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Asserting and defending claims in creative works.

Husch Blackwell has a long track record of assisting clients with all manner of copyright-related legal challenges, from registration and counseling to dispute resolution. Our team of copyright attorneys works closely with content creators and owners to protect their works and defend against claims of asserted works in various subject matter categories, such as literary works; musical works and sound recordings; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; and architectural works.

Our intellectual property attorneys assist clients with the following essential items pertaining to copyright law:

  • Registration of copyright claims
  • Global enforcement of intellectual property rights and defense against claims of infringement
  • Advice in connection with copyright clearance
  • Legal opinions regarding ownership, fair use, and whether material under consideration is copyrightable
  • Development of copyright portfolios and strategies for portfolio management
  • Security interests in intellectual property
  • Negotiated and structuring copyright licenses

From past seminal cases in the development of copyright law to the emerging technologies that will shape the future, our team has developed deep experience in copyright law and stands ready to counsel clients in connection with their most important intellectual property assets.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Recording Industry Association of America in several copyright infringement matters.
  • Represented a manufacturer of chlorine and sodium hydroxide with various intellectual property matters, including technology licensing and trademark and copyright guidance. In 2010, led a Husch Blackwell team that helped this client negotiate a licensing transaction in which it acquired a key piece of new bleach-production technology, which it is now in the process of rolling out to all of its bleach-production facilities.
  • Managed all intellectual property-related work for one of the largest suppliers of rigid (glass and plastic) packaging in the United States, including utility and design patent prosecution, trademark and copyright guidance, licensing, and infringement matters.
  • Represented consumer goods company in copyright litigation against a major global retailer in connection with the defendant’s attempt to market and sell a knockoff version of the client’s product.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling in defending copyright infringement claims lodged against the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy by former volunteers who claimed ownership rights in the Academy’s valuable certification course materials last winter. After winning on summary judgment, the Academy sought recovery of their attorneys’ fees. The court granted their motion and awarded the Academy over $185,000 in fees and costs as the prevailing party.
  • Achieved a victory in a software copyright case on behalf of WOCCU Services Group (WSG). WSG undertook the development of ATM networks for credit unions in Central and South America. Such networks use transactional switch software to operate and WSG initially licensed such software from companies in Guatemala and Ecuador. When those software options proved to be unsatisfactory, WSG developed its own transactional switch software and terminated the license agreements, leading to four and half years of litigation involving two Federal Court lawsuits.
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Tom Miller Joins Husch Blackwell's Intellectual Property Group

Veteran intellectual property lawyer Tom Miller has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in its Milwaukee office and Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group.

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Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Lisa T. Thomas and Bryan Stewart have joined the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry group as partners.

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Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

We choose to work with HB because of their aligned expertise, consistent quality and our trusted relationship based on prior performance. The team consistently adds value with incremental ideas that enhance our engagements.

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