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Intellectual Property



Working closely with our clients, we leverage every possible IP-related strategy to maximize revenue and accomplish their business objectives.

Our approach

We understand our clients’ innovations and reputations serve as the foundation for building strong companies. In order to generate revenue and compete, companies must protect their inventions and brands while minimizing costly legal disputes and business interruptions.

With first-hand experience in the technology, life sciences, music and fashion sectors, our IP lawyers bring sharp legal skills and insightful industry-specific business judgment to every matter. We monitor trends that impact our clients’ brands, understand the competitive landscape and vigorously defend their IP rights.

Leveraging our diverse team of attorneys, patent agents and technical specialists, including Ph.D.-qualified research scientists and practitioners with technology industry work experience, we help clients stay abreast of the ever-changing U.S. patent system and laws. We recognize and serve each client’s distinct needs, and work to understand how evolving laws may impact those demands in the future.

Who we work with

We represent a broad range of domestic and international entities, including companies in the technology, biotechnology, consumer product and services, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, manufacturers, universities, research institutes and academic medical centers.

Our services

Our IP practice offers a full range of services, including IP litigation, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and technology transfer and licensing.

We also provide proactive and business-focused legal counsel on IP acquisitions and advise on issues involving advertising and promotions, brand management, rights of publicity, domain names, cross-border enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, research, and vendor and outsourcing agreements and contracts.

Representative experience

  • Represent Alibaba Group, a large Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals, on managing an extensive U.S. trademark portfolio. as well as providing brand management counseling.
  • Successfully persuaded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny the institution of IPRs against two separate patents directed to tampon applicators and owned by Edgewell Personal Care Brands (owner of Schick, Playtex, Hawaiian Tropic and Edge brands). (IPR2017-00694 and IPR2017-00693)
  • Represent a well-known international clothing retailer in multiple copyright litigation, trademark litigation, and licensing matters (trademark and copyright), including securing a motion to dismiss two copyright infringement claims with prejudice. In addition, negotiated resolutions to multiple cease-and-desist letters for copyright and trademark infringement claims, as well as trade dress claims and rights of publicity claims.
  • Represent Gameloft, a mobile game developer, in a suit alleging copyright infringement and other claims relating to the development of digital cars used in mobile video games. Glass Egg Digital Media v. Gameloft, Inc. et al. (N.D. Calif.)
  • Represent Materia, a high-performance catalysts provider, in a patent infringement matter involving patents related to Nobel Prize-winning chemical catalyst technology.
  • Defended Pilgrim Films & Television, a television production company and other defendants against patent infringement allegations for a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle that was based on an episode of “American Choppers” where they built a similar vehicle. Tavantzis, et al. v. American Choppers, et al. (M.D. Flor.)
  • Represented Remrylie Licensing, a retailer of clothing, footwear, etc., in a copyright infringement case involving photographs of Tupac Shakur. Dana Ruth Lixenburg v. Bioworld Merchandising Inc., et al. (C.D. Calif.)
  • Assist Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (“SEL”), a Japan-based company that engages in the research and development of crystalline thin film integrated circuits, liquid crystal and organic electroluminescent displays, semiconductor thin film transistors, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, oxide semiconductors, and wireless elements, in building and managing its U.S. patent portfolio.
  • Represented Sierra Wireless, a multinational wireless communications equipment designer and manufacturer, in a patent litigation matter relating to claims arising from OFDM (LTE) and multi-code CDMA technology. The case settled. Wi-Lan v. Sierra Wireless, et al. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Represented Woolich Racing, which designs, manufactures and sells a range of advanced products that allow customers to monitor and reprogram the engine control units (ECU) in Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha motorcycles, in a copyright infringement action involving software for optimizing ECU computers for racing. Techmark Software Pty Ltd TA Woolich Racing v. FT ECU Inc. (C.D. Calif.)
  • Represented Akeso Health Sciences, a nutritional supplements provider, in a trademark and breach of contract case involving a nutritional supplement for migraines. Akeso Health Sciences, LLC v. Quantum, Inc. (D. Or.)
  • Assist the Wyss Institute, a cross-disciplinary research institute at Harvard University focused on developing new bio-inspired materials and devices for applications in health care, manufacturing, robotics, energy and sustainable architecture, in building a patent portfolio related to specific technologies.
  • Assist Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major Boston research hospital that is part of the Partners Healthcare not-for-profit healthcare system, in creating a program that educates researchers and hospital technology transfer staff on IP protection, to protect specific technologies.

