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Joshua L. Simmons

Joshua L. Simmons

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA


Joshua Simmons focuses his practice on intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, right of publicity, trademarks, and trade secrets.  His practice includes litigation, counseling, and regulatory and legislative policy.  He also advises clients on intellectual property matters that intersect with antitrust, computer and Internet fraud, false advertising, privacy, and social media issues, as well as contract, licensing, and domain name disputes.

Mr. Simmons routinely represents clients in appellate and trial courts around the country—particularly in complex cases and those of first impression.  These high-profile matters involve a range of industries, including computer software and services, consumer and leisure products, financial services, health care and pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment—such as electronic games, film, news, publishing, television and theatre—and telecommunications.  They have been featured in the mainstream media, legal periodicals, and trade press.

In addition to maintaining a full-time litigation practice, Mr. Simmons is a frequent speaker—including guest lectures at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Northwestern University—and has authored numerous articles on emerging trends in intellectual property.  He is an active member of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section, chairing its Copyright Division and Copyright Law Reform Task Force, as well as being the immediate past chair of the Copyright & Social Media committee.  He also is an appointed member of the IPO Software Related Inventions Committee, and the INTA Internet Committee.

Each year from 2014 to 2016, Super Lawyers named Mr. Simmons a “Rising Star” for his intellectual property litigation practice.  In addition, he was part of the Kirkland team that was honored by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for its work on “Milestone Case of the Year” Oracle America v. Google.  It also recognized Kirkland’s intellectual property department in 2014 as US Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year, and in 2013 as Copyright Firm of the Year for the Northeast region.

Mr. Simmons’s pro bono matters include the representation of asylum seekers before the Department of Homeland Security—for which he twice has received the Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award—as well as matters for the American Theatre Wing, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and other IP-related pro bono projects.  He also is a member of the board of directors of the York Theatre Company, which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals.

He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the Carroll G. Harper Prize for achievement in intellectual property, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Joshua L. Simmons is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Fair Use After Google Books (January 8, 2017) - Advanced Copyright Law 2017: Current Issues, Friday, March 17, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Fair Use After Google Books - Advanced Copyright Law 2017: Current Issues, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Fair Use After Google Books - Fair Use After Google Books, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Fair Use After Google Books - Fair Use After Google Books, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Fair Use After Google Books - Fair Use After Google Books, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Copyright Law 2017: Current Issues, Thursday, March 23, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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