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Intellectual Property and Technology Committee

Simply stated,  the Intellectual Property and Technology Committee acts as a conduit for practical and useful information regarding technology law.  We seek to educate our colleagues on related issues including, for example, complex patent infringement, web site development agreements, privacy issues, and compliance with the CAN-SPAM ACT of 2003.

One of the purposes of the Intellectual Property, Computer and Telecommunications Law Committee is to educate our colleagues on intellectual property law and issues, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, Internet law and related licenses.

The Committee will present a CLE in Spring 2008 for ethics credit regarding strategies to mitigate the risk of cancellation and invalidation of trademarks based on fraud.  A recent trend is for the Trademark Office to cancel trademark registrations based on fraud where, for example, a trademark registrant files a declaration that the trademark has been used in commerce on certain goods when, in fact, the trademark has been used on some but not all of the goods. 

The Committee is interested in presenting joint CLEs with other WCBA committees on topics that intersect intellectual property issues with other legal issues and invites other WCBA committees to contact its Chairpersons to discuss this in more detail.

The Committee will be publishing the inaugural issue of its newsletter in the Summer 2008. The newsletter will highlight breaking developments in intellectual property law and changes to patent and trademark practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Committee recently had a roundtable breakfast meeting among its members and will be continuing these meetings on a regular basis to discuss hot topics in intellectual property law and upcoming Committee activities.

The Committee welcomes new members to join and to contribute to this year’s exciting agenda.

For additional information on Committee activities or to join the Committee, please contact the Committee Chairpersons, Yuval H. Marcus and John Zaccaria.

Yuval H. Marcus is a partner with the intellectual property law firm Leason Ellis LLP based in White Plains, where he specializes in litigating all types of intellectual property disputes, including copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent and trade secret matters. His experience includes obtaining injunctive relief against infringers; defeating motions for injunctive relief; prosecuting and defending copyright, trademark, trade dress and patent infringement claims; conducting domain name dispute proceedings; and commencing and defending trademark oppositions and cancellations.  With the perspective of a seasoned litigator, he also counsels clients on how to utilize effective IP strategies to strengthen IP rights in advance of litigation and/or to minimize the risk of litigation.  Email:; Tel.: (914) 821-9075

John Zaccaria is a Shareholder of the intellectual property firm of Notaro & Michalos P.C.  Mr. Zaccaria has over fourteen years of experience in patent and trademark prosecution, copyright procurement, intellectual property litigation and related licensing matters. Email:; Tel.: (212) 278-8600; (845) 359-7700.

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