Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Sarah Keefe, Evan Fultz, John Morrow and Randy Springer have been ranked in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

The WTR 1000 research directory focuses on “identifying the trademark industry’s leading lights in 72 jurisdictions around the world.” Candidates are ranked according to market research, and are included independently of any commercial considerations.

The report states: “Womble Bond Dickinson’s US IP practice is finely formed – the firm has a team of 16 dedicated trademark lawyers and paralegals who are backed by nearly 30 IP litigators; this enables it to manage in the region of 10,000 trademarks globally while taking care of any and all disputes that arise. The ensemble goes the extra mile in terms of service too, by deploying the best technical tools and regularly meeting with clients to keep them abreast of developments and opportunities. Safeguarding many famous brands and bringing strong leadership to the firm’s team of trademark specialists is portfolio management maven Randel Springer. Down the hall in the Winston-Salem office is John Morrow, who chairs the US IP litigation group. Morrow staffs cases efficiently while staying involved throughout – he is not one of those litigators who just turns up for court. Sources highlight the firm’s “strong bench” and joining Springer and Morrow in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year is newly promoted partner William (Evan) Fultz. Displaying a deft touch when it comes to the launch of new brands, the management of portfolios and the enforcement of rights on and offline, Fultz is impressively versatile.”

Sarah Keefe leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Trademarks, Copyrights and Transactions Practice Group.  She develops complex global trademark clearance and registration strategies, with particular experience in pharmaceutical trademarks, including regulatory and safety analysis branding considerations. She also helps clients resolve IP disputes, including trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising litigation as well as trademark opposition proceedings before the USPTO.

Evan Fultz guides clients in trademark registration, enforcement, protection and transactions. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and financial services sectors. He also regularly represents clients in trademark disputes, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as trademark infringement litigation in state and federal courts. 

John Morrow chairs Womble Bond Dickinson’s US Intellectual Property Litigation Group. For more than two decades, his practice has focused on complex disputes involving patent infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, antitrust, and cybersecurity (data breaches).

For more than 25 years, Randy Springer has guided clients in selecting, clearing, registering, maintaining and defending trademarks. He acts as a trusted IP advisor to clients at all stages of the trademark life cycle, and is a North Carolina Bar Board Certified Trademark Specialist. Springer focuses on helping companies manage large trademark portfolios, including those of well-known consumer brands.