March 2017

News & Press

FROSS ZELNICK is proud to announce the relocation of its New York City headquarters to 4 Times Square, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036, as of Monday, January 30, 2017. Located at key crossroads, on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets, our offices are a short walk from such convenient transportation hubs as Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. 4 Times Square has been recognized as one of the world's first "green" skyscrapers—the first of its generation to include energy-efficient lighting, high-performance windows, natural gas-powered absorption chillers/heaters, and many other innovative sustainability features. We have designed our own interior space on the 17th floor to create a balance between the collaborative open spaces that reflect the client team approach we have always prized, and the need for quiet, private spaces where confidential and strategic matters can be analyzed with discretion.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT JASON D. JONES became a Partner of the firm effective January 1, 2017. Jason litigates copyright, trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, design patent, and related commercial matters in U.S. federal, state and administrative courts. He also counsels and advises clients concerning intellectual property matters and negotiates trademark and copyright licenses, and coexistence and settlement agreements. Mr. Jones has represented clients in a diverse array of industries. For example, he has successfully enforced intellectual property rights or defended against infringement allegations in cases involving luxury clothing, beauty products, book publishing, automotive products, food and beverages, not-for-profit charities, and musical performers. Mr. Jones is a member of the Intellectual Property Committees of the Federal Bar Council and New York State Bar Association. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches a seminar on litigating intellectual property cases in federal court. Mr. Jones graduated from Hendrix College (B.A. 2000) (cum laude with distinction) and earned his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. 2004) (Order of the Coif), where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Before joining Fross Zelnick, Mr. Jones’ experience included a federal clerkship with the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker, Chief District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY in its 2017 “IP Stars” rankings placed Fross Zelnick in Tier 1 in the United States for Trademark Contentious and Trademark Prosecution. The publication’s Copyright rankings for 2017 are not available at this time.

WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW’S 2017 edition of “WTR 1000” named Fross Zelnick among the world’s leading trademark firms for both Enforcement and Litigation, and Prosecution and Strategy. The publication praised the firm as “stunning . . . with strengths in all areas of trademark prosecution and litigation, domestic and international” that “performs fantastically on short notice.” It lauded the firm’s lawyers as “completely client-driven, collaborative and creative.” Specifically mentioned are LAWRENCE APOLZON and BARBARA SOLOMON (“their expertise, responsiveness and level of service are unparalleled”), CARA BOYLE (“a really thoughtful practitioner”), CARLOS CUCURELLA (“an expert in his field” and “the type of attorney you are proud to know and work with”), DAVID DONAHUE (his “soft IP experience is virtually boundless”), SUSAN UPTON DOUGLASS (“one of the finest trademark lawyers in the United States”), DAVID EHRLICH and MARK ENGELMANN (“prosecute and counsel with panache”), LYDIA GOBENA (“fully understands clients’ need and risk tolerances”), JANET HOFFMAN (“extremely broad international knowledge and a great network of contacts”), NADINE JACOBSON (“seamlessly stitches domestic and foreign strategy together”), RICHARD LEHV (“top-notch negotiation skills”), JOHN MARGIOTTA (“impressively smart”), CRAIG MENDE (“tough and relentless”), ALLISON STRICKLAND RICKETTS (“knows the Madrid system like the back of her hand”), PETER SILVERMAN (“excellent in global enforcement and litigation strategies”), JAMES WEINBERGER (“smart and business-minded”), and ROGER ZISSU (“famed for his vibrant copyright practice”).

DAVID DONAHUE coauthored an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in support of the petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's decision in Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG, 819 F.3d 697 (4th Cir. 2016). INTA urged the Supreme Court to grant the petition so that it could resolve a split among various U.S. circuit courts as to whether and under what circumstances a foreign trademark owner who does not use its mark in the U.S. has standing to object to the use and registration of the mark by another in the U.S. The Supreme Court denied the petition on February 27, 2017, thus leaving the split among circuit courts in place for now. For background on the Belmora case, please see June 2015 and June 2016 Newsletters.

ERICA GOULD was quoted in the article, “New Opportunities for Global Brand Owners,” published by Managing Intellectual Property on November 27, 2016. She commented on the challenges facing U.S. entities who wish to protect their trademarks in Cuba.