Litigator and counselor Philip Jones helps protect trademark and copyright assets and provides strategic legal advice regarding trademark strategies and advertising initiatives. An experienced advocate and chair of the firm’s Advertising and Marketing team, Philip dedicates his practice to cultivating meaningful relationships with clients, vigorously defending and leveraging their trademark and copyright interests, and safeguarding their brands and promotions.
In the area of IP counseling and litigation, Philip concentrates his practice on the areas of trademarks, unfair competition and copyrights. He handles adversarial matters in federal court, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He regularly analyzes trademark searches, provides clearance opinions, prosecutes trademark applications, negotiates licenses, and advises on false advertising, gray market and copyright issues.
Philip assists business of all sizes with promoting their brands and ensuring that their marketing, advertising and promotions are compliant with federal and state laws and regulations. He reviews and advises on both traditional and digital advertising and promotional materials across many platforms, and provides legal counsel pertaining to claim substantiation. He assists clients with evaluating and substantiating advertising claims with an eye toward mitigating competitor, agency and consumer challenges.
In addition, Philip defends clients whose advertising has been challenged by regulators and competitors both informally or in a legal forum. He also represents clients in assessing and contesting competitors’ unsupported claims.
Philip has represented business clients involved in many industries, including television and entertainment, consumer coating products, education services, financial services and home building. He is appreciated for his knowledge, depth of experience and team play. Philip is committed to outside-of-the-box thinking when it comes to problem-solving and to giving his clients the attention they need to succeed. He thrives under the intellectual challenge associated with the law of trademarks, advertising and copyrights, and focuses on creative ways to apply the law in a manner that supports client goals.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, International Trademark Association
Secretary and former head of the Rules & Ethics Committee, New Trier Hockey Club
Pro bono counsel, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Leading Lawyers Network, 2011, 2014-16 and 2018
Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Princeton University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
Articles in the National Law Review database by Philip A. Jones