About the Author

Brett Garner

Brett Garner

Brett Garner is of counsel at Venable LLP. He has been counseling clients in the online space since the early 2000s and combines his background in transactional intellectual property matters with his M.B.A. to serve as general counsel to his clients.

Article List

  • IP: Trademark disputes as an unintended consequence of distribution agreements

    For an unwary manufacturer, entering into a distribution agreement can result in the loss of rights in its own trademarks. Under some circumstances, a distributor can acquire ownership of trademarks in goods it did not manufacture, even if the manufacturer believes it owns the rights.

  • IP: What’s in a name?

    The heart of trademark law is brand recognition and source identification. A successful trademark is a mark that immediately conveys to the relevant public the source of the goods and services, the brand. Since trademark law is intended to protect the consumer, it is only fitting that generic marks...

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