Edwin Komen is a partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising and the Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and shares time with the Century City and New York City offices.
His global practice includes all aspects of copyright, trademark and unfair competition law as well as personality rights under the laws of publicity, privacy and defamation with a particular emphasis on motion picture, media, advertising and technology companies — encompassing counseling and negotiations on both transactional and contested matters.
Mr. Komen maintains a full spectrum worldwide copyright and trademark practice with extensive background knowledge of the rules and regulations governing practice and procedure before the United States Copyright Office and United States Patent and Trademark Office including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- J.D., George Washington Law School, 1976
- B.A., Cinema, University of Southern California, 1971, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- District of Columbia Bar
Mr. Komen deals with transactional, contested and rights clearance issues on behalf of motion picture companies and other entertainment and media clients. Producers of motion pictures and television programs need to secure rights in underlying properties requiring a search of the registration and recorded document records at the Copyright Office, a review of production file documents and an analysis in light of copyright law both in the United States and in other countries of the world.
As such, Mr. Komen is familiar with all aspects of the Copyright Act of 1976, its predecessor the Copyright Act of 1909 and all earlier United States Copyright Acts. Mr. Komen is also familiar with the Copyright Acts of foreign countries.
In addition to work with motion picture and television producers, Mr. Komen represents clients from all fields of the intellectual property industry such as advertising, interactive software, online services, live theatrical productions, music publishing, record labels, architecture, photography, sculptural works, toys, apparel, textiles, carpets, industrial tools and products, automotive products, and virtually any other product or service whose value substantially depends on copyright or trademark protection.
Mr. Komen advises principally on transactional issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks and related matters encompassing the right of publicity, right of privacy, defamation and domain name registration. He also negotiates and drafts agreements on behalf of media and entertainment clients. Mr. Komen often assists in preparing, prosecuting and securing copyright registrations.
Mr. Komen also handles contested matters and often assists as co-counsel in complex intellectual property cases before the federal district and appellate courts, developing legal theories on copyright, trademark and related issues, preparing for oral argument and drafting briefs and other court papers. Mr. Komen has also appeared as an expert witness on both copyright matters and technical film issues based on his experience as both a legal and film professional.
Mr. Komen is especially proud of his contribution to the panel of private attorneys that assisted the Register of Copyrights in preparing and reviewing the Compendium of Copyright Office Practices, III Edition that the Copyright Office released for comment on August 2014.
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