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The firm is pleased to announce that Towergate Software has ranked Ladas & Parry within the top 30 law firms in respect to TTAB oppositions filed in 2013. Congratulations to all those involved.

The Estate of James Dean has initiated a suit against Twitter in Indiana State Court alleging that Twitter has violated the Estate's right of publicity by continuing to allow one of its users to utilize the handle @JamesDean. A recent article in the World Trademark Review discusses the merits of the case and the application of Trademark Law to issues at hand, and includes analysis by Ladas & Parry's own @DennisPrahl, a partner in the New York Office.

New York partner Dennis Prahl's article “A Brief Overview of ICANN and How it Impacts Trademark Owners” was recently published in the New York State Bar Association Inside, Winter 2013, Vol. 31.

LadasDomains, Ladas & Parry LLP's corporate domain name registrar, is proud to announce that it has selected HEXONET's Registrar Operations Center as its domain name service platform. See press release.

The IPO Law Journal recently published an article entitled “New and Upcoming Domain Names Present New Risks”, co-written by our partner, Dennis Prahl. The article is available on-line.

Fred Meyers was invited from a pool of acknowledged local practitioner experts to preside, for the ninth time, as a Practitioner Judge for the Midwest regional oral arguments for the Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, alongside active and retired Federal and Circuit Court Judges sitting en banc in the Federal District Courthouse in Chicago.

Scott Lebson of the firm’s New York office spoke at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program entitled “Monetizing IP Assets” hosted by Cardozo School of Law on Thursday, March 13, 2014. The program focused on the strategic business considerations, securitization process and valuation of intellectual property assets.

Ralph Cathcart was recently quoted in World Intellectual Property Review in connection with the recent decision rendered by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida awarding Gucci injunctive relief and $144.2 million dollars in damages against various Internet retailers selling counterfeit Gucci products.

Congratulations to Lanning Bryer, John Richards, Allan Pilson, Jay Bondell, Ray DiPerna, David Brezina, Sebastian Lovera, and Matthew D. Asbell, all of whom were selected by as “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” in 2013.

David Brezina has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice area of Patent Law. See

John Richards’ paper on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act has been updated to take account of the proposed new rules regarding patent application filing requirements. More … A separate paper specifically addressing the rules regarding the new requirements for filing a United States patent application (which come into force on September 16, 2012) is also available on line.

Ralph Cathcart has been elected Vice President of the Hofstra Law Alumni Association, Executive Board of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Over 10,600 alumni of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law make up the Alumni Association which provides alumni with opportunities to engage with their fellow alumni, students, faculty and administrators for their personal and professional development, as well as to enhance Hofstra Law programming.

Richard P. Berg is named as a Top Patent Prosecutor by Patent Buddy. Out of approximately 40,000 registered patent attorneys, less than 2% are selected by Patent Buddy as Top Patent Prosecutors.

John Richards will be moderating a panel at the upcoming Fordham IPLJ Conference (Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal) on November 8, 2013. The panel topic is entitled “Actavis, Monsanto, Myriad & Attorney’s Fees in Exceptional Cases: the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, and What the Future may Hold.”

Scott J. Lebson was recently appointed to The Trademark Reporter Committee for the 2014-2015 term for the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Lanning Bryer, Director of the firm’s Mergers, Acquisitions, and Licensing Group, is scheduled to be an upcoming guest on the popular internet radio show Money For Lunch. Mr. Bryer will be speaking about the commercialization and exploitation of intellectual property assets. The interview will be aired during the show on September 13, 2013 between 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. It will be broadcast on the Money For Lunch website, and can also be downloaded at any time after the show airs. In addition, it will be available as a free iTunes podcast, by searching “MoneyForLunch” in the iTunes’ podcast store.

Ladas & Parry LLP is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s attorneys have been chosen as IP Stars and as Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Attorneys named in this inaugural edition include:

• John Richards
• Lanning G. Bryer
• Fred W. Meyers
• Janet I. Cord (also as Top 250 Women in IP)
• Dennis S. Prahl
• Bharati Bakshani (also as Top 250 Women in IP)
• Burt S. Ehrlich
• Ralph H. Cathcart
• Elizabeth A. Linford (also as Top 250 Women in IP)
• Zareefa Burki Flener (also as Top 250 Women in IP)

John Richards was recently published in Acquisition International, in its September 2013 issue The Voice of Corporate Finance. Mr. Richards's published note discusses how the America Invents Act (AIA) has affected the interplay between patent law and trade secrets in the United States, and how the AIA provides inventors with flexibility in first maintaining their IP as a trade secret and then patenting it later.

