SAN DIEGO – The San Diego-based law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has announced it has acquired The Trademark Group, a La Jolla-based law firm specializing in trademark protection and enforcement.  Marnie Barnhorst, The Trademark Group founding attorney, joins SCMV as Of Counsel.  The acquisition was finalized on July 1, 2013.

Since its inception in 1997, The Trademark Group has built a highly regarded law practice, having handled nearly 10,000 domestic and international trademarks and executing thousands of trademark searches.

 “The addition of The Trademark Group to our firm reflects our continuing growth and commitment to providing the most effective and comprehensive legal services,” states John Alspaugh, a  SCMV partner and leader of the firm’s intellectual property team.  “We look forward to working with Marnie and ensuring a seamless transition for her clients.”

With the addition of Barnhorst, SCMV’s intellectual property practice expands to six attorneys offering legal services in a range of trademark, copyright, tradesecret and other IP-related areas of law.

“The combined forces of Marnie and her team with our existing trademark and intellectual property attorneys positions our firm to become an even stronger player in this important practice area,” says Alspaugh.

The expanded practice will focus on trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement on a worldwide basis. The Trademark Group has relationships with foreign attorneys who assist with foreign filings in more than 120 countries, enabling SCMV to expand its existing trademark practice with additional strength in international trademark law.

In additional to trademark and intellectual property law, SCMV is a full service law firm which provides both businesses and individuals with an extensive array of legal services in a wide variety of practice areas.

About Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Founded in 1948, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is dedicated to excellent client service while providing a full range of business and litigation legal services. A mid-sized firm with over 50 attorneys, located in downtown San Diego’s Symphony Towers, Seltzer Caplan is ideally positioned to deliver the highest quality service to clients, regardless of the complexity of the legal issue.

The firm’s diverse areas of practice include: Appellate, Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions, Complex Trial Litigation, Corporate and Business, Estate Planning and Taxation, Family, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Land Use and Environmental, Professional Liability, Real Property Transactions and Litigation and Specialized Criminal Defense.

SCMV’s clients are large national and international firms, mid-size companies and small business enterprises. They include families and individuals, financial institutions, commercial and residential real estate developers, manufacturers, hotel owners and operators, major retailers, contractors, architects and other professionals, including accountants and attorneys.

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