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Phillip V. Marano has spent the last fifteen years advising clients on legal matters at the intersection of intellectual property and the Internet. He works with global clients across all industries, with a focus in the cybersecurity, entertainment, domain name, nonprofit, social media, and technology sectors. He advises clients on virtually all manner of internet and intellectual property-related matters. 

Online Enforcement Services

Drawing on his deep knowledge of the Internet and broad network of vendors and intermediary contacts, Phil develops, executes, and oversees expansive programs to combat all manner of illegal conduct on the Internet, including cybersquatting, phishing and other forms of malicious conduct, sale of counterfeit goods, trademark infringement and dilution, copyright piracy and infringement, terms of service violations, impersonation, and all manner of fraud. He deanonymizes bad actors and shuts down or seizes the Internet resources that they rely upon. Phil has recovered or disabled thousands of problematic domain names, social media accounts, email addresses, websites and other online content, using approaches ranging from informal requests to platforms, to arbitration under the Uniform Domain Name Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), to litigation under the US Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). Since 2019, Phil has also served as an arbitration panelist for the UDRP, deciding domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Internet Policy and Domain Name Counseling Services

For as long as he has been in practice, Phil has actively shaped Internet policy through his participation in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He routinely counsels and collaborates with clients on all manner of policies, regulations, and legislation impacting the Internet, with a particular emphasis on the domain name system. Phil regularly partners with Internet intermediaries to identify and limit their liability, determine acceptable legal and compliance risks, and align their legal strategies with their business goals. Phil is one of only a handful of attorneys worldwide who has assisted his clients through the successful application, evaluation, dispute resolution, contracting, delegation, and operation phases of over two-hundred new generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs). He also manages global domain name portfolios for his clients, and has developed and executed strategies for the acquisition, management, and operation of all manner of domain names.

Intellectual Property Prosecution and Brick-And-Mortar Enforcement Services

Phil handles all aspects of global copyright and trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, management, and enforcement. He provides regulatory and litigation counseling on all manner of trademark, copyright, social media, ecommerce, intermediary liability, and right of publicity matters. Phil has litigated cancellation and opposition proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. And he has negotiated a wide array of coexistence, consent, and settlement agreements.

Licensing, Ecommerce, and Transactional Services

Phil routinely drafts and negotiates agreements related to the creation, licensing, and assignment of rights in intellectual property, data, domain names, and various other technologies and intangible assets. He handles all manner of high-value technology licenses, vendor service agreements, sponsorship agreements, naming rights agreements, confidentiality agreements, escrow agreements, and auction agreements, as well as website policies, terms and conditions. 

Other Services

Phil is embedded in the legal department of an international trade association that focuses on information technology and cybersecurity and offers a number of well-known certifications and educational products and services.  In that role, Phil handles all manner of intellectual property licensing and commercial transactions, and Phil also helps oversee their global trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement matters.  In addition, Phil is also embedded in the in-house legal team for one of the largest technology companies in the world.

The attorney is providing legal services through and affiliated with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a New York Limited Liability Partnership. Results may vary depending on your particular facts and circumstances.

Capabilities

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Law Firm of the Year" in Trademark Law, 2020

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  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Chairperson, Data Protection Committee, 2021- Present
    • Vice Chairperson, Data Protection Committee, 2020-2021
    • Chairperson, Data Protection Best Practices Subcommittee, 2016-2020
    • Member, Internet Committee, 2010-2015
    • Participant, Internet Corporate for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), 2009-Present
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    • Member, Intellectual Property Constituency, 2009-Present
    • Representative, Registry Stakeholder Group, 2012-2018

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, with highest honors, The George Washington University Law School, 2009
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2007
    • Editor, Villanova Environmental Law Journal
  • B.S., magna cum laude, The College of New Jersey, 2004
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Languages
  • French, Conversational