June 2018

News & Press

CHAMBERS USA 2018 ranked Fross Zelnick in Band 1 for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets in both USA-Nationwide and New York.  Chambers describes the firm as “[r]enowned in the field of trade mark and copyright law, with an excellent track record advising global brands on litigation, commercial deals and anti-counterfeiting matters,” and commended the firm’s “expertise in domain name registration and enforcement,” and “particularly notable strength in the protection of design rights.”  SUSAN UPTON DOUGLASS is lauded as a “very sophisticated practitioner…well versed across a spectrum of trademark matters,” RICHARD LEHV is noted for his litigation skills in “a range of disputes,” and JAMES WEINBERGER is described as “a very strong subject matter expert’’ in his litigation and arbitration practice.  The publication recognized Senior Statesman ROGER ZISSU as an “excellent copyright lawyer.”

IP EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018, hosted by Acquisition International, awarded Fross Zelnick “Best for Copyright Law 2018 – New York.”

MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY gave its highest 2018 IP Stars rankings to Fross Zelnick:  Tier 1 in the United States in the Copyright, Trademark Contentious and Trademark Prosecution categories, and Highly Recommended in New York in the Copyright, Trademark Contentious and Trademark Prosecution categories. For the third year in a row, partner ALLISON STRICKLAND RICKETTS was named to MIP’s list of the Top 250 Women in IP. Allison also was named a Global IP Star, as were partners LAWRENCE APOLZON, CARA BOYLE, CARLOS CUCURELLA, DAVID DONAHUE, NADINE JACOBSON, JOHN MARGIOTTA, CRAIG MENDE, BARBARA SOLOMON, and JAMES WEINBERGER.

THE TRADE MARK GUIDE (12TH EDITION) includes twelve Fross Zelnick lawyers in its list of “leading practitioners within the field.”  The Guide lists LAWRENCE APOLZON, STEPHEN BIGGER, CARLOS CUCURELLA, SUSAN UPTON DOUGLASS, DAVID EHRLICH, NADINE JACOBSON, RONALD LEHRMAN, RICHARD LEHV, CRAIG MENDE, PETER SILVERMAN, BARBARA SOLOMON, and JAMES WEINBERGER.

WHO’S WHO LEGAL: TRADEMARKS (2018) lists the following eighteen Fross Zelnick lawyers—LAWRENCE APOLZON, ROBERT BECKER, STEPHEN BIGGER, CARA BOYLE, CARLOS CUCURELLA, DAVID DONAHUE, SUSAN UPTON DOUGLASS, DAVID EHRLICH, LYDIA GOBENA, JANET HOFFMAN, NADINE JACOBSON, RONALD LEHRMAN, ALLISON STRICKLAND RICKETTS, Peter Silverman, BARBARA SOLOMON, CHARLES WEIGELL, JAMES WEINBERGER, and ROGER ZISSU.

FROSS ZELNICK recently hosted two events as part of the firm’s startup practice that provided essential trademark and copyright advice to those involved in growing new or emerging businesses.

Approximately thirty-five members of the Cambridge University alumni group CAMentrepreneurs gathered at Fross Zelnick to hear an informative panel explain the basics of intellectual property law and its implications for startups.  KAREN LIM discussed the basics of trademark law and provided some tips on selecting, registering, and protecting trademarks for entrepreneurs.  LEO KITTAY then explained the fundamentals of copyright protection and what startups should be on the lookout for in protecting their content as well as steering clear of infringing the content of others.  The group also heard from a patent attorney.  Two entrepreneurs then described their experiences with intellectual property protection in the course of growing their own businesses.

In a separate event, LEO KITTAY hosted a group of five young entrepreneurs from Tufts University. These co-founders (students and recent alumni) of early stage startups are involved in industries as diverse as fashion, toys, and energy innovation.  The companies ranged from those still testing their technology to those generating impressive revenue numbers. Leo gave the group a primer on trademark and copyright law, then walked them through how to prioritize their spending on intellectual property and brand protection based on the funding stage of the business, type of products, and company ambitions.  The session ended with a lively question-and-answer session, during which Leo was able to address specific concerns of individual entrepreneurs, including how to balance legal risk with legal spend.

KAREN LIM spoke on the panel “Choosing Outside Counsel” at the INTA Annual Meeting on May 19, 2018. She focused her discussion on the desired qualities in local counsel and the technological challenges of working with counsel in diverse jurisdictions.