Jeff Joyner’s experience includes intellectual property and technology advice, transactions and litigation, emerging and established technologies, including digital, cleantech, advanced transportation and infrastructure, venture capital and private equity, entertainment, Internet, new media, government affairs and international trade.
As outside General Counsel, Jeff has represented advanced transportation companies, alternative energy and clean technology projects, technology companies, electronics companies, semi-conductor companies, consumer products companies, entertainment companies, media companies, fashion designers, clothing and apparel companies, sports organizations, major international and domestic food and beverage companies, medical companies, artists and photographers, among others.
Jeff advises and is an active limited partner of one of the first clean technology venture funds that includes a portfolio of IoT (Internet of Things) protocols, efficient lighting, energy efficiency rebates, solar, carbon credit management, water purification and bio pesticide companies. He also advises other ventures and companies using technologies for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, drones, solar, wind, biomass, solar thermal, waste-to-energy, green building material, transportation, infrastructure and smart grid projects, among others. Jeff co-founded and co-chairs the e4 Mobility Alliance focusing on advanced transportation technologies at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, which now includes over 800 stakeholders.
Jeff has represented clients in patent, trademark, and copyright protection, licensing, enforcement, litigation, trials, and appeals. He has been lead counsel in litigation involving substantial damage claims and the development and execution of worldwide intellectual property development, acquisition, protection, compliance, enforcement, branding and licensing programs for patents, famous trademarks, trade dress and copyrighted works. In particular, he has been very active in litigating lawsuits throughout the United States involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, anti-counterfeiting, reverse confusion, dilution, unfair competition, contractual disputes, licensing disputes, domain name disputes and rights of publicity. By drawing on his wide-ranging experience in intellectual property litigation and trials, Jeff has enforced such judgments against both U.S. and foreign defendants, including, but not limited to, judgments reaching nine-figures by way of settlement, jury verdict, default judgment and summary judgment.
He also represents individuals and companies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the enforcement and protection of their trademark rights. Jeff has advised companies globally in connection with the drafting of license agreements, distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements, joint venture agreements and marketing agreements.
Jeff has also advised entertainment production companies and talent, including directors, writers, actors, songwriters and music composers in connection with motion pictures and television series that have been produced, distributed or are scheduled to begin production. He has also advised songwriters and composers in connection with publishing agreements with large music publishers.
Jeff has advocated for policy, regulations and legislation on a national and state level. He has testified before government agencies and legislative bodies, including the California Senate Select Committee on Climate Change. Jeff has represented companies seeking government grants, municipal demonstration or pilot projects, government contracts and private public partnerships.
He has been very active in serving as outside general counsel to start-up and Fortune 100 businesses and investment funds whose goals range from start-up funding, public offerings, incentives, grants, joint venture partners, acquisition to protection and aggregation of intellectual property, among others. In this role, Jeff uses his vast experience with government affairs and in the acquisition, protection, licensing, exploitation, enforcement, litigation, and trials of patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights throughout the United States and abroad.
Jeff is also a Founder, Chair, Advisor or member of several non-profit organizations and associations including, by way of example, Cleantech Los Angeles, U.S.-China Cleantech Center, California-China Office of Trade and Investment, Seven Arrows School, Allegro Music Foundation, Open Chargepoint Alliance, among others. Jeff was involved in establishing the e4 Advanced Transportation Centers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside under a significant grant from the California Energy Commission. LACI recently completed a campus for the purpose of incubating hundreds of companies that will grow the economy and jobs.