Howard is a chair of the firm's Trademark Practice Group. With nearly 20 years experience in intellectual property law, Howard has helped protect trademarks, copyrights, advertising and trade secrets for many of the world’s largest companies. A seasoned courtroom veteran who also provides transactional and prosecution counseling, he represents clients in a wide range of industries including social media, Internet search, finance, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, robotics, alternative energy, food and beverage, steel, waste disposal, and numerous home and consumer goods.
Howard has a particular focus on high-stakes, fast-moving trademark counterfeiting matters. He works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Marshals Service to stop counterfeit goods from entering the country, obtains injunctive relief and coordinates the ex parte seizures of such goods where possible.
His many other cases involve virtually every area of intellectual property—including trademark, copyright and patent infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, trademark dilution and abandonment, and trade dress. He appears regularly in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also is asked to regularly speak on topical trademark issues.
Clients often look to Howard for advice on worldwide trademark and technology licensing. Applying a litigation perspective, he is able to think forward to identify and avoid potential pitfalls and areas of controversy.