Craig Mende is a Partner in the firm's litigation department. He litigates and counsels on a broad range of trademark, copyright, right of publicity and new media matters; drafts, negotiates and advises on trademark and copyright licenses, purchase agreements and website agreements; and oversees anti-counterfeiting enforcement programs for clients in the apparel, healthcare and other industries.
Prior positions: Associate in the litigation department at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and Counsel at Arista Records.
Haverford College (B.A., with Honors in Philosophy, 1986); New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991). Order of the Coif. Libel Defense Resources Center Fellowship, 1990-1991.
Law Clerk to Hon. Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1991-1992.
Copyright Society of the U.S.A.: Trustee and Executive Committee Member (2014-present); Co-Chair, New York Chapter (2011-2014). American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section); International Trademark Association (INTA); International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC). Speaker on copyright, trademark, anti-counterfeiting and online infringement issues at events including for Copyright Society of the U.S.A. annual meeting; California CPA Education Foundation's Entertainment Industry Conference; American Conference Institute's Corporate Counsel's Guide to Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Integrity Protection conference.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation (2017); recognized as a copyright specialist and in the trademark litigation and dispute resolution category in the Legal 500 US Guide; also recognized in Who’s Who Legal Trademarks; WTR 1000 (World Trademark Review); Managing IP and New York Super Lawyers (Intellectual Property Litigation); Named one of the "Top 50 under 45" intellectual property lawyers by IP Law & Business (2007).
New York State
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuits