Edward H. Rosenthal chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups. He focuses on intellectual property litigation, emphasizing trademark, copyright, right of publicity, advertising, privacy and publishing matters. His clients include businesses and individuals in the media, advertising, sports, and entertainment fields. Mr. Rosenthal is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Legal 500, and he has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Litigation by Law and Politics magazine for seven consecutive years. He is also a certified mediator.
Mr. Rosenthal also has substantial involvement in issues relating to trademark prosecution and enforcement, representing numerous businesses and individuals in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property. He also represents the estates of deceased celebrities, including Humphrey Bogart, and handles the estates’ licensing work. Mr. Rosenthal was named a “Top 20 Trademark Attorney” by CSC Trademark Insider.
Mr. Rosenthal is currently representing The Authors Guild and a number of other authors’ rights associations and individuals in a suit against the HathiTrust arising out of its mass book digitization and orphan works program and also is representing the plaintiffs in the appeal from the dismissal of their case against Google Inc. arising from the Google Books program. Recently, he defended Fredrik Colting, author of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, and his U.S. distributor, in a lawsuit brought by J.D. Salinger alleging copyright infringement. Mr. Rosenthal also successfully defended J.K. Rowling and Scholastic Inc., the author and publisher of the Harry Potter books, against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.
Mr. Rosenthal has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of intellectual property topics. He is a regular presenter to the Practicing Law Institute on the topic of Right of Publicity, and has participated in numerous panels on trademark and copyright law. He currently co-edits Entertainment Law Matters (www.entertainmentlawmatters.com), a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about disputes and developments in the film, television, publishing, theatre, music, art, gaming, and fashion industries. Mr. Rosenthal has also been active in the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the International Trademark Association. He serves as co-chair of the Right of Publicity Committee and as a member of the Copyright Committee of the New York City Bar.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Mr. Rosenthal served as a law clerk to Hon. Abraham D. Sofaer in the Southern District of New York and was associated with the New York law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. He was Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School (Legal Writing, 1985-1986; Intellectual Property Drafting, 1996), and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1976) and Columbia University (JD, 1980), where he was Notes and Comments editor of The Columbia Law Review.