Robert W. Zelnick

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Robert W. Zelnick is a nationally recognized intellectual property (IP) lawyer with an established record of success. Although he is also a registered patent attorney, for more than two decades Robert has focused his practice on trademark, unfair competition and false advertising matters, where he counsels clients on complex IP issues and serves as lead counsel for major clients in federal trial and appellate courts. According to client feedback in World Trademark Review, as the former head of the Firm’s Global Trademark Practice Group for 10 years, he has “an absolutely superb track record in the courtroom.” Clients also single him out for his “particular thoroughness in his research, his answers to our questions, and the depth of the options he provides us with.” In 2017, Robert was named to The Legal 500’s inaugural Hall of Fame, which recognized fewer than 500 US lawyers across all fields of practice. Robert also serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, teaching “Advanced Trademark Law.” Read Robert Zelnick's full bio.

Supreme Court: “” Can Be Registered as Trademark

By on Jul 15, 2020
Posted In Trademarks

By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a per se rule by the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that a generic word followed by “.com” is necessarily generic and therefore ineligible for trademark protection. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office et al. v. BV, Case No. 19-46 (Supr. Ct. June 30, 2020) (Ginsberg,...

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