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Intellectual Property

Meister Seelig & Fein's Intellectual Property Group is comprised of seasoned attorneys who concentrate on all aspects of intellectual property, entertainment and technology law.

Partners in the IP Group have decades of experience with representing a broad range of clients in these areas, both domestically and internationally. Typical IP Group matters include licensing and other IP and technology-related transactions; IP-related litigation; IP registration, defense and enforcement; litigation and transactions centered on technology development, protection and exploitation; M&A transactions involving IP or technology-based assets; compliance; privacy and data security; publishing; sports; theater, film and television; music; merchandising, branding and advertising; tax planning for foreign athletes and entertainers; event marketing, live event production and touring; and day-to-day counseling and advice.

Attorneys in the IP Group are routinely engaged to handle significant client matters involving issues related to trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents. These core disciplines cut across a variety of client industries, including consumer products, fashion, restaurant and hospitality, retail, real estate, media, television, motion pictures, music, live events and exhibitions, information technology, video games, education, finance and consulting and consumer-related services.

The IP Group prosecutes, manages, licenses, enforces and defends clients' worldwide trademark portfolios covering the full gamut of goods and services, with more than 500 trademarks and trademark applications under management. Attorneys in the IP Group are also active in representing start-up and middle-market concerns in the areas of trademark clearance and brand protection, including with respect to IP ownership strategies and intra-company structuring. The firm utilizes the latest in trademark docketing technology to ensure accurate and timely tracking and prosecution of client trademark and service mark applications and PTO opposition proceedings.

In the litigation arena, IP Group attorneys routinely prosecute, defend against and dispose of actions based on rights arising out of various forms of intellectual property. Practitioners in the group handle trademark and copyright infringement actions, patent-related litigation and related licensing matters, and a range of issues related to the protection of trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary business information. Examples of recent litigation matters handled by the group include copyright infringement actions based on sound recordings and related publishing rights; defense of a wholesale supplier of promotional media in a trademark cancellation proceeding; and successful representation of a satellite-based transportation services provider in a patent infringement litigation.

In addition, members of the IP Group routinely provide advice, counseling and transactional representation to clients involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry. For example, attorneys in the IP Group represent high-profile celebrities in connection with endorsement and licensing agreements, work with world-renowned fashion models and international film stars in their licensing and promotional ventures, and counsel several leading developers of social media applications with regard to IP and privacy issues. IP Group attorneys also represent authors, literary and music publishers, record and home video labels and distributors, music and comedy festival producers, live event venues, musicians, composers for film and television, producers of film, television, music and advertising, actors, directors and screenwriters. In addition, the IP Group provides counsel on all aspects of film and television production, distribution and financing; assists the estates of prominent authors and artists with the preservation, management and licensing of archive and IP assets; acts on behalf of a leading digital advertising and branding company in a series of deals with Fortune 100 companies; serves as outside trademark licensing counsel to major consumer products concerns; and represents a major investor in leading Broadway musical productions. In the transactional area, members of the IP Group also regularly assist the firm's corporate attorneys with M&A deals involving IP and technology-related assets, acquisitions and related due diligence.

Attorneys in the IP Group also have many years of experience in the information technology sector, representing developers, purveyors and users of cutting-edge and mission-critical software applications running on traditional as well as outsourced, mobile and cloud-based delivery platforms. Clients of the group in this area include healthcare vendors, outsourcing providers and customers, transportation companies, insurance carriers, media, Internet and telecommunication concerns, marketing companies, and ventures of all types and sizes involved with social media, music, television and film, and video games.

For more information regarding the firm's Intellectual Property Group, please contact Jeff Weingart at jpw@msf-law.com or (212) 655-3516.

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