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Joel Karni Schmidt

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Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC


Partner.  Joel has represented a diverse group of clients, including fashion companies, technology companies, hotels and restaurants, game publishers, a major sports organization, global charitable organizations and foundations, and prominent artists and designers with respect to intellectual property protection and enforcement in the U.S. and throughout the world. Joel also assists clients enforce their intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad, practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and advises clients with respect to licensing disputes, anti-counterfeiting and litigation. In the transactional realm, Joel negotiates and drafts license agreements, purchase agreements, assignments, strategic alliances, joint venture agreements, book publishing agreements, and technology agreements. He also has guided clients through the intellectual property aspects of private placements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and reorganizations.


Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Associate (1998-2000) The Supreme Court of Israel, Justice Dorit Beinisch - Law Clerk (1996 - 1998) U.S. Attorney's Office (E.D.N.Y.) - Intern (1994)

  • Represented the New York City Bar Association at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNICITRAL) Third International Colloquium on Secured Transactions in Vienna, Austria (March 1-3, 2010)
  • Judge at Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition (2003-2005)
  • Judge at U.S. International Film and Video Festival (2002)
  • Co-winner, Kukin Negotiation Competition


New York New Jersey Israel United States District Court - Southern District and Eastern District of New York

International Trademark Association - Emerging Issues Committee, Issues Identification Subcommittee - Member (2012-Present)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Copyright Law Committee - Co-Chair (2011-2013)

American Intellectual Property Law Association - Special Committee on Israel - Co-Chair (2011-2012)

International Trademark Association - Emerging Issues Committee - Member (2012 - 2014)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Trademark Law Committee - Member (2008-2011)

New York City Bar - Copyright & Literary Property Committee - Member (2008-2010)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Internet Law Committee - Member (2009-2010)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Privacy Law Committee - Member (2008-2011)

International Trademark Association - Legislation & Regulation Committee, Middle East, Africa & South Asia Subcommittee - Member (2005-2007)


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD 1996) The London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc (Econs) 1995) University of Colorado at Boulder (BA 1991)

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

The 'outstanding IP boutique' Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is particularly strong in contentious matters relating to book publishing, music and fashion designs. Jonathan King is one of three who leads the team and focuses primarily on the music industry. Fellow practice head Richard Mandel has a similar focus on music and acted for Capitol Records in its litigation against the online marketplace ReDigi, which allowed the resale of digital music purchased from iTunes. Also leading the team is Eric Shimanoff, who has litigated cases involving magazine publishing, video games and music.  Counsel Richard Dannay is another key figure and particularly prominent in book publishing litigation. Elsewhere, Thomas Kjellberg assisted Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation with the enforcement of the copyright for its designs of tiaras and crowns. Also recommended is Joel Karni Schmidt, who is an 'outstanding lawyer', 'always available' and 'very friendly and attentive'. Other notable clients include Penguin Random House and Eli Lilly.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC delivers ‘top-notch services with outstanding expertise’, acting on ‘all types of complex issues relating to trademark litigation’. Co-head Richard Mandel is representing Sony Pictures Television in a trademark infringement and dilution action; the matter concerns the introduction of a new beer named ‘BREAKING BUD’ by a craft brewery, the logo format of which is argued to resemble that of the client’s Breaking Bad television series. In another case highlight, Mary Kevlin successfully acted for Major League Baseball Properties in trademark cancellation proceedings against the supplemental registration of ‘MAJOR LEAGUE ZOMBIE HUNTER & Design’. Eric Shimanoff and Jonathan King also lead the team, which includes the ‘outstanding lawyer and advocateJoel Karni Schmidt, the ‘responsive and thoroughDeborah Squiers and the ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Jeffrey Epstein. The firm is based in New York.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

The practice at New York-based Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is praised for its ‘excellent’ attorneys, ‘client-oriented’ service and ‘outstanding expertise’. It acts on the full range of domestic and international trademark prosecution matters and is jointly led by Lynn Fruchter and the ‘highly responsiveDeborah Squiers. Fruchter recently acted for Sony Pictures Entertainment, supervising international trademark registrations for the merchandising of Jumanji, Men in Black and Ghostbusters. In another highlight, the 'outstanding' Jeffrey Epstein handled the searching, clearance and filing program for the worldwide rebranding of Liberty Interactive Corporation as Qurate Retail. Other recommended names are Mary Kevlin, William Borchard and the ‘very friendly and attentiveJoel Karni Schmidt.

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