Intellectual Property Law

The Idell Firm counsels many businesses dependent on their intellectual property. We assist in the development and implementation of strategies for the creation of new intellectual properties, securing and protection of those assets, and structuring and negotiating transactions in the effort to leverage intellectual property strategies in the technology and entertainment arenas and particularly focus on business issues “at the intersection of entertainment and technology®”. We strategize and assist in developing and implementing successful new business models including complex licensing arrangements and when necessary, we provide focused, strategic and cost-effective intellectual property litigation services. We counsel clients on the selection, registration, protection and global enforcement of company trademarks, service worker, brand names and slogans for use in the U.S. and global markets and we counsel and litigate a wide range of issues involving copyright, trademark, unfair competition, Internet Law and advertising and marketing practices.

Intellectual Property Litigation

The Idell Firm has substantial experience, a high level expertise and a proven track record of success in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes involving intellectual property. Our clients are involved in a broad range of entertainment, technology and new media businesses in which it is often necessary to enforce intellectual property rights and defend against claims of infringement or misappropriation. We regularly litigate copyright, trademark, trade secret and publicity rights cases, often dealing with complex and cutting edge issues. [Theofel v. Farey-Jones, 39 F. 3rd 1066 (9th Circuit 2004); Kremen v. Cohen, 99 F. Supp. 2d 1168 (N.D. Cal. 2000) 337 F. 3d 1024 (9th Circuit 2003); Negro v. Superior Court, (Navalimpianti USA, Inc., Real Party in Interest), 230 Cal. App. 4th 879 (Court of Appeal, California, 6th District 2014)]

Intellectual Property Transactions

We structure and negotiate strategic business relationships such as joint ventures, outsourcing deals, co-development arrangements, and manufacturing and distribution agreements with an acute understanding of industry-specific issues. In the entertainment industry, we provide strategic counsel in the structure and negotiation of option agreements, talent loan-out agreements, producer agreements in the film, TV, multimedia, game and music industries, co-production agreements in all media, rights clearance and licensing, acquisition and distribution agreements, merchandising agreements, and publicity rights agreements, including sponsorship and endorsement scenarios. In the technology industry, we provide counsel and structure throughout the continuum of activities, from work-for-hire agreements, non-disclosure/non-solicitation agreements to licensing in and out arrangements to intellectual property sale and assignment scenarios.

Licensing Transactions

The Idell Firm assists its clients with myriad licensing arrangements and contracts to memorialize same. Licensing transactions constitute by far the largest volume of intellectual property work at the firm, and the firm is experienced in all aspects of licensing scenarios.