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

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

Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Dedicated solely to IP law, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. represents clients from start-ups to major media outlets and iconic brands in both state and federal courts. Its clients are frequently operating in the pharmaceuticals, fashion, personal care, technology, and entertainment sectors. The firm has an experienced group of lawyers in New York, including Barbara Solomon, a leading name in the market, and Nadine Jacobson, who has expertise in disputes involving foreign opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as multi-jurisdictional trademark litigation. Also recommended in New York are Lydia Goben, who focuses on international trademark litigation for clients in the apparel, hospitality, and entertainment sectors; and Leo Kittay, a name to note for start-ups and emerging companies. In Virginia, Allison Strickland Ricketts advises on the prosecution of trademark applications worldwide, and John Margiotta focuses on representing luxury brands in IP-related litigation. Ron Lehrman retired in May 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Solomon; Nadine Jacobson; Lydia Goben; Leo Kittay; Allison Strickland Ricketts; John Margiotta

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive, always on top of the law and legal trends, and always business-focused.’

‘First-rate, industry-leading expertise and experience in copyright and trademark advice and litigation.’

‘This firm has an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge in trademark law. They are true experts and leaders in the field.’

‘Barbara Solomon is by far the best trademark lawyer I have encountered in my practice. She has a razor-sharp intelligence, is incredibly efficient, and handles matter with speed and urgency. She is practical and fair and will give you a complete and expert analysis of your issues. If you have a trademark conflict, you want Barbara on your side. I cannot say enough good things about her.’

‘Fross Zelnick is the best in the business. They are experts in all areas of trademark and copyright law. They are responsive, cost-efficient and business-friendly. While they are excellent litigators, if that is not the client’s objective, they’ll work towards an amicable resolution.’

‘While some larger firms have capable IP practices, Fross Zelnick focuses exclusively on these matters; this specialization comes through in the expertise and high quality of service. I have used Fross to manage our trademark portfolio for some 11 years now and continue to be pleased with the attention to detail, the deep bench of talent within the firm and the collaborative nature of their attorneys.’

Key clients

TED Conferences

Johnson & Johnson

Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy

Tiffany & Company

Mondelēz

Peloton Interactive

Warner Bros. Entertainment Group

The LEGO Group

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Richemont (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, & others)

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 1

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. handles all things trademarks for some of the world's most valuable brands and for holders of the best-known marks. It acts for clients operating in the areas of pharmaceuticals, fashion, cosmetics and entertainment sectors, and also has experience advising on brand expansion for start-ups. A key figure in the team is Barbara Solomon, who focuses on designing strategies to avoid trademark litigation, but is also an experienced IP litigation lawyer. Contacts for international trademark management include Nadine Jacobson and Lydia Goben, who have experience of the retail, apparel, luxury, and finance sectors. Leo Kittay is a contact for growth-companies, and Allison Strickland Ricketts is also recommended for trademark registration, enforcement, protection, and clearance. Lawyers work across the firm's New York and Washington DC offices.

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Solomon; Nadine Jacobson; Lydia Gobena; Leo Kittay; Allison Strickland Ricketts

Key clients

TED Conferences

Johnson & Johnson

Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy

Tiffany & Company

Mondelēz

Peloton Interactive

Warner Bros. Entertainment Group

The LEGO Group

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Richemont (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, & others)

 

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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
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