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.
Brett also represents clients who need to police against online piracy, counterfeiting and infringement. He provides trademark and copyright opinions, registration and enforcement; prosecutes and defends domain name disputes via arbitration forums; provides advice concerning advertising and promotions, including representation at National Advertising Division proceedings; right of privacy and publicity; licensing; unfair and deceptive trade practices; trade secrets; defense and litigation of intellectual property rights.
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.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Illinois Supreme Court
- Washington Supreme Court
- 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
- Publication- False Advertising on the Internet, Reaching Behind the Electronic Veil (Chicago Bar Association Bulletin, April, 2006)