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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, trade secret misappropriation 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.

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.

Here are some of the legal implications of virtual reality in esports

Forbes | October 23, 2017

Los Angles commercial litigation associate Brianna Howard is featured in this Q&A about the legal implications of incorporating virtual reality and other new technologies into the esports industry, specifically intellectual property rights.

What’s in a name? Choosing and protecting your esports brand

Medium.com | October 22, 2017

Rochester IP counseling and transactions associate Colleen Raimond authored this article about how esports players and teams can create and protect their brands.

4 things marketers should know about the FTCs latest crackdown on influencer-driven social media

Adweek | October 09, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions associate Ellie Altshuler is quoted throughout this article about the recent updates made to the Federal Trade Commission’s endorsement guidelines and their effects on social marketers.

Drugmaker asks federal judge to invalidate rival company patents

Los Angeles Daily Journal | October 09, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in this article about drug maker Amgen Inc.’s request for a federal judge to invalidate patents claimed by a rival company so it can create a generic, less expensive version of a popular cancer drug.

Building a new brand? IP attorney shares basic exercise to traverse starting a new trademark

FoodNavigator-USA | October 05, 2017

Chicago IP counseling and transactions partner Janet Garetto is featured in this Q&A article about IP protections for food manufacturers.

8 things every artist should know before signing a deal

Pigeons & Planes | October 02, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions of counsel Carron Mitchell is quoted in this roundup article of advice for artists to consider before signing a deal with a music label.

A round of applause

Upscale Magazine | September 30, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty was named one of the “Top 25 in 2017” by Upscale Magazine.

Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

TechCrunch | September 21, 2017

Los Angles IP counseling and transactions associate Erik Birkeneder authored this column about the future and benefits of health care mobile applications.

Intellectual Property, International Scale

USF Lawyer | September 21, 2017

In this USF Lawyer “Alumni News” column (page 29) and on the USF Law School website, On Lu is featured for his focus on monetizing intellectual property, as well as his role as a USF alumnus.

Nixon Peabody's on-site incubator a boost for LGBT entrepreneurs

American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law.com | September 13, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature article about the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

International due diligence in cross-border franchise transactions

Franchise Law Journal | August 31, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Kendal Tyre, public company transactions associate Pierce Han and IP litigation associate Nia Newton authored this article about the due-diligence first steps that franchising systems should take when expanding internationally.

To avoid copyright disaster, the future of game streaming is licensing

VentureBeat | August 22, 2017

Los Angeles commercial litigation associates Brianna Howard and Jessica Walker and Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze contributed this article on how licensing agreements can protect online streaming platforms from copyright infringement in the gaming industry.

Legal experts weigh in on the Gucci vs. Forever 21 stripe trademark battle

Hollywood Reporter | August 13, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about dueling trademark lawsuits between Gucci and Forever 21.

Most influential IP attorneys

Los Angeles Business Journal | August 13, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty has been named one of the entertainment industry’s most influential IP attorneys.  This article highlights his work and his clients.

Billboard's 2017 top music lawyers revealed, led by Joel Katz

Billboard | July 16, 2017

Billboard Magazine has named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty as a top music lawyer in 2017. 

The Wild West of Record Deals: With Industry in Flux, Labels and Artists Shake Things Up

Billboard | June 21, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article on the changing economics of the music industry and the recent surge in new signings. Click here to read the full article.

Jay-Z brings new Sprint-endorsed album '4:44' to Tidal and reignites debate over exclusivity

The Los Angeles Times | June 18, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article about rapper Jay-Z’s newest album that will be released exclusively through the streaming service Tidal, which he co-owns. Click here to read the full article.

What do companies need to know to avoid legal missteps?

MedCity News | June 14, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions associate Erik Birkeneder and health care associate Daniel Eliav co-authored this article about legal issues digital health companies should consider.

Attorneys react to Supreme Court patent venue ruling

Law360 | May 21, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in the following articles discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in the patent case TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, which limits where plaintiffs can file patent lawsuits.

Supreme Court ruling could hinder ‘patent trolls’

The New York Times | May 21, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in the following articles discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in the patent case TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, which limits where plaintiffs can file patent lawsuits.

Ten legal issues to watch when it comes to eSports

Forbes | May 18, 2017

Associates Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Matt Morris, Chris Queenin and Brianna Howard co-authored this article about legal issues the booming eSports industry should consider.

Connections: "Finger Lakin' Good" and trademark law

WXXI News | April 30, 2017

Rochester IP counseling and transactions partner Kristen Mollnow Walsh appeared on this radio segment to discuss a case of alleged “corporate bullying” by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | April 27, 2017

This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.

Most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal | April 23, 2017

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers.

Supreme Court decides how far patent laws can reach

Rochester Business Journal | April 20, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington DC IP counseling and transactions partner Jeff Costellia and Chicago IP counseling and transactions associate Angelo Christopher co-authored this column about a Supreme Court decision regarding the reach of U.S. patent rights for exported products.

10 Questions: For rap and hip-hop artists, LA lawyer Julian Petty represents

ABA Journal | March 31, 2017

This Q&A with Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty highlights his notable clients, his work and how he got a start in entertainment law. Click here to read the full article.

Read fine print on learning apps, experts warn

Education Week | March 27, 2017

Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze is quoted in this article about safeguarding student data privacy in online educational apps.

California court denies employer’s request to unmask author of anonymous post

SHRM | March 27, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steve Richard contributed this article about a company’s efforts to remove a former employee’s anonymous online post which the company believed revealed company trade secrets.

5 keys to high court’s cheerleader uniform ruling

Law360 | March 21, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 6-2 decision regarding copyright law and decorative elements on cheerleading uniforms.

Biosimilar battle heads to high court

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | February 14, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen authored this column about an upcoming case in the U.S. Supreme Court that will deal with Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA), which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Education conscious people

Fashion Consciousness Magazine | February 09, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is featured in this story that focuses on her work in fashion law.

Wheelchair Superhero

NBC Boston & New England Cable News | January 26, 2017

This media clip highlights the Wheelchair Man book launch party hosted at the Nixon Peabody Boston office and features pro bono client, Mohammed Sayed (AKA Wheelchair Man). Boston IP counseling & transactions partner David Resnick and public company transactions associate Tevia Pollard helped Mohammed create his new non-profit RimPower.

Pitbull, The-Dream, Gallant & music insiders share 2017 predictions

Billboard | January 08, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this roundup of music industry predictions for 2017. Click here to read the full article.

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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