Louis Ederer is a partner in the firm's intellectual property group. Mr. Ederer's practice focuses on intellectual property law, covering the areas of trademark, patent, and copyright litigation, prosecution, and counseling. He has developed particular experience in the area of brand protection and enforcement, including anticounterfeiting matters, for prominent luxury goods and apparel companies. Mr. Ederer is an experienced trial lawyer. During his nearly 30 years of practice, he has been involved in precedent-setting cases expanding protection for trade dress and design marks, and the law governing recoveries of damages and profits in counterfeiting cases. Many of Mr. Ederer's counterfeiting litigations have resulted in multimillion dollar judgments and settlements for his clients.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Ederer has managed the international trademark portfolios of many well-known brands in such diverse fields as alcoholic beverages, apparel, cosmetics, and financial services. In this capacity, Mr. Ederer has assisted clients in selecting and clearing marks and creating and implementing trademark prosecution programs in the United States and around the world. Mr. Ederer has also conducted and managed anticounterfeiting enforcement programs.
In the copyright area, Mr. Ederer has been involved in all aspects of protection and enforcement, including antipiracy matters, assisting clients in registering original works of authorship, drafting licenses, assignments and publishing agreements, assisting clients with the acquisition and sale of copyrighted software programs, and litigating infringement cases in the entertainment industry and matters relating to breaches of license agreements.
Mr. Ederer has also been involved in all aspects of patent protection and enforcement, including assisting clients in clearing inventions for patent prosecution, conducting and maintaining worldwide patent filing programs, negotiating and drafting patent license agreements, and prosecuting and litigating patent infringement actions. Among others, Mr. Ederer has assisted in the protection and enforcement of many patents involving computer software.
In conjunction with his intellectual property practice, Mr. Ederer has developed extensive experience in liquor and food and beverage law. He has managed distributor relations programs for prominent suppliers of beverage alcohol products, and has handled complex supplier-distributor termination litigations. He has also actively handled legal aspects of his clients' distribution, compliance, and advertising programs.
Mr. Ederer also regularly advises on intellectual property issues as they relate to corporate and commercial transactions, and on licensing, distribution, fair trade, and competition issues. He has represented clients before state and government agencies, including numerous state liquor authorities, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Federal Trade Commission, and US Customs and Border Protection.
Mr. Ederer also has extensive experience in sports and entertainment law, having negotiated agreements with entertainers and professional athletes, venue leases, sponsorship agreements, management/operation agreements, and franchise agreements.
Mr. Ederer's litigation accomplishments have been recognized by The National Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Law Journal, and Business Week. He has lectured on intellectual property issues before numerous bar and industry associations, and is often quoted in the media on intellectual property issues, including developments in anticounterfeiting law.
The Legal 500 US 2013 for Intellectual Property: Trademarks: Litigation
Managing Intellectual Property IP Star 2013
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright
The Legal 500 US 2012 for Intellectual Property: Litigation and Copyright
The Legal 500 US 2011 for Intellectual Property: Copyright and Intellectual Property: Trademarks
New York Super Lawyers 2013 for Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Sports & Entertainment
American Bar Association
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee
Member, International Anticounterfeiting Coalition
Member, International Trademark Association, North American & Anticounterfeiting Subcommittee
New York State Bar Association
Member, Sports Lawyers Association
US Chamber of Commerce
Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Alliance (leading New York-based pro bono organization)