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.

  • 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

New York

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:


  • Author, COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA Bloomberg 2009, 857 pp.); and 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Annual Supplements (2nd Edition forthcoming, 2016)
  • 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:
  • “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)
  • Received professional peer recognition for the field of intellectual property in Chambers USA (2010)
  • "New York Superlawyers" (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • American Lawyer's "Best Lawyers in the U.S."(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and for the field of copyright in Legal 500 (2007, 2011).
  • 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