Douglas A. Rettew

Chair, Trademark & Copyright Group at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Douglas A. Rettew

Douglas A. Rettew

Chair, Trademark & Copyright Group at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Recognized in World Trademark Review WTR 1000 as "[o]ne of the best litigators in the country with an unbelievable success rate," and "a go-to litigation lead for world-famous consumer brands," Douglas (Chip) Rettew leads the firm's trademark and copyright group. He focuses his practice on trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation and disputes.

Doug has been noted by clients in World Trademark Review WTR 1000 as "practical and responsive," and "a fantastic resource and ally for any company in a complicated dispute," notes one client. "He brings an amazing amount of enforcement experience to the table and is excellent at providing different legal and commercial viewpoints." Doug litigates cases involving a broad range of issues, including traditional trademarks, trade dress, design patents, false advertising, product disparagement, unfair competition, and domain names. Clients include Under Armour, Bridgestone, the NFL Players Association, Capital One, Subaru, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and PNC Bank. Doug is involved in trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing. additionally, Doug has been involved in nine lawsuits over counterfeit and gray-market prescription human-growth hormones, resulting in nine ex parte TROs and five ex parte seizure orders, leading to the seizure of 20,000 packages of counterfeit products.

Doug has first-chair jury and bench trial and appellate experience and has argued appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fourth, and Eighth Circuits. He also litigates oppositions, cancellations, and ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Doug has significant experience in obtaining (and defeating) temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions, including those involving counterfeiting and ex parte seizures.

Doug is frequently touted as one of the nation’s top trademark lawyers. Touting the group’s “brilliant courtroom reputation,” one source in World Trademark Review WTR 1000 said the following about Doug: “At the helm is eminent group chair Douglas Rettew: ‘His combination of deep legal knowledge and excellent contentious skills engenders a strategic and resourceful approach. He is an exceptional team player whose representation could not be better.’” Another source claimed that his “expertise and service level set the standard that I use to assess all other counsel (on a global basis)” and that he “provides succinct, insightful and strategic advice in a timely manner. His communication and negotiation skills are stellar.” Another source noted, “[h]e stands out for his ability to actually work out what really matters to me…and become invested,” while another stated he is “a fantastic resource and ally.” Chambers USA notes that Doug is “considered a ‘standout’ for his counsel on trademark, false advertising, and right of publicity issues.”

Doug has also been recognized as a Star Lawyer by Acritas StarsTM; recognized by International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology's Client Choice Awards for excellent client service in the area of Trademarks; recognized as a WIPR Leader for trademarks in the United States by World IP Review; and ranked among top U.S. trademark lawyers in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners since 2016. He has also served as the Principal Editor for Trade Dress: International Practice and Procedure: USA Section, International Trademark Association (INTA) from 2010-present.

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Chair, Trademark & Copyright Group at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1995

National University School of Law was a law school founded in Washington, D.C. in 1869. Originally intended as part of a larger design for a national university in the United States, the school was the principal component of "National University" during its existence. It merged into George Washington University School of Law in 1954, to create the National Law Center at The George Washington University.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1992

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

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Current

Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

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Federal Circuit Bar Association is a national organization for the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Leadership of the Association comes from all areas of the country and represents all areas of the legal community of the Federal Circuit. The Association was organized to unite the different groups who practice within the legal community of the Federal Circuit. It seeks to strengthen and serve the Court through its Committees. The Association offers a forum for common concerns and dialogue between bar and court, government counsel and private practitioner, litigator, and corporate counsel. Periodically it sponsors regional seminars reviewing current practice in the Court.

Career History
Chair, Trademark & Copyright Group
Current

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is an IP law firm. The firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. The firm represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. The company was founded in 1965 and it is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Member, Publication Committee
2014 - ?

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The not-for-profit Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” Today, more than 6,000 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Members of INTA find true value in the Association’s global trademark research, policy development and education and training. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington DC and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

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