ITC Launches Fake Eyelash, Computer Gear , OLED Probes

Law360 | October 26, 2020

This roundup of recently announced investigations by the U.S. International Trade Commission covers the ITC’s announcement that it is looking into allegations that various organic light-emitting diode (OLED) imports were infringing patents held by Solas OLED. The story mentions Washington, D.C. partner Evan Langdon and Chicago associates Paulina Starostka and Vivian Sandoval, all of the Intellectual Property group, for representing Solas.

UC Takes Next Step with Filament Light Bulb Case: Manufacturers and ITC

Technology Transfer Tactics | October 22, 2020

This article, covering the University of California’s patent enforcement campaign related to filament LED light bulbs, quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on a successful initial phase of the campaign, and a recent complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission initiating the second phase. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

UC Expands Patent Lawsuit Against Retailers and Manufacturers

Supply Chain Brain | October 05, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

Why start-ups need to learn about IP

Managing Intellectual Property | October 01, 2020

This article on what entrepreneurs need to know about IP quotes San Francisco Intellectual Property partner oN Lu extensively on whether startups need IP, strategies they can take to monetize their IP, and when to engage an attorney. The article—resulting from NP’s European Innovation Academy involvement—also includes commentary from NP clients on how IP strategies have benefitted their companies in terms of funding, growth, and other factors.

Standing Apart

Intellectual Property Magazine | October 01, 2020

Intellectual Property partner and Life Sciences Practice co-chair Seth Levy and Intellectual Property counsel Peter Wied, both of Los Angeles, contributed this article, based on their alert, which examines the Gensetix Inc v Baylor College of Medicine case and a recent ruling to allow an infringement case to proceed without the state university patent owner’s involvement.

Nixon says ITC probes retailers in patent infringement case

Bloomberg Law | September 30, 2020

This article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s institution of a second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint NP filed on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team in UC’s LED patent enforcement campaign.

USITC targets Ikea and GE in bulb investigation

World IP Review | September 30, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

Investors Back Universities’ Fight for Share of Research Profits

Times Higher Education | September 19, 2020

This article discusses how the LED lighting patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC) could chart a path for other universities to protect their innovations, as well as the role of litigation funding in the campaign. The article quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy.

Nixon Peabody Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign for UCSB

Semiconductor Today | September 15, 2020

This article, covering a recent complaint NP filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the new litigation and the ongoing LED patent enforcement campaign.

UCSB Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign to Protect Its Filament LED Patents

LEDinside | September 14, 2020

This article covers a recent complaint NP filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), expanding the LED patent enforcement campaign with new litigation against six leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products. The NP team is led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.

As AI Evolves, No Need for Overhaul of US Patent System... Yet

insideBIGDATA | September 14, 2020

Chicago Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz and associate Paulina Starostka contributed this article on whether the U.S. patent system needs an overhaul to keep up with the rapid rise in artificial intelligence-related patent activity.

Nixon Peabody Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign Over LED Technology Developed at UC Santa Barbara

Tech Transfer eNews Blog | September 02, 2020

The following article covers a new complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quote Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the ongoing patent enforcement campaign. The complaint seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

University of California Expands Its LED Lamp Patent Infringement Action

LEDs Magazine | September 02, 2020

The following article covers a new complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quote Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the ongoing patent enforcement campaign. The complaint seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

UC Files New Complaint in Lightbulb Licensing Dispute

Pacific Coast Business Times | September 01, 2020

This article, covering a new complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the ongoing patent enforcement campaign. The complaint seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

UC System Asks ITC to Probe Home Depot, Others Over LEDs

Law360 | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

'Edison' Bulb Battle Heats Up With University Targeting GE, Ikea

Bloomberg News | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products. In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

'Not a black-and-white issue:' Legal, business implications of facial recognition tech

Boston Business Journal | July 30, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property associate and deputy leader of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group Troy Lieberman was featured in a Q&A for his outlook on facial recognition technologies in light of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh recently signing into law a ban on government use of these technologies in the city.

