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Simon Frankel

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Simon Frankel focuses his practice on copyright and trademark litigation, technology and Internet privacy disputes, and legal issues related to visual art. He is the chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Rights practice group. Mr. Frankel’s intellectual property work includes anti-counterfeiting measures with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, right of publicity matters, digital copyright counseling, and policy work before the U.S. Copyright Office in rule-making and related proceedings. He has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer by several publications, including Best Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. His other civil litigation work includes numerous licensing and technology disputes and consumer class actions, including unfair competition and false advertising claims under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, and Internet privacy claims under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Mr. Frankel is a recognized authority in the field of art law, where he has handled disputes involving cultural property claims, title disputes, moral rights claims, and resale royalties. He is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a class on Art and the Law.


Mr. Frankel is also an experienced mediator and a member of the Northern District of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution panel.


Yale Law School, J.D., 1991 (Yale Law Journal, Book Review Editor; Coker Fellow, Constitutional Law); Cambridge University, M.Phil., 1988 (History and Philosophy of Science, National Science Foundation Fellowship); Harvard University, B.A., 1986 (summa cum laude)

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

Covington & Burling LLP’s practice is very experienced in online piracy and DMCA liability issues and regularly assists clients with their anti-piracy programs and targeted copyright enforcement. For example, it continues to assist the NFL in combatting the unauthorized re-transmission of game telecasts over the internet. Other recent work includes representing Microsoft in a software copyright infringement suit against Weidmann Electrical Technology and acting for PBS and its member stations in matters before the CRB regarding the distribution of statutory copyright royalties. The practice is chaired by Simon Frankel in San Francisco and of counsel Ronald Dove in Washington DC. Clara Shin, also in San Francisco, focuses on technology-related disputes.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Covington & Burling LLP’s practice handles a broad range of contentious trademark proceedings before the federal courts and the TTAB. Highlights included the defense of Expedia against a putative class action by several hotels, which claim that Expedia included them in its search without permission and inaccurately listed them as having no vacancies, constituting trademark infringement and false advertising. On the plaintiff side, the team acts for John Deere in pursuing trademark infringement and dilution claims against a company that is using the widely recognized Deere colors on its towed agricultural equipment. Simon Frankel in San Francisco as well as Neil Roman and of counsel Ronald Dove in Washington DC are recommended.

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