IP, Sponsorship and Capital Raise for Sports Apparel Startup
Representing Q4 America, a start-up performance basketball brand based in Los Angeles that sells sports footwear, apparel and equipment, in intellectual property matters related to the development of a new brand of sneaker, sponsorship matters, athlete endorsements and capital raises.
1960’s Singing Group – Trademark Infringement
Kelly v. Duprees MJA, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40597 (D. N.J. March 23, 2012). Represented the Estate of Michael Arnone, a co-founder of the famous 1960's vocal harmony group The Duprees, and its assignee, Duprees MJA, in obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims alleging fraud on the USPTO, common law trademark infringement and violation of the New Jersey "Truth in Music" Act. The case was brought by a former singer who had joined the Duprees group in 1964, two years after they already had their first major hits, and left the group in the late 1970s, never to perform again. The dismissal on the merits brings to a close a six-year battle over the rights to the DUPREES name and rejects the notion that early members of a performing group can claim rights in the group's name if they abandon the group without securing a partnership agreement to the contrary or a license.
Recording Artist and Music Publisher – Digital Copyright Infringement
Representation of a recording artist and an international music publishing company in a federal court action for copyright infringement involving digital sampling of a sound recording.
Merck & Co., Inc. v. Vioxx
Representation of the defendant/counterclaimant (an established bio-medical glass manufacturer) in a declaratory judgment action for trademark infringement, based on the Vioxx arthritis drug name. We obtained a very favorable settlement for our client. Merck & Co., Inc. v. Vioxx (ED Pa. 2000)
Judith Ripka Designs, Ltd. v. Penny Preville, Inc.
Successful defense of a high-end jewelry designer at trial against claims of copyright and trade dress infringement. Judith Ripka Designs, Ltd. v. Penny Preville, Inc., 935 F. Supp. 237 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)
Kaufman & Fisher Wish Company, Ltd., v. F.A.O. Schwarz
Successful defense of trade dress claims involving plush dolls. Kaufman & Fisher Wish Company, Ltd., v. F.A.O. Schwarz, 184 F.Supp.2d 311 (S.D.N.Y. 2002), aff`d, (2d Cir. order, Oct. 31, 2002)
International Businesses – U.S. IP Rights
Represented various non-U.S. businesses in protecting their IP rights in the U.S., including a well-known UK apparel designer, a famous British artist, French technology companies, a Scandinavian media company, a French filmmaker, and a public Canadian technology company.
Pen Manufacturer – Trade Dress Claim
Successful defense of our client against trade dress claims brought by Montblanc over its "three-ring" pen design. We reached a settlement with no economic impact on our client. Montblanc-Simplo GMBH v. Omas SRL and Marcovici Designs, Inc., No. 97 Civ. 2055 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)
S. Rothschild & Co., Inc. – Cybersquatter Eviction
Represented S. Rothschild & Co. in its successful UDRP arbitration against a cybersquatter to recover a domain containing our client's registered trademark. S. Rothschild & Co., Inc. v. Bao Shui Chen, NAF Decision (Dec. 29, 2007)
Real Estate Technology Company – Outside General Counsel
Representing a growing real estate technology company, as outside general counsel, in acquisitions, licensing agreements and employment issues.
Toy Manufacturer – Trade Dress Infringement Claims
Acted as co-defense counsel for a major toy manufacturer in a Southern District of New York trade dress infringement case involving toy packaging claims. Following expedited discovery, the case was settled at the preliminary injunction stage on confidential terms, which had no meaningful economic impact on the client’s business.
Hotel des Artistes, Inc. v. Cafe des Artistes, Inc.
Representation of the Hotel des Artistes in TTAB cancellation proceedings, which resulted in the Hotel des Artistes recovering the famous Cafe des Artistes trademark registrations. Hotel des Artistes, Inc. v. Cafe des Artistes, Inc. (TTAB 1999)
F.A.O. Schwarz v. Zuccarini, Nat`l Arb. Forum
Successful representation of F.A.O. Schwarz in a domain name arbitration awarding our client ownership of four Internet domain names registered in bad faith by a renowned cybersquatter. F.A.O. Schwarz v. Zuccarini, Nat`l Arb. Forum (Dec. 1, 2000)
Galet v. Carolace Embroidery Products Co., Inc.
