Litigation and intellectual property lawyer for 35 years, specializing in copyright and trademark litigation and counseling. Extensive experience in conducting and managing complex litigation and advising corporate clients in a wide range of industries, including publishing, motion pictures, television, music, advertising, photography, hotels and restaurants, toys and games, software, textiles, cosmetics and perfumes, and diverse manufacturing. Mediator and Member, Panel of Neutrals, International Trademark Association. Recognized leader in the Intellectual Property Law Bar, including a two-year term as President of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Frequent lecturer before professional associations, corporate law departments, and other CLE providers. Co-author of the New York Law Journal Copyright Law Column for 25 years, encompassing 130 articles on copyright law and litigation.
The Law Office of Robert J. Bernstein May 2004 to Present, New York, NY
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. 1980 - April 2004, New York, NY
Partner 1982-2004; Associate 1980-82
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 1976-80, New York, NY
Associate, Litigation Department
Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard P. Matsch 1975-76
United States District Court, District of Colorado
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
Princeton University (B.A., cum laude, 1970) (with degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HONORS
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., President, 2000-02; Honorary Trustee, 2002 to Present; Member, Executive Committee, 1988-92, 1994 to Present; Chairman, New York Chapter, 1997-98
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Secretary/Member, Board of Directors, 1990-93; Chairman, Copyright Law Committee, 1988-90
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Copyright Law Committee (2004-07, 2011-13); and Entertainment Law Committee (2007-11)
International Trademark Association, Member, Panel of Neutrals (2010 - to date), and ADR Committee (2010 - 2011)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1993 to 2008; New York Super Lawyers, 2006 to present; Martindale Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent, 1991 to present
Over the past 35 years, my clients have included the Estate of Charlie Parker, General Electric, Hilton International, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Chappell Music, National Federation for the Blind, The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, Starz Encore, HBO, Macmillan Publishing Co., Topps, Playtex, Seagram, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lin Broadcasting, Cellular One, Pressman Toy Corporation, Kurt S. Adler, Inc., Scanbuy, Inc., Car-Freshner Corp., Grey House Publishing, The Energy Project, songwriters D.L. Byron ("Shadows of the Night"), John Durrill ("Dark Lady") and Christine Dominguez ("Airplanes"), and JP Morgan Chase (as Trustee for Woolrich Scholarship Fund).
Lead counsel in numerous litigations, including preliminary injunction and pre-trial proceedings, trials and appeals in federal and state courts. Reported cases include: Niss v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., 57 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1346 (S.D.N.Y. 2000), aff'd per curiam (2d Cir. 2001); Clinique Laboratories, Inc. v. DEP Corporation, 945 F. Supp. 547 (S.D.N.Y. 1996); Kurt S. Adler, Inc. v. World Bazaars, Inc., 897 F. Supp. 92 (S.D.N.Y. 1995); Hilton International Co., Inc. v. Hilton Hotels Corp., 888 F. Supp. 520 (S.D.N.Y. 1995); Levine v. McDonald's Corporation, 735 F. Supp. 92 (S.D.N.Y. 1990); Horgan v. MacMillan, 789 F.2d 157 (2d Cir. 1986); and Warner Bros., Inc. v. Gay Toys, Inc., 598 F. Supp. 424 (S.D.N.Y. 1984).