Litigation of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition cases in federal trial and appeals courts; opposition and cancellation proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Significant experience with issues related to comparative advertising, the entertainment industry (such as protection of film titles), use of surveys in litigation, trade dress, Internet-related issues; and parody and First Amendment issues.
Union College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1969); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1972). Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa.
Member: International Trademark Association, Trademark Mediators Network (2012-present); Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (Trustee and Member of Executive Committee, 1999-2002); Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Copyright and Literary Property, 1983-1986;Committees on: Legal Assistance, 1977-1981).
Speaker: “Cancellation of Registrations for Defamatory Trademarks,” in “Washington Redskins: A Multi-Disciplinary Discussion” at Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, April 21, 2015; “Recent U.S. Trademark Law Developments” 14th International Trademark Conference, at the European Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, in Alicante, Spain, October 23-24, 2014; “Television and Disruptive Technologies: Copyright’s New Frontier” Copyright Society of the USA Panel Discussion, New York, NY, December 11, 2012; “Painting with Too Broad a Brush” in “Functionality and Trademark Law in the U.S. and EU.” 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference at Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, April 13, 2012; “Trademarks, a Year in Review.” American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, October 23, 2010; “Jury Trials in Trademark and Copyright Cases.” New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2009 Fall Meeting, Bolton Landing New York, October 16, 2009; "The Trademark Dilution Revision Act New Opportunities and Challenges for Surveys." American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2007 Spring Meeting, Boston, Mass., May 10, 2007. "Surveys in TTAB Cases." International Trademark Association, forum on Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice for Advanced Practitioners, Arlington, Va., December 11, 2003; "Working With Survey Experts." American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2003 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 30, 2003; "Summary Judgment in Copyright Cases." Copyright Society of the USA, Luncheon Seminar on Copyright Litigation, New York, NY, May 22, 2003.
Instructor: Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School (since 2004), where he teaches a seminar in Trademark and Copyright Litigation. In 2006 he taught Trademark Law at Columbia. From 1994 to 2003, he taught Trademark Law at Brooklyn Law School.
Selected for inclusion in Chambers guide; described as highly regarded for his trademark litigation expertise and highly specialized knowledge in the IP field. Named one of "The World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners" in a survey of 4,000 practitioners conducted by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine in June, 2008; Member of Fross Zelnick litigation department, named "Top Trademark Litigation Team" in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine in 1999; Named one of the "Best Lawyers in New York" by New York Magazine, June, 2008; Recognized in the 2008 edition of Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, published by Euromoney Legal Media Group; Included in the list of New York Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property by "New York Super Lawyers 2006 - Manhattan Edition" and in Intellectual Property Litigation by "New York Super Lawyers 2007 - Metro Edition."
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