The firm reports, with deep sorrow, the death of our partner John McKie on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. More …

Dennis Prahl of the firm’s New York Office was quoted in a July 28, 2013 article in Newsday regarding protecting trademarks, particularly for small businesses.

Ralph Cathcart was recently published in The Year in Review: An Annual Survey of International Legal Developments and Publication of the ABA/Section of International Law, Volume 47 in cooperation with the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2013. Mr. Cathcart drafted 3 articles covering U.S. decisions regarding 1) the dismissal of Oracle’s claim that Google’s Android software infringed its copyrighted computer software; 2) the First Sale Doctrine and; 3) Supreme Court’s decision to uphold “Restoration” of foreign copyrights that had fallen into the public domain for lack of adherence to formalities of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Dennis Prahl, Janet Cord, Ray DiPerna, Ralph Cathcart, and Joe Villapol from the firm’s New York Office were interviewed on camera about trademark, patent, and other intellectual property issued in a new series released by Licious Media. The videos can be viewed at:

Allan Pilson of the firm's New York Office has been listed among The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers for 2013.

On March 14, 2013, Zareefa Flener and Jian Jiang spoke at Peking University, Beijing China, regarding Approaching Patent Protection from China to the US.

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection invited Mariana Noli to give a workshop on "Social Media and its (Legal) Issues" on Friday, May 10, 2013 as part of its Business Education Workshops Program.

Several of the attorneys in the New York Office will be speaking to a delegation of Brazilian attorneys about U.S. IP practice at Fordham University School of Law on June 13, 2013.

Matthew D. Asbell will be speaking to a delegation of Brazilian judges on U.S. copyright law at Fordham University School of Law on June 17, 2013.

Several of the attorneys in the New York Office will be providing an update on U.S. intellectual property law developments to a delegation of foreign attorneys at Fordham University School of Law on July 18, 2013.

Matthew D. Asbell will be speaking to a delegation of Brazilian judges on intellectual property law at Fordham University School of Law on May 21, 2013.

Ladas & Parry LLP and specifically Dennis S. Prahl were recently recognized for our “cultivat[ion of] longstanding client relationships” and “widespread acclaim for [our] adept domestic and foreign prosecution” in the WTR 1000 for 2013 in the categories of Prosecution & Strategy as well as Enforcement & Litigation.

Bob Peverada and Caroline Camp will be speaking at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, New York.

Matthew D. Asbell will be speaking to three Business Law classes at Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York on April 9, 2013.

On March 8, 2013, Mariana Noli of the firm's Chicago Office gave a seminar at the IMPI- Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial on the Madrid Protocol. Mexico joined the Protocol on February 19, 2013. To see an outline of the program and photos of the visit, please click here.

David Brezina participated in a panel discussion for law students at John Marshall Law School on March 6, 2013 under the auspices of the Business Transaction Externship Program. The discussion was entitled "What does a business lawyer do?"

We are pleased to have ranked among the world’s leading law firms for trademark and patent prosecution in the United States in Managing IP Magazine’s 2013 Patent and Trade Mark Surveys. Ladas & Parry ranked in the top 25 firms for U.S. trademark prosecution and the top 33 firms for U.S. patent prosecution.

Allan Pilson and Joe Villapol attended The Femmy Gala on February 5, 2013, where they helped celebrate Josie Natori’s Lifetime Achievement Award at this premier awards ceremony for the lingerie industry. The firm has represented The Natori Company for many years.

John Richards gave a presentation entitled "How to Maximize Protection from a Design Patent" at the 5th International Intellectual Property Rights Conference, Global IP Convention 2013 which was held in Bangalore, India from January 23-30, 2013.

David C. Brezina has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School of Chicago in the Business Transactions Externship Program ("BTEP"). See

Ralph H. Cathcart was quoted in a January 22, 2013 article by World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) relating to seizure of counterfeit goods by U.S. customs and border officials.

Ladas & Parry is pleased to have ranked among the world’s leading law firms for trademark and patent prosecution in the United States in Managing IP Magazine’s 2013 Patent and Trade Mark Surveys. Ladas & Parry ranked in the top 25 firms for U.S. trademark prosecution and the top 33 firms for U.S. patent prosecution.

