Brett Tolpin is an attorney with 15 years of experience who counsels and advises clients in all areas of intellectual property, internet and entertainment law including maximizing protection and defining rights. He engages in all aspects of portfolio and brand management through the clearance, registration, policing and enforcement of domestic and international copyrights, trademarks and trade dress; prosecutes and defends oppositions, cancellations and ex parte proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Brett also manages large international IP portfolios and handled numerous brand driven acquisitions with significant trademarks, copyrights, software and IP licenses.
Prior to co-founding Tolpin & Partners, P.C. Brett was an attorney at a Chicago based mid-sized intellectual property boutique firm and a Trademark Examining Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At the USPTO, he reviewed trademark applications for all goods (products) and services, and determined the registrability of proposed trademarks. He defended those determinations with numerous briefs and oral hearings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the USPTO.
He currently represents or has recently represented clients in the following fields: branding; internet content providers, music, software; computer hardware; website development and hosting; home and industrial appliance manufacturers and suppliers; video games; theater and dance; publishing; food; restaurants; physical fitness; sports; toys; clothing and retail stores; health care; recreational and commercial vehicles; machines; pharmaceuticals; education and instruction; printed and online publications; entertainment; weaponry; training devices; consumer goods; hardware and industrial supplies; medical equipment; insurance; banking, advertising, promotions, marketing, business applications and associations.
Mr. Tolpin completed advanced course study in international law through the University of Iowa as well as unfair competition, patent law, patent litigation, copyrights and intellectual property licensing from the George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, he completed deposition and pre-trial skills via the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, attended a marketing law conference via the Promotion Marketing Association, and the International Trademark Association Annual Conferences as well as a number of continuing legal education seminars relating to unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, patent and entertainment law.
Illinois State Bar
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Supreme Court
George Washington School of Law, Intellectual Property Advance Course Study, 1998 – 2000
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1996
University of Iowa-Bordeaux International Law Program, 1994
University of Iowa, B.A., English, 1993
Chair, Famous and Well-Known Marks U.S. Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) 2012-2013
USPTO Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee INTA 2008-2011
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Former Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee
Pro bono representation of clients for Lawyers for the Creative Arts Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
Intellectual Property Owners Association, Copyright Law and Practice Committee
Conferences and Legal Seminars
International Trademark Association Annual Meeting (1998-2011)
International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting (2008 – 2011)
American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC (2010)
Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum, Chicago, IL (2009)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, Singapore & Manila, Philippines (2008 & 2011)
Promotion Marketing Association Annual Integrated Marketing Conference, Chicago (2008)
Midem Music Business Conference, France (2007)
Midem Music Business Conference in Cannes, France (January, 2007) – Topic: Trademarks and the Music Industry
Chicago Bar Association YLS Intellectual Property Committee in Chicago, IL (September, 2007) – Topic: Careers in Intellectual Property
Chicago Bar Association Cyberlaw Committee in Chicago, IL (December, 2008) – Topic: Counterfeiting and Contributory Infringement in Tiffany (NJ). Inc. v. eBay (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2008).
False Advertising on the Internet, Reaching Behind the Electronic Veil (Chicago Bar Association Bulletin, April, 2006)