Intellectual Property

CROWN®, LLP counsels businesses and individuals who appreciate the value of their intellectual property and want to build and protect the equity in their intellectual property. We assist in the development and implementation of strategies for the creation of new intellectual properties, securing and protecting those valuable assets, and structuring and negotiating transactions in the effort to leverage intellectual property assets. We consult and assist in the development of long-term intellectual property strategies in the technology, media, and entertainment arenas. We help our clients develop and implement business models including complex licensing arrangements and provide focused, strategic, and cost-effective intellectual property dispute resolution services, including representation in litigation and before arbitration panels. We counsel clients on the selection, registration, protection, and enforcement of trademarks and service marks, brand names, and slogans in the U.S. and globally. We provide counsel and litigate a wide range of issues involving copyright, trademark, publicity rights, unfair competition, Internet law, and advertising and marketing practices in all media.

Intellectual Property Litigation

We have substantial experience and a proven track record of success in the litigation, arbitration, and mediation of disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, publicity rights, and trade secrets. Our clients are involved in a broad range of entertainment, technology, media, and sports-related businesses in which it is often necessary to police and enforce intellectual property rights and defend against claims of infringement or misappropriation.

Intellectual Property Transactions

We structure, negotiate, and document strategic business relationships such as joint ventures, outsourcing deals, co-development arrangements, and manufacturing and distribution agreements with an acute understanding of industry-specific issues. In the entertainment industry, we provide strategic counsel in the structuring and negotiation of option agreements, talent loan-out agreements, contracts in the film, TV, multimedia, game, and music industries, co-production agreements in all media, rights clearance and licensing, acquisition and distribution agreements, merchandising agreements, and publicity rights agreements, including sponsorship and endorsement scenarios. In the technology sector, we provide counsel regarding work-for-hire agreements, non-disclosure/non-solicitation agreements, licensing in and out arrangements, and counsel regarding intellectual property sale and assignment scenarios.