Microbiome therapeutics and patent protection

Nature Biotechnology | July 08, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald co-authored this journal article on microbiome therapeutics, and how two U.S. Supreme Court decisions have redefined the scope of which natural phenomena—including microbiome therapeutics—are patent eligible.

Marijuana Social Clubs: How Colorado is Setting the Pace

Cannabis Business Executive | June 17, 2020

This article, on the reopening of Colorado’s marijuana hospitality industry, cites a recent NP alert that details guidelines for cannabis retailers to consider for revamping operations without spreading communicable illnesses. Cannabis Business Executive also re-published the complete NP alert, written by San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Hillary Baca and Rachel Conn.

9th Circ. Says Suit Against H&M Hinges On Copyright Validity

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article mentions Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles, for representing H&M in a dispute involving allegations of fabric design copyright infringement. The NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District to reverse the trial court’s decision.

More Certainty on Limits to Early Section 101 Challenges – How Will This Impact Patent Owners and Applications?

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal | May 01, 2020

Intellectual Property partner Pete Prommer in Chicago and associate Ravi Braich, Ph.D. in Boston contributed this article analyzing the Supreme Court’s denial of several petitions for certiorari on patent decision in HP Inc. v. Berkheimer, and the effect on patent owners and applicants. Click here for the full article.

Gut Check: Microbiome Patent Update

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal | May 01, 2020

Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald in Boston and associate Matt Kitces in Washington, D.C. contributed this article examining the post-grant review challenge of a U.S. patent related microbiomes and the treatment of cancer. The result could provide an indication of how microbiome-related patents will fare when challenged for validity. Click here for the full article.

Validity Attack on US Patent for Bifidobacetrium Combo-Therapy: What can we learn?

Microbiome Times | April 29, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property partners Mark FitzGerald and David Resnick co-authored this article analyzing a recent decision by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a University of Chicago U.S. microbiome patent. The authors note some positive aspects of that decision within the microbiome community, as it provides increased definition around what they can protect with patents.

Patent opportunities and dangers in the microbiome revolution

IAM | April 02, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald discusses how the microbiome—the collection of microbes that occupy the human body—has become an increasingly fruitful source of insights for life sciences researchers looking to develop new therapeutics.

Fed Circuit deals loss to privateer-backed patent holder

Reuters Legal | March 25, 2020

This article highlights an appeals court victory for Nanya Technology Corp., represented by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Peter Wied and Vincent Yip.

Service Providers - Fashion and Retails Lawyers

Women’s Wear Daily | March 25, 2020

This article about the types of matters and questions that fashion and retail attorneys are handling for their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan.

Peloton case an example of intellectual property rights of copyright owners

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.

Personnel changes at IP law firms, organizations

Bloomberg | March 13, 2020

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz to Nixon Peabody.

IP Hires: McDermott, Nixon Peabody, Cooley

Law360 | March 13, 2020

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz to Nixon Peabody.

On the move

Communications Daily | March 13, 2020

This coverage highlights several personnel moves in the Intellectual Property group: the promotion to counsel of Lauren Arnold in Washington, DC, and Jason Kunze and Brad Taub, both in Chicago; and the arrival of partner Dan Schwartz in Chicago.

On the move

World Trademark Review | March 13, 2020

This coverage highlights several personnel moves in the Intellectual Property group: the promotion to counsel of Lauren Arnold in Washington, D.C., and Jason Kunze and Brad Taub, both in Chicago; and the arrival of partner Dan Schwartz in Chicago.

Nixon Peabody nabs 2 new Chicago partners

Law360 | March 11, 2020

This feature story highlights two of the newest arrivals to NP’s Chicago office—Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jon Lively and Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz. Both attorneys said their prior experience working with NP lawyers was a major factor in their decision to join the firm.

