Steven Pokotilow concentrates his practice in the litigation and transfer of domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright rights. He regularly negotiates licensing agreements and advises on intellectual property issues related to joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. His clients include computer hardware and software vendors, multi-media providers, manufacturers of television navigation systems and arterial puncture-closure medical devices. He is Chair of Stroock’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.
— REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
- In a decision closely followed the Copyright Bar, obtained an en banc re-argument and reversal of a Third Circuit decision, resulting in a holding that part numbers used to identify panel fasteners, although created by a novel system, were not sufficiently original to be accorded copyright protection. The decision will have a considerable impact on the way in which products such as printer cartridges, batteries, etc., can be cross-referenced by competitors in sales and promotional materials.
- Preserved client’s position as a leading manufacturer of animal identification devices by obtaining a Federal District Court ruling upholding the validity and enforceability of client’s patent for a unique implantable microchip. Following an affirmance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, client was able to enforce a prior district court jury verdict permanently enjoining its opponent and largest competitor from making and selling similar microchips.
- In a recent high-profile jury trial, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company after the jury rejected plaintiff’s assertion of prior trademark rights in the brand name of the company's new line of herbal supplements and found no evidence of trademark infringement, dilution or unfair competition under state or federal law.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1984
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1987