Joshua J. Kaufman

Joshua Kaufman (AV® Preeminent™ Ranked) is the head of the firm's Copyright and Licensing Group. He counsels and litigates in the fields of copyright, e-commerce, licensing, art, intellectual property, software, on-line issues, trademark, entertainment, media, including digital media, and literary law. He advises his clients in structuring and negotiating transactions in which they exploit their intellectual property rights or in acquiring them from others.

Mr. Kaufman is a leader in anti-counterfeiting. He has been involved in hundreds of anti-counterfeiting efforts leading to the seizing, destruction or elimination of thousands upon thousands of counterfeited and infringed products. He has represented trademark, copyright and other rights owners in their never ending struggle against the world wide scourge of counterfeiting. Whether it takes a simple "Cease & Desist" letter, filing of a law suit or undertaking actual raids, Mr. Kaufman has been there time and again. Mr. Kaufman prides himself on often being able to make his enforcement activities "profit centers" for his clients. In the interest of balance, he has defended counterfeiters and infringers as well.

Mr. Kaufman was one of the nation's first computer and cyber lawyers. In addition to the law, Mr. Kaufman knows technology. He worked as a computer consultant and, for 10 years, wrote a syndicated column in which he reviewed hardware and software. He is also one of the country's most well-known art lawyers with clients spanning the globe. He represents a wide variety of artists, art publishers, art licensing agents and art licensees. Once again his legal proficiency is augmented by a strong knowledge of the art world as an artist, gallery owner and importer (he was MC Escher's first distributor in the USA).

Mr. Kaufman has a wealth of experience in all forms of licensing including software, trademarks, copyright, sports, art and personalities. He has negotiated hundreds of licenses involving most of the major licensing entities (representing licensee, licensors and agents). He has written numerous articles on licensing for a variety of publications, is a co-author of Licensing for Dummies, a regular contributor to the Licensing Royalty Rate Guide and a frequent speaker at the Licensing Show, Surtex and other trade events.

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Mr. Kaufman assists his clients in understanding how to acquire and obtain the rights necessary for their projects, specifically, the acquisition of licenses, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret rights. He assists clients in exploiting these rights through licensing and joint ventures. In the event that his clients' rights are infringed upon, Mr. Kaufman assists them in securing proper and appropriate recompense for their losses through mediation, negotiation, arbitration and litigation. In order to fully protect their rights and insure they are not infringing on the rights of others he spearheads the firm's IP Audit group. In the event that a client has misused the intellectual property of another, Mr. Kaufman seeks to extricate them from such circumstances in the most expeditious, cost-effective and confidential manner possible.

Mr. Kaufman combines his knowledge of his clients’ businesses with his legal proficiency to provide practical legal advice without losing sight of the client’s business goals and needs. He never forgets the most important rule is to get the deal closed on the best possible terms for his clients.

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Areas of Practice 1) Copyrights and Licensing, 2) Brand Protection, 3) Trademarks and Brand Protection, 4) Technology Transactions and Outsourcing, 5) Domain Names and Cyber Protection, 6) Intellectual Property Litigation, 7) Appellate Litigation and 8) Trademark Litigation
Law School The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1975)
Education University of Maryland (B.A. 1972)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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