Jonathan D. Reichman has over 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry.
World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes him as a leader in trademark matters and notes that he has “specific expertise in protecting rights related to fictional characters” (2016). He is ranked by Chambers & Partners USA in the area of “Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright” in the United States (2018) and in New York (2014, 2016-2017).
A major aspect of Jonathan’s practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional and animated characters. He has handled complex issues concerning such characters and properties as Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Peanuts, Strawberry Shortcake, Babar the Elephant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, The Berenstain Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Mr. Bill and The Woodstock Festivals.
Jonathan also represents the estates of well-known entertainers, authors and artists. He has handled copyright, right of publicity and trademark matters for such estates as Joseph Campbell, Mary McCarthy, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rube Goldberg, W.C. Fields and Abbott & Costello.
In 2014, he served as an advisor to the New Jersey State Senate in connection with Senate Bill No. S2212 (“The Commercial Identity Protect Act”).
For many years, Jonathan served as a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The Licensing Journal.
He has written on copyright, trademark and publicity law topics, and lectured for such organizations as The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Fine Arts, New York Film Academy, The New School for Social Research, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Institute for International Research.
He has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and been interviewed by such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Dateline NBC and New York Newsday. He was a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program “Soundcheck.”
- JD, Stanford Law School, 1980
- BA, Haverford College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
- New York
- US District Court, Eastern District of New York
- US District Court, Southern District of New York
- US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- US Supreme Court
- Copyright Society of the U.S.A., member and former trustee
- New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Committee
- Bloomberg BNA’s The Licensing Journal, Advisory Board
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