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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Patent Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Trademark Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law
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Dabney J. Carr IV was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Dabney J. Carr IV

Troutman Pepper
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Information Technology Law Patent Law Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Copyright Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Franchise Law Antitrust Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New Bern, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Construction Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Technology Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Copyright Law
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Peter J. Guffin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter J. Guffin

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law Information Technology Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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Michael D. Hobbs, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael D. Hobbs, Jr.

Troutman Pepper
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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Glenn Johnson was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Glenn Johnson

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C.
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Trademark Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Technology Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Information Technology Law Corporate Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Patent Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Mediation Patent Law Arbitration Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Bernard F. Meroney was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bernard F. Meroney

Intellectual Property Consulting
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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Dewitt Michael Morgan was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dewitt Michael Morgan

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Sports Law Venture Capital Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana Houston, Texas Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Sherman , Texas Marshall, Texas Plano, Texas Tyler, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Patent Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Location:
    Falls Church, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Information Technology Law Technology Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law

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Practice Area Definition

Copyright Law Definition

Copyright is governed by federal law and is derived from the U.S. Constitution, which granted power to the United States Congress “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” (this clause also is the basis for patent protection in the U.S.). As a result, Congress has enacted a succession of copyright acts and amendments, beginning in 1790 and continuing through today. In general, the current law grants copyright protection for a period of the life of the author plus 70 years.

Copyright applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. An original work of authorship is one that is independently created and includes a minimum level of creativity. Examples of the types of works to which copyrights apply include literary works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, movies, music, video games, and other works of art. Copyright protection also applies to computer software.

Copyright protection does not protect ideas, but protects the expression of an idea. A work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office to be afforded copyright protection. However, it must be registered with the Copyright Office to bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In addition, significant benefits arise from the timely registration of copyrights.

The author of a work is vested with a number of exclusive rights when copyright protection arises. These exclusive rights include, among other things, the right to reproduce (copy), adapt, display, and publicly perform the work. The author may transfer all or some of his or her exclusive rights in the work to another party. For example, the author of a novel may transfer the right to adapt a novel into a screenplay to a movie studio, while still retaining the copyright in the novel itself. Another significant component of copyright law is the area of fair use, which allows use of a copyrighted work without permission in certain limited circumstances (e.g., for the purpose of commenting on or criticizing the work).

Copyright lawyers assist clients with identifying materials that are protectable by copyright, registering copyrightable works with the United States Copyright Office, and counseling clients in the various ways in which copyrights may be acquired, protected, and exploited. Litigation also is a large part of a copyright lawyer’s practice.

Copyright law also addresses issues involving digital rights management, which are measures designed to manage digital copies of works. With the advent of digital copies, some copyright owners seek to restrict the ability to make copies of a particular work. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is part of U.S. copyright law, prohibits circumventing measures that are designed to prevent copying of copyrighted works. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act also, among other things, provides a framework for online service providers for avoiding copyright infringement based on the acts of the online service provider’s users.

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Copyright is governed by federal law and is derived from the U.S. Constitution, which granted power to the United States Congress “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” (this clause also is the basis for patent protection in the U.S.). As a result, Congress has enacted a succession of copyright acts and amendments, beginning in 1790 and continuing through today. In general, the current law grants copyright protection for a period of the life of the author plus 70 years.

Copyright applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. An original work of authorship is one that is independently created and includes a minimum level of creativity. Examples of the types of works to which copyrights apply include literary works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, movies, music, video games, and other works of art. Copyright protection also applies to computer software.

Copyright protection does not protect ideas, but protects the expression of an idea. A work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office to be afforded copyright protection. However, it must be registered with the Copyright Office to bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In addition, significant benefits arise from the timely registration of copyrights.

The author of a work is vested with a number of exclusive rights when copyright protection arises. These exclusive rights include, among other things, the right to reproduce (copy), adapt, display, and publicly perform the work. The author may transfer all or some of his or her exclusive rights in the work to another party. For example, the author of a novel may transfer the right to adapt a novel into a screenplay to a movie studio, while still retaining the copyright in the novel itself. Another significant component of copyright law is the area of fair use, which allows use of a copyrighted work without permission in certain limited circumstances (e.g., for the purpose of commenting on or criticizing the work).

Copyright lawyers assist clients with identifying materials that are protectable by copyright, registering copyrightable works with the United States Copyright Office, and counseling clients in the various ways in which copyrights may be acquired, protected, and exploited. Litigation also is a large part of a copyright lawyer’s practice.

Copyright law also addresses issues involving digital rights management, which are measures designed to manage digital copies of works. With the advent of digital copies, some copyright owners seek to restrict the ability to make copies of a particular work. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is part of U.S. copyright law, prohibits circumventing measures that are designed to prevent copying of copyrighted works. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act also, among other things, provides a framework for online service providers for avoiding copyright infringement based on the acts of the online service provider’s users.