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Kenneth B. Germain - Cincinnati, OH

600 Vine StreetSuite 2800 Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Updated: 01/05/2024

Cincinnati Trademarks/Unfair Competition Lawyer

Overview

Ken Germain has more than 45 years of varied experience in the trademark/unfair competition field and is a former full-time law professor. He focuses his practice on expert witness work, and consulting and litigation. Ken often has been retained as an Expert Witness on issues relating to trademarks and unfair competition, working on cases involving some of the nation’s largest companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases. He has testified in court over 15 times...

Ken Germain has more than 45 years of varied experience in the trademark/unfair competition field and is a former full-time law professor. He focuses his practice on expert witness work, and consulting and litigation. Ken often has been retained as an Expert Witness on issues relating to trademarks and unfair competition, working on cases involving some of the nation’s largest companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases. He has testified in court over 15 times.

Ken has been an active speaker on trademark and unfair competition, lecturing at national, regional and local conferences over 300 times. In addition, in 1990 Ken founded, and until 2014 chaired, the All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property seminar. This seminar is in its 33rd year, provides two-city programming (Cincinnati, Cleveland) covering all aspects of IP, and is the largest, oldest, full-day IP CLE program in and around Ohio.

Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for many years, teaching trademark/unfair competition courses. Later, Ken served as the Distinguished Professorial Practitioner in the University of Dayton Law School’s Program in Law and Technology.

About Kenneth B. Germain

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Trademarks/Unfair Competition
  • Trade Dress

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1989
  • California, 1970

Classes and Seminars

  • Precedential Supreme Court And Appellate Court Cases On Trademarks and Unfair Competition: 2019-2020 In Review, 30th All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property [AOAIOIP], sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, virtual presentation October 8, 2020.
  • Using Virtual Early Neutral Evaluation To Speed Up And Reduce Costs In Resolving Trademark/Trade Dress Disputes In The COVID-19 Era, Practicing Law Institute Webinar entitled “Intellectual Property Law: Trademark and Copyright Review 2020”, September 15, 2020.
  • Precedential Supreme Court And Appellate Court Cases On Trademarks and Unfair Competition: 2019-2020 In Review, 30th All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property [AOAIOIP] sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, virtual presentation October 8, 2020.
  • Regardless of What The Good Professor Just Told You, The Constitution Does Not Allow Dual Protection Under Design Patent and Trade Dress Regimes for the Same Subject Matter!, Webinar presented to the San Francisco I.P. Law Assn., December 10, 2020.
  • Resolved: The Constitution Does Not Permit Dual Protection Under Design Patent And Trade Dress For The Same Subject Matter, Midwest Intellectual Property Summit, sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 17, 2022.
  • How IP (Trademarks) Can Help PI (Personal Injury) Attorneys Prevail Against Uber And Its Ilk, Prepared for Cincinnati Bar Assn., IP and Torts/Insurance Groups, June 13, 2023.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1969
    J.D.
    Law Review: N.Y.U. Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1966
    A.B.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Elected to Membership in Phi Beta Kappa

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Over 25 publications.
  • Liability Theories Based on Trademark Ownership and Licensing, ch. 3(VI) in Ridesharing Law and Liability (ABA 2020, Z. Pyers and K. Steele, eds.), coauthored by S. Owens.
  • The Constitution Commandeth: Thou Shalt Not Protect the Same Subject Matter Under Design Patent and Trade Dress Laws, 21 Chic.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 90 (2021), coauthored by L. Sitler.
  • The Constitution Commandeth: Thou Shalt Not Protect the Same Subject Matter Under Design Patent and Trade Dress Laws, IP Theory: Vol. 12: Iss. 2, Article 1, coauthored by Sitler, Louis H. (republication).

Office Information

Address

600 Vine StreetSuite 2800 Cincinnati, OH 45202

Fax

  • 513-241-6234

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Kenneth B. Germain

Included on the 2018 Ohio list


Past Lists

  • 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Ohio Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Kenneth B. Germain on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Board of Advisors, Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition, 1987 - 1995
  • Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2001 - Present
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 1991 - 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Intellectual Property and Trademark Law, Cincinnati, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Intellectual Property and Trademark Law, Cincinnati, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Intellectual Property and Trademark Law, Cincinnati, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” Trademark Law, Cincinnati, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” Intellectual Property Law, Cincinnati, 2011
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2004 - 2013, 2017

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