The Impact of Overturning eBay v MercExchange

IPWatchdog | March 02, 2020

Washington, DC, Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon wrote this contributed article about the possible impact of proposed legislation that would overturn eBay v. MercExchange, an important Supreme Court decision regarding patent litigation.

The China Spy Scandal that Entangled Harvard Could Hit Yale and MIT Next

Newsweek | February 29, 2020

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides third-party commentary in this article about investigations into scientists and researchers at universities across the country for alleged theft of intellectual property and U.S. secrets as part of a long-term Chinese campaign.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | February 28, 2020

This roundup of executive news includes the arrival of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Daniel Schwartz and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jonathan Lively to Nixon Peabody.

On the move

World Trademark Review | February 28, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the IP space highlights the arrival of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Daniel Schwartz and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jonathan Lively to Nixon Peabody.

Universities should consider ITC for IP protection

Tech Transfer Tactics | February 18, 2020

Intellectual Property partners Evan Langdon of Washington, DC, and Shawn Hansen and Seth Levy of Los Angeles co-wrote this article explaining how the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) can be a “powerfully effective venue” for patent protection. Evan, Shawn, and Seth are leading the NP team representing the University of California in an investigation pending at the ITC concerning LED lightbulb technology. Read the full article on techtransfercentral.com.

Obtaining injunctions under eBay versus at the International Trade Commission

IPWatchdog | February 16, 2020

Washington, DC, Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon co-wrote this contributed article with IPWatchdog founder and CEO Gene Quinn, analyzing the International Trade Commission’s role as an important forum for patent owners in light of the Supreme Court’s eBay decision.

What the University of California case means for retailers and IP in the supply chain

TotalRetail | February 13, 2020

This article analyzes the potential for lasting implications to the global supply chain as a result of the University of California’s (UC) patent enforcement campaign against several retailers selling filament LED lightbulbs. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.

Central Coast tech firms, UCSB use litigation to protect patents

Pacific Coast Business Times | February 07, 2020

The article mentions Nixon Peabody’s ongoing representation of the Regents of the University of California in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement matter, noting that a recent $1.1 billion verdict for the California Institute of Technology in another matter could bode well for UC Santa Barbara. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.

WME Signs 6-Year-Old Vlogger Anastasia Radzinskaia (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter | February 04, 2020

This article about leading entertainment and media agency WME signing vlogger Anastasia Radzinskaia notes Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler as one of the attorneys representing the six-year-old YouTube star.

Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again

The Hechinger Report | January 17, 2020

In this article about the ways universities succeed or fail in monetizing their intellectual property, Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy talks about NP’s patent enforcement work on behalf of the University of California.

University of California targets General Electric in campaign against patent infringement

Tech Transfer Central | January 08, 2020

This article quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy discussing Nixon Peabody’s representation of the University of California, which has sued General Electric as part of its ongoing campaign to enforce its patents on LED lightbulb technology. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.

UCSB adds GE to lawsuit defending LED patents

Pacific Coast Business Times | January 02, 2020

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy is quoted in this story covering the latest developments in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement campaign to protect its LED lightbulb technology, including the addition of General Electric as a defendant. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.

Personnel Changes at IP Law Firms, Organizations

Bloomberg Law | December 13, 2019

This roundup of personnel changes notes Rochester Corporate associate Brandon Coyle’s arrival to Nixon Peabody.

‘Post-Chemical World’ Is Taking Shape as Agribusiness Goes Green

Bloomberg News | December 12, 2019

In this article about how agribusiness is shifting to sustainable alternatives, Boston Intellectual Property patent agent Nicole Kling provides commentary about increased agricultural patenting technology as researchers work to promote organic and non-GMO farming.

A Year Out and a Supreme Court Case Still Leaves Patent Questions Unanswered

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal | December 05, 2019

Intellectual Property associates Sydney Pritchett, Ben Rosborough and Ravi Braich authored this patent alert about remaining questions and uncertainty following the U.S. Supreme Court ‘s ruling in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.

