Firm Profile

Pirkey Barber PLLC


1801 East Sixth Street, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78702
United States
(512) 482.5248

Firm Details

Pirkey Barber is one of the largest firms in the United States specializing exclusively in the fields of trademark and copyright law. Our offices are located in Austin, Texas and the Washington DC Metro- area (Tysons, VA) and 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 400 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 and adversarial matters. We help clients large and small establish, protect, defend, and enforce their rights as owners of valuable marks including some of the most well-known trademarks in the world.

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 help companies minimize social media risks while maximizing brand protection by advising on responsible and lawful social media use, conducting social media risk assessment, protecting IP assets and developing policies to promote collaboration between marketing and legal departments.

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.

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.


Steve Meleen
Managing Member

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Texas in Trademark Law with 11 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Austin in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Austin in Trademark Law with 11 lawyers


  • WTR 1000 Top Tier Ranking
  • Managing Intellectual Property - National Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year
  • Managing Intellectual Property - U.S. Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year - South
  • Managing Intellectual Property - U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year - South
  • Chambers USA
  • U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 Ranking - Austin Metropolitan Area
  • 2013 GO-TO Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies


  • 3M
  • Baylor University
  • DELL
  • ExxonMobil
  • HEB Grocery
  • Insperity
  • SXSW
  • TGI Friday's Inc
  • The University of Texas
  • Valero
  • Whole Foods Market

About Our Clients

Pirkey Barber's trademark and copyright expertise supports some of the most recognizable and valuable marks. Our client roster includes:

Alamo Drafthouse
Baylor University
County Line
For Eyes Optical
HEB Grocery
SXSW (South By Southwest Festivals)
TGI Friday’s
The University of Texas
Valero Energy
Whole Foods Market


Shannon T. Vale
Chris Kindel
Trademark Licensing
Bill Barber
Trademark Litigation
Christopher L. Graff
Trademark Prosecution

Firm Practice Areas

  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law

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Office Locations

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Austin, TX

1801 East Sixth Street, Suite 300

Austin, TX 78702

United States

(512) 482.5248

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Tysons, VA

8251 Greensboro Drive, Suite 520

Tysons, VA 22102

United States

(571) 395.4630

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