Reed Smith partners in California, London and France were described as top trademark lawyers and the firm again was named among the world’s leading national and international trademark firms, in the 2023 edition of the WTR 1000.
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The guide highlighted seven partners in the firm’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, London, and Paris offices — Katy Basile, Jason Garcia, Carolyn Pepper, Robert Phillips, Jonathan Radcliffe, Marianne Schaffner and Michael Skrein — for the third year in a row.

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Three California partners — Katy Basile, Jason Garcia and Rob Phillips – were named among the best trademark professionals. The guide stated:

  • “Forming a world-class team in Silicon Valley and San Francisco are [Basile, Garcia and Phillips], who have vast collective experience spanning all aspects of trademark law. Basile and Garcia make an exceptionally strong pairing, and are relied on by some of the world’s most innovative technology companies for wide-ranging trademark protection services. Phillips litigates across the IP spectrum with aplomb but is also sought after for strategic advice. He has undertaken extensive work for the Duracell Co., among other leading names.”

The 2023 guide conferred, for the third year running, top ratings to the firm’s California trademark group for its achievements in both “Individuals: enforcement and litigation” and “Individuals: prosecution and strategy.”

“Reed Smith understands the business criticality of strong trademarks and distinctive brands and combines deep domain expertise in trademark, trade dress, dilution, cybersquatting and unfair competition law with commercial acumen. The firm makes light work of managing multi-jurisdictional clearance projects and filing programs but also plays a key strategic advisory and litigation role for its clients.”


The 2023 WTR 1000 guide featured three London-based Reed Smith lawyers Carolyn Pepper, Jonathan Radcliffe and Michael Skrein; and Paris partner Marianne Schaffner as among the best for their trademark practice in their respected regions.

Regarding the firm’s trademark presence the WTR 1000 said: “Reed Smith is an excellent firm for trademark matters, and its integrated IP, media, entertainment and litigation offering is particularly strong. With a network of over 100 lawyers, the group is able to advise on complex international cases.”

In addition, the firm was ranked “Recommended” for international trademark matters by the WTR 1000.

About the WTR 1000

The WTR 1000 is a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

The WTR 1000 identifies the leading professionals and firms that are deemed outstanding at obtaining, protecting, managing, enforcing and monetizing trademarks. WTR undertakes exhaustive qualitative research, identifying top firms and individuals based on their depth of expertise, market presence and sophistication of work. WTR conducts in-person, telephone and video interviews, and gathers written submissions from firms detailing their recent activity in the field.