LEDVANCE Reaches Agreement on UC Santa Barbara's Patented LED Technology

Yahoo! Finance | December 02, 2019

This announcement related to UC Santa Barbara's first-of-its-kind patent enforcement campaign shares that LEDVANCE, one of the world’s leading general lighting providers, has entered into a licensing agreement that authorizes the company to manufacture and distribute UC Santa Barbara’s patented filament LED technology. LEDVANCE is the largest manufacturer to date that has signed a licensing agreement. The announcement mentions Nixon Peabody for representing UC Santa Barbara.

Protecting explainable AI innovations in health care

Forbes | November 19, 2019

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Erik Birkeneder also has a new Forbes column, focused on a new frontier in health care AI that has potential to advance diagnostic care but also presents thorny issues related to IP protection.

A Full Plate

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 05, 2019

For the 20th anniversary of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40 list, Chicago Intellectual Property partner Janet Garetto is featured in an article on her practice and how it connects to her family’s background operating a regional pizza chain.

'Party and Bulls--t': NY judge rules phrase is fair use in Notorious B.I.G., Rita Ora songs

Billboard | September 05, 2019

This story highlights Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, all of Los Angeles, who successfully defended their client, the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Law360 | September 05, 2019

This story highlights Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, all of Los Angeles, who successfully defended their client, the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

2nd Circuit says Biggie's “Party And B*******” is fair use

Law360 | September 04, 2019

This story quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan discussing the successful defense of the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Intellectual Property associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, both of Los Angeles, also worked on this matter.

ITC to Probe Amazon, Walmart, Others in LED Patent Case

Law360 | August 29, 2019

This article highlights recent developments in the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at UC Santa Barbara. On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation in response to UC’s complaint, filed in July by the Nixon Peabody team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.

Microbiome biotechs grapple with how to protect their IP

Boston Business Journal | August 08, 2019

This story quotes Boston Intellectual Property partner David Resnick on best practices and challenges facing microbiome companies, which create novel disease-fighting treatments from naturally occurring substances, as they try to patent their innovations.

How the EU copyright directive affects esports live streams

Esports Insider | August 06, 2019

Intellectual Property associates Jason Kunze of Chicago and Jennette Psihoules of Washington DC participated in the latest edition of the regular feature “Ask the Esports Lawyers.”  In this edition, Jason and Jennette look at how the European Union copyright directive may impact esports.

Ikea, Amazon, and the billion-dollar war over light bulb design

Fast Company | August 02, 2019

This article highlights the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at the university. An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen is representing UC in this campaign.

Brunetti case attempts to further determine “unprotected speech”

Rochester Business Journal | July 26, 2019

This column by Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk analyzes a recent Supreme Court decision on whether individuals have a First Amendment right to register federal trademarks of “obscene” words and phrases. The column is based on an NP Alert written by Intellectual Property partners Jeff Costellia, Jason Kravitz and Deanna Kunze, and associate Anthony Duncan.

Armenian Bar Association turns 30, marks anniversary with flair and education

The Armenian Mirror-Spectator | June 20, 2019

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Thad Stauber appeared on an Armenian Bar Association panel to discuss “the hitches and hurdles in efforts to reclaim vestiges of cultural heritage through the court and arbitral systems.”

PTAB rejects CBM challenges to profit measurement patents

Law360 | May 31, 2019

This article mentions Chicago Intellectual Property counsel Matt Werber and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Jennifer Hayes for their representation of B*IEOR in a matter before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted masterpiece, judge rules

Bloomberg | April 30, 2019

In the following media coverage, Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber is quoted on Tuesday’s federal court ruling that found the Madrid-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Thad and Los Angeles partner Sarah André, counsel Aaron Brian, and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan represented the Foundation in this matter.

Patent office issues new guidance on patent applications

Rochester Business Journal | February 22, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, with the help of Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Jennifer Hayes and Washington, DC, Intellectual Property associates Anthony Duncan and Emily Sandhaus, authored this column the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s new guidance on software patent applications.

Justices agree that secret sales bar patent protection

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | February 04, 2019

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Jennifer Hayes and Chicago Intellectual Property associate Ben Rosborough authored this column about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S. and how it impacts patent protection.

Alum Ellie Altshuler is Ahead of the Curve

November 05, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is featured in this Loyola Law School article on the path she took to becoming the go-to lawyer for YouTube content creators and social media influencers seeking to expand their brand.

