Marksmen, Inc.

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Type: Private
Industry: Intellectual Property
Brand Protection
Founded: 1998
Founder(s): Ken Taylor
Jason Tirado
Mark Doerr
Headquarters: 111 N Maryland Avenue
Suite 201
Glendale, CA
Country: USA
Blog: Namesmash
Facebook: Marksmen
LinkedIn: Marksmen
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@marksmentweets
Key People
Jeff Crapo, Chairman and CEO
Matt Wichser, CFO
Ken Taylor, Founder

Marksmen, Inc. Founded in 1998, Marksmen ( is a world leader in intellectual property protection services, including trademark clearance and enforcement investigations, determining business method patents and processes, establishing and locating prior art, due diligence, worldwide on-ground investigations, litigation support and Internet related infringements. Additionally, Marksmen negotiates for the purchase or sale of IP rights internationally and monitors the Internet for both Web content and domain name registrations. Marksmen has completed over 94,000 IP investigations and acquisitions, including some of the best known trademarks and domain names on the planet and regularly handles multi-million dollar transactions


In May 2002, Verisign, Inc. entered an agreement to deliver Marksmen’s Internet domain name and trademark recovery services as part of the VeriSign Digital Brand Management Services portfolio.[1]

In September 2009, Marksmen partnered with Thomson Compumark to add trademark in-use investigations to Thomson’s own comprehensive availability search.[2]

On December 13, 2010, Account Manager Paul Allen represented Marksmen placing third in the first annual The Patently Impossible Project[3], a charity event held at the Miami Science Museum by the Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association to benefit The Legal Aid Society. Contestants were handed a brown bag containing the pieces, parts and tools they would need to assemble a patented invention The Toy Catapult (US Design Patent No. D366,908[4]) and then successfully launch a penny about 10 feet across a marked line.[5]

In March 2011, Marksmen entered into a domain name co-brokering agreement with Moniker & SnapNames.[6]

On May 1, 2015 Marksmen and Com Laude unveiled their joint venture, MCL Domains, a corporate domain name management Service.[7]

Products and Services


Marksmen employs licensed private investigators & affiliates worldwide for trademark investigations (first use, scope of use, infringement, abandonment, goods/services offered, etc.), litigation support, test purchases and on-site inspections; patent investigations (business methods/processes, product samples/ literature, locating inventors/experts/ex-employees, etc.); provides enforcement support (counterfeiting, gray market goods and back channel sales). Marksmen’s Investigations group was named as one of Twitter’s ‘Top 100 Investigators On Twitter’ for 2014.[8]

On-Site Investigations

From intellectual property to business intelligence, Marksmen rapidly deploys local assets to targets anywhere in the world.  Example targets include: retail stores, pop-up stores, sporting events, businesses, franchises, concerts, conferences, events, etc.

IP Acquisitions

Marksmen’s analysts negotiate the anonymous purchase/recovery of intellectual property rights (copyrights, domain names, trademarks, apps, images, logos, patents, social media, taglines, vanity phone numbers, etc.), and offer payment/transfer support for asset recovery. Marksmen is known to have completed some of the top transactions in the industry.[9]

Discreet Purchases

Marksmen has trained investigators who can pose as everyday customers and make test purchases anywhere in the world, in person or online without arousing suspicion to collect needed intelligence on counterfeit goods or targeted products and services, quickly and discreetly.  In addition to gathering physical or experiential evidence, Marksmen provides a written report with all the salient details, including: (1) a fully-documented buying experience, (2) photographs, screenshots and commentary, (3) purchase records and associated evidence, (4) products shipped anywhere in the world, (5) optional affidavits and declarations.


Marksmen Research analysts use specialized search aggregation systems and direct search algorithms and proprietary methods to locate electronic content of any type.  Marksmen Research reports can be easily customized to fit the target needs of any client. The following are a few of the many ways our research reports are used by Marksmen clients: industry analysis, general clearance, market research, quantification of issues, anti-counterfeiting, monitoring unauthorized use, locate leaked information, preemptive issue identification, and competitive analysis.


Business Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Pharmarceutical Trade Marks Group
  • World Association of Detectives