Bharati Bakshani was recently featured in Vol. 67 No. 20 of the INTA Bulletin for presenting on U.S. trademark filing requirements and procedures at an INTA seminar in Mumbai, India.

Matthew D. Asbell and Jayne Durden recently assisted the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law as an exhibitor at the U.S. Trademark Office’s 2012 National Trademark Expo. For more information, see:

Jay Bondell successfully defended two U.S. trademark registrations for The Village People against a variety of claims on an appeal to the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) challenging ownership and use. See Willis v. Can’t Stop Productions Inc.

The firm opened a new office in the Washington DC area at 1727 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, just steps from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The office will be led by three new partners, Donald L. Dennison, Dr. Malcolm J. MacDonald, and Mark Lebow. More …

Jayne Durden and colleagues will be attending the Trademark Administrator’s Conference of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Charlotte NC, October 14-16, 2012. Details of the conference are available on line.

Jayne Durden will be attending the Corsearch Advisory Board Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, October 26-28, 2012.

Stacy Wu is the author of an article entitled “Cybersquatting and the New Internet: What Designers Should Know About the New gTLDs” published by Core77.

Ladas & Parry LLP was named “Trademark Law Firm of the Year” for 2012 by Acquisition International, a monthly magazine produced by AI Global Media Ltd. For additional information, see our news release.

Mavis Gallenson, who heads the firm’s Los Angeles office, has been appointed to the Licensing Executives Society’s Executive Committee for the Los Angeles Area.

An article about our recent program on trademarks in social media entitled “Licensing, Control, and Monitoring of Trademark Use on Social Media Websites”, chaired and moderated by Matthew D. Asbell, was published in the American Bar Association’s newsletter. Mr. Asbell also recently spoke on this topic for the Technology and Venture Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association Business Law Section.

On April 20, 2012, John Richards moderated and served as a panelist for a program on The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) for the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s spring meeting. The program was entitled “ACTA now: How the New Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Affects Your Practice or Business” and featured panelists from prominent law firms outside of the United States as well as in-house counsel for Calvin Klein.

On April 19, 2012, Matthew Asbell chaired and moderated a program on cost-efficiency in IP management for the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s spring meeting. The program was entitled “Minding Your Budget: Cost-Efficient Techniques for Protecting Your Intellectual Property around the World,” and featured panelists from Leviton Manufacturing Co., Reckitt Benckiser, and Stuart Weitzmann LLC.

On April 2, 2012, Matthew Asbell, with the assistance of Stacy Wu, chaired and moderated a webinar on ICANN's new gTLD domain name program for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. The webinar was entitled “Generic Top Level Domain Names: What the Recent Expansion Means for Your Brand,” and featured panelists from UNICEF and Bohemia Interactive Simulations, as well as Dennis S. Prahl, a partner of Ladas & Parry LLP and President of LadasDomains, LLC.

On March 29, 2012, Matthew Asbell chaired and moderated a program on trademarks in social media for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law's 27th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. The program was entitled “Licensing, Control, and Monitoring of Trademark Use on Social Media Websites” and featured panelists from Reckitt Benckiser, The Walt Disney Company, Macy's Inc., SVP Worldwide, and

On March 26, 2012, David Brezina was a guest lecturer on the topic of "Patent Prosecution - The Duty of Candor: Derived from Equity, Progressed to Common Law Fraud" in the John Marshall Law School LLM Course IP 411, Antitrust and Misuse Aspects of Intellectual Property.

Ladas & Parry LLP celebrate our 100th anniversary this year. A 100th anniversary commemorative book is available online.

On March 19, 2012, David Brezina gave a presentation entitled "IP Indemnification Clauses in Agreements" to the Chicago Bar Association Business Law, Corporate Documents, Forms & Best Drafting Practices Subcommittee.

On Friday, August 5, 2011, Ladas & Parry was pleased to host a delegation of Chinese patent examiners from SIPO (State Intellectual Property Office) who visited the firm's New York office. The visit, arranged by John Marshall Law School, lasted the afternoon and the delegates were given an office tour, followed by a seminar given by partner John Richards. The seminar was about the recent Myriad case on the patentability of isolated DNA and was followed by a Q&A session. To view the slides of the seminar presentation please click here, or to see photos of the visit, please click here.

The firm is pleased to note that it was a proud sponsor of the 54th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference presented by the John Marshall Law School. See the conference brochure for more information regarding this conference.

