John Margiotta’s practice is broadly focused on both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to intellectual property. He advises, litigates, mediates, and arbitrates in the areas of copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, design patent, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, false advertising, trademark dilution, breach of contract, right of publicity, First Amendment, and internet-related matters. Though John practices across many industries, the majority of his clients are in the luxury fashion, watch, and jewelry industries, and he has specialized knowledge in those areas.
Recognized by leading legal industry publications, John appears in federal district and appellate courts across the country, and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, acting on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants alike. He also appears in domain-name recovery cases before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
On the non-contentious side, John negotiates and drafts a wide range of commercial agreements, including vendor agreements, celebrity endorsement contracts, appearance contracts, personal services contracts, apparel and consumer goods licenses, transfer and assignments of rights agreements, commissioned art and author-publisher agreements, software and SAS licenses, sponsorship agreements, dealer and distribution agreements, and trademark coexistence agreements.
John regularly advises clients on trademark clearance and registration issues, gray goods enforcement, copyright registration and protection, trademark and anti-counterfeiting enforcement strategies, as well as international portfolio management. He works with clients spanning a wide range of industries, including luxury brands, watches, jewelry, shoes, apparel, wine and liquor, banking, auditing, consulting, entertainment, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, facilities management services, publishing, and software.