Haynes and Boone Trademark Lawyers Continue Their Rise among the World’s Best


Haynes and Boone, LLP’s 25+ lawyer trademark practice has again been listed as one of the country’s best, improving its national ranking to one of only 14 elite groups in this year’s World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, the definitive guide exclusively dedicated to researching the world’s leading trademark professionals. Four of the firm’s trademark partners, Jeff Becker, David Bell, Phil Hampton, and Purvi Patel, were again individually recognized as leading individual practitioners.

The WTR 1000 attributes the rankings to the “cost-conscious, internationally acclaimed” group’s “astounding expertise and a commitment to top-level, flexible customer service.” The increase in the national ranking is likely due to the expansion of the firm’s previously recognized Texas-based trademark practice by the addition of seasoned trademark litigators in its Washington, D.C., New York City, and California offices.

Patel, the “remarkably bright, dynamic and practical” chair of Haynes and Boone’s Trademark Practice Group, was highlighted for her “incisive analysis, commercial awareness and fast turnaround time.” As evidence of her devotion to and accomplishments in the trademark field, Patel has recently been appointed to the International Trademark Association (INTA) Board of Directors and will be co-chairing the INTA Annual Meeting this May in Dallas.

Hampton, with more than 30 years of experience and previously the assistant commissioner for trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was individually recognized in the enforcement and litigation category, and praised for his “rare level of procedural insight, which he combines with litigation and counseling nous honed over many years in private practice.”

Becker, recognized as one of the founders of the firm’s trademark practice, once again ranked nationally in both the enforcement/litigation and prosecution/strategy categories. Editors reported that he is “devoted to his clients’ interests and provides exceptional, comprehensive advice.”

Bell was similarly listed for being “incredibly dedicated and always prepared to go the extra mile to assist.” Clients also acknowledged his work as head of the firm’s Social Media Practice Group, where he has “a profound grasp of the most significant trends.”

“We have purposefully been building on our nationally recognized home-grown trademark team with partners on both coasts who exemplify the client service we strive for at Haynes and Boone and that has been a hallmark of our trademark practice,” said Terry Conner, managing partner. “The repeated recognition for the practice group and of so many of our individual trademark lawyers by the WTR 1000 is a strong indicator of their dedication and skill. We are very proud of them.”

Nicholas Richardson, head of research on the WTR 1000, explains: “Brand owners face ever-increasing pressure to instruct trademark professionals who not only offer exemplary service and results, but always place clients’ individual business and economic needs at the crux of their advice. In the most comprehensive edition of the WTR 1000 to date, we reveal the firms and individuals that comprise the upper echelons of global trademark practice.”

The research process was conducted over several months by a team of full-time analysts and involved nearly 1,500 interviews with trademark specialists across the globe. Law firms and individual practitioners qualify for inclusion in the WTR 1000 only upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources.

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