How Franchising and Licensing Can Be Avenues to Expand Your Fitness Business

Club Industry | October 31, 2018

In the second part of this two-part column, Nixon Peabody attorneys Kristin Jamberdino, Keri McWilliams, and Tarae Howell discuss potential avenues of expansion for fitness studios, including licensing and franchising. Click here to read Part Two.

High court to address rift on bankrupt brands' trademarks

Law360 | October 26, 2018

Boston Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy partner Lee Harrington is quoted in this article about his representation of Tempnology in a trademark licensing case that was just taken up by the Supreme Court.

Thinking about a no-poach agreement

Corporate Counsel | October 26, 2018

Washington DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner Alycia Ziarno is quoted in this article on the Department of Justice’s evolving position on no-poach agreements, in which companies agree not to recruit each other’s employees.

How to expand your fitness business through brand management and careful investment

Club Industry | October 23, 2018

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kristin Jamberdino; Washington, DC, Corporate partner Keri McWilliams; and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell co-wrote a two-part contributed article advising boutique fitness entrepreneurs on best practices for expanding their brands.

How to expand your fitness business through brand management and careful investment

Club Industry | October 22, 2018

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kristin Jamberdino, Washington DC Corporate partner Keri McWilliams and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell co-wrote a two-part contributed article advising boutique fitness entrepreneurs on best practices for expanding their brands. Click here to read Part One.

Brand battles

Law360 | September 20, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of new action at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for our representation of Alibaba in a trademark dispute with Discovery Inc., owner of the Discovery Channel.

21st-century influencer

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 29, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this article for her outlook on challenges surrounding content ownership as the relationship between brands and social media influencers evolves.

Senate approves legislation to crack down on patent trolls

The Boston Globe | July 27, 2018

Boston Intellectual Property co-practice group leader Jason Kravitz is quoted in this article analyzing legislation approved by the Massachusetts Senate to reduce patent infringement claims made by “patent trolls.”  Jason says such legislation is important in a state with a strong entrepreneurial economy.

Top 40 under 40

Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 24, 2018

Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Nine common mistakes that early-stage businesses make

Long Island Business News | June 21, 2018

Long Island corporate partner Richa Naujoks is quoted in this article discussing the need for early-stage businesses to have proper partnership agreements and an IP protection strategy in place.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 06, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

Eye drop suit must stay tossed, pharma companies tell 1st Circuit

Law360 | April 18, 2018

Litigation Department Chair Scott O’Connell is mentioned in this article as one of the attorneys for a group of pharmaceutical companies asking the First Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a U.S. District Court ruling that rejected a lawsuit aimed at forcing a redesign of eye drop bottles.

Why hasn't the hip-hop boom pushed more black executives to the top?

Billboard | April 12, 2018

Los Angeles IP Counseling and Transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article discussing the lack of black executives in an industry that is increasingly driven by urban music and black culture.

Power Lawyers: 11 Top Music Attorneys for John Legend, BTS and More

The Hollywood Reporter | April 04, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty, whose clients include Childish Gambino and the estate of Notorious B.I.G., has been named a Top Music Attorney in the Power Lawyers issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Company Punished for Dodging Discovery Tied to $75M IP Loss

Law360 | March 29, 2018

Albany commercial litigation partner Bill Reynolds is mentioned in this article for his representation of AngioDynamics Inc., which has spent years trying to collect a $75 million IP judgment from Biolitec AG. The latter company now faces up to $1 million in fines if it does not comply with discovery requests.

DQ Sues W.B. Mason over Use of “Blizzard”

Boston Herald | March 17, 2018

In the following coverage, Boston IP litigation partner Jason Kravitz is mentioned as lead attorney for W.B. Mason in its countersuit against Dairy Queen, about a trademark case over the use of the term “Blizzard.” “We obviously don’t think we’re in the wrong, at all,” Kravitz said. “These are fundamentally different business lines—fundamentally different channels of trade. We don’t think any reasonable person is ever going to confuse a bottle of water with W.B. Mason on the label and a Dairy Queen frozen dessert.”

