John L. Beard Joins Rader, Fishman & Grauer In D.C. As Partner

WASHINGTON, D.C. — John L. Beard has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC as a partner. Beard, who was a partner leading the Global Brand Management practice at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, will be relocating to Washington to enhance Rader, Fishman & Grauer's trademark practice.

Beard brings more than 30 years of experience in trademark law and related licensing and litigation, and in many other disciplines of Intellectual Property law. He has been responsible for several large naming projects, including clearance and registration of new company names for several prominent corporations. Rader, Fishman & Grauer's trademark group currently manages about 30,000 U.S. and foreign trademark files, with a customized docket system and 24/7 Web access for clients.

Beard was previously a senior vice president and a former chair of the trademark practice at Merchant & Gould. Before moving to Minneapolis, he was an intellectual property partner at the firm of Michael, Best & Friedrich and was a shareholder and group head of the IP practice at Godfrey & Kahn in Milwaukee.

Beard holds a BSEE and JD degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Association, and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to the Minnesota and Wisconsin Bars and the USPTO.

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