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Proskauer Rose LLP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299
United States
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Alexander Kaplan is a partner in the Litigation Department. Alex is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer with expertise in intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a wealth of experience in copyright, trademark, advertising and trade secrets law. In copyright and related matters, Alex has represented record labels, publishing companies, recording artists and other entities. He counsels clients regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, digital rights management and content encryption issues. Alex has represented consumer product, fashion, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Lanham Act cases and disputes before federal courts, TTAB and NAD courts for 15 years.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

Proskauer Rose LLP has an enviable client roster, which includes names such as U2, Ariana Grande and the Bob Marley Estate. Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks leads the team and has extensive experience in music-related disputes. She acted for Madonna in a copyright infringement case brought by the composer Vincent Montana whose work was briefly sampled in the hit single Vogue. She also defended Lady Gaga against a claim by French artist Orlan, who argued that the artwork and video surrounding the singer’s song Born this Way infringed upon her work. Litigators Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan are also highly recommended.

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Proskauer Rose LLP is currently representing LemonKind in a trademark dispute with KIND/King Management concerning beverage products. The food and beverage industry is an area of particular specialism and the team also excels in representing clients from the consumer products, media and entertainment and sport sectors. New York-based Alexander Kaplan and Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks are recommended, while other noteworthy clients include Live Nation, Sandoz and Sony Music Entertainment.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation

The false advertising practice at Proskauer Rose LLP handles a range of class actions and litigation against competitors. In a recent work highlight, the firm successfully achieved a $9.9m damages award for its client Church & Dwight in Lanham Act litigation brought against the company’s competitor in the home pregnancy test market, SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics. Lawrence Weinstein, who heads the practice alongside Brendan O’Rourke, is defending PVH Corp in three consumer class actions alleging fraudulent discount price advertising at Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen outlet stores in California. Alexander Kaplan, who boasts experience in advertising, trademark and copyright litigation, is another key name to note. All attorneys are based in New York.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

The New York-based interdisciplinary media and entertainment litigation practice at Proskauer Rose LLP is particularly active in the music sector with clients including Lady Gaga, U2, Island Records, Ariana Grande and Universal Music Group. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and Alexander Kaplan represented Madonna, Warner Bros Records and WB Music Publishing in a copyright infringement claim brought by Pettibone. The team is also acting for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in breach of contract, tortious interference with contract and unfair competition claims brought against United Talent Agency (UTA) and a group of defecting CAA talent agents; this matter includes arbitration proceedings against three former CAA agents, with related litigation against UTA and other CAA agents pending the outcome of arbitration. The practice also counts the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Elsevier and Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing among its clients.