Brian Winterfeldt

Brian Winterfeldt

Founder and Principal at Winterfeldt IP Group
Joined on January 9, 2018
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Building on his years of experience in large, global law firms, Brian has brought his vision to life, creating a firm dedicated exclusively to providing organizations and individuals with to the highest caliber trademark and Internet-related legal and policy services.

Brian advises clients on the creation of global trademark and branding strategies. He also develops programs to register and enforce clients' intellectual property rights and protect against infringement of their trademarks and other branding elements in the US and internationally, including domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution and enforcement. In addition, Brian advises clients on trade dress, copyright, Internet governance and domain name issues, including domain name disputes such as Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) complaints, and other similar processes for country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), to disable or recover infringing domain names. He regularly counsels global leaders across a broad variety of industries.

Brian has developed one of the leading practices specializing in advising on evolving Internet issues, and is an expert on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN's) new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. As the new gTLD program has changed the Internet landscape significantly, Brian also develops advocacy and enforcement strategies in this space for brand owners, including advice surrounding registration of trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and assessment of domain name portfolio management strategies, including both proactive domain name registrations and enforcement against infringing registrations, in light of the influx of new gTLDs.

In addition, Brian regularly counsels clients and provides training on cutting edge Internet issues such as social media platforms.

Featured Blogs

First Do No Harm: Ensuring Compliance with the EU's GDPR While Preserving Access to WHOIS Data

There is growing concern about how ICANN will comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), whose enforcement sanctions come into force in May of 2018. How will ICANN comply with GDPR without unduly restricting global Internet users' access to the public WHOIS database? For nearly the past 20 years, Internet users, businesses, law enforcement and consumer protection agencies have relied on WHOIS as a necessary resource. more

Topic Interests

ICANNRegistry ServicesInternet GovernancePolicy & RegulationDomain NamesPrivacyWhois

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