Intangible Assets

Blank Rome attorneys represent clients in every phase of the copyright application process—from initial consultations through drafting of the application, meeting with the U.S. Copyright Office on issues that arise during prosecution, and, if necessary, appealing such actions through the administrative process and prosecuting actions in a U.S. district court and in the appropriate court of appeals.

Through our international network of associates, Blank Rome lawyers are able to assist clients in registering copyrights throughout the world, and in dealing with infringement suits and other copyright matters that arise in those countries. With the help of associates in European Community and Pacific Rim countries, Blank Rome is also able to assist clients in obtaining copyright, sui generis, and neighboring-rights protection in those regions.

Copyright Prosecution

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  • Obtained copyright registrations for publications of a research and consumer survey data company for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Assisted in obtaining copyrights for a line of nursery products for a retailer selling toys, clothing, and accessories for newborns and toddlers.

Copyright Litigation

Blank Rome’s comprehensive intellectual property litigation practice handles the most complex copyright issues, ranging from traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses to new concerns from the high-tech world of computers, Internet, and publishing.

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  • Manufacturer of computer and digital music products, in a landmark ITC case where complainant was seeking relief against patent and copyright infringement of technical circuitry by imports from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Hearings raised domestic industry issue because of company’s foreign manufacture of certain components. ITC issued exclusion order against articles that infringed patent and copyrights, including components that contributorily infringed copyrights.
  • Pursued and defended against claims of copyright infringement for worldwide recording companies.
  • Aided in securing U.S. copyright protection for logo for a family-owned and -operated winery and importer.
  • Successfully defended one of the largest independent CD-ROM software developers, publishers, and distributors specializing in the licensing of educational and family entertainment software in a federal copyright-infringement litigation.
  • Assisted in federal copyright infringement litigation alleging copying of computer software for a professional healthcare provider.
  • Provided copyright advice and secured copyright registrations for product character logos and product packaging.
  • Represented NCO in copyright litigation for world's largest provider of outsourced accounts receivable management services.
  • Successfully enjoined a rival publisher and Web site developer that were making unlawful use of a leading publishing company’s copyrighted magazines and photographs.
  • Defending one of the world’s largest toy retailers in a litigation matter pending in Florida relating to the proposed retail sale of a videogame.
  • Defended a leading flag supplier for the U.S. government in copyright litigation.
  • Major Internet company on management of copyright issues.
  • Conducted due diligence for major lender on portfolio of over 1,000 movie and television titles pledged as collateral in $20 million loan.
  • One of the world’s largest software providers, in connection with acquisition of over 2,600 copyright registrations as part of a $1.7 billion acquisition and resecuritization of assets.