Bob Clarida heads our intellectual property practice, which has been rated Tier 1 in New York and Tier 3 nationally. He 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 a principal presenter of the annual review of copyright decisions delivered each year to 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 has chaired numerous committees for the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
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.
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
Selected Publications Include:
Represented online fragrance retailer in copyright action involving use of product photographs on website
Represented Irish digital music technology firm in defense of copyright litigation over streaming of music onboard commercial airliners
Represented Minnesota patent-law firm in defense of copyright infringement action, establishing significant fair use precedent re: submission of copyrighted articles to US Patent Office in patent prosecution process
Represented Blue Man Group in trademark litigation in federal court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, over unauthorized use of “Blue Man” mark on cigarettes
Represented author Harper Lee in federal trademark infringement action involving unauthorized use of “To Kill A Mockingbird” on merchandise