Brendan C. Quinn | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Brendan C. Quinn

Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology



Quinn Brendan

Brendan C. Quinn
Quinn Brendan
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World-famous brands and influential media creators trust Brendan Quinn to establish, expand, and enforce their most valuable intellectual property (IP).

Brendan is a go-to and dependable advisor for those at the forefront how we all live, travel, entertain, and connect with each other. Skilled at adapting to the specific needs of his clients, Brendan often acts as an extension of in-house counsel by providing reliable, responsive, and business-practical advice, advising iconic market leaders stewarding decades of brand heritage as well as pioneering start-ups and visionary founders alike. Companies big and small rely on Brendan for his deep understanding of their IP, regularly seeking out his thorough brand and content protection strategies, candid and grounded professionalism, and compelling advocacy.

Brendan collaborates closely with his clients to implement creative and pragmatic solutions that ensure maximum protection of their IP rights in innovative ways. He counsels businesses throughout the lifecycle of their IP – starting from trademark, copyright, and advertising clearance and prosecution, through monetizing and acquiring IP assets in strategic transactions, all the way through enforcement and litigation of these rights before federal courts and government agencies such as the USPTO and ITC. Brendan’s experience with managing complex cross-border disputes and global trademark portfolios, plus his finesse for protection of rights of publicity and non-traditional trademarks such as product configurations, packaging, and sound marks, particularly stands out.

Brendan is a steadfast advocate of pro bono work and received the 2022 Hogan Lovells Pro Bono Trailblazer Award for his dedication to advising international and local non-profits on IP matters. He has also partnered with Lambda Legal and the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association on constitutional litigation and advocacy supporting LGBTQ+ individuals in their exercise of the fundamental right to parent.

Representative experience

Advising Nolet Distillery on IP matters, including U.S. trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement for KETEL ONE vodka (among other spirits and beverages), plus advertising and packaging review

Successfully managed joint defense subgroup representing Choice Hotels International and other major hotel chains in trademark infringement counterclaims against a downstream online travel agency

Representing Jaguar Land Rover concerning trade dress and trademark protection for its iconic Defender line of vehicles

Managed Fox Media’s worldwide IP ownership reorganization as part of 21st Century Fox’s acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, with the transfer and recordation of tens of thousands of IP rights

Counseling Kenvue (formerly Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Health division) on U.S. trademark clearance and prosecution as a result of the company’s spin off and rebrand

Advising film production companies on trademark and copyright counseling, including LAIKA (Coraline, Missing Link) and 1Community (Respect, Just Mercy)

Assisted Ferrero with the management and enforcement of the U.S. trademark portfolio related to its confectionery business, including the NUTELLA, TIC TAC, and KINDER marks

Successfully represented Starbucks Corporation in trademark infringement and unfair competition litigation

Representing Les Éditions Philippe Amaury for U.S. trademark prosecution and enforcement concerning the world-famous “Ballon d’Or” trophy for outstanding performance in football (soccer)

Counseling a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) innovator on management of their international trademark portfolio, including worldwide clearance and prosecution

Advising space exploration, satellite, and rocket launch start-ups on trademark and copyright matters

Secured dismissal with prejudice of copyright infringement and DMCA claims relating to wildlife illustrations brought against a world-renowned educational publisher

Counseling social media and user-generated content service providers, including an international short-form video sharing app, as to copyright infringement, DMCA compliance, and trademark clearance

Advising Synopsys on management of their international trademark portfolio, including worldwide clearance, prosecution, and enforcement

Advising luxury furniture design house Cassina on IP matters in the U.S., including trademark prosecution and enforcement, as well as copyright licensing

Secured dismissal with prejudice of copyright infringement claims relating to curricula brought against a prominent, historic private university

Successfully represented a major consumer electronics company in multiple district court actions involving copyright, DMCA, trademark, and right of publicity claims

Counseling outdoor gear and apparel company North 40 Outfitters - as well as its sub-brands SMITH + ROGUE, HOUSE OF FLY, and SWATE - on trademark and copyright clearance, prosecution, and enforcement

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of copyright infringement, false endorsement, and right of publicity claims brought against a snack food manufacturer by a social media company

Advising professional sports teams and leagues on trademark and copyright matters


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2018
  • A.B., Georgetown University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2014
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association