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Eric T. Fingerhut Member

Eric T. Fingerhut is the Office Managing Member of Dykema's Washington, D.C. office and former leader of Dykema’s Trademark & Copyright Practice for 8 years. Ranked as a First Tier trademark lawyer in the World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000,” he has practiced all aspects of global brand identity and reputation management for more than twenty-five years. His practice includes trademark, copyright, right of publicity, advertising, marketing, domain name and new media law. Throughout his career Mr. Fingerhut has registered and protected many of the world's best known brand names in the automotive, bicycle, clothing, food, hospitality and technology industries. The crux of Mr. Fingerhut’s practice includes clearance searches and opinions, global filing programs, designing and implementing trademark protection and enforcement programs, and managing global trademark portfolios. His litigation experience includes infringement, dilution, cybersquatting and unfair competition cases in U.S. district and appellate courts, oppositions and cancellations before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and domain name arbitration proceedings.  Mr. Fingerhut also is adept in corporate-transactional work, having worked on audits, due diligence and licensing for many years as the lead IP member of a reputable emerging company practice.

Experience

  • Designed and implemented policing campaigns to combat genericization of major consumer products brands
  • Used Federal dilution and cybersquatting laws to shutter more than 200 adult entertainment sites misusing client brands
  • Managed large portfolios of brands in more than 190 countries
  • Prevailed in dozens of domain name dispute arbitrations
  • Testified as expert witness in trademark law
  • Founded International Cycling Law Association (ICLA) to educate global bicycle industry on laws affecting business, provide pro bono referral assistance to nonprofits, advocate on safety and legal issues and provide venture capital

Memberships & Involvement

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • North American Subcommittee of the INTA’s Public and Media Relations Committee, Chair
  • DC Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair and Six-Year Member of Steering Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • CT Corsearch Client Advisory Board Member
  • Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Founding Member
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)
  • International Cycling Law Association (ICLA), Founder
  • Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), Board Member
  • Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), Legislative Committee Member
  • Washington DC Technology Council, Past Director and Chair of Membership Committee

Recognized in Washington, DC Super Lawyers®  for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016

Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star, 2015-2016

Recognized for prosecution and strategy in WTR 1000 — The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, United States - DC jurisdiction, 2016, 2017