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Jed Ferdinand


Jed Ferdinand

Jed Ferdinand

Senior Managing Partner |  JFerdinand@24iplg.com

Jed Ferdinand, the firm’s founder, is a leading authority in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, valuation and entrepreneurship, and these specialties form the core of his legal practice, his work as a consultant and expert witness, and his role as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School in New York.  

Jed began his career in New York with Chadbourne & Parke and he also worked at leading international firms Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Graham & James. Most recently he was a partner with Grimes & Battersby, LLP, an intellectual property boutique located in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Jed has negotiated hundreds of license agreements and has worked on some of the most successful licensing and merchandising programs of the past decade for celebrities, famous brands and some of the largest companies in the world that have resulted in billions of dollars of retail sales worldwide. His have included Pepsi, John Deere, MGA Entertainment, Entertainment One Group, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Simpson, Sylvester Stallone, Nina Agdal, Dwight Howard and Vince Camuto, and counterparties to deals have included Disney, Marvel Comics, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, among many others. 

Jed also regularly acts as a consultant for intellectual property asset valuation for a wide variety of corporate, financing, matrimonial, estate and tax matters, and has served as an expert witness in litigation involving contested brand and publicity rights asset valuations.  

An accomplished trial attorney, Jed has also litigated cases involving intellectual property and general commercial matters in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and before international arbitration panels. During his career, Jed has handled a number of high-profile cases for consumer products manufacturers, brand owners, media companies and celebrities.

Representative cases include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, “O The Oprah Magazine,” against claims of trademark infringement brought by a German publication. Brockmeyer v. Hearst Corp. and Harpo Print, 2003 U.S. Dist. Lexis 3394 (S.D.N.Y. March 7, 2003).
  • Successfully defending celebrity Jessica Simpson in a case brought by her former jeans manufacturer seeking $100 million in damages arising out of an alleged breach of license agreement. Tarrant Apparel Group v. Jessica Simpson, et al., Index No. 601199/06 (N.Y.S. Supreme Court).
  • Obtaining summary judgment for a Pepsi-subsidiary in a trade dress and design patent action involving competing sports bottle designs; affirmed by the Ninth Circuit. Talking Rain Beverage Company, Inc. v. South Beach Beverage Company, Inc., 349 F.3d 601 (9th Cir. 2003).

 

Jed also counsels clients regarding the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights, with a particular emphasis on trademark and brand protection. The firm currently manages the worldwide trademark and copyright filing programs of several major consumer products companies in more than 100 countries and handles more than 2,000 trademarks worldwide.

Jed has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing topics. He has been a moderator and featured speaker at numerous conferences and trade shows for more than ten years, including the annual Licensing Show in Las Vegas and the American International Toy Fair in New York. He is also a member of the faculty of LIMA’s Certificate of Licensing Studies Program for licensing professionals.  

Jed is a member of the Advisory Board of two IP publications – The Licensing Journal and IP Litigator and has published articles in leading trade publications.  He is often quoted in industry trade publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Apparel News, Law360 and IP Watchdog for matters related to IP and licensing.  

 Jed is admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Ninth and Federal Circuit

Language: Spanish

Greg Battersby


Greg Battersby


Greg Battersby

Greg Battersby

Of Counsel |  gjbattersby@gbiplaw.com

Greg Battersby, who has practiced law for more than 40 years, is one of the most respected names in the field of intellectual property law and licensing.  Since 1995, he has served as the general counsel for the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (“LIMA”) and, in 2009, was inducted into its Licensing Hall of Fame — the first (and only) practicing attorney to have ever achieved that honor.

Greg has also been an officer, member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Publications Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and as a Patent Attorney before the U.S.P.T.O.

Greg was one of the founding partners of and helped build a major IP law firm in Connecticut after having previously worked at two major New York City IP firms —  Morgan & Finnegan and Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto — as well as Gulf & Western Industries (now Viacom) where he was senior IP counsel.  He has represented many of the leading property owners in the entertainment, sports, celebrity, corporate and art communities and has negotiated and drafted more than a thousand license agreements.  Prior to entering the legal profession, he was a member of the Advanced Development team in the Quality Control laboratory at Grumman Aerospace Corp. where he worked on the F-14 and Lunar Excursion Module (“LEM”) programs.  Greg has an undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University and earned his law degree from Fordham University, School of Law where he was an editor of the Urban Law Journal.

