With more than 25 years of handling complex intellectual property (IP) litigation at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Jeffery A. Handelman is nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge as a litigator and counselor in trademark law. He focuses on trademark, unfair competition, trade dress, dilution, false advertising, copyright, licensing, trade secret, and Internet-related matters, and his clients include some of the world's best known brands, including American Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, Alticor and its related Amway companies, Kimberly-Clark, Little Caesars, National Association of Realtors, oneworld Alliance, Raytheon, General Mills, and Jockey.
A past co-chair of Brinks' Litigation Department and chair of its Trademark Practice Group, Mr. Handelman has represented these and many other clients in U.S. District Courts and internationally, and has argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, and the Eleventh Circuit. Moreover, he has practiced extensively before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (TTAB).
On the strength of this experience at the TTAB, Mr.
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Handelman wrote the two-volume Guide to TTAB Practice (Wolters Kluwer, Supp. 2013), now a leading treatise in the field. Guide to TTAB Practice includes extensive coverage of trademark cases heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and includes a Foreword by Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman. On its publication, Mr. Handelman was named co-winner of the 2008 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the category of Best Law Firm Compendium.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Handelman counsels clients on a variety of matters related to trademarks, including managing international trademark portfolios, conducting trademark audits, preparing trademark compliance manuals, and developing global trademark-filing strategies. He is also deeply experienced in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and has served as a mediator for the International Trademark Association and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Handelman speaks frequently on legal topics to organizations including the American Law Institute ¡V American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Practising Law Institute, the International Trademark Association, and LexisNexis, as well as at some of the nation's top law and business schools, including the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Fordham University School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and Northwestern University¡¦s Kellogg School of Management.