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Intellectual Property Representative Matters

  • Analyzed a wide range of specialized copyright and other IP issues for the entertainment and media industries, including complex issues of “termination of transfers,” fair use, and international transactions.
  • Retained by an established publisher of books, journals, Internet content, and audiovisual works, as well as a full range of other works to draft new model agreements with authors that take into consideration the changing nature of publishing.
  • Negotiated numerous publication agreements for authors, identifying issues and crafting original language to serve the needs of authors and publishers in a more effective manner.
  • Evaluated rights and analyzed contracts from past transactions to develop the chain of title on books, films, and many other works in preparation for sales, licensing, and financing.
  • Worked with leading universities to develop new policies and practices for fair use, library preservation, and acquisition of archival collections of international importance.
  • Engaged in sensitive negotiations on behalf of universities and university presses for the acquisition of rights in existing works, clearing the way for the universities to publish the content and incorporate it into major research initiatives.
  • Worked with a wide range of clients to revise the terms of their employment agreements, handbooks, and offer letters to better address terms for intellectual property ownership and management.
  • Engaged with startup companies to protect the diverse intellectual property assets that can become a mainstay of a company’s value, including the importance of protecting data and research results.
  • Provided regular representation of national broadcast networks and local television stations concerning partnership, copyright, trademark, First Amendment, privacy, intrusion, and idea submission issues.
  • Successfully defended a major radio broadcaster against copyright infringement claims.
  • Successfully prosecuted a trademark infringement claim on behalf of a personal care products maker against a multinational perfume company and a high-profile celebrity.
  • Successfully defended a patent infringement action against a seller of products through infomercials and the Internet.
  • Successfully represented Internet companies and individuals on copyright infringement claims relating to file sharing and on contractual issues relating to advertising and traffic agreements.