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Claudia Ray

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Intellectual Property


Claudia Ray represents technology, consumer products, financial services, entertainment/media, and fashion/apparel clients and others in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings, including at the ITC. She also advises on overall IP protection/enforcement strategy and IP transactions. Representative matters have involved the Obama “Hope” poster, Harry Potter, Chuck Taylor All-Stars, Colgate Total, Burberry’s plaid, and Travelers’ red umbrella. In Chambers USA, clients call her “business-savvy,” a “leading authority throughout the country and beyond," and an “outstanding courtroom performer.” She was honored in Managing Intellectual Property’s most recent edition of IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP.


New York University School of Law (J.D., 1992); Macalester College (B.A., 1989, magna cum laude).

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has 'a breadth of experience in copyright matters from literature to entertainment to software' which 'provides a firm foundation for them to tackle any dispute'. Working at the helm is Dale Cendali, who has 'exceptional skill' and 'has done a great job mentoring the next generation'. She recently represented Fox News Network in litigation against media monitoring company TVEyes, which had been providing programming belonging to the client to its subscribers. Claudia Ray is also a key figure and focuses on the technology, consumer and financial services sectors. Also recommended is Diana Torres; she acted for Cadence Design Systems with respect to the alleged infringement of its software copyright by Hong-Kong based Skyworth.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's sizable IP team is regularly involved in trade secret disputes. New York- based Dale Cendali leads the team and alongside Joshua Simmons represented IBM in a dispute against Teraproc, which is run by former IBM employees, alleging that the start-up used source code owned by the client for its workload management platform. Also in the New York office, Claudia Ray and Joseph Loy acted for Dollar Shave Club against Edgewell Personal Care Company, which allegedly used an unlawful non-compete agreement for a senior employee who now works for the client. Los Angeles-based Diana Torres defended EVelozcity and two of its executives in trade secret litigation brought by Faraday Future involving AI electric vehicle technology. From the DC office, Christopher Mizzo represented The Chamberlain Group in litigation against a number of competitors alleging trade secret misappropriation in relation to garage door openers. Another contact in DC is Craig Primis, who represented Boeing in a dispute against its former subcontractor, which alleged that a misappropriation of confidential information arose from the US Air Force’s award of a contract to the client. San Francisco-based Adam Alper and Michael De Vries from the Los Angeles office acted for Motorola against Hytera Communications, which allegedly stole thousands of the client's documents.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Dale Cendali¬†is a ‚Äėworld class litigator‚Äô who heads a ‚Äėgreat team of highly trained lawyers‚Äô at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Alongside John O'Quinn, the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Claudia Ray¬†and Diana Torres, Cendali recently represented Nike at the Federal Circuit, which overturned a previous ITC ruling, supporting the client‚Äôs enforcement efforts against knockoffs of its Converse Chuck Taylor design. Ray, Torres and Cendali also assisted Johanna Schmitt¬†and Joshua Simmons¬†in defeating a motion for preliminary injunction filed by Equinox Hotel Management against client Equinox Holdings; the plaintiff sought to prevent the client from using the ‚ÄėEquinox‚Äô trademark in connection with its forthcoming hotel line, though failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of irreparable harm. Industries of expertise include media and entertainment, software and technology, financial services, consumer products and fashion. Torres is based in LA while O‚ÄôQuinn operates from Washington DC. All other named attorneys are part of the firm‚Äôs New York office.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: litigation

Within: Media and entertainment: litigation

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's copyright, trademark, internet and advertising team, based in New York, frequently handles litigation for clients in the media and entertainment sector. Intellectual property litigation expert Dale Cendali is a key contact; she and Joshua Simmons recently led the successful representation of Take-Two Interactive Software in obtaining an injunction against the defendant who created software programs allowing players to create unauthorised features in Take-Two’s online video game Grand Theft Auto. In addition to the gaming industry, the group's experience spans across the music, theatre, film and television sectors; recent matters have included defending Sun TV Network in copyright litigation brought by Freeplay Music and advising Stage Entertainment in copyright infringement relating to the hit Broadway musical Anastasia. Claudia Ray and Johanna Schmitt are noted for their expertise.

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