A prolific author, Greg has co-authored more than 36 books on various licensing and intellectual property topics, including the seminal book on the law of merchandising, The Law of Merchandising & Character Licensing (West), which was originally published in 1985 and is updated annually.   Greg has also co-authored License Agreements: Forms and Commentary and Drafting Internet Agreements (Aspen Publishers) as well as The Basics of Licensing and The Basics of Licensing: Licensee Edition (Kent Press) and endorsed by LIMA.

Greg has served as an executive editor for the Licensing Journal for more than 30 years and the IP Litigator (both Aspen Publishers) for more than 18 years.  He has served as a legal columnist for a number of business publications, including Total Licensing.  He has written more than 60 articles and given more than 200 talks on IP and licensing topics.  Greg has been qualified as an expert witness on licensing-related matters on more than 30 occasions.

Greg turned his passion for baseball into a business, creating a computerized video baseball/softball pitching simulator for which he is a named inventor on 13 U.S. patents and more than 20 international patents.  In his spare time, he serves as CEO of ProBatter Sports, (www.probatter.com) which manufactures and sells these simulators to a wide range of customers, including Major League Baseball teams and players as well as to more than 300 colleges and commercial batting cages.  The company entered the cricket market in 2011 with the first-ever cricket bowling simulator, which is now used by the national teams in England and Australia, and at the International Cricket Council’s training center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Thomas Halket


Thomas Halket


Thomas Halket

Thomas Halket

Of Counsel |  thalket@halketweitz.com

Thomas Halket has over 30 years corporate and commercial experience in such areas as securities and business counseling, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private financings and domestic and international commercial transactions. His technology and intellectual property transaction practice includes design and development contracts, licensing, equipment and hardware transactions, internet and e-commerce transactions, biotech and medical device matters, outsourcing, government contracts, supply chain and other commercial matters.

He also regularly acts as neutral in complex commercial and international mediations and arbitrations and has been a member of panels of the American Arbitration Association (including the commercial, large complex, large complex technology and IP and international panels), the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (including the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and International, Technology, Biotech and Trademark Panels), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva) and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (Hong Kong). Hewas the editor of and a contributor to a treatise, Arbitration of International Intellectual Property Disputes (Juris 2012).  He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars. 

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Ted Weitz


Ted Weitz


Ted Weitz

Ted Weitz

Of Counsel |  tweitz@halketweitz.com

Theodore Weitz has over 35 years of experience as both in house and outside counsel, including principal legal responsibility for major matters, such as acquisi­tions, dispositions, mergers, and invest­ments for both acquiring and target com­panies; joint ventures and licensing agree­ments; general commercial matters; cor­porate governance and compliance; Securi­ties Act compliance; human resource and compensation matters; intellectual prop­erty licensing and acquisition; major litigation including securities, intellectual property, commercial and antitrust; and regulatory matters. His practice now centers on general corporate matters for emerging companies, including organization, financing, contracts and compliance; and on transactional work for entities of all sizes. He has also acted as advisor to companies on managing legal organizations and related functions. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars.

Laura Spanakos


Laura Spanakos


Laura Spanakos

Laura Spanakos

Senior Paralegal |  Lauras@24iplg.com

Laura Spanakos has been working in the intellectual property field for over 25 years and joined Ferdinand IP in January 2015. Laura provides direct support to our in-house attorneys in the areas of litigation, patent and corporate matters. Her duties include assisting with research and drafting of documents, court filings and correspondence, electronic patent filings and incorporation documents. Additionally, she is responsible for maintaining the firm’s litigation, patent, corporate and transactional dockets and she is a Notary Public for the State of Connecticut.

