MICHAEL L. LOVITZ 
Founding Partner


mlovitz@lovitziplaw.com

Los Angeles
direct  +1 323 337 9088
fax      +1 310 861 6566

Michael L. Lovitz focuses his practice on copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, copyright and trademark litigation, portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters for a broad range of domestic and international clients including apparel, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial, toys, jewelry, media/publishing, videogame producers, software, internet and technology companies, as well as comic book creators and publishers.

His experience includes trademark portfolio management; foreign and domestic trademark availability clearance and prosecution, including ex-parte appeals to the TTAB and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; copyright prosecution; copyright and trademark enforcement; trademark, copyright, patent and know-how licensing agreement negotiation, drafting and counseling; negotiating trademark and copyright acquisitions and transfers; negotiating, drafting and counseling for technology, software, internet and new media clients, including terms/conditions of use agreements, privacy policies, and publishing, media rights and option agreements; trademark opposition and cancellation practice; litigation of trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters; domain name disputes; and client counseling, including establishing trademark use guidelines, policing of IP rights, IP audits and due diligence reviews.

A frequent instructor and lecturer on trademark, copyright, Internet, computer and entertainment law issues at various seminars, conventions and conferences, Mr. Lovitz has served as faculty for programming from the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the DuPont Intellectual Property CLE Seminar. He also serves on the IP Conference Planning Committee for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Mr. Lovitz leads several sold-out programs on intellectual property law for companies, emerging and established artists at the annual San Diego Comic-Con International.  This year marks the tenth consecutive year Lovitz has been invited to present his "Comic Book Law School," which he developed specifically for the San Diego event.  Comic-Con is the largest gathering of its kind in the world and Lovitz’ lecture series has received national press.


ADMISSIONS 

  • State Bar of California
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin

HONORS 

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • California SuperLawyers for Intellectual Property
  • Who's Who Legal USA

AFFILIATIONS 

  • International Trademark Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

EDUCATION 

  • J.D., Temple University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania

ARTICLES 

  • "It's All Geek to Me," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2005)
  • "Let the Author Beware - A Look at Work Made for Hire in the 21st Century," Delaware Law Weekly (June 2, 2004)
  • "The Struggle for Captain America," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Summer 2003)
  • Surfing Near the Edge: Fair Use in Cyberspace," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Summer 2002)
  • "Cat and Mouse: Josie & the Pussycats Creator Challenges Copyright Ownership," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Summer 2001)
  • The Trademark and Copyright Book by Sirius Entertainment (2001)
  • "The Implications of Hyperlaw for Secondary Publishers," Newsletter of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (February 1998)
  • "It's all Berned Up," Temple International & Com. L.J., Vol. 3, No.1, 1989
  • "The Supreme Court Recognizes Color By Itself Can Function As a Valid Trademark"