Back to Search Results

Program Description

Licensing Copyrights, Trademarks and Characters: The Do's and Don'ts




Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,IL,ME,MO,ND,NY

Intellectual property is a complex practice area with many interrelated strands. Join a panel of legal experts who discuss licensing trademarks, copyrights and characters in a program originally held on November 17, 2004 and was produced by the New York City Bar.

Among the questions that will be raised and answered in this program include: What are the business reasons for licensing trademarks, copyrights and characters? What legal issues arise in drafting license agreements? What due diligence is key in preparing for a licensing negotiation? What are the key provisions of a license agreement? What are the do's and don'ts of licensing trademarks, copyrights and characters? Learn about licensing trademarks, copyrights and characters from a panel of experts.

Provided By: New York City Bar


Topics covered in this program include:

  • Business reasons for licensing.
  • Trademark licensing.
  • Copyright licensing.
  • Licensing rights of publicity.

  • CLE Credit Information

    Click on the state abbreviation to find the CLE Credit Information for your state.

    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,IL,ME,MO,ND,NY

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

    Similar Programs

    No related programs information available.

    Panelist Biographies


    Moses & Singer LLP

    Stanley Rothenberg has been a partner with Moses & Singer since 1979 and has been a copyright and entertainment industry lawyer for over 30 years. He has participated in numerous landmark copyright and entertainment law cases involving well-known properties like "Cats," "The Cosby Show," "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "The Maltese Falcon," "Amos'n Andy," "Star Trek" and "A Star Is Born." He was an expert witness in cases involving songs by The Rolling Stones, copyrights of Laura Ingalls Wilder ("Little House on the Prairie"), and The National Inquirer, and has written amicus curiae briefs in several major cases. Mr. Rothenberg also counsels a large television production and syndication company.

    Mr. Rothenberg was named one of the best lawyers in New York by New York Magazine, and his biography has been selected for inclusion in "Who's Who in America." He publishes and lectures extensively, and is the author of several books, including Copyright and Public Performance of Music (1954; reissued 1987) and Legal Protection of Literature, Art & Music (1960; reissued 1988), and numerous articles on copyright law and related subjects. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar in advanced copyright.


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1962.
  • New York, 1954.
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1960.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1960.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1979.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1988.


  • Harvard University, LL.B., 1953.
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands, LL.D., 1954, Fulbright Scholar.
  • New York University, A.B., 1950.

    For a list of Mr. Rothenberg's publications, speeches and affiliations, please see his full bio.

    Edward H.Rosenthal

    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

    Edward H. Rosenthal is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, where he chairs the firm's Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Groups. He focuses on intellectual property and civil litigation, emphasizing trademark, copyright, right of publicity, privacy and publishing matters. His clients include businesses and individuals in the media, advertising, sports and entertainment fields. Mr. Rosenthal is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been named a New York-area "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Litigation by Law and Politics magazine for five consecutive years. Mr. Rosenthal also runs the firm's substantial trademark prosecution and enforcement practice, representing numerous businesses and individuals in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property. He also represents the estates of deceased celebrities, including Humphrey Bogart, and handles the estates' licensing work. Mr. Rosenthal was recently named a "Top 20 Trademark Attorney" by CSC Trademark Insider. Mr. Rosenthal is currently defending Fredrik Colting, author of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, and his U.S. distributor, in a lawsuit brought by J.D. Salinger alleging copyright infringement. Mr. Rosenthal also successfully defended J.K. Rowling and Scholastic Inc., the author and publisher of the Harry Potter books, against claims of copyright and trademark infringement. Mr. Rosenthal has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of intellectual property topics. He is a regular presenter to the Practicing Law Institute on the topic of Right of Publicity, and has participated in numerous panels on trademark and copyright law. He currently co-edits Entertainment Law Matters (, a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about disputes and developments in the film, television, publishing, theatre, music, art, gaming, and fashion industries. Mr. Rosenthal serves on the committee on Copyright and Literary Property of the New York City Bar and has also been active in the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the International Trademark Association. He serves as co-chair of the Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Mr. Rosenthal served as a law clerk to Hon. Abraham D. Sofaer in the Southern District of New York and was associated with the New York law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. He was Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School (Legal Writing, 1985-1986; Intellectual Property Drafting, 1996), and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1976) and Columbia University (JD, 1980), where he was Notes and Comments Editor of The Columbia Law Review.


    Leveraged Marketing Corporation of America

    Allan Feldman has more than 25 years' experience in marketing and management, including over 18 years in the area of brand extension licensing.

    Prior to forming LCMA, he was with Chromalloy America Corporation, Rockwell International Corporation, and the overseas arm of Xerox Corporation.

    He is a frequent speaker on trademark licensing and brand building at both U.S. and European conferences. Allan earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and studied at the University of Louvain in Belgium and the London School of Economics.

    Susan Progoff

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Susan Progoff is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in New York City, where she specializes in trademark, trade dress, copyright, internet and unfair competition law. Her practice includes all aspects of these areas, including litigation in the courts and in the TTAB, ADR, corporate transactions, licensing, prosecution and counseling clients, both in the United States and internationally. She has been involved in a number of major trade dress lawsuits, including one in which the court found that her client’s registration process for a trade show was protectable trade dress, and has obtained trademark registrations in the Patent and Trademark Office covering many product configurations. Sue has also lectured and written extensively on topics involving trade dress, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. She is active in the International Trademark Association and is the former chair and current member of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Trademark and Unfair Competition.

  • No bundle available.
    Pricing Information

    Licensing Copyrights, Trademarks and Characters: The Do's and Don'ts



    Back to Search Results

    Firm Name:

    Firm Name:

    © 2019 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved
    Live Chat