Mr. Iser specializes in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment, music, real estate, commercial and employment litigation. He has handled significant, high-profile cases for clients including Mattel, Yahoo! eBay, Roland Corp. and Watt Industries.
In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Iser counsels and litigates concerning copyrights and trademarks; patents; unfair competition; the right of publicity; defamation; clearances for films, manuscripts, and products; and contracts involving the licensing of intellectual property rights. Mr. Iser serves as United States copyright counsel for Roland Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments.
Mr. Iser is well known for his work in the music business, having represented clients including Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Doors, Axl Rose, The Ira Gershwin Musical Trust, The Rick James Estate, The Janis Joplin Estate, The M.C. Hammer Bankruptcy Estate, The Wiggles, Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Yahoo!, eBay/StubHub, Univision Music, Spectrasonics, Maverick Records, Fat Possum Records and International Creative Management.
Mr. Iser is a guest lecturer at the USC Peter Stark Graduate Film School program, and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business Management.
Jackson Browne v. John McCain, The Republican National Comittee and the Ohio Repubican Party — Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne brought suit for the unauthorized use of his song Running On Empty in a campaign commercial for presidential candidate McCain. After defendants'' various motions to dismiss on fair use and First Amendment grounds were denied, the case was settled on confidential financial terms, as well as a public apology and undertaking to obtain appropriate intellectual property licenses and to respect artists'' rights in future election campaign. Case is significant for establishing that candidates for public office are not exempt from intellectual property laws, and for obtaining undertaking from the Republican Party to respect artists'' rights.