Number of partners: 24
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. was founded in 1969 by a group of leading New York lawyers who set out to challenge the business model of traditional intellectual property firms by providing the highest level of trademark and copyright advice at a competitive cost. Today, Fross Zelnick is a law firm of approximately 50 lawyers, whose practice areas include domestic and international trademark, copyright, design patent and unfair competition law.
According to surveys of in-house and outside counsel, Fross Zelnick is considered one of the world’s premier firms in the field, and is probably the largest law firm dealing exclusively with this subject matter. The firm’s lawyers are consistently recognized by numerous publications around the world as experts in the field.
Main Areas of Practice:
Litigate Intellectual Property Rights:
Fross Zelnick is in the top tier of trademark and copyright litigation firms in the US with a reputation for successful litigation that often leads to settling disputes without court proceedings. When litigation is unavoidable, the firm’s litigators know how to fight for clients and win. Internationally, Fross Zelnick’s wide experience in foreign and multi-country trademark and copyright litigation includes a history of successfully recapturing pirated well-known marks.
Register Trademarks, Copyrights & Design Patents:
Consistently among the top filers of US trademark applications, Fross Zelnick registers clients’ trademarks, copyrights and design patents. Lawyers’ specialized knowledge in this area means that they know how to get the job done efficiently and obtain rights that will stand up in court.
Manage Global Portfolios:
The firm is known for providing exceptional global intellectual property management. Working closely with their network of select foreign counsel, Fross Zelnick identifies, protects and defends their clients’ rights under copyright, trademark, trade dress, design patent, trade secret and related laws in the US and throughout the world.
Highly experienced in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement matters, Fross Zelnick has developed sophisticated and cost-effective enforcement programs for their clients to prevent the importation, sale and distribution of a wide variety of infringing or counterfeit products including apparel, footwear, cosmetics, jewelry and luxury goods. Included in these programs is the recordal of relevant intellectual property rights with Customs in the US and internationally.
Negotiate IP Transactions:
Whether a client is buying or selling an entire business or part of a portfolio, Fross Zelnick negotiates licenses and related agreements to safeguard their clients’ business and legal interests. They conduct due diligence reviews for mergers, acquisitions and other corporate ventures, and record the corporate changes against their clients’ IP registrations worldwide upon completion of the transaction.
Protect Characters & Celebrities:
For decades, Fross Zelnick lawyers have protected famous entertainment characters through sophisticated copyright protection strategies and enforcement against infringers. They have also successfully retrieved numerous infringing or disparaging trademarks and domain names for celebrities and litigated high-profile cases involving the unauthorized use of well-known names and likenesses.
Conquer the Internet:
Internet law is evolving as rapidly as the medium itself and much of it is rooted in trademark and copyright law. The firm’s lawyers litigate Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRPs) against cybersquatters, advise on worldwide domain name registration and disputes, monitor the web for infringements, negotiate linking and key word agreements, draft privacy policies, and develop strategies for policing and protecting IP rights on the Internet.
Craig Mende (General), Lawrence Apolzon (US Counselling & Prosecution), and Carlos Cucurella (International Counseling, Prosecution & Litigation).