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Overview

Daan advises Fortune 500 companies, startups and individual authors on trademark, copyright, right of publicity and right of privacy matters.

Daan has gained high trust for his particular experience in managing domestic and international trademark portfolios and counseling clients with complex copyright issues. His practice focuses on trademarks and copyrights from clearance and prosecution through licensing and enforcement.

From a young age, Daan developed an interest in intellectual property as well as the food and beverage industry due to his father’s work in the coffee and restaurant business alongside moonlighting as a songwriter. As a result of this influence, and from his first job at a supermarket, Daan understands the food and beverage business from manufacturing to distribution to retail sales and foodservice. Now, he leverages that knowledge to help clients such as packaged food companies and others protect their brands and creative works.

Before joining the firm, Daan researched copyright law and policy at the Fordham IP Institute, where he interfaced with judges, practitioners, academics and government leaders from around the world, including heads of agencies such as the U.S. Copyright Office, European Commission, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. Trade Representative and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

During law school, Daan served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard Fruin of Los Angeles Superior Court and interned in HBO’s Santa Monica, California, office. While at HBO, he drafted talent contracts for HBO’s original programming, licensing agreements and other contracts.


Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
      • London International IP Institute, summer 2010
  • Visiting J.D. Student, Fordham University School of Law
  • B.A., New York University
    • cum laude
      • Dean’s Honor Society

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2019 class of Pathfinders
  • New York City Bar Association, Trademarks & Unfair Competition Committee, 2014
  • Omaha Bar Association
Experience
  • Advising clients on copyright issues such as registrability, fair use and infringement.
  • Prosecuting U.S. trademark and copyright applications and coordinating international trademark filings.
  • Analyzing comprehensive and knock-out trademark clearance searches.
  • Conducting ex parte, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Enforcing trademark rights, including in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings.
  • Assisting with litigation and International Trade Commission proceedings.
  • Licensing and due diligence.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Daan is a singer-songwriter, player of acoustic guitar and a former member of a garage rock band on (permanent) hiatus. He enjoys learning about history and all kinds of new things simply for the sake of learning, whether or not they will provide any particular use in the future.

Community Leadership
  • Point Foundation, Scholar Selections Subcommittee (2014-present, Co-chair 2017-2019)
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-Nebraska, Advisory Council (2018-present)
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