Successful defense of various corporate clients in computer software copyright infringement actions. Galet v. Carolace Embroidery Products Co., Inc., 32 U.S.P.Q.2d 1830 (S.D.N.Y. 1994), aff'd, 122 F.3d 1056 (2d Cir. 1995).
eBrandValue – Licensing
Represented eBrandValue, a company that monitors and catalogs content from social media networks to evaluate and analyze the efficacy of a business' brand marketing strategy, in the licensing of its IP assets and in related employment matters.
Fashion House Formation
Represented client in the formation and organization of a new fashion company.
French Pharma Company – Development Agreement
Representation of a France-based pharmaceutical manufacturer with proprietary drug delivery technology in a collaborative and development agreement of a generic pharmaceutical product to be marketed in the United States.
Medical Practice – Equipment License
Represented a professional medical practice in connection with the license and turnkey delivery of nuclear cardiology imaging equipment and operation.
ProImmune – Ingredient License
Representation of The ProImmune Company, LLC in its license of a food ingredient that boosts immune systems to a consortium of 18 medical schools. The schools will research the ingredient's ability to prevent and/or mitigate diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease that disproportionately affect minority populations.
Apparel Companies – Licensing
Represented apparel companies in negotiating licensing rights with major fashion brands, such as Kenneth Cole, Tahari, Ralph Lauren and others.
Maharam Fabric Corporation and Paul Smith v. Valley Forge Fabrics – Copyright Infringement
Represented Maharam Fabric Corp. and two corporate affiliates of UK designer Paul Smith in a copyright infringement action against a major textiles manufacturer for having knowingly copied a proprietary fabric design called "Modulating Stripes" owned by Paul Smith that was exclusively developed for, and licensed globally to, Maharam. Soon after an answer was filed, we negotiated a favorable settlement, which included defendant's destruction of remaining inventory and an agreement to never again copy any original Maharam or Paul Smith designs.
New Media Company – Formation & IP Filings
Represented a new media company that provides dynamic digital content and advertising through kiosks in high traffic areas, such as the airports, that can also charge electronics and download digital content. We helped the company with its initial round of financing, its formation strategy and IP filings as well as its strategic alliance agreement with one of the largest airport retailers.
Hironen Co. – Acquisition
Represented Hironen Co., a Japanese manufacturer of "bridge" segment synthetic and natural fabrics, on acquiring a U.S. agent/distributor.
New York Yankees – License
Representation of the New York Yankees in negotiating an agreement with the Daily News to license the Daily News' historic photo archive of Yankees players and stadium imagery and for the Daily News to be the exclusive provider of historical photos for prominent display in the new stadium.
Fashionware – Intellectual Property Matters
Represented Fashionware Technologies Corp., a boutique technology solutions developer specializing in the fashion industry, in connection with intellectual property, marketing and corporate matters related to its proprietary Fashionware PLM software suite designed to manage the life cycle of products for apparel, footwear and soft goods companies.
Google Inc. – NJ Appellate Division Affirms Summary Judgment
Represented Google Inc. before the NJ Appellate Division, which affirmed summary judgment granted by the New Jersey Superior Court in favor of Google, dismissing claims by an online merchant for breach of contract and the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The appellate court upheld the terms and enforceability of Google’s online merchant "click-wrap" agreement, including its liability limitations, while rejecting plaintiff’s claim that it was an unenforceable contract of adhesion. D’Agostino v. Appliances by Phone, Inc., et al., 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 504 (Mar. 8, 2016).
Distribution and Trademark License Agreement – JACHS NY, LLC
Represented JACHS NY, LLC (formerly, Shirt by Shirt USA LLC) in negotiating an exclusive distribution and trademark license agreement, covering mainland China and Chinese retail website markets, with Zhejiang Bestall E-commerce Co. Ltd., a major Chinese distributor and licensee.
Asset Management Company – IP Matters
Representation of an asset management company in connection with its IP matters.
