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Overview

Douglas Masters litigates and counsels clients primarily in the areas of intellectual property, advertising and unfair competition. He helps brand owners, sports leagues, athletes and advertisers protect and leverage their branding, marketing and other IP assets. Notably, he has worked with the National Collegiate Athletic Association for nearly 20 years on brand protection strategy, helping strengthen the organization’s brands, which support college athletics. 

Doug has counseled major corporations and prominent individuals in a variety of matters involving trademark and copyright clearance, registration and policing, and enforcement. He handles and litigates consumer protection issues, such as allegations of deceptive or unfair advertising and marketing practices, and unfair competition. 

Doug Masters combines his comprehensive understanding of trademark and copyright law with the ability to look at matters — especially complicated ones — from all angles to come up with reasoned, creative solutions …. His frank opinions help you draw out the answers you need. World Trademark Review 1000 (client commentary)

Doug also has notable experience advising companies in domain name protection and enforcement proceedings, and matters and litigation relating to the unique issues of online marketing and advertising. In addition to representing clients in state and federal courts, he practices regularly before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and the National Advertising Division. 

Throughout his career, Doug has taught law, including at Northwestern University and University of Chicago law schools. He provides pro bono counsel for GreenAmerica, which harnesses economic power to promote a socially just and environmentally sustainable society, and for Lawyers for the Creative Arts in Chicago, where he is a member of the board.

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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude,

    Editor, Women’s Law Journal

  • Cornell University, B.A., With Distinction

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognition

  • Named one of the "World's Leading Trademark Lawyers" in Who's Who Legal (2017)
  • Named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2013-2018)
  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Trademark Law, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2010-2019)
  • Named "Illinois Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation and First Amendment/Media/Advertising by Thomson Reuters (2013-2018); Listed in the Top 100 "Illinois Super Lawyers" (2014-2016, 2018)
  • Named in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in Illinois Intellectual Property (2016-2017 edition)      
  • Named in "Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners," published by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (2009)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Sports, Trademark: Litigation, and Media, Technology and Telecoms: Marketing and Advertising, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2008-2009, 2012-2013, 2017-2018 editions)
  • Recommended in World Trademark Review 1000 United States - Illinois (2012, 2015 and 2017), WTR is part of The IP Media Group
  • Named among “Top Lawyers in Illinois” in Advertising & Media, Intellectual Property, and Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law by the Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2018)
  • Honorable Mention, Hard Work on Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter, ABA Section of Litigation (2009-2010)
  • Lecturer, Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Litigation, University of Chicago Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Illinois “40 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch”

Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Trademark Reporter
  • Member, Editorial Board, Newsletter of ABA Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Committee
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, IP Law360 (2009)