Representative Experience

  • Represented a toy company in defense of copyright infringement and implied contract claims involving an animated children’s television show.
  • Represented Reelin’ in the Years Productions in connection with its acquisition of all rights in the popular European music show Countdown and also in its handling of the archives of The Merv Griffin Show.
  • Defended a federal contractor in a copyright infringement case involving source code, prevailing at the trial court and the appeals court, and obtaining an award of legal fees against the plaintiff.

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  • Advisory
    • Advised a multinational bank in all IP matters worldwide, including copyright, patent, trademark, licensing, IP diligence, IP agreements, monetization, domain names; handles patent and trademark litigation and opposition matters.
    • Represented sports leagues and professional sports teams.
    • Represented virtual worlds service providers and social networking websites.
    • Advised creators of fictional content on the copyrightability of characters and other copyright issues.
    • Advised financial service companies on copyright issues on research reports, client portals, work product of all kinds, artwork and use of third-party data.
    • Advised educational institutions concerning copyright issues, including with respect to faculty and student output.
    • Advised corporations on the use of music, images and other works in advertising and on corporate identity.
    • Advised academic partnerships as well as clients in the restaurant and hospitality industries in the creation of books and other printed and online material.
  • Film
    • Advised on copyright and contract issues for the documentary film Burt’s Buzz.
    • Advised on copyright issues for the documentary film Batkid Begins and related contracts and clearances.
    • Advised on copyright issues for the documentary Unexpected Justice and handled related contracts.
    • Represented filmmaker Village Beat on copyright issues for the Tough Bond documentary film and protected the copyrights; handled related agreements.
  • Transactional
    • Represented numerous service providers and investors in copyright issues arising in mergers, acquisitions and financings.
  • Dispute Resolution
    • Provided copyright infringement defense for Evolation Yoga, convincing the 9th Circuit that famous yogi Bikram Choudhury’s described sequence of poses and breathing exercises were not eligible for copyright protection.
    • Represented a media company in an indemnity matter arising out of a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement and unfair competition in connection with online radio stations.
    • Defended a media company in litigation alleging copyright infringement regarding use of plaintiff’s photos on its website. Favorably settled, with our client retaining free perpetual license to use the photographs.
    • Represented HealthNet in copyright and breach of contract lawsuit alleged over the installation of certain advanced software programs. Achieved very favorable settlement on eve of trial.
    • Defended a copyright and right of publicity lawsuit relating to the use of an artist’s image on in-store marketing displays for a national clothing store chain.
    • Represented the San Diego County Apartment Association in a copyright dispute with the California Apartment Association over the copyrightability of apartment rental forms. Successfully opposed a temporary restraining order.
    • Handled plagiarism matter for the American Thoracic Society, getting infringing medical journal article authors to agree to cease publishing and distributing the article and getting publishing company to print retraction.
    • Represented a licensor in pursuing claim of copyright ownership under work-for-hire doctrine and defending claim for copyright infringement.
  • Licensing
    • Assisted music and film industry clients with copyright issues in connection with acquisition of archival content, both audio and audiovisual; rights deals; and both inbound and outbound distribution licenses.
    • Handled copyright licensing due diligence and enforcement issues pertaining to licenses and related right of publicity issues.
    • Represented one of the digital satellite radio companies regarding its music licensing needs.
    • Negotiated a statutory license for use of digital music on the internet for a group of commercial webcasters.
    • Drafted a series of license and assignment forms for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to use with speakers, authors, photographers and other originators of works for the organization.
  • Publishing
    • Advised on issues arising out of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as well as issues pertaining to the convergence of copyright law and First Amendment law, generally arising out of fair use claims.
    • Advised on copyright issues and copyright-related transactions in connection with printed and digital books and magazines, online publications, social media content and mobile apps.
    • Represented content publishers in connection with claims of rights by third parties.
    • Represented the San Diego Museum of Natural History on copyrights and related issues for a book containing images of botanic art, and prepared related contracts.
    • Represented the Angel Island Conservancy on copyright and related issues for the book Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain and related publishing contract.
    • Advised the Golden Gate National Parks Association on copyright issues related to book publishing, graphics, merchandise creation, and handled related agreements.
    • Represented Filoli on copyrights for creating and publishing a Florilegium of the Filoli gardens.
  • Health Care
    • Provided copyright advice and handled application and registration for health care-related software companies.
    • Provided copyright advice to a medical research and development company.
  • Pro Bono
    • Represented a nonprofit educational agency in defense of a lawsuit asserting copyright infringement based upon alleged use going beyond scope of license, achieving an advantageous settlement resulting in the assignment of the copyrighted software and works at issue.
    • Assisted the San Francisco Ballet and other performing rights organizations with copyright clearances and licensing of copyrighted works.
    • Represented the Bread & Roses Benefit Agency in stopping unauthorized use of recordings from benefit concerts.
    • Assisted Climate One with copyright issues and strategies, as well as related agreements.
    • Represented the San Diego Youth Services on copyright issues and related contracts.
    • Advised the San Francisco Parks Trust on copyright issues and strategies.
    • Represented the Del Sol String Quartet with copyright issues, related clearance and related agreements.
    • Advised Defenders of Wildlife on copyright issues.
    • Represented the National Writing Project on copyright issues and strategies.
    • Represented the New York Bar Board of Examiners on copyright issues.

Practice Area Highlights

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Intellectual Property in Northern Virginia, three IP partners ranked in Northern Virginia and one IP partner recognized in Texas (2021).
  • Recognized nationally as a top-tier firm for IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, Copyright Law and Trademark Law with 12 lawyers ranked individually, including one named as Ones to Watch, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2022).
  • Ranked in California, Washington, DC and Texas as one of the top trademark practices by World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000” and six lawyers named individually, including one lawyer receiving a national ranking for trademark prosecution (2021).

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  • Ranked nationally for patent prosecution and trademark prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, nine Pillsbury lawyers recognized as “IP Stars” and one lawyer recognized as a “Rising Star” (2021).