Intellectual Property

As communications technologies evolve, so do the definitions of protected intellectual property and proprietary rights, including copyright, trademark, and licensing. What material can media companies repost from social media platforms without risking claims of copyright infringement? How can a company safely post information about stories published by other media companies? How can a company best protect its IP assets from infringement?

Through ongoing consultancy, negotiation, and, if necessary, litigation, Lerman Senter helps clients safely navigate the complex terrain of intellectual property rights, while helping trademark and copyright holders maintain full legal protection. We make it possible for clients large and small to avoid or successfully resolve disputes — and as cost-effectively as possible. We welcome you to contact us for more information about our Intellectual Property practice.

Lerman Senter attorneys provide a full spectrum of intellectual property-related services, including:

  • Providing analysis and advice on federal, international and state trademark and copyright enforcement and defense strategies
  • Providing ongoing consultation with broadcast clients on range of copyright and trademark issues, including social media-related issues
  • Negotiating the purchase and licensing of content for print publication, broadcast, webcasts, and streaming
  • Assisting with clearance, registration, and maintenance of federal, state, and international trademarks
  • Providing domain name dispute resolution services
  • Registering and enforcing copyrights for media clients
  • Advising on legal and business issues involving the Internet and e-commerce, including streamed broadcast programming
  • Counseling on linking practices and copyright issues related to licensing audio and video content, including broadcast signals
  • Advising on emerging standards, legislation, and enforcement regarding online advertising practices
  • Representing clients in federal courts and before national and international administrative agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Representative Matters

  • Defended and negotiated a favorable settlement in a copyright infringement dispute related to use of third-party photographs on clients’ websites
  • Successfully enforced a client’s rights in a trademark infringement dispute, resulting in prompt cessation of infringement
  • Represented clients in WIPO administrative proceedings to recover a pirated domain name
  • Defended against trademark infringement claims and negotiated favorable settlements
  • Advised on copyright and licensing issues related to streaming of foreign content into the United States
  • Counseled a client regarding trademark coexistence agreement related to complex licensing arrangement

Key Clients

Connecticut Public Television, Beasley Media Group, Sarkes Tarzian