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Lisa T. Oratz

Lisa T. Oratz

Perkins Coie LLP

Seattle, WA, USA

Lisa Oratz has been practicing law for over 25 years in the areas of technology, intellectual property and entertainment law. She has drafted and negotiated numerous technology and content licenses as well as development, distribution, manufacturing and marketing agreements. Lisa regularly counsels clients regarding the clearance, protection and licensing of copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights and assists clients with obtaining, maintaining and enforcing copyright and trademark rights and registrations. She works with many Internet, digital media and traditional companies on a broad range of topics including privacy, content liability, social media issues, intellectual property, site terms and contracts. Lisa also represents artists, authors, musicians and composers and works with corporate clients, game developers, publishers and individuals in entertainment related matters involving music, publishing, art, theatre, film and television.

Lisa works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to political campaigns to small start-ups. Representative clients include Microsoft Corporation, Nintendo of America Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Newsvine Inc., Obama for America, Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, Amaze Entertainment, Inc., Screenlife, LLC, Cranium Inc., Facebook, Inc., WildTangent, Inc., InfoSpace Inc., Trumba Corporation, Captaris Inc., LeisureCare, Pacific Coast Restaurants Inc., Expedia, Inc., Katako Records, LLC, Artistry Entertainment, Horvitz Newspapers Inc., Research Channel, and Wizards of the Coast LLC.



Internet, Digital Media and E-Commerce Agreements: 
Prepared and negotiated web development and hosting agreements, advertising, linking, and co-branding agreements, strategic partnering agreements, content agreements, site terms and user agreements for a wide variety of Internet, digital media and e-commerce companies.

Social Media: Advised social media companies, technology companies and traditional companies on legal issues related to social media platforms and the use of blogs, community features and other social media marketing; drafted social media policies. 

Drafted privacy policies and advised clients regarding privacy compliance including compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Content Liability: 
Provided advice and counseling regarding content liability issues for websites, online services, software, games and media companies and regarding  Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), CAN-SPAM and advertising regulation.

Software Agreements:  Prepared and negotiated numerous software licensing, acquisition, development, support and distribution agreements and represented clients in the acquisition and licensing of content for use in software products, online services and video games.

Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements:  Prepared and negotiated domestic and international distribution and manufacturing agreements for game and pharmaceutical companies.


Copyright and Trademark Counseling and Registration:  Advised clients on variety of intellectual property issues including copyright, trademark, domain name, trade secret, and right of publicity; assisted clients in a wide variety of industries in obtaining copyright and trademarks registrations.

Rights Clearance Services:  Obtained necessary rights clearances for over 300 images for use in a board game; clear content rights for various video games, ads, books, corporate uses, online services and other media and projects; conduct trademark searches.

Intellectual Property Licensing:  Drafted and negotiated copyright, trademark and patent licenses.

Pre-Litigation Dispute Resolution:
  Represented various clients in disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights.

Trademark Usage Policies:  Developed trademark policies and usage guidelines.


Music:  Drafted and negotiated music licenses, recording contracts, publishing agreements, online music distribution agreements, podcasting agreements and composer agreements; advise clients regarding music clearance issues.

Publishing:  Drafted and negotiated publishing agreements, literary option agreements, screenwriting agreements and ghostwriting agreements

Film and Television:  Drafted and negotiated series development agreements, DVD distribution agreements, life story agreements, talent agreements and production agreements.

  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1986
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Community Involvement

Seattle Children’s Theatre, Board of Trustees, 2002 - present

Related Employment
  • Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, Bellevue, WA, 1992 - 1996
  • Bogle & Gates, Bellevue, WA, 1988 - 1991
  • Irell & Manella, Los Angeles, CA, 1986 - 1988

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