Winkler Partners has been recognized for our trademark practice for the sixth year in a row by the World Trademark Review. The WTR ranks firms and individuals in seventy-one major markets worldwide, and publishes their findings annually, in a report known as the WTR 1000.
This year, we were awarded ‘gold’ for our trademark enforcement and litigation work, the first time that we have been ranked in the top tier. Only five firms in Taiwan were given the gold ranking for 2016. The WTR explains that “any list of the world’s top brands would feature many names that this firm is proud to count as [clients]”.
We were also awarded ‘silver’ for our prosecution and strategy work, which WTR notes by saying “[Winkler Partners] enjoyed banner years in 2014 and 2015, in terms of both new client wins and filing volumes; the group filed over 1,000 applications each year on behalf of elite companies across multiple sectors.”
Also, for the first time, two of our partners were listed in the WTR 1000. Head of our IP practice, Peter Dernbach, who is currently serving on the Board of Directors at INTA (International Trademark Association) and has featured in the WTR 1000 before, is listed in the 2016 guide as a “prominent voice in the global IP conversation” and commended for “his international perspicacity [which] is a boon to clients seeking a local strategy that can dovetail with their approaches across other markets.” Peter is ranked as a WTR 1000 individual for both enforcement & litigation and prosecution & strategy matters. Christine Chen, who was promoted to partner in 2014, is described by WTR as a ‘seasoned litigator’. It is the first time Christine has appeared in the WTR 1000, where she is ranked for her enforcement & litigation work.
The WTR 1000 is the first definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Winkler Partners has been honored to be included since the publication launched in 2011. You can find the entire guide for 2016 here.