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Brian J. Winterfeldt

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Brian J. Winterfeldt is an intellectual property partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP who also serves as head of the firm’s Internet practice. He works with a number of clients on the creation of their global trademark and branding strategies, as well as the development of programs to enforce their intellectual property rights and protect against infringement of their trademarks, trade dress and copyrights both in the United States and internationally. This includes domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement and litigation, as well as trade dress, Internet governance and domain name issues. Brian's practice encompasses global leaders in the retail and apparel, media, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, hospitality, and Internet and technology industries.

Brian’s practice includes significant work in Internet governance, domain name law and new media counseling and enforcement, including supporting clients with the management of their domain name portfolios and securing domain names that incorporate clients' trademarks through the Uniform Dispute Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) and other similar processes for country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). He has also counseled clients on cutting-edge issues such as the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, including drafting and prosecuting new gTLD applications and developing advocacy and enforcement strategies in this space. In addition, Brian regularly counsels clients and provides training in the social media space, including developing and administering social media policies and promoting and protecting clients’ brands on social media platforms.

Brian has written numerous articles on trademark law and is a prominent and frequent speaker at industry events on topics including trademark issues, Internet governance and social media. He has served as co-chair to several major conferences for the International Trademark Association (INTA), including the recent Trademarks and the Changing Internet Landscape conference in 2013, and is currently a special advisor for INTA’s Internet Committee and chair for INTA’s Trademark Administrators Committee Internet Workgroup Subcommittee.

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