Planet Hollywood Affiliate – Trademark Enforcement
Herrick successfully represented Buca, Inc., an affiliate of client Planet Hollywood, which operates the well-known "Buca di Beppo" chain of Italian restaurants and owns federal trademark registrations for BUCA, in compelling an Italian restaurant in Manhattan using the name "Buca Brick Oven" to change its name or face a trademark infringement action.
S. Rothschild & Co. – Counterfeit Apparel
Herrick represented long-time client S. Rothschild & Co., a leading brand manufacturer of women's outerwear, in shutting down sales of counterfeit apparel being sold at various supermarkets under its LARRY LEVINE registered trademark.
Global Medical Research Company – Software Licensing Dispute
Representation of a global medical research company seeking declaratory relief and claiming breach of contract for software license fees.
Documentary Film – Copyright Infringement
Representation of the producers and director of a documentary film in an action for copyright infringement tied to the use of certain pre and post 1972 sound recordings as background music under public television compulsory license provisions of the Copyright Act. We negotiated an early settlement that was satisfactory to our clients with no economic impact.
New York Yankee Affiliate – Joint Venture
Representation of a New York Yankees' affiliate in connection with the creation of a joint venture that would seek to build upon the value associated with the marks and other intellectual property rights of the New York Yankees by seeking licensing arrangements for the branding of products within certain designated consumer product categories.
S. Rothschild & Co. – License Agreement
Representation of S. Rothschild & Co. in the negotiation of a three-year, renewable and exclusive trademark license agreement for the VIA SPIGA brand for use on women's and girl's leather, fabric and fur trim outerwear. S. Rothschild will be manufacture, market and sell the product in major retailers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Luxury Candy Retailer – Co-Branding and Supply Agreement
Represented a well-known New York City candy retailer in negotiating an exclusive co-branding and supply agreement with a famous contemporary clothing company.
NHL Real Time Scoring and Video Systems
Represented the National Hockey League in negotiating new real time scoring and video delivery systems. Herrick helped craft a series of creative technology deals that enabled the league to pull live video and real-time game video, audio, and statistical data and feed it back to a central hub for distribution in real time to other arenas, broadcasters, websites, cell phones, and wherever else the league pushes that content.
New York City Union – Healthcare Software License
Representation of a major New York City union and its benefits fund in negotiating software license and maintenance agreements and an ASP agreement with a large, publicly traded health care technology provider.
Major Comic Book Company – Library Acquisition
Represented purchaser of a significant comic book library from a prominent video game company's Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee.
Internet Company – Website Development and Contracts
Representation of a prominent website design/development and interactive marketing company in all of its development and marketing contract work, and related counseling and advice. Our work includes revising the company's standard form development agreements, and assessing their insurance coverages.
Yankee Stadium Technology Agreement
Represented the New York Yankees on their agreement with a technology developer that developed software to essentially run Yankee Stadium.
Fashion Industry Software Litigation
Represented Fashionware Solutions Inc., in defeating the plaintiff-developer’s motion for a preliminary injunction to enjoin our client’s use and exploitation of its own custom developed fashion industry software under South African copyright law. (S.D.N.Y.)
Computer Screen Interface Copyright Litigation
Represented Digital Dispatch Systems, Inc. in defeating the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a copyright action involving a computer screen interface. (Wireless TV Studios, Inc. v. Digital Dispatch Systems, Inc., E.D.N.Y.)
Costume Jewelry Manufacturer – Copyright Infringement
Represented a major costume jewelry manufacturer in defending claims for copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets (SDNY).
Sponsored Research Agreements
Representation of medical device companies and neutraceutical venture in negotiating sponsored research agreements with major research universities and hospitals in the US and Canada.
Metropolitan National Bank – Intellectual Property Counsel
Represented Metropolitan National Bank in all its intellectual property needs. We help the bank register and protect all of its trademarks and service marks, oversee outside trademark litigation counsel when necessary, and negotiate service provider license agreements for banking software and technology solutions.
Legends Hospitality – One World Observatory IP Rights
Represented Legends Hospitality in the review, assessment and protection of intellectual property rights in various unique One World Observatory visitor installations, including the Sky Pod elevators with wrap around video displays, the See Forever Theater and the City Pulse interactive display.