Daniel C. DeCarlo is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.
Since 1992, Mr. DeCarlo has focused on complex business litigation concentrating on trademark and Lanham Act claims, copyright litigation, unfair competition litigation, false advertising, trade secret litigation, patent litigation, right of publicity and related business torts.
He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials and has extensive experience in all aspects of Federal Court litigation including preliminary injunctions, summary judgments and appeals to the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.
In addition to litigation, Mr. DeCarlo’s practice focuses on intellectual property enforcement and counseling, including trademark prosecution, licensing and creating strategies to enhance his client’s intellectual property portfolio. He frequently lectures to business groups on intellectual property issues.
As does each lawyer in the intellectual property group, Mr. DeCarlo ascribes to a litigation philosophy which stresses comprehensive early analysis and evaluation so as to plan an aggressive and result oriented approach.
The ultimate goals of the client must be thoroughly reviewed and measured against the complexity and expense of each matter. Some recent examples of this approach include :
- In 2012, Mr. DeCarlo obtained a reversal of the Trial Court’s denial of our client’s ANTI-SLAPP motion, resulting in a defense of the claim that our client published false and defamatory material. The decision is Direct Shopping Network v. Robert James, 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 722.
- In 2011, Mr. DeCarlo served as lead counsel for the television network HD Net and successfully obtained summary judgment against an actress and model related to claims of misappropriation of name and likeness. The Court awarded our client attorneys’ fees.
- In 2011, we represented Pita Pit, a nationwide restaurant franchisor in claims by franchisees for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. We obtained an arbitration ruling which enabled our client to thereafter settle the matter under confidential terms.
- In 2007, on behalf of Patriarch, Inc., Mr. DeCarlo obtained a nearly $600,000 jury verdict for breach of contract and copyright infringement.
- Southwestern University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1992
- University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts, 1988
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