Michael J. MacDermott

Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Michael MacDermott is a partner in Lewis Roca’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Clients turn to Michael for guidance regarding trademark matters and unfair competition. Michael has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, particularly in the fields of fashion, retailing, insurance, health care, mineral products, skin care, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, energy drinks, food, and beverage products.

Michael has extensive experience in trademark clearance, counseling, prosecution, and transfers of ownership, both U.S.-based and international. He is experienced in use of the Madrid Protocol, a cost-effective means of securing trademark protection in over 80 countries. He regularly handles trademark opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as infringement claims and letters of protest with the Commissioner, disputes, and intellectual property due diligence. Michael has been active in the International Trademark Association as a committee member for many years and is a frequent presenter of Table Topics at the Annual Meeting.

Recognized for his years of proficiency in trademark work, Michael’s sharp intellect has contributed to the success of many household U.S. brands. Clients trust him to foresee issues, proactively protect their brands, and ensure proper solutions for current roadblocks. Michael creates value for clients, no matter their business. He enjoys collaborating with stakeholders and helping them solve complex matters to meet business goals. His communication style is direct, clear, and logical.

With a major in physics, Michael offers his clients and their businesses a competitive multidisciplinary approach. When he is not working, Michael enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction books and sharing literature with his son.


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