FEBRUARY 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

JANUARY 2017

Pirkey Barber Bolsters its Practice with Expansion into Washington D.C. Area

January 4, 2017

Pirkey Barber PLLC, a leading trademark and copyright law boutique, is pleased to announce the highly-respected law firm Vold & Williamson PLLC has merged into the firm adding outstanding trademark and copyright professionals and establishing a new Pirkey Barber office in the Washington, D.C. area.

The principals of Vold & Williamson, Tara Vold and Paul Williamson, are experienced and accomplished lawyers who share Pirkey Barber’s passion for trademark and copyright law as well as its strong commitment to providing excellent client service.

Vold & Williamson focuses its practice on U.S. and international trademark clearance, portfolio management and protection, and advertising, unfair competition, and online brand counseling.  Its attorneys represent companies in trademark, domain name and copyright dispute proceedings in Federal District Courts, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in domain name arbitration proceedings. “This is happening because Pirkey Barber practices law with the same ‘client-first’ attitude that has guided our efforts,” said former Vold & Williamson Principal and new Pirkey Barber Member Paul Williamson.

“We are very excited to merge with Vold & Williamson and believe it will help us better serve our clients by expanding our capacity for excellent work, particularly our practice before the USPTO and courts in the Washington D.C. area,” said Pirkey Barber Managing Member Steve Meleen.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Paul and Tara for many years. In addition to being outstanding attorneys, they are also genuinely wonderful people,” said Pirkey Barber Member Louis Pirkey.

Pirkey Barber is one of the largest firms in the United States specializing exclusively in the fields of trademark and copyright law.  While it is based in Austin, Texas – a culturally and economically vibrant city renowned for its international role in technology and the arts – its clients are located throughout the world.  With a team of leading experts in the field, Pirkey Barber has guided a wide range of extraordinary clients through dynamic shifts in technology and the world economy that have profoundly affected strategies for protecting and enforcing brands and content.

NOVEMBER 2016

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Pirkey Barber Tier 1 Rankings in Trademark Law, Copyright Law and IP Litigation in the Austin Metropolitan Area for the Third Consecutive Year

November 30, 2016

Pirkey Barber is proud to announce that we have once again been honored with a Tier 1 Ranking for the Austin area in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” by Woodward/White, Inc.

Our firm was awarded the publication’s highest ranking in three practice areas: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Litigation – Intellectual Property Law.

Pirkey Barber has received an Austin-area Tier 1 Ranking in at least one Intellectual Property category every year since this area of the law was first recognized by the publication in 2010. This is the third consecutive year that our firm has received the Tier 1 Ranking in all three practice areas.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.

According to U.S. News, the 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Chambers & Partners Honors Pirkey Barber Attorneys

September 1, 2016

2016 CHAMBERS & PARTNERS HONORS PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS

Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that London-based Chambers and Partners recently named our firm’s co-founders Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey among the top Intellectual Property attorneys in the nation for Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets in the 2016 edition of its prestigious legal guide Chambers USA. Pirkey Barber was named one of the top Intellectual Property law firms in Texas, and four of the firm’s members were recognized as among the state’s leading lawyers in the fields of trademark and copyright Law.

For the sixth consecutive year, this prestigious publication bestowed its highest ranking of “Star Individual” on Mr. Pirkey in its state rankings of individual attorneys, an honor given to “lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.”

Four Pirkey Barber members – Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Shannon Vale and Steve Meleen – were among the fifteen lawyers recognized in the category of “Intellectual Property – Trademark & Copyright” for the State of Texas.

Here are the comments appearing in connection with these four ranked attorneys:

“Sources say Lou Pirkey ‘is certainly one of the deans of US trademark practice.’ Peers describe him as ‘an extremely high-caliber legal talent with great common sense and who always looks for opportunities to resolve disputes in a friendly manner.’”

“Litigator Bill Barber is seen to have ’an incredible depth of experience in trademark litigation and a wonderful manner.’ He is held in the highest esteem for his exceptional career-handling trademark and unfair competition trials, prosecution and domain name disputes.”

“Shannon Vale receives high praise from commentators, who report: ‘He is a very well-rounded intellect; he knows everything about everything. You want him on your side.’ One source says he is ‘especially knowledgeable on foreign trademarks.’”

“Steve Meleen is able to ‘bring a practical perspective and has a business mind,’ which clients say gives him excellent understanding of the ‘in-house lawyer’s perspective.’ His trial knowledge extends to trademark litigation, unfair competition breaches and domain name issues.”

London-based Chambers and Partners have published guides to the legal profession since 1990 using in-depth, objective research to identify and rank the world`s best lawyers. Rankings are determined based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

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Best Lawyers® Recognizes Nine Pirkey Barber Attorneys

August 26, 2016

BEST LAWYERS® RECOGNIZES NINE PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS

Pirkey Barber PLLC proudly announces that nine of our attorneys were recognized by their peers for legal excellence in Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White, Inc., in 2017, including founding member William G. Barber who was named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trademark Law in Austin.

This is the fifth time that Mr. Barber has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers®, which selects only a single attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback in each practice area per community. He was previously honored for his work in both Trademark Law and Litigation — Intellectual Property Law.

A Pirkey Barber attorney has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin in the areas of Trademark Law, Copyright Law and/or Litigation-Intellectual Property Law each year since 2012.

Pirkey Barber attorneys Rodney Caldwell, Christopher L. Graff, Christopher Kindel, Wendy Larson, Jered Matthysse, Steve Meleen, Lou Pirkey and Shannon Vale also were recognized by Best Lawyers® for excellent work in Trademark Law.

Mr. Barber, Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Meleen and Mr. Pirkey also were lauded for their work in Litigation — Intellectual Property Law, while Mr. Vale was again recognized for his expertise in Copyright Law.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession worldwide. The 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) is based on a peer-reviewed survey in which more than 54,905 leading attorneys cast almost 7.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their state. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

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Four Pirkey Barber Attorneys Included in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers® List

September 6, 2016

FOUR PIRKEY BARBER ATTORNEYS INCLUDED IN THE 2016 TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS® LIST

 Pirkey Barber PLLC is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Service, has selected attorneys Bill Barber, Wendy Larson, Steve Meleen, and Lou Pirkey for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list in the Trademarks category. In addition, Pirkey Barber is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® honored attorney Jered Matthysse with inclusion in the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list in the Trademarks category.

Super Lawyers® identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this Super Lawyers honor. The Rising Star honor is reserved for attorneys under the age of 40 who have practiced fewer than 10 years and is bestowed on just 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys each year.

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JUNE 2016

Five Pirkey Barber Attorneys Recognized Again for Excellence in Trademarks

Pirkey Barber  PLLC is pleased to announce that members Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale and Chris Kindel have been recognized again among the world’s leading practitioners for trademark law by Who’s Who Legal, Law Business Research Ltd., in 2016.

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Pirkey Barber Celebrates 10 Years!

On June 23, 2016, Pirkey Barber celebrated 10 years in business with clients, colleagues, and friends at the South Congress Hotel.

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Pictured (left to right) are founding members, Steve Meleen, Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey (seated).