For more than 50 years, Pryor Cashman’s nationally recognized intellectual property (IP) litigators have helped entrepreneurs, celebrities, motion picture studios, publishers, composers and global enterprises protect their intellectual property.

What We Do

Pryor Cashman has long been known for its prowess in intellectual property litigation, having litigated innumerable cases in federal and state courts across the country, both at the trial and appellate levels.  Our attorneys have won seminal trademark and copyright cases for well-known media clients, some of which have become the “gold standard” for addressing conflicts between intellectual property rights and the First Amendment.

With the advent of digital content, we became contributing architects to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and we remain at the forefront of establishing the boundary of liability in connection with the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content via the Internet.

A Go-To Firm for The Entertainment Industry

Pryor Cashman has protected the intellectual property rights of superstar musicians, and Hollywood’s “A-List,” including Bob Dylan, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, and Sylvester Stallone, and iconic films like “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Karate Kid.” We are regularly asked to assert or defend claims involving major film studios and music publishers, including Lions Gate Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and EMI/Sony ATV. We’ve also played a leading role in groundbreaking cases involving the copying and online distribution of media, including Napster, Aimster, Grokster and Multiply.com.

Of course, sometimes the most valuable counsel an attorney can provide involves helping a client avoid potential claims, and many of our litigators have years of experience in advising media clients and insurers in risk assessment and claim avoidance.

Guarding Against Corporate Identity Theft

Brand recognition represents the heart and soul of a celebrity’s or company’s good will among the consuming public. To maximize that value and preserve brand integrity, our trademark attorneys manage large-scale international trademark enforcement programs to identify and pursue infringers. In the courtroom, we have achieved victories for such diverse clients as Lady Gaga and CVS, and we won a landmark case against Google, preventing more than 60 blogs from capitalizing on an author’s name and trademark without permission.

Protecting Innovation

Our patent litigation attorneys resolve disputes around the globe involving the validity, enforceability and ownership of patents, including standards-essential patents (SEPs). We are well versed in handling appeals, post-grant reviews and arbitrations relating to the enforceability of licensing agreements on behalf of clients in the biotech, entertainment, fashion, Internet, pharmaceutical, software and telecommunications industries. We have prosecuted and defended cases involving everything from blockbuster films to the packaging of consumer products.

Protecting Proprietary Information

Protecting a company’s trade secrets is essential to its ability to compete in the marketplace. Our attorneys are experienced in all phases of trade secret litigation, including investigations, injunctions, protective orders, discovery, trials and appeals. Whether the claim arises from a license agreement, noncompetition agreement or confidentiality agreement, our attorneys are experienced representing both corporations and employees when alleged violations are asserted. 

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