Pirkey Barber is one of the few firms in the United States specialising exclusively in the fields of trademark and copyright law. We are based in Austin, Texas – a culturally and economically vibrant city renowned for its international role in technology and the arts – but our clients are located throughout the world. With a team of leading experts in the field, we have guided a wide range of extraordinary clients through dynamic shifts in technology and the world economy that have profoundly affected strategies for protecting and enforcing brands and content.
Experience and Expertise
With over 250 years of collective experience representing clients from a variety of industries, our attorneys devote 100% of their time to trademark and copyright law and are well-versed in both prosecution, transactional and adversarial matters. We help clients establish, protect, defend, and enforce their rights as owners of valuable marks, including some of the most well-known trademarks in the world.
We have represented defendants and plaintiffs in hundreds of trademark and domain name cases in federal court, before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s domain name dispute policies.
Experienced in all facets of trademark clearance and prosecution, we counsel clients regarding brand selection and help develop and implement global trademark strategies. Our attorneys regularly perform preliminary trademark searches; analyze full searches performed by outside vendors; represent clients before the USPTO and the TTAB through all aspects of registration, from filing applications through ex parte appeal; and manage global trademark portfolios of all sizes.
We counsel clients seeking to acquire, protect and enforce copyright assets, and assist in obtaining registrations, assessing fair use claims, negotiating licenses, and asserting “take down” notices or claiming “safe harbor” status under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Notable Professional Recognition:
Pirkey Barber was the winner of Managing Intellectual Property's Firm of the Year in the National Trademark Contentious category (2015). The firm was selected U.S. Firm of the Year: Trademark Prosecution - South (2014) and U.S. Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year - South (2013, 2015). The publication also recognized Louis Pirkey and Bill Barber as one of the top IP Litigators nationally (2013-14 and 2015, respectively).
Ranked for five consecutive years in the World Trademark Review 1000, The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (“WTR 1000”), Pirkey Barber achieved Silver status in the national rankings and was one of two firms to receive the top Gold ranking for the State of Texas (2014, 2015). Pirkey Barber was the only Texas trademark law practice to have received a top tier ranking in World Trademark Review’s inaugural edition (2011)
Also in the WTR 1000, Bill Barber and Lou Pirkey were ranked Gold nationally in both the Prosecution and Strategy and the Trademark Enforcement and Litigation categories (2014, 2015).
Pirkey Barber earned Metropolitan First-tier Ranking for intellectual property law in the U.S. News—Best Lawyers ranking of “Best Law Firms” for both Trademark Law and in the Litigation - Intellectual Property categories (2014, 2015).
The Best Lawyers in America® Awards:
- Bill Barber: Austin Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law (2015)
- Lou Pirkey: Austin Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law (2014)
- Shannon Vale: Austin Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law (2014)
- Bill Barber: Austin Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year (2013)
- Lou Pirkey: Austin Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year (2012)
- Lou Pirkey: Austin Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year (2010)
In addition to those accolades, The Best Lawyers in America® also recognized Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, Wendy Larson, Chris Graff, and Rodney Caldwell in the Intellectual Property Law Category.
Lou Pirkey received the Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by the State Bar of Texas IP Law Section and the Austin Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer Award (2015)
Chris Graff was awarded International Law Office’s Client Service Award – Intellectual Property: Trademarks category for Texas (2014).
Wendy Larson is listed in Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2015).
Texas Super Lawyers: Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, and Shannon Vale
Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars: Jered Matthysse (2014, 2015), Steve Meleen (2004), and Chris Graff (2004)
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2015
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Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, and Wendy Larson
Pirkey Barber was selected as a Go-To Law Firm® for the Top 500 Companies in both 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 Louis Pirkey received the distinguished International Trademark Association President’s Award.
Texas Lawyer selected founding partner Lou Pirkey as one of The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century (2010).
The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers honored Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber, Steve Meleen, Shannon Vale, and Chris Kindel.
The Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers recognized Lou Pirkey, Bill Barber and Shannon Vale.
Pirkey Barber's trademark and copyright expertise supports some of the most recognizable and valuable marks. Our client roster includes:
For Eyes Optical
SXSW (South By Southwest Festivals)
The University of Texas
Whole Foods Market