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Card Robert W. Clarida

New York
Phone: 212-209-3044
Fax: 212-371-5500

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Columbia Law School (J.D., 1993), where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

SUNY Stony Brook (Ph.D., Music Composition, 1987).

Fulbright fellowship to the Musicology Institute of Gothenburg University, Sweden.


Bob Clarida is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk.

Bob speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues. He is the author of the treatise COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA 2009), and the principal author of the annual review of copyright decisions published each year by the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Bob co-authors the regular copyright law column in the New York Law Journal, teaches a seminar on emerging intellectual property issues at Columbia Law School, and serves as the co-chair of the Copyright Committee of the New York State Bar Association's IP Section.

Bob is admitted to the New York State bar, and to the federal bars of the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, and to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.

Notable Cases

American Institute of Physics v. Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., No. 12-528 (D. Minn. 2013).

Fleurimond v. New York University, 2012 WL 2813996, 2012 Copr.L.Dec. ¶30,282 (E.D.N.Y. 2012).

Tufenkian Import/Export Ventures, Inc. v. Einstein Moomjy, Inc., 338 F.3d 127 (2d Cir. 2003).

Hoepker v. Kruger, 200 F. Supp.2d 340 (S.D.N.Y. 2002).

Niss v. Columbia Pictures Industries, 25 Fed. Appx. 76 (2d Cir. 2002), aff'g 57 U.S.P.Q.2d 1346 (S.D.N.Y. 2000).


Professional & Community Involvement

• Served as a director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association

• Chair of the Copyright and Literary Property Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

• Former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA

• Received professional peer recognition for the field of intellectual property in Chambers USA (2010)

• "New York Superlawyers" (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

• American Lawyer's "Best Lawyers in the U.S."(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and for the field of copyright in Legal 500 (2007, 2011).

Court Admissions

• Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York

• Eastern District of Michigan

• The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits


New York



Author, COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA 2009, 857 pp.); and 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Annual Supplements

Editor, THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS: HOW TO SUCCEED WITH THE NEW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES by Steve Gordon (Hal Leonard, 2005; 2d ed. 2008; 3d ed. 2011)


“Electronic Copyright Rights: Do You Have What You Need?” PUBLISHING RESEARCH QUARTERLY (Vol. 25, No. 4 Dec. 2009)

"Copyright Headaches for Lenders and Borrowers: How to Avoid Losing Copyrighted Collateral," IP VALUE COMMENTATOR (Vol. 1, No. 1 April 2003)

Co-author, with Robert J. Bernstein:

“Fair Use of Abusive Film,” NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL (October 15, 2014)

“Craigslist Fights Data-Scraping With Copyright Claims,” NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL (June 16, 2013)

Co-author, with Steven R. Gordon:

"Robin Thicke’s Legal Battle With Marvin Gaye’s Heirs," ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (Vol. 31, No. 1, May 2014)


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Special congratulations to Bob Clarida who was recently selected as a 2013 Super Lawyer!