Brian M. McGuire


Brian M. McGuire


Brian M. McGuire

Brian M. McGuire

Of Counsel | BMcGuire@24iplg.com

Brian M. McGuire is Of Counsel at Ferdinand IP LLC. His practice focuses on procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including patent prosecution, post grant practice (reissue, inter partes reexamination, interference practice) the preparation of patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions, intellectual property due diligence, litigation, and client counseling on intellectual property matters.  In doing so, he has provided IP based business solutions for the companies of all sizes and at all stages, leading each to meet its IP needs in responsible yet effective manner.

Mr. McGuire has developed global patent strategies for companies that coordinate all aspects of prosecution, licensing, and litigation. For a few examples: he has developed a global e-commerce patent strategy, managed third party discovery, and negotiated corporate partnership agreements for a publicly traded e-commerce corporation. He has guided ready-to-license patent procurement of the Computer Science department of a prestigious University.  He has monitored competition and formulated product design and patent litigation response strategies for a highly competitive multi-billion dollar financial services and media company. And he has assisted in coordinating patent prosecution; inter partes review, and litigation centering on an actively enforced patent.

Mr. McGuire’s staunch view is that a good IP attorney roots his expertise deeply in the law, and provides fruit by understanding a business’s needs in the terms of the people who live it. To that end, he visits clients and businesses to offer guidance on best practices for internal IP operations and how to interface with outside counsel effectively. Mr. McGuire has participated with leaders in national and international industry associations and forums, as well as with technical and advisory institutions that shape and guide the business landscape for emerging technology.  He has also participated in investor forums for emerging technology, where he educates the principals on how IP impacts the success and failure of business models and capital raise at differing stages of emerging technology.

Over the past decade Mr. McGuire has drafted, prosecuted, procured and defended global patent portfolios for wide range of technologies, including but not limited to:

  • Computer hardware, software, and network architecture for complex specialized computer systems (e.g.: financial network and trading systems, metadata and middleware service architecture, Spoken Dialog Systems, GPS systems and interfaces, VPN and network layer architecture, data mining, network protocols, forensics, computer and network security, avionics safety systems)
  • Quantum Dot photoconductors
  • Optics and Microscopy
  • Industrial machine and engineered fabrics (papermaking, nonwovens)
  • Telecommunications (cellular access standards, systems, devices, networking and architecture)
  • Imaging devices
  • Clean/Environmental technology (Smart Grid, hydrogen fuel cells, biomass and biofuels, Intelligent Energy Devices)
  • Nanomaterials
  • Composites (including 2-D and 3D woven composites)
  • Robotics

Mr. McGuire obtained his Bachelor’s degree at St. John’s College, routinely identified as among the U.S.’s best colleges, and crowned by Newsweek as the “most rigorous college or university in America.” St. Johns’ distinctive “Great BooksProgram” centers on reading, discussion and experimentation based on primary source texts from the Western canon of philosophical, religious, historical, mathematical, scientific, and literary works, including four years of mathematics and three years of laboratory science. Mr. McGuire credits this education for his ability to deeply engage and interact with inventors and businesses to address technological and legal matters as an integrated whole. “By reading source texts,” he explains, “you learn from the great minds and innovators in their own words. I learned geometry from Euclid, classical physics and calculus from Newton, electromagnetism from Faraday and Maxwell, general and special relativity from Einstein, and Quantum Physics from Heisenberg and Bohr. As a Patent Attorney, I get to continue learning from innovators and inventors in their own words and translate that into the legal protection they need.”

Representative Litigations and Contested Cases

  • Otterbox v. Speck, counsel for multiple Inter Partes Reexaminations coordinated with related litigations
  • Swisslog v. McKesson, prepare invalidity contentions, including searches for prior art and public disclosures, expert procurement
  • Avid Identification Systems v Datamars Crystal Import Corp., legal analysis for industry standard patent issues
  • Cybersettle, Inc. v. National Arbitration Forum, Inc. – Lead associate representing Cybersettle in asserting patent covering computerized dispute resolution systems and methods, from pre-suit investigation to settlement negotiations and Summary Judgment
  • Honeywell, Inc. v. Universal Avionics Systems Corp. et al – Litigation support and trial team for large avionics company defending against five patents asserted by Honeywell covering terrain awareness and warning systems and asserting antitrust claims

Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law | Hamden, CT
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2002

St John’s College | Annapolis, MD / Santa Fe, NM
Bachelor of Arts, 1995

  • Major Eqiv: History of Mathematics and History of Science (includes 24 credits in Physics)

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Connecticut State Bar, Admitted November, 2002
  • New York State Bar, Admitted March, 2005
  • Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO, Reg. No. 55,445, Admitted December, 2003
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Five Fund Forum IV: Speaker, “PAICE, A Greentech Patent Story,” (Presentation on Patents in context of Hybrid Electric Vehicle) (October, 2010)
  • Speaker, “The Looming Impact of Antitrust Rules on IP Disclosure Policies: Lessons − Real and Imagined − from the Antitrust Authorities” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2007 Spring Meeting, Joint Session of the Antitrust Law and Electronic & Computer Law Committees, (May 10, 2007, Boston, MA)
  • Speaker, “Rambus v. Rambus: Comparing the Federal Circuit and the Federal Trade Commission Decisions on a Patentee’s Participation in a Standard Setting Organization,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting, Antitrust Committee Session, (October 23, 2006, Washington, DC)

Katrin Lewertoff


Katrin Lewertoff


Katrin Lewertoff

Katrin Lewertoff

Partner |  Klewertoff@FerdinandIP.com

Katrin Lewertoff is a partner with the firm and head of the worldwide trademark prosecution practice. Prior to joining Ferdinand IP, Katrin practiced in New York City with Sidley & Austin and most recently with Arent Fox.

Katrin Lewertoff practices in the areas trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property. Her practice also encompasses unfair competition, e-commerce, and advertising law.

Katrin has extensive experience in domestic and foreign trademark prosecution and regularly represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also assists clients in US and foreign jurisdictions on a variety of intellectual property matters, including ex parte proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, clearance and adoption of trademarks, trademark investigations, license agreements, prosecution of copyright applications, and litigation of Internet domain name disputes. Katrin also has experience with global intellectual property transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and secured financing.

Katrin’s current clients include companies in the fields of food and beverage, cosmetics, clothing, toys, steel, pharmaceuticals, energy, and financial services.

Katrin is the chair of the International Trademark Committee of the IP Section of the American Bar Association. She’s also a member of the American Council on Germany (ACG,) the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV.)

New York Bar

  • New York Law School, JD, 2003
  • Free University of Berlin, 1998

Alex Malbin


Alex Malbin


Alex Malbin

Alex Malbin

Associate |  amalbin@24iplg.com

Alexander Malbin completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami with a focus in political science and motion pictures, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2006.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2011.
 
Alex previously interned with Jed Ferdinand at Grimes & Battersby, working on trademark litigation.  He joined the 24IP Law Group in January 2013.

His primary areas of practice are intellectual property, commercial litigation, and contract matters.

Jessica Rutherford


Jessica Rutherford


Jessica Rutherford

Jessica Rutherford

 

Partner |  JRutherford@24iplg.com

Jessica practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property protection and licensing, civil litigation, and media and entertainment law. She routinely counsels clients, both large and small, on the acquisition, protection, exploitation, and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity, and other proprietary rights.  

Jessica has experience managing a worldwide filing and enforcement program for a portfolio of famous marks and has won several appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

She also represents clients in disputes in federal and state courts across the country.  Recent cases include:

