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Kelly IP Named to Shortlist of Managing IP’s 2023 Americas Awards

Kelly IP is on the shortlist of Managing IP’s 2023 Americas Awards in the categories of Trademark Disputes (National), Trademark Prosecution (National), and Trademark Prosecution (Northeast). David Kelly is shortlisted for Practitioner of the Year (Trademark Prosecution).  The Managing IP Americas Awards program recognizes remarkable IP achievements and developments in the last year.  Managing IP conducts months of extensive and impartial research to develop its annual shortlist of leading IP practitioners and firms.  The Americas Awards winners will be announced on April 27, 2023, in New York City.  Managing IP is a leading resource for companies and individuals looking for experienced legal practitioners for contentious and non-contentious IP matters. For more information regarding the
Americas Awards, please visit Managing IP Americas Awards 2023: shortlists announced | Managing Intellectual Property.


Kelly IP Again Ranked Top-Tier “Gold” National Trademark Firm by WTR 1000, With All Seven Partners Ranked

Kelly IP has again been recognized as an elite, top-tier “Gold” trademark law firm both nationally and in the Washington, DC area by the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000).

Nationally For the sixth year in a row, Kelly IP was recognized as a “Gold” status trademark firm, WTR 1000’s highest national ranking.

Washington, DC For the ninth consecutive year, Kelly IP was recognized as a “Gold” status firm in both trademark categories—trademark enforcement and litigation and trademark prosecution and strategy.

WTR 1000 also named all seven Kelly IP partners as recommended leaders in the trademark field. These individual recognitions demonstrate the high-caliber talent and significant trademark expertise that are the hallmark of Kelly IP.  WTR 1000’s recommended Kelly IP partners are:

Dave Kelly is a “nationally regarded” attorney who has handled “brand counselling and litigation work for over 35 years and is without doubt one of the country’s top trademark lawyers.” Dave was named to the top “Gold” band of lawyers nationally and for the DC Metro area for both trademark enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy.

Rob Litowitz is a “stand out” attorney known for his “creativity, foresight and vision,” and clients “look to him for his strategic knack for maximising IP assets and thinking outside of the box.” Rob achieved Silver status for trademark enforcement and litigation in the Metro DC area.

Linda McLeod is “especially well-known for her depth of experience in matters before the TTAB, where she previously served as a judge.” Linda achieved Gold status for both trademark enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy for the DC Metro area and Silver status for enforcement and litigation nationally.

Stephanie Bald is an experienced litigator recognized “[f]or federal court disputes, as well as guidance on how to avoid them” and “guidance on both contentious and non-contentious matters.” Stephanie was ranked among top lawyers for trademark enforcement and litigation as a Silver status lawyer both nationally and for the DC Metro area.

Lynn Jordan is recognized “[f]or compelling insight into business risk – especially for media and entertainment companies – Jordan’s is the name to note.” One client described Lynn “as a close colleague and a vital part of our team – she is incredibly attuned to our needs, very commercially focused and very cost aware. I cannot recommend her highly enough.” Lynn was ranked Gold status for trademark prosecution and strategy in the DC Metro area.

Jason Joyal is recognized for his work “on the contentious side, but also encompasses strategic advice outside of court.” Clients describe Jason as “very responsive, friendly, thorough and strategic in his advice and provides excellent service” and “enjoy working with him and would certainly recommend him for trademark and copyright work, particularly for matters in the media and content sphere.” Jason was ranked bronze for trademark enforcement and litigation in the Washington, DC area.

Kelu Sullivan, is recognized for her “practice [that] runs the gamut and includes portfolio management for major players….” with global portfolios. Kelu was ranked Bronze for trademark prosecution in the Washington, DC area.

The WTR 1000, through an extensive research process conducted by a team of analysts that interview and communicate with numerous lawyers and their clients, identifies the leading trademark law firms and lawyers globally. The WTR 1000 2023 rankings are available at World Trademark Review 1000.

About Kelly IP
Kelly IP is an innovative boutique law firm focused on all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright, design, domain name and unfair competition law. The five founding partners of Kelly IP are all recognized leaders in the trademark field. In launching Kelly IP in 2013, they leveraged their 110 combined years of ‘big law’ IP experience and created a firm with a collaborative, team-orientated approach and an instant reputation for their creative, practical, responsive and cost-effective advice.


Clint Taylor Named Kelly IP’s Newest Partner

Kelly IP is pleased to announce that Clint Taylor has been elected as the firm’s newest partner. Since joining Kelly IP in 2017, Clint’s dedication, hard work and depth of experience have played a key role in the growth and success of our firm.

According to partner David Kelly, “Clint’s well-earned promotion reflects our firm’s ongoing commitment to developing and recognizing talented lawyers. From the start, Clint’s commitment to high-quality legal work and dedication to the firm’s clients have been exemplary. The firm proudly welcomes Clint to the partnership.”

Clint’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark and copyright law, including prosecution, counseling, clearance, and enforcement. He has extensive experience handling complex enforcement matters, including helping clients achieve favorable enforcement resolutions at all stages of litigation and prior to litigation commencing. Clint has handled numerous TTAB proceedings through the initial pleadings stage, discovery, dispositive motions, and trial. He also represents clients in Federal court litigation.

Clint is a member of INTA, AIPLA and the IP section of the ABA. He regularly writes and presents on various IP topics, including continuing legal education seminars and courses.

Before joining Kelly IP, Clint worked at a general practice law firm in Texas where he handled trademark, copyright, and domain name law. When Clint is not working on cutting-edge trademark matters, he enjoys cooking and finding new recipes, watching the Texas Tech Red Raiders, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

About the firm: Kelly IP is a nationally recognized boutique firm specializing in all aspects of trademarks, copyrights, domain names, false advertising, unfair competition, and related areas. We offer a full range of services in these areas, including trademark clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, counseling, licensing, prelitigation opinions, enforcement, civil litigation, and litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). For more information, please visit our website at