IP Lawyer Louis Ederer Joins Arnold & Porter As Partner

Move Further Diversifies Firm's Litigation Expertise and Expands IP Presence in New York

January 8, 2007

New York, January 8, 2007 --  Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that intellectual property lawyer and litigator Louis S. Ederer has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the firm's New York office, expanding the firm's litigation capabilities and its IP presence in New York. 

Mr. Ederer's practice covers a comprehensive range of areas in IP, including counseling and litigation in trademarks, copyrights and patents.  He is an experienced trial lawyer who has been involved in precedent-setting cases in the area of trademark and design mark protection, and he leads a strong brand enforcement practice that includes anti-counterfeiting work in the high-profile luxury goods and apparel industries.  He also has expertise in distributor and franchise matters in the alcoholic beverage industry that includes litigating franchise and distributor termination cases for prominent suppliers.  Mr. Ederer is joined in his move by associates John Maltbie and Alisa Cahan and a third colleague of many years, Alan Veronick.

"Lou has a robust IP litigation practice that fits well with the work we are doing in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and London," said James Swire, who heads Arnold & Porter's IP litigation group in New York. "His comprehensive background in IP counseling and excellent track record in trademark protection and enforcement for high-profile clients makes him and his group an ideal fit for our practice."  Mr. Swire joined Arnold & Porter in 2005, and has been at the helm of a highly visible case for Tiffany that aims to curtail the sale of counterfeit merchandise on eBay.

Mr. Ederer joins Arnold & Porter from the New York office of a Canadian-based firm, where he was a partner and head of the New York intellectual property practice, assisting clients in trademark, patent and copyright litigation, prosecution and counseling.  In private practice for nearly 30 years, Mr. Ederer has helped clients select and clear trademarks and implemented trademark prosecution, opposition and enforcement programs in the U.S. and around the world.  In brand enforcement litigation, he has obtained precedent-setting decisions, establishing new parameters for damage and profit awards against counterfeiters and securing large sanction awards for discovery abuse. 

He also has been involved in all aspects of protection and enforcement in copyright and patent law, including registration of original works of authorship, complex licensing and the acquisition and sale of software.  Mr. Ederer advises clients on IP issues relating to commercial transactions, and has represented clients before state and federal government agencies including the TTB, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the FDA, the FTC, and various state alcoholic beverage agencies.  He also has substantial experience in sports and entertainment matters, having acted as outside counsel to professional sports franchises and litigated complex recording industry issues.

Mr. Ederer joins some 85 attorneys in Arnold & Porter's intellectual property and technology group, practicing in both the U.S. and UK.  The group handles complex IP counseling and litigation involving copyright disputes and arbitrations, patent infringement actions, patent procurement and licensing transactions.  Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm of more than 600 attorneys, has offices in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, London and Brussels.  The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters and regulatory issues.



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