People: Kenneth L. Wilton, Partner

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Kenneth L. Wilton

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5271
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Mr. Wilton is the National Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Trademark Practice and a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

He has been consistently recognized by Who’s Who Legal for his work as a trademark lawyer, by Managing Intellectual Property as a Trademark “IP Star” and as one of the World’s Top 1000 Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners by World Trademark Review. In 2013, he was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California. The WTR 1000 has characterized Mr. Wilton as a “litigation maven” identifying him as an effective problem solver who “assesses matters holistically and strikes accurately with incisive arguments.”

Working with a variety of clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer product and alcoholic beverage spaces, Mr. Wilton’s practice focuses primarily on trademark, false advertising, copyright and  right of publicity counseling and litigation. His trademark practice is international in scope, and he regularly provides counsel regarding Internet-related and cross-border trademark protection issues. Domestically, he litigates infringement and counterfeiting disputes in the federal courts, and has extensive experience with opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including over a dozen trials. He has supervised the conduct of international anti-counterfeiting activities and has filed or defended over two dozen proceedings under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Mr. Wilton is one of the founders of Seyfarth’s False Advertising and Product Labeling & Warnings group. He organized a group of attorneys across practices including intellectual property, commercial litigation, and product liability to address the increasing advertising-related challenges faced by clients across all industries. He has advised on and litigated a wide variety of comparative advertising issues, including establishment and product line claims. He regularly counsels clients in the social media space, and in particular in connection with influencer marketing issues.

Additionally, Mr. Wilton participates in the broader national and international trademark communities. Currently, he is a contributing editor for the 2019 edition of the California Education for the Bar’s Internet Law and Practice in California. Previously, he was co-chair of the California State Bar’s Internet and Privacy Law committee. He has been an active committee member with the International Trademark Association since 2006, including the Trademark Reporter, Academic and Unfair Competition  Committees and speaks regularly at INTA’s annual and leadership meetings.

Accolades

  • Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars” Trade mark star (2014 - present), Patent star (2017)
  • World Trademark Review’s Top 1000 trademark practitioners worldwide (2013-present)
  • International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Daily Journal’s top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California (2013)
  • “World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners,” Managing Intellectual Property (2006-present)
  • “Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics (2006-07, 2012-present)
  • A/V Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell

Mr. Wilton is the National Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Trademark Practice and a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

He has been consistently recognized by Who’s Who Legal for his work as a trademark lawyer, by Managing Intellectual Property as a Trademark “IP Star” and as one of the World’s Top 1000 Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners by World Trademark Review. In 2013, he was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California. The WTR 1000 has characterized Mr. Wilton as a “litigation maven” identifying him as an effective problem solver who “assesses matters holistically and strikes accurately with incisive arguments.”

Working with a variety of clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer product and alcoholic beverage spaces, Mr. Wilton’s practice focuses primarily on trademark, false advertising, copyright and  right of publicity counseling and litigation. His trademark practice is international in scope, and he regularly provides counsel regarding Internet-related and cross-border trademark protection issues. Domestically, he litigates infringement and counterfeiting disputes in the federal courts, and has extensive experience with opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including over a dozen trials. He has supervised the conduct of international anti-counterfeiting activities and has filed or defended over two dozen proceedings under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Mr. Wilton is one of the founders of Seyfarth’s False Advertising and Product Labeling & Warnings group. He organized a group of attorneys across practices including intellectual property, commercial litigation, and product liability to address the increasing advertising-related challenges faced by clients across all industries. He has advised on and litigated a wide variety of comparative advertising issues, including establishment and product line claims. He regularly counsels clients in the social media space, and in particular in connection with influencer marketing issues.

Additionally, Mr. Wilton participates in the broader national and international trademark communities. Currently, he is a contributing editor for the 2019 edition of the California Education for the Bar’s Internet Law and Practice in California. Previously, he was co-chair of the California State Bar’s Internet and Privacy Law committee. He has been an active committee member with the International Trademark Association since 2006, including the Trademark Reporter, Academic and Unfair Competition  Committees and speaks regularly at INTA’s annual and leadership meetings.

Accolades

  • Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars” Trade mark star (2014 - present), Patent star (2017)
  • World Trademark Review’s Top 1000 trademark practitioners worldwide (2013-present)
  • International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Daily Journal’s top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California (2013)
  • “World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners,” Managing Intellectual Property (2006-present)
  • “Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics (2006-07, 2012-present)
  • A/V Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell

Education

  • J.D., Hastings College of the Law (1986)
    Editor-in-Chief, COMM/ENT, Hastings Journal of Commnications and Entertainment Law (1985-1986)
  • B.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles (1983)
    Current member of Department of History’s Advisory Board

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • All U.S. District Courts of California
  • District Court of Colorado
  • Eastern District of Texas

Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association
         Trademark Reporter Committee (2006-2013); Academic Committee (2013-2016), Unfair Competition Committee (2016-present)
          Adjunct Professor Special Interest Group (Project Team member (2009-2013); Co-Chair (2013-2016)
  • California State Bar Business Law Section - Internet & Privacy Law Committee (Member (2012-2016); Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Inn of Court (Master of the Bench, Co-Mentoring Chair) (2010-2012)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (New Technology Committee Co-Chair (1996-97); Intellectual Property Section Chair (1997-2000)
  • Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations (Sections on Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Computer Law)

Presentations

  • “The Right to Be Forgotten: Current Developments and Practical Tips” Cyberspace Law Committee, State Bar of California (July 8, 2014)
  • “The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 - History and Interpretation” University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (April 23, 2014)
  • “The Legal and Practical Sides Of Cybersecurity: Sifting Through The Demise Of The Cybersecurity Act of 2012” (with Misty Blair) Cyberspace Law Committee, State Bar of California (September 11, 2012)
  • “Keyword Litigation Update” Intellectual Property Owners Annual Meeting (September 12, 2011)

Teaching

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law: Lecturer on Copyright and the Internet (2002-2006); Lecturer-in-Law, Internet Law (2009-present)
  • Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business:  Lecturer on Intellectual Property and Internet Law (2008 – 2011)