Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

“This international powerhouse handles a significant amount of work in the overlap between IP and media…” and “maintains its position at the cutting edge of media issues” by acting “for an enviable list of top media clients.” – Chambers USA, 2013

Awarded Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” honors for Media & Entertainment in 2011 and 2013, and Intellectual Property in 2013

Recognized again in 2013 as a “Leading” Firm by Legal 500 for Intellectual Property – Copyright and Intellectual Property – Trademarks: Litigation, owing to our “strong trial expertise and experience in bet-the-company matters.”

Weil represents clients on bet-the-company copyright, music licensing, trademark, and false advertising litigations. Our clients include some of the largest media and technology companies in the world, as well as major trade associations in the media sectors.

Weil’s Intellectual Property/Media practice is recognized by Legal 500 US 2009 as being “best known for its copyright knowledge in the music arena.” The group has “‘outstanding legal skills and expertise,’ and impresses clients with an ‘excellent track record.’” Chambers USA 2009 described the practice as “‘a talented and well-supported group of litigators with a profound knowledge of IP’…which continues to flex its muscles in the media arena.” Additionally, Chambers USA 2009 praised Intellectual Property/Media practice co-head R. Bruce Rich as an attorney who "always puts up an impressive fight," and is a "skillful diplomat."

We have the premier music licensing practice in the world, spanning a broad range of established and new media representations involving industry-wide negotiations and copyright royalty litigation proceedings, and counseling, as well as interfacing with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division concerning antitrust issues posed by collective licensing organizations such as ASCAP and BMI.

Our preeminent Intellectual Property practice is regularly engaged in highly-sophisticated licensing, outsourcing, diligence and other projects for media and non-media clients. The practice is based on attorneys who are steeped in intellectual property and technology and who bring unique insights on the complex transactional matters they handle. Our specialized expertise in this area allows us to bring complex deals to closure efficiently while avoiding subtle pitfalls.

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Practice Head

  • R. Bruce Rich
    Tel: +1 212 310 8170
    Fax: +1 212 310 8007

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