Griffin M. Barnett is an Associate with Winterfeldt IP Group. He has practiced trademark and Internet law for over half a decade.
Griffin advises clients on the creation of global trademark and branding strategies, 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, Griffin 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, including the apparel, entertainment and media, financial services, health & fitness, hospitality, insurance, Internet & technology, luxury goods, non-profit and charitable organization, retail, wine & spirits, and telecommunications industries.
Griffin is an expert on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN’s) new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, and has provided extensive support to new gTLD applicants and operators, particularly brand owners, by negotiating related agreements and advising them on the legal and policy work needed to support their registries. Griffin counsels clients on preparing for future new gTLD application rounds, including selection of potential gTLD strings and guidance on ongoing policy matters affecting brand owner new gTLD operators.
Griffin also assists with 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. Along with other team members, Griffin helps to diligently track ICANN policy matters affecting brand owners on the enforcement side, such as developments relating to rights protection mechanisms and domain name registration data access, and counsel clients on relevant advocacy opportunities. He is an active member of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), which serves as a voice for brand owner concerns in Internet policy development.
In addition, Griffin counsels clients on cutting edge Internet issues such as social media platforms, including developing and administering social media policies and promoting and protecting clients’ brands in this ever-evolving space. He supports clients by managing takedowns of infringing profiles and content, while advising on proactive uses of social media that can strengthen online brand presence.
Griffin has authored or co-authored numerous articles on trademark, copyright, and Internet law and has been an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) including serving on the INTA Internet Committee Subcommittee on the ICANN Rights Protection Mechanism Review, Chairing this Subcommittee for the 2018-2019 term, and Chairing the ICANN Engagement Subcommittee of the INTA Internet Committee for the 2020-2021 term.