Bassam N. Ibrahim is a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section and former Trademark Practice Group leader. His practice covers all aspects of the firm’s trademark, domain names, dilution, unfair competition and false advertisement practice. He regularly counsels domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries on all phases of trademark, unfair competition and copyright law.
He assists clients on trademark portfolio management, prosecution, strategic counseling, and oppositions and cancellation actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He represents a diverse range of clients in all business segments. He has extensive experience in managing large domestic and international trademark portfolios.
He has also counseled clients in the development, licensing and protection of intellectual property worldwide. He has expertise representing intellectual property interests in complex mergers and acquisitions.
He litigates cases involving conventional trademarks, domain names, trade names, trade dress, product configurations, gray-market products and counterfeit products in federal courts throughout the United States.
Some of his recent representations include:
- National Fuel Gas Company v. National Fuel Marketing. Obtained a settlement for client National Fuel Gas Company in a trademark infringement case concerning the NATIONAL FUEL trademark. (M.D. Penn 2011)
- In the Matter of Certain Agricultural Machines and Components Thereof, No. 337-TA-487. Obtained general exclusion order and cease and desist orders for Deere & Company in matter involving "gray market" and other imported goods infringing Deere's famous green and yellow trademarks and JOHN DEERE trademark.
- Radlo Foods, LLC v. Born Free, Inc. (D. Del.). Represented owner of BORN FREE trademark.
- General Conference Corporation of Seventh Day Adventists v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health (D. D.C. 2009). Represented trademark owner against alleged infringer.
- Waterford Wedgewood PLC v. Forma-Kutzscher Gmbh, Opposition No. 123,735 (2007). Represented Waterford against infringement of its leading LISMORE brand k for crystal.
- Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc. v. Beveridge Marketing LLC, No. 04-C-648-C, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8937 (W.D. Wisc. 2005). Represented defendant accused of infringing patent for under eye light absorbing devices worn by athlete and trademarks, obtained summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of the client.
- Bush Brothers & Co., Inc. v. Nash Finch Co., No. 02-1621-SLR (D. Del. 2002). Protection of famous trade dress of Bush's beans.
- Gus Sclafani Corp. v. Violet Packing Co., Cancellation Nos. 25,837 and 27,434; Opposition No.106,710, 2002 TTAB Lexis 107 (TTAB 2002), aff'd 2003 U.S. App. Lexis 1103, Fed.Cir. 2003. Obtained favorable ruling from the TTAB concerning client's priority of use.
- Deere & Co. v. MTD Products, Inc., No. 00-CV-596 (LMM), 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 5190, S.D.N.Y. 2000. Represented Deere & Co. in a matter protecting Deere's famous green and yellow trade dress.
- RP Technical Services, Inc. v. Severe Paintball, L.C., No. 01-7624-CIV, S.D. Fla. 2001. Prevented injunction against client's trade dress for paintballs.
- Advance Stores Co. v. Refinishing Specialties, 188 F.3d 408 (6th Cir. 1999). Preserved on appeal a permanent injunction restricting a prior trademark user's use of a conflicting mark to a single county.
He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics before the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the AIPPI - Japan, the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the American Bar Association.
Recognized for his intellectual property practice, he was included on Virginia Business magazine's "The Legal Elite" on numerous occasions.