Sideman & Bancroft


One Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco

Tel:+1 415 392 1960

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Sideman & Bancroft is one of the premier brand protection law firms in the United States. Our team includes highly experienced lawyers and former federal prosecutors, and global security and brand protection experts with extensive backgrounds leading anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and customs interdiction and investigation programs in both private companies and law enforcement agencies. We provide customized and scalable brand protection solutions designed to enable clients to achieve their goals for trademark protection and worldwide branding in all stages of a brand’s life cycle.

The value of trademarks, service marks and trade dress is greater than ever before. We routinely prosecute and defend infringement, dilution, unfair competition and false advertising claims involving both registered and unregistered trademarks and service marks, in addition to pursuing a wide variety of trade dress claims. Protection of a global brand means understanding risks and concerns regarding enforcement issues in the U.S. as well as in foreign jurisdictions. We obtain ex parte writs of seizure for counterfeit parts and labels in the U.S. and other countries. In collaboration with local counsel, we pursue and defend trademark and service mark claims in jurisdictions around the world.

The firm achieves tremendous results for clients by combining the traditional intellectual property and brand protection practices of counseling, prosecution and enforcement with specialty components such as:

  • Criminal intellectual property enforcement
  • Criminal and civil gray market investigations and enforcement
  • Global investigation management
  • Online anti-counterfeit monitoring
  • Global customs advice and program development

In particular, the team assists clients in implementing brand protection strategies to halt the importation of counterfeit goods and prevent the sale of counterfeit products. As part of this effort, we help companies target and investigate counterfeit traffickers, and then assemble and analyze evidence to support successful criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as civil litigation resulting in asset freezes and other remedies.

Since 2001, our team has actively worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Secret Service and other state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. in its representation of victim companies, resulting in dozens of criminal convictions, jail sentences and restitution orders. Relying on our team’s international law enforcement experience, we also actively coordinate investigations and law enforcement referrals in jurisdictions all over the world.

Network Memberships:

  • The firm is a certified women-owned law firm


Last updated 18th May 2019

Sector Expertise:

  • Advertising
  • Arts
  • Automotive
  • Computer technology & services
  • E-commerce
  • Electronics
  • Fashion & luxury goods
  • FMCG
  • Food & beverage
  • Gaming
  • Hospitality & leisure
  • Internet
  • Medical device
  • Not-for-profit
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Technology hardware
  • Universities & research
  • Utilities