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Howard J. Shire

Howard J. Shire


New York, NY
Phone: 212.808.2722    Fax: 212.286.9806

Howard J. Shire is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York Office.

Mr. Shire has more than 30 years of experience in protecting and defending his clients’ products and IP rights against infringement. He has represented major corporations, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in trademark infringement and dilution cases, trademark and copyright counterfeiting cases, trade dress litigation, and all manner of IP enforcement cases. He has also handled patent litigations. His work has resulted in verdicts worth millions of dollars for his clients and precedent-setting decisions in IP law.

Mr. Shire also has an active counseling and prosecution practice, and he develops and implements worldwide trademark registration programs. Mr. Shire coordinates major corporate acquisitions involving the worldwide transfer of patents, trademarks and copyrights and negotiates a wide variety of intellectual property agreements, such as licenses, trademark coexistence agreements and joint ventures. Mr. Shire also counsels clients on intellectual property matters relating to internet issues and the selection of new trademarks and domain names, and he has experience in litigating actions to obtain domain names under ICANN’s dispute resolution procedure. His clients come from a wide range of industries, including computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, financial services, restaurants and nightclubs, sports and entertainment, apparel, nutritional supplements, publishing, personal care products, alcoholic beverages and pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Shire is also an experienced mediator and member of the International Trademark Association’s panel of Trademark Mediators, and has served as an arbitrator under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Shire is a prolific author and has written articles pertaining to a range of topics, including unfair competition claims, personal jurisdiction, liability for false patent marking, fraud on the Trademark Office, the tacking standard, trademark dilution, fair use, inducement of infringement, keyword advertising and the Anticybersquatting Protection Act. He serves as editor-in-chief of Intellectual Property Strategist and is a former editor-in-chief of The Trademark Reporter, the leading scholarly journal devoted to trademark law.

Before joining Pepper, Mr. Shire was a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1979, Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Brown University, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

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