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Paul Anderson

Forbes Media LLC

Jersey City, NJ, USA


Paul Anderson is Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Commercial Counsel at Forbes Media LLC.  In this role, Paul helps the Forbes business and editorial teams timely accomplish their goals while identifying and addressing potential issues that may arise.  Among other things, this typically involves negotiating a variety of agreements in connection with the company’s extensive commercial activities (e.g., licensing; marketing; technology; events and live performances; public relations; sales/advertising; social media; website and mobile app; sweepstakes and contests), providing best practice guidance on existing agreements and current/planned activities, and advising on various strategic, business, and operational matters.  Paul is also responsible for managing and enforcing the company’s large portfolio of intellectual property assets across the world and protecting the Forbes brand from third party abuse, infringement, and tarnishment.  Last month, while providing legal counsel for the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, MA, Paul was responsible for the production of a music festival headlined by Jason DeRulo and Halsey, a pitch competition hosted by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, and a morning run along the Charles River with Michael Phelps and approximately 800 participants.

Before joining Forbes, Paul was an Associate at Ritholz Levy LLP.  At Ritholz Levy, Paul counseled clients on the broad range of transactional and adversarial legal matters facing the fashion, media, entertainment, music, consumer brand/products, technology, video games and interactive entertainment, and sports industries.   

Representative Adversarial Matters at Ritholz Levy:

- Threshold Media Corp. v. Relativity Media, LLC et al., No. CV 10-09318 (C.D. Cal. 2013) (summary judgment granted in favor of client filmmakers, production companies and related parties, holding that their use of an unlicensed sound recording in "CATFISH" was protected by the fair use doctrine).

- Jarecki v. Ohoven, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109049 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (obtained a declaratory judgment that client writer/director was the sole owner of copyright in his screenplay, allowing him to freely exploit his work in the motion picture starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, "ARBITRAGE").

- Ms. Esther Heesch v. esther heesch [sic], FA 130600 1505507 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2013) (awarded domain comprising client fashion model's name, which had previously been used by respondent in bad faith to divert traffic to adult-oriented websites).

Education:

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – J.D.

  • Concentration in IP and Communications Law.

    Washington University in St. Louis – B.A.

  • Majors: Finance; Psychology.Minors: Economics; Music Theory.
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