Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
151 West 42nd Street
17th Floor
New York, NY 10036
United States

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Co-ordinating with offices in New York and Washington, DC, the team at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. continues to be a force in the marketplace, representing celebrities and household names including Lego, Peloton and Warner Brothers Entertainment involved in high-profile trademark disputes. Barbara Solomon, who represents clients across the beauty, luxury goods, financial services and entertainment sectors, brings experience to UDRP cases and appearances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Leo Kittay, who specializes in fostering start-ups, acts in litigation before federal, state and administrative tribunals. Lydia Gobena handles complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, pursuing infringement claims around the globe. John Margiotta brings expertise to claims for clients in the luxury fashion, watch and jewelry areas. Another key figure is Laura Popp-Rosenberg, who represents high-profile clients in trademark litigation.  All lawyers mentioned are at the New York office.

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bulova

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy

Johnson & Johnson

The LEGO Group

Mondelēz

Overtime Sports, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Richemont (brand include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chloé, among others)

Sony Interactive Entertainment—Brands include PlayStation, PS4 and PS5

Tiffany & Company

Warner Brothers Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Peloton Interactive as the defendant in a litigation in which the plaintiff World Champ Tech, LLC, has alleged trademark infringement and related claims on the basis of its use and registration of the mark BIKE+, the name of its GPS-enabled fitness app.
  • Representing a major fashion brand against defendants in the Southern District of New York alleging claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition.
  • Representing several of Richemont’s luxury watch brands – Montblanc, IWC and Baume & Mercier – against claims asserted by the jewelry and watch company Solid 21, Inc. alleging infringement of the purported trademark RED GOLD.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. maintains the portfolio of major global brands across the pharmaceuticals, fashion, hospitality, and personal care and cosmetics sectors. In addition, the firm provides guidance to startups, from clearance of brand marks to international expansion. In New York, trademark authority Nadine Jacobson advises on global strategies, Tamar Niv Bessinger focuses on trademark registration, and Karen Lim specializes in managing trademark portfolios over the entire course of their development. Experienced trademark prosecutor and data analytics expert Allison Strickland Ricketts assists clients at the Alexandria office.

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bulova

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy

Johnson & Johnson

The LEGO Group

Mondelēz

Overtime Sports, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Richemont (brand include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chloé, among others)

Sony Interactive Entertainment—Brands include PlayStation, PS4 and PS5

Tiffany & Company

Warner Brothers Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Hill House Home’s NAP DRESS loungewear in preparing a declaration of acquired distinctiveness that was accepted by the U.S. Trademark Office even though the mark had been in use only 18 months; the application was published without any third-party opposition, and the registration issued in September 2021.
  • Advising TCP Brands, owner of The Children’s Place national retail stores, who wished to create a new brand to be directed at tween girls, conducting a trademark clearance and global filing strategy for a new name.

Intellectual property > Copyright

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Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. was founded in 1969 by leading New York lawyers who quickly acquired a clientele of prominent US and foreign trademark owners, establishing the firm as a leader in the intellectual property (IP) field.

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, with approximately 50 lawyers, is probably the largest law firm dealing exclusively with this area.

Main areas of practice

Defending IP rights: Fross Zelnick is a leading trademark and copyright litigation firm in the US with a reputation for successful litigation that often leads to settling disputes without court proceedings. When necessary, Fross Zelnick lawyers 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. Internationally, the firm’s wide experience in foreign and multi-country trademark and copyright litigation includes a history of successfully recapturing pirated well-known marks.

Registering trademarks, copyrights, and design patents: the firm’s lawyers are highly knowledgeable about US and foreign trademark, copyright, and design patent laws, enabling them to obtain rights that will stand up in court. Fross Zelnick is consistently among the top filers of US trademark applications, and has been honored by the 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, including apparel, footwear, cosmetics, jewelry, and luxury goods.

Managing global portfolios: Fross Zelnick is known for providing exceptional global IP management. Working closely with its select network of foreign counsel, the firm develops and executes winning strategies to identify, protect, and defend their clients’ intellectual property rights under trademark, copyright, trade dress, design patent, trade secret, and related laws in the US and throughout the world.

Negotiating IP transactions: whether clients are buying or selling an entire business or part of a portfolio, Fross Zelnick negotiates assignments, licenses, and related agreements to 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. They also have retrieved numerous infringing or disparaging trademarks and domain names for celebrities and litigated high-profile cases involving the unauthorized use of well-known names and likenesses.

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.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
General, US litigation Craig Mende
US counseling and prosecution Lawrence E Apolzon
International counseling, prosecution and litigation Nadine Jacobson
Number of Partners : 21
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 24
Total Staff : 102
Founding Partner : Ronald J Lehrman