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James Rosini

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Trademark, Copyright and Design Practice Group; Game Law Practice Group.




With more than 30 years’ experience handling litigation and counseling matters concerning all aspects of intellectual property, James focuses his practice on patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. He also handles related advertising, entertainment, publishing, music, computer, internet, domain name and right of publicity issues. His sophisticated approach to counseling intellectual property owners on the scope and validity of their properties has earned him praise from sources such as Managing Intellectual Property, which nominated him as one of the top five intellectual property attorneys in the country and selected his practice group as the best group of its kind in the United States. The US Legal 500 has recently named James as one of the top seven trademark litigators and an elite "Leading Lawyer" (2017) in the United States.

James’ reputation for success is fueled by the discernment and skill that he uses to craft large scale strategies that align with his client’s business goals. It is this excellence in practice that led the 2013 edition of The US Legal 500 to say that James “is widely regarded, by clients and peers, as being a leader in his field.” World Trademark Review 1000 also recently commended him for his practice, ranking him in the gold band (top tier) in their 2017 rankings for “Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy.”

That intellectual agility, coupled with years of experience, help James act as a go-to resource for his clients. He has specific expertise advising leading companies whose present circumstances require rebranding on an emergency basis. Equally valuable in the courtroom, James has handled many high-profile cases for Fortune 50 companies with great success. He has also offered expertise in mediation, formulated creative solutions to avoid litigation, and advised clients on intellectual property issues involved in mergers and acquisitions.

James’s clients include the world’s largest retailer, one of the world’s largest software companies, hard copy and online publishers, the world’s largest insurance company, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, the largest company in Africa, the author of the world’s best selling novel, the most famous environmental and ocean conservation society in the world, the world’s largest advertising company, the world’s largest athletic shoe retailer and distributor, the world’s largest luxury car manufacturer, well-known hedge funds, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, as well as manufacturers and distributors of everything from coffee to vitamins to amusement park rides.

In recognition of his intellectual property expertise, leading publications such as Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Brandweek have quoted and featured James in articles pertaining to trademark, copyright and intellectual property law. Avenue Magazine has recognized James as being among the Legal Elite. Additionally, James has authored and co-authored many articles in the intellectual property field covering such topics as halting trademark and copyright piracy, European trademark law, copyright protection for computer software, trends in US trademark law and international intellectual property treaties for publications including the New York Law Journal and the Licensing Journal.

James is also a frequent speaker on trademark, copyright, the internet and branding issues. He has been both moderator and speaker for the New York New Media Association's Intellectual Property Seminar Series for Information Technology Companies. As an adjunct professor at New York Law School, he has taught courses and seminars on different aspects of intellectual property law.

Having built a profile as a leader within the legal community, James is actively involved in, and performs pro bono work on behalf of, charitable organizations such as Renovation House and the All Stars Project. He is also a member of many bar associations’ sections and committees on intellectual property and entertainment law, including the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the New York County Lawyer’s Association, the U.S. Copyright Society and the International Trademark Association.

James has been recognized as a leading lawyer in his practice area by the following independent legal referral guides and publications:

  • New York Super Lawyers
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • The US Legal 500
  • World Trademark Review
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • The International Who's Who of Professionals
  • The Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners
  • The Honors Edition of Madison's Who's Who
  • Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World

The World Trademark Review has recognized James as the “brainchild” of the firm's emergency rebranding practice and also ranked him as one of the top five lawyers in New York City for trademark prosecution and strategy in 2016. He is ranked as a New York Super Lawyer and has been selected as one of the top attorneys in the nation by the Legal News portal. He is also a winner of the 2016 Global Award for Copyright Law by Corporate Livewire. James has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest professional rating awarded by the publication, for the past 15 years and was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, a special report published by ALM Media Properties and Fortune magazine. Jim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in Trademark Expert Guides 2016 as one of the leading trademark practitioners in the U.S.


  • American Bar Association
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • International Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • U.S. Copyright Society


  • JD, 1978, with honors, University of Miami School of Law, International Law Review
  • BA, 1975, with honors, University of Notre Dame

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

Jeff Dodd in Houston and Edward Colbert in Washington DC chair Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team, which excels in copyright advisory and transactional work as well as handling litigation. The firm counsels the World Baseball Softball Confederation on all matters related to its copyright portfolio. It also assists DHX Media with copyright protection matters arising from its $345 acquisition of Iconix Brand Group. On the contentious front, the firm successfully defended Mattel against allegations of copyright infringement regarding its book series, American Girl. New York-based copyright litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini are also recommended.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

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

Within: Leading lawyers

James Rosini - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s IP and technology group has considerable experience assisting clients with portfolio management, prosecutions and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Washington DC, co-chair Edward Colbert has been representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation in opposition proceedings brought against FIFA regarding registration issues. Also in Washington DC, Susan Smith has been advising Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on all domestic trademark matters, including applications, enforcement and registration. Also headed by Jeff Dodd in Houston, the team includes James Rosini in New York and Michele Schwartz in Dallas.

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