Allan S. Pilson, a senior partner and resident in the New York office of the firm (currently retired), was awarded the designation “Member of Honor” of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (“ASIPI”) at the Association’s meeting in Lima, Peru on October 28, 2009. More …

Our partner, Ralph Cathcart, is highlighted in the “On the Move” section of the August 2009 edition of Black Enterprise magazine.

Sadly we report the untimely death of Robert Popa, a partner in our Los Angeles Office. Robert was an intelligent, resourceful and a remarkable patent lawyer. He was well liked and his bright and cheerful personality made the lives of all who knew him that much better. He will be missed. In Memoriam: Robert Popa

The firm is expanding its litigation practice with the addition of David C. Brezina, formerly a partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, who joined the firm’s litigation department in our Chicago office and with the addition of Michael Cornman, Jay Bondell, and Meyer Gross, all former partners of the firm of Schweitzer Cornman Gross & Bondell LLP, who joined the firm’s litigation practice in our New York office. Elliot Lipins, a former associate of Schweitzer Cornman Gross & Bondell LLP, has also joined the firm’s litigation practice in New York. See “David C. Brezina joins Ladas & Parry LLP” and “Litigation Team Expands” for more information.

On December 4, 2008 our partner, Dan Zendel, was interviewed by CNN International and asked by Anchor and Correspondent Maggie Lake to comment on the BRATZ case, Carter Bryant v. Mattel, Inc. Portions of the interview were aired on CNN International during the afternoon of December 4, 2008. More information.

We are pleased to note that an article by John Richards of our New York Office entitled “Patent issues relating to hybrid drugs” has been published at Expert Opinion Therapeutics Patents (2008) 18 (10): 1191-1194.

Scott Lebson of our New York Office recently wrote an article entitled "Trade secrets as collateral: a US perspective" which has been published by the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. His article can be accessed here.

Richard Berg of our Los Angeles Office decided to work on a part time basis as of May 1, 2007. He became a retired partner and of counsel to the firm as of that date. See his note about semi-retirement for more information.

Fred Meyers of our Chicago Office was invited be an honorary Judge for the 2007 Regional Oral Arguments for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition - held February 24, 2007 in Chicago. The competition attracted 54 student teams from Law schools throughout the country. It is an honor to be included amongst distinguished Jurists and leading practitioners who hear arguments from young future practitioners.

Janet Cord, Lanning Bryer and Daniel Zendel have been selected as Manhattan "Super Lawyers", the annual guide published by Law & Politics that recognizes the best lawyers in the New York City area.

Janet Cord of our New York Office has been named Chair of the Finance Committee of the Women's Bar Association for the State of the New York.

Fred Meyers of our Chicago Office was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) for a two-year term.

We are saddened to have to inform our colleagues and friends that Ian Kaufman, a recently-retired partner in our New York Office, passed away in New York, New York on October 3, 2005, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Ian was a well known trademark attorney who lectured widely and served on the Executive Committee of AIPPI. He enjoyed traveling, fine cuisine and was a patron of the arts.

Clifford Mass of our New York Office represented the applicants in the reported decision of Ex parte Van Tunen, 67 USPQ2d 1518 (BPAI 2003), wherein the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences reversed an examiner's decision of unpatentability for alleged lack of enablement. The claims in the application were directed to a process for the restoration of a plant phenotype that is altered due a transgene that, when expressed, inhibits expression of an endogenous plant gene.

Ladas & Parry partners and associates regularly speak at intellectual property related conferences. We have a speaking engagements page which lists upcoming speaking engagements. Ladas & Parry partners are also actively involved in helping lead professional associations.

John Richards of our New York Office was ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the World's Leading Patent Attorneys.

Daniel Zendel of our New York Office was ranked by Trademark Insider in the top 15 trademark attorneys in the United States.

Lanning Bryer, another partner in our New York Office, is an editor and author of a number of books including "Intellectual Property Assets in Mergers and Acquisitions", "World Wide Trademark Transfers" and "Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace", drawing on his wide experience in dealing with the "property law" aspects of transactions involving the sale or licensing of intellectual property rights around the world. Lanning heads the Mergers, Acquisitions and Licensing Practice Group in our New York Office. Lanning has also been appointed Book Reviews Editor of the Trademark Reporter, the law journal of the International Trademark Association.

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