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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning 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:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Information Technology Law Copyright 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 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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Patent Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Information Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Non-Profit / Charities Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Construction Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - ERISA Copyright Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Trademark Law Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Copyright Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Technology Law Copyright 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 - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers and Acquisitions Law Copyright Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Copyright Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New Bern, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Technology Law Corporate Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Energy Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mining Law Litigation - Antitrust Copyright Law Patent Law Technology Law Oil and Gas Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Information Technology Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law
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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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Media Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Theater
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Technology Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Copyright Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Information Technology Law Patent Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Trademark Law Media Law Advertising Law
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  • Location:
    Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Patent Law Trademark Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Arbitration Copyright Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law 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
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Information Technology 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:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Copyright Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark 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:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Trademark Law First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Sports Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Information Technology Law Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Arbitration Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent 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 Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Colorado Springs, 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 Patent 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:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Advertising Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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Keith A. Rutherford was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Keith A. Rutherford

Blank Rome LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Patent Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Mediation Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sherman, Texas Marshall, Texas Plano, Texas Tyler, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Location:
    Falls Church, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright 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.