Intellectual Property

Recognize and protect your most valuable assets.

The lawyers who best understand the value of your intellectual property—whether on the factory floor or in the sound studio—are the lawyers best equipped to represent your interests in the courtroom and at the bargaining table. We are committed to being those lawyers.

That commitment is especially important in the 21st Century. Once upon a time, only a newspaper or a broadcaster needed to be concerned over defamation, invasion of privacy, and rights of publicity. Now every company with a website or a Facebook or Twitter page—and, thus, virtually every company—is a publisher and an advertiser, as is every person with a blog or social media profile. Once upon a time, copyrights were the principal domain of the entertainment industry. Now retailers, banks, and manufacturers have discovered that they, too, own valuable copyrights—indeed, some of our biggest copyright cases have involved disputes within traditional industries that are now hotbeds of copyright litigation. And then there is the field of trademarks. These key company assets—those instantly recognizable symbols of you and your brand that can be worth more than your company’s physical assets—are now even more important and more vulnerable in the Internet Age.

You need the Capes Sokol Intellectual Property practice on your side.

Practice in Action

  • National recording artists, motion picture studios, financial institutions
  • Apparel manufacturers and visual artists
  • The North Face
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Local and national publishers, broadcasters and other content creators
  • Negotiated action figure toy licenses with all of the major professional sports leagues and their players’ organizations on behalf of a toy company
  • Negotiated a license agreement with a major television network concerning several of its shows on behalf of a comic book company

Contact one of our Intellectual Property attorneys to see how we can help you.

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Services 
  • Copyrights
  • Litigation
  • Counseling
  • Fair use
  • Takedown demands
  • Guidance on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • Trademarks | Trademark search and clearance | Trademark registration | Prosecution | Maintenance | Trademark licensing | Trademark protection (enforcement and litigation)
  • Media and entertainment law
 
  • Defamation | Privacy | Right of publicity | False advertising | First Amendment issues | Pre-publication review | Libel clearance
  • Licensing
  • Draft, review, and negotiation of intellectual property license agreements
  • Due diligence | Confirmation of perceived value of assets | Trademarks and patents registration confirmation | Copyright validity | License agreements | Securing trade secrets
  • Domain name disputes | Cybersquatting | Domain theft | Bad faith registration | Arbitration | Mediation

Team

Practice Group Chair

Michael A. Kahn
Shareholder

Attorneys

Drey A. Cooley
Shareholder
Disciplinary
Mark E. Goodman
Shareholder
Michael A. Kahn
Shareholder
Lauren R. Cohen
Associate

Paralegals

Amy L. Murray
Paralegal

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