Our Practice Groups

Intellectual Property

Consistent with our commitment to the values of our middle-market clients, our Intellectual Property Group works not merely to achieve the best possible outcome, but to develop cost-efficient, long-term litigation and commercial strategies to best protect and enhance our clients' valuable IP rights.

Our Intellectual Property Group brings an interdisciplinary set of skills to service the needs of our clients concerning the creation, exploitation, and protection of their trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, internet websites and content, trade secrets, patents, and publicity and privacy rights. Combining the resources of many departments within the Firm, including Business Litigation, Tax, and Corporate, the Intellectual Property Group helps our clients monetize their domestic and foreign IP assets in connection with business combinations, mergers, and acquisitions, through licensing deals or capital finance transactions, and to protect those assets against infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, and antitrust concerns. Additionally, we help our individual clients seeking to license their valuable personal rights through sponsorship, appearance, and endorsement transactions.

Our clients include members of the entertainment, fashion, sports, music, and literary fields; computer hardware, software, and web developers; internet content providers and e-commerce merchants; companies and individuals in the financial services, publishing, media relations, and marketing industries; educational institutions and academicians; and various industrial, high-tech, pharmaceutical, food services, and consumer product manufacturers, distributors, and purveyors. Our engagements have included complex licensing transactions, joint ventures, distribution and reseller agreements, and other strategic partnering and commercial agreements.

Our litigators regularly appear before federal and state courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and other administrative venues, as well as ICANN and various arbitration tribunals, to protect and defend our clients' intellectual properties. We also coordinate IP litigation and enforcement proceedings throughout the world via our established network of international counsel.

We have successfully litigated and resolved numerous IP related matters, including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, websites/domain names, trade secrets, patents, entertainment/artist rights, false advertising, defamation/disparagement, rights of publicity/privacy, unfair competition and non-compete restrictions, license agreements, and antitrust matters.

With IP assets becoming an ever-increasing, and increasingly valuable, portion of business balance sheets, our commercial lawyers participate whenever required in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions, in order to protect the interests of lenders, equity sponsors, buyers, and sellers.

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