Practice Areas: Categories: Trademarks and Trade Dress; Expert Witness Work

Ken Germain has more than 40 years of varied experience in the trademark/unfair competition field and is a former full-time law professor. He focuses his practice on trademark counseling, consulting and litigation. Ken is often retained as an expert witness on issues relating to trademarks and unfair competition, working on cases involving some of the nation’s largest companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases. For many years, Ken has been an active speaker on trademark and unfair competition, lecturing at national, regional and local conferences over 240 times.

In addition, in 1990 Ken founded, and until 2014 chaired, the All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property seminar. This seminar just completed its 25th year, providing two-city programming (Cincinnati, Cleveland) covering all aspects of IP, and is the largest (325 attendees per city), and most comprehensive full-day IP CLE program in and around Ohio.

Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for a number of years, teaching trademark/unfair competition courses. Later, Ken served as a Distinguished Professorial Practitioner in the University of Dayton Law School’s Program in Law and Technology. In 2013-14, Ken served as Distinguished Senior Fellow in connection with the Law + Informatics program of the NKU Chase School of Law. In January 2016, Ken will resume teaching at UDSL.

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1989
    California (inactive), 1970


  • New York University School of Law: J.D. (Associate Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review)
    Rutgers College: A.B. magna cum laude (Elected to Membership in Phi Beta Kappa)


  • Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers (2001- )
    Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004- )
    Ohio Super Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    World Trademark Review, The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2014- )
    Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2011” (Intellectual Property Law – Cincinnati)
    Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2012” (Trademark Law – Cincinnati)
    Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2014” (Litigation, IP and Trademark Law – Cincinnati)
    Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2015” (Litigation, IP and Trademark Law – Cincinnati)