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Sydney Pritchett

Sydney Pritchett is an associate in the Intellectual Property practice group and a member of the Fashion Law, Entertainment, Arts and Cultural Institutions and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) teams. She counsels and represents organizations in litigation, mediation and domestic arbitration.

What do you focus on?

Intellectual Property Litigation

I help clients in the fashion and entertainment industries prepare for and navigate matters involving trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity, trade secrets, bankruptcy and contract disputes. I counsel clients on the risks and advantages that come with various litigation strategies, keeping in mind the varying priorities across all industries and fields.

Brand Protection and Commercialization

I provide transactional assistance to brands to help navigate the uncertain legal framework and use the legal structure to achieve their goals. I strategically counsel clients on how contract enforcement and intellectual property protection will affect their overall business. I especially work with clients in the fashion and entertainment space, as they create deals to monetize and promote their brands.

What do you see on the horizon?

As the internet and social media lead to increased and easier sharing, more and more intellectual property is available online. Clients will need to think ahead about how to use this increased publicity to their advantage, while still protecting their intellectual property.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended the Estate of the Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright infringement case based on the lyrics of the artist’s song, “Party and Bullsh*t.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of fair use. This is the first fair use ruling for music lyrics and is the first fair use ruling affirmed with a written decision. Abiodun Oyewole v. Rita Ora et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Negotiated settlements for celebrity clients based on brand enforcement.
  • Advised fashion clients regarding legal risk of marketing and design strategies.
  • Counseled clients through litigation from the filing of complaint through the enforcement of judgment.

Contact

Sydney Pritchett

Associate

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6117


Fax: 844-864-3754

Harvard Law School, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

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