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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Information Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Patent Law Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Trademark 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 Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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 Bet-the-Company Litigation Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Technology Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • 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 - Banking and Finance Copyright Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Intellectual Property Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Antitrust Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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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
Lawyer
  • 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:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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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 Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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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:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Media Law Copyright Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law
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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 Trade Secrets Law Information Technology Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Patent Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Trademark Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Technology Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Advertising Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Information Technology Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark 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:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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Robert E. Mittel was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Robert E. Mittel

MittelAsen LLC
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Copyright Law Venture Capital Law Litigation - Patent Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Technology Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Copyright Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana Houston, Louisiana Washington, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Copyright Law
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Gloria A. Pinza was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gloria A. Pinza

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Advertising Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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Keith A. Rutherford was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Keith A. Rutherford

Blank Rome LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Patent Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Arbitration Commercial Litigation Mediation Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Patent Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sherman, Texas Marshall, Texas Plano, Texas Tyler, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Patent Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Trademark Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Copyright Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Technology Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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Stefan V. Stein was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Stefan V. Stein

GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals 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

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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.