, 2017
Pirkey Barber is pleased to announce that Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Shannon Vale, Chris Kindel, Tara Vold, and Paul Williamson have been included in the 2017 Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers.
Since 1996 the publication has identified the top legal practitioners in business law based on peer and client nominations along with rigorous independent research and attorney interviews. The 200 to 600 lawyers selected each year are considered the pre-eminent attorneys in their respective fields.
Travis Wimberly Recognized in the 2017 Texas “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Service
Super Lawyers Magazine®, a Thomson Reuters service, recently named Associate Travis Wimberly as a “Texas Rising Star” in the Intellectual Property and Business Litigation categories.
Super Lawyers® identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys are selected as Rising Stars. To qualify, candidates must be under 40 or in practice less than 10 years.
Travis practices trademark and copyright law. He advises clients on building their IP portfolios, developing enforcement strategies, and policing of infringements. Travis represents clients in contentious matters before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and federal courts throughout the country. He also handles licensing and other IP-related contracts and negotiations for his clients.
His experience includes four years with Vinson & Elkins LLP. Before entering private practice, Travis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Travis earned his J.D. with High Honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was Keeper of the Peregrinus for the Chancellors, awarded for having the fourth-highest grade-point average after second year. Travis also served as an Articles Editor on the Texas Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Travis graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film.
Pirkey Barber Welcomes Senior Counsel Anna Kuhn and Associate Kate Swint
Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys Anna Kuhn and Kate Swint have joined our team.
Ms. Kuhn’s practice has focused on trademark law for 20 years and joins Pirkey Barber as Senior Counsel. The San Antonio native received her J.D. from Yale Law School after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She began her career in the Dallas office of Baker Botts LLP and was a senior in-house trademark and copyright attorney at Dell Inc., a longtime client of Pirkey Barber, before launching the Law Office of Anna Kuhn.
“I’ve worked with Pirkey Barber in several capacities over the years, and they are a fantastic group of professionals,” said Ms. Kuhn. “I’m delighted to join the team and expand my capacity to serve my clients.”
Ms. Swint also practices in the field of trademark and copyright law, she teaches copyright law at St. Mary’s University School of Law, and she previously worked with Ms. Kuhn at her firm. She joins Pirkey Barber as an Associate. Ms. Swint earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and is also a graduate of the University of the Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
“We are extremely honored and excited to have Anna and Kate join our firm,” said Pirkey Barber Managing Member Steve Meleen. “I have known and worked with Anna for years, and she epitomizes everything we look for in a Pirkey Barber lawyer. We’ve been fortunate more recently to get to know and work with Kate. We have tremendous respect for them and their work, and we share a strong commitment to providing excellent client service. They are great additions to our team.”
Pirkey Barber Member Bill Barber is Reappointed as Vice Chair to United States Trademark Public Advisory Committee
Pirkey Barber is pleased to announce that founding member Bill Barber has been re-appointed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) where he will again serve as Vice Chair during his three-year term.
Created in 1999, TPAC advises the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the trademark operation.
Pirkey Barber Honored by World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 for Seventh Consecutive Year
February 8, 2017
Pirkey Barber PLLC was named one of the top firms in the country for trademark law in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000.
The firm achieved Silver status nationally and was one of just two firms to receive the top Gold ranking for the State of Texas. After merging with the highly respected Northern Virginia firm Vold & Williamson PLLC earlier this year, Pirkey Barber also ranked in the Bronze tier for both “Enforcement & Litigation” and “Prosecution & Strategy” in the Washington DC metro area for the first time.
“Trademarks are the lifeblood of ‘premier boutique’ Pirkey Barber, which has grown into a herculean brand management force in a very short space of time.”
Commended by peers and clients for their “stunning reputations” Pirkey Barber co-founders Lou Pirkey and Bill Barber were awarded Gold status nationally in “Enforcement and Litigation,” while Mr. Pirkey also received national Gold status for “Prosecution and Strategy.”
“There is probably nobody more knowledgeable or experienced with significant trademark matters than the two of them.”
Barber and Shannon T. Vale were recognized with Silver status in the national “Prosecution and Strategy” category while Paul Williamson earned Silver in “Enforcement and Litigation.”
In the rankings for Texas, Pirkey, Barber, and Vale were accorded Gold status and Rodney K. Caldwell was ranked as a Luminary in the State. Steve Meleen and Christopher L. Graff were recognized in the Silver tier for Texas. Wendy Larson, Christopher M. Kindel and Jered Matthysse were awarded Bronze recognition.
Mr. Williamson and Tara Vold received Silver recognition for “Enforcement and Litigation” in the Washington, D.C. area while Ms. Vold also received Bronze status in the category of “Prosecution & Strategy.”
This is the seventh year of the WTR rankings, and the seventh consecutive year that Pirkey Barber has received high marks in the WTR 1000, which recognizes firms and individuals for their depth of expertise, market presence and level of work based on extensive research that includes interviews and correspondence with attorneys and clients.
Pirkey Barber Member Shannon Vale Leads Rice Alumni Association
Pirkey Barber member Shannon Vale has assumed the duties of President of the Association of Rice Alumni (“Rice Alumni”), the organization representing that elite university’s more than 50,000 living alumni around the world. In this role, Shannon chairs the group’s 28-member Board of Directors, which reflects a broad cross-section of the university’s global alumni community. Shannon is the first Austin resident to serve as Rice Alumni president over the course of the organization’s 98-year history. Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, is currently ranked as #15 among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
“I had the opportunity to meet Shannon very early on during my time at Rice, and he has consistently been a wonderful advisor and friend in our work with Rice alumni,” said Marthe Druska Golden, Rice’s Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of the Association of Rice Alumni. “Shannon and his wife Jane are two of the warmest, most welcoming people I have encountered, and having Shannon lead our organization this year is having a very positive impact on the Rice Alumni Board and our work in engaging more alumni around the world.”
Shannon earned his B.A. in History and German Studies from Rice in 1977 before obtaining his J.D. at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in 1981. From 2011-15 Shannon was president of Austin Rice Alumni, which is one of Rice’s largest and most active regional groups and supports the more than 2,000 Rice graduates, parents and students from the Greater Austin area. He joined Rice’s national alumni board in 2012 and has served on that board’s Executive Committee since that time. Prior to his involvement on the national alumni board, he also served as president of the Austin Chapter of the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship and as a founding member of the Austin Rice Parents Committee and Rice Attorneys in Austin.
Shannon has spent the past eight years as a partner in Pirkey Barber PLLC, one of the nation’s leading firms devoted entirely to the practice of trademark and copyright law. He is a former president of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association and of Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and a former member of the City of Austin Music Commission. London-based World Trademark Review currently ranks him in its Gold band among Texas trademark attorneys, and he is one of 20 American trademark attorneys recognized by that global publication in the field of “Individuals-Prosecution and Strategy” (along with his fellow partners Lou Pirkey and Bill Barber).
Alumni involvement seems to run in the family; Jane is very active in the Baylor University alumni community and is past president of the Baylor University Women’s Council of Austin. Shannon and Jane are the proud parents of two outstanding young men: their oldest son Joshua has worked for Baylor’s Mayborn Museum since his graduation from that university in 2013, while their younger son Matthew graduated from Rice in 2014 and was recently awarded his Masters in Systematic Theology from Notre Dame University.