March 2016

News & Press

WE ARE PLEASED TO REPORT THAT World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 2016 ranked Fross Zelnick in the “gold” tier for the United States, describing the firm as “one of the best and most talented outfits on the market,” and “truly unparalleled in its level of expertise, responsiveness, breadth of experience and collaborative culture.” The publication also specifically mentioned sixteen of our attorneys: LAWRENCE APOLZON (“point man for product and package design”), CARA BOYLE (“excels on global portfolio management and enforcement”), CARLOS CUCURELLA (“has an edge on foreign mandates”), DAVID DONAHUE (“went up to bat for the owner of the JACKSON 5 mark”), SUSAN UPTON DOUGLASS (“tipped for her sharp prosecution skills”), MARK ENGELMANN (“trusted corporate and commercial adviser”), DAVID EHRLICH (“dexterity across the contentious/non-contentious divide”), LYDIA GOBENA (“at the forefront of the international practice”), NADINE JACOBSON (“incredibly detailed knowledge of US and international law”), RICHARD LEHV (“formidable litigator”), JOHN MARGIOTTA (handles counterfeit work “exceedingly well”), CRAIG MENDE (“excellent lawyer”), ALLISON STRICKLAND RICKETTS (“port of call for those seeking worldwide protection” with expertise on the Madrid Protocol), PETER SILVERMAN (“dynamic lawyer with a head for strategy”), BARBARA SOLOMON (“tough negotiator with a high level of respect in the Bar”), and ROGER ZISSU (“adept on all manner of IP briefs”).

WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO REPORT THAT Managing Intellectual Property ranked Fross Zelnick in Tier 1 for “Trademark Contentious” and “Trademark Prosecution” in the United States in its 2016 edition of IP Stars.

RICHARD LEHV’s comments on whether irreparable harm must be proved to obtain a permanent injunction in trademark cases after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2006 decision in eBay v. MercExchange appeared in the Law360 article “Which IP Issues Ducked the Radar in 2015?” on December 22, 2015.

CRAIG MENDE served as a judge at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition East Regional Oral Arguments held on February 6, 2016 at the United States Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, where thirteen teams from law schools in the Eastern U.S. argued an appeal in a hypothetical case concerning a Cuban cigar trademark that could not be used in U.S. commerce due to the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba.

On February 8, 2016, JAMES WEINBERGER was the featured speaker at the February 2016 meeting of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. James gave a presentation on his Ninth Circuit Batmobile win entitled “Pow! Boff! Thwack! What DC Comics v. Towle Means for Copyright Character Protection.”

CHARLES WEIGELL, Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Intellectual Property Law Section, chaired the Section's Annual Meeting Program on January 26, 2016 in New York City. At the meeting, CRAIG MENDE spoke on the panel “Perspectives on Trademark Licensing from In-House and Outside Counsel,” and ROBIN BAYDURCAN moderated the panel “Best Practices in Intellectual Property Protection Using WIPO, Including a Deeper Look at WIPO’s Most Recent Updates.” ASHFORD TUCKER, Co-Chair of the IP Section’s Trademark Committee, helped organize the Annual Meeting.