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Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. was founded in 1969 by Peter Weiss, Heinz Dawid, Alvin Fross and Ron Lehrman, who had been colleagues for more than a decade at what was then the leading international trademark firm. Originally called Weiss Dawid Fross & Lehrman, the firm quickly acquired a clientele of prominent US and foreign trademark owners, establishing itself as a leading firm in the intellectual property (IP) field.

Fross Zelnick has adhered to its singular mission of helping clients protect and defend intellectual property rights since its founding. Fross Zelnick lawyers apply their collective knowledge and sophistication in analyzing and resolving complex IP issues and advising clients effectively.

Main areas of practice

According to surveys of in-house and external counsel in the intellectual property field, Fross Zelnick is considered one of the premier firms in the world for trademark, copyright, design patent and unfair competition law, and is probably the largest law firm dealing exclusively with this area.

IP rights litigation: Fross Zelnick attorneys argue cases in federal and state courts, and opposition and cancellation proceedings in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and act for clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Registering trademarks, copyrights and design patents: the firm’s attorneys are highly knowledgeable about US and foreign trademark, copyright and design patent laws. Fross Zelnick is consistently among the top filers of US trademark applications, and has been honored by USPTO for being the top filer of electronic trademark applications.

Combating counterfeiting: Fross Zelnick’s lawyers have extensive experience with anti-counterfeiting and enforcement matters. The firm has developed sophisticated and cost-effective enforcement programs for its clients to prevent the importation, sale and distribution of a wide variety of infringing or counterfeit products.

Managing global portfolios: Fross Zelnick is known for providing expert global IP management. Working closely with its select network of foreign counsel, the firm develops and executes winning strategies to protect intellectual property rights throughout the world.

Negotiating IP transactions: whether clients are buying or selling an entire business or part of a portfolio, Fross Zelnick can negotiate assignments, licenses and related agreements that safeguard its clients’ business and legal interests.

Protecting characters and celebrities: for decades, Fross Zelnick lawyers have protected famous entertainment characters through sophisticated copyright protection strategies and enforcement against infringers.

Conquering the internet: internet law is evolving as rapidly as the medium itself and much of it is rooted in trademark and copyright law. Fross Zelnick’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.

Founding Partner: Ronald J Lehrman

Number of Partners: 24

Number of Other Fee-Earners: 16

Total Staff: 97

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