  • Representing apparel manufacturer and national retailers in alleged copyright infringement action brought by textile company, obtaining summary judgment dismissing all of plaintiff’s claims and invalidating plaintiff’s copyright registration (Gold Value Int’l, Inc. v. Sanctuary Clothing, LLC, et al., 2:16-CV-00339, C.D.C.A.)
  • Representing former Head Coach of the Cuban National Baseball Team in jury trial for breach of contract action against former Major League pitcher and his agent, securing award of over $1 million (MV Sports, Inc. v. Jaime Torres Sports Management, Inc. and Jose Contreras, 08-48132 and 08-48128, 11th Circuit Court of Florida)
  • Representing Fortune 500 agricultural and consumer products company in action against former licensee for unpaid royalties (John Deere Shared Services, Inc. v. Success Apparel, LLC, et al., 15-CV-1146, S.D.N.Y)
  • Representing national pet food company in infringement and unfair competition action over product packaging (Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. v. Sears Holding Management Corporation, et al., 3:16-CV-0306, D.CT)
  • Representing entertainment company in action for infringement of federally registered trademark and cybersquatting arising out of use of the name “Vanguard” by publishing company (Vanguard Productions v. Perseus Books, LLC and Vanguard Press, 08-CV-6490, S.D.N.Y.)
  • Representing major toy manufacturer in multi-million dollar actions arising out of alleged breaches of licensing agreements (MGA Entertainment, Inc. v. Marvel Entertainment, Inc. et al., Index No. 650801/09, and related cases; New York Supreme Court)
  • Representing the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association as amicus curiae in C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. and Major League Baseball Players Association, 06-3357 and 06-3358, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In addition, Jessica assists clients in capitalizing on the value of intellectual property rights, by identifying and evaluating opportunities and negotiating a wide range of intellectual property agreements.

Her clients include apparel manufacturers, toy and game companies, jewelers, licensing agents and manufacturer’s representatives, software developers, restaurateurs, fine artists, textile designers, authors and publishers.

Before joining Ferdinand IP, Jessica was a partner with Grimes & Battersby, LLP, an intellectual property boutique located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She previously honed her negotiation skills while working as a literary agent and foreign scout and as a subsidiary rights executive for book publishing companies, including HarperCollins and Henry Holt. Jessica has parlayed this knowledge and experience into success for her clients, negotiating several multiple-book publishing deals on behalf of authors and artists, including in connection with a New York Times best-selling children’s book series.

Jessica received an A.B. (with Honors) from Brown University with a dual concentration in Cognitive Science and Russian Language & Literature. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in intellectual property law. During law school, she interned with Southern District of New York Judge Deborah A. Batts. Jessica has also worked for the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Jessica has served on the Internet and Technology Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, the Trademark Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Jessica has published articles on a variety of topics, including the “Internet and Technology” column for The Licensing Journal, and she has spoken on “Licensing Law for Beginners” at Licensing Expo, the annual trade show for the licensing industry, and has been a regular guest lecturer on Licensing Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

In her free time, Jessica interviews applicants to Brown University on behalf of the Brown Alumni Schools Committee. 

Jessica is admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Languages: Russian, French, Italian and Hebrew

 

Anna Mastroianni


Anna Mastroianni


Anna Mastroianni

Anna Mastroianni

Senior Trademark Paralegal |  Annam@24iplg.com

Anna Mastroianni joined Ferdinand IP in January 2013.  Anna provides direct support to clients concerning international and domestic trademarks.  Her duties include assisting with trademark application and registration maintenance filing requirements as well as performing clearance searches.  Anna also prepares electronic filings and works directly with foreign trademark agents to assist in international trademark filings.  In addition, she is responsible for maintaining the firm’s trademark docket.

Anna is a member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and also serves as a Notary Public for the State of Connecticut.

Language: Italian

Thea Zimnicki


Thea Zimnicki


Thea Zimnicki

Thea Zimnicki

Associate |  TZimnicki@24iplg.com

Thea Zimnicki is an Associate at Ferdinand IP and a registered Patent Attorney.

Thea’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, and copyright.  She has a particular focus on patent law, and has worked with a wide range of technologies including electrical, telecommunications and materials.  Thea also has considerable expertise in biomechanics and tissue engineering.

Before joining Ferdinand IP, Thea served as a federal judicial intern in the District of Connecticut, and previously worked as a summer associate for a boutique law firm in Paris.  She received her JD from Boston University and holds an LL.M. in European Law from l’Université de Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).  Thea completed her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and has a B.A. in French from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Admissions:

New York
US Patent and Trademark Office

Education:

Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law
LL.M. in European Law, l’Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
BS in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
BA in French, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Languages: English, French