Copyright enforcement and litigation issues have exploded in recent years, fueled by two parallel circumstances: technologies have evolved rapidly in their ability to share information, and intellectual property owners have become more sophisticated in their efforts to monetize those technologies’ value in their portfolios. We work alongside our clients to protect these valuable assets across a range of counseling activities: we prepare demand letters and pursue takedowns; we sue for damages and/or injunctive relief; and we take cases through trial or arbitration, oftentimes on landmark, precedential copyright issues.
From the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to the European Union Directive on Copyright, we maintain a truly global knowledge of copyright legislation and its impact on our clients’ businesses. We understand how each country’s laws and precedents can protect a copyright owner’s rights in an age where infringement can be increasingly difficult to detect and defeat, as well as understanding and supporting market players exploiting and distributing copyright-protected intellectual property in a progressively more regulated era.
We are deeply involved in the complex issues surrounding computer software, including issues relating to the scope of copyright protection and business arrangements for research and development, consulting, and licensing. We have counseled companies on developing products that are compatible with products of other vendors. When these issues proceed to trial, our stellar IP litigation team has the legal and technological savvy to understand these complexities and, equally as important, to explain them to lay judges and juries.
We also bring extensive experience with copyright protection in the publishing industry and the arts to the table, including literary works, theater works, visual artwork, sound recordings, and even multimedia products that combine high technology with traditional forms of expression. We have also represented clients in licensing-related matters, as well as litigation over copyright protection for commercial items such as toys, games, and educational materials.
Our film and entertainment copyright practice has been supporting various major Hollywood studios, television channels, and video-on-demand platforms for almost two decades on all copyright relevant matters relating to the motion picture development, production, and distribution. Some of our recent credits include the Academy Award-winning “Grand Budapest Hotel” and the acclaimed TV series “Homeland” and “Berlin Station.”
Finally, we’re honored to have Paul Goldstein on our copyright team. Serving as Of Counsel to MoFo, Paul is a professor of law at Stanford University and a nationally recognized expert on copyright and related intellectual property issues. He wrote the authoritative four-volume treatise, Goldstein on Copyright, now in its third edition.
Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016
Chambers Global 2018 Global: Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property China: Intellectual Property: International Firms Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms United States: Intellectual Property (Patent) United States: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
Chambers USA 2017 National: Intellectual Property National: International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) California: Intellectual Property California: Intellectual Property (Patent Prosecution) New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington D.C.: Intellectual Property (Litigation) Washington D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: IP Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Patent Litigation (Tier 1)
The National Law Journal 2016 IP Hot List
Legal 500 US 2018 Copyright Patent Litigation: ITC Patent Litigation: Full Coverage Patents: Portfolio Management and Licensing Patent: Prosecution (Including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Trade Secrets Trademarks: Litigation
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 China: Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Managing IP: American Awards Shortlist 2018 United States: Appellate United States: Life Sciences IP Litigation United States: ITC Japan: Patent – Foreign Firms
IAM Patent 1000 2017 California: Litigation (Gold) California: Transactions (Highly Recommended) California: Prosecution Hong Kong: Litigation & Transactions International Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended) National: Transactions National: Litigation Washington D.C.: Litigation
LMG Life Sciences 2017 Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution (Highly Recommended) Patent Strategy and Management (Highly Recommended)
IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
BTI Litigation Outlook “IP VIP” (2015) “IP Litigation Powerhouse” (2014)
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