Office Supplier Fires Back at Dairy Queen in Trademark Spat

Courhouse News Service | March 15, 2018

In the following coverage, Boston IP litigation partner Jason Kravitz is mentioned as lead attorney for W.B. Mason in its countersuit against Dairy Queen, about a trademark case over the use of the term “Blizzard.” “We obviously don’t think we’re in the wrong, at all,” Kravitz said. “These are fundamentally different business lines—fundamentally different channels of trade. We don’t think any reasonable person is ever going to confuse a bottle of water with W.B. Mason on the label and a Dairy Queen frozen dessert.”

Frances McDormands Diversity Dream for Hollywood Faces Hurdles

Bloomberg | March 14, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this story about the possibility of widespread adoption for “inclusion riders”— a clause in an entertainer’s contract that mandates a diverse cast and crew for the project.

WB Mason Strikes Back Against Dairy Queen 'Blizzard' Suit

Law360 | March 14, 2018

In the following coverage, Boston partners Jason Kravitz and Gina McCreadie, senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, and associate Leslie Hartford are mentioned for representing W.B. Mason in a trademark infringement case against Dairy Queen over the use of the word “blizzard.”

Buffett's Dairy Queen sues W.B. Mason over 'Blizzard'

Law360 | March 14, 2018

In the following coverage, Boston partners Jason Kravitz and Gina McCreadie, senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, and associate Leslie Hartford are mentioned for representing W.B. Mason in a trademark infringement case against Dairy Queen over the use of the word “blizzard.”

Daily Dicta: Nixon Peabody’s B.I.G. Win

AmLaw Daily | March 11, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty successfully defended the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright suit. Riordan is quoted in this article, saying the ruling “is sure to become an influential decision on music copyright infringement cases.”

Copyright Lawsuit Against Rita Ora, Notorious B.I.G. Estate Dismissed

Billboard | March 08, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are quoted for their representation of the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in the successful defense of a copyright suit filed by a 1960s revolutionary poet.

Notorious B.I.G. Shakes Copyright Row Over 'Party' Song

Law360 | March 08, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are mentioned in this article on NP’s win representing the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. A judge ruled the rapper’s use of a phrase from a 1960s poem was permissible under copyright law because it was “transformative.”

What Does Black History Month Mean to the Music Industry?

Pigeons and Planes | February 25, 2018

Los Angeles IP transactions and counseling of counsel Carron Mitchell is quoted in this article on how she views the significance of Black History Month in the music industry, and the need for greater representation in leadership roles.

Report: Esports, Social Media Stars Drive Digital Media Job Growth

Los Angeles Business Journal | February 15, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this article on what metrics are most important in measuring social media impact.

A To-Do List for New USPTO Director Iancu

Law360 | February 04, 2018

Washington DC IP counseling and transactions partner Jeffrey Costellia is quoted in this article about the possibility of reforms at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Andrei Iancu was confirmed as the new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which oversees the board.

STYLE - Stating Her Fashion Case: Ellie Altshuler - Nixon Peabody

Los Angeles Business Journal | February 01, 2018

This feature of Los Angeles IP counseling & transactions partner Ellie Altshuler discusses her promotion to partner and how she fuses her practice in fashion law with her fashion style.

Music Attorney Julian Petty on Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest & Childish Gambino's RCA Deal

Billboard Magazine | February 01, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is profiled in Billboard, the top trade publication in the music industry. Petty talks about how a love of hip-hop led him from a small town in New York to Def Jam Records to a career representing artists such as Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Vince Staples and the estate of The Notorious B.I.G.

2018 preview: With business booming, new pressures on music industry

Billboard | January 04, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty provides commentary in this roundup article about predictions for the music industry in 2018.

H&M, Unicolors face off on Day 1 of fabric copyright trial

Law360 | December 04, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan and counsel Aaron Brian are mentioned in this article about a copyright infringement trial in LA for representing clothing retailer H&M.

Contacts

Jeffrey L. Costellia

Partner
Co-leader, Intellectual Property

jcostellia@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 202-585-8207

Jason C. Kravitz

Partner
Co-leader, Intellectual Property

jkravitz@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 617-345-1318

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