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Brent D. Sokol

Brent D. Sokol has more than 25 years of experience representing broadcasters, new media technology companies, consumer products companies, medical device and biotechnology companies and others in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)/piracy claims. Brent successfully litigates complex intellectual property disputes, including those involving international forums and multiple forms of intellectual property. As a former biomedical engineer and a registered patent attorney for over two decades, Brent has argued to jury and judge alike with a mastery of complex facts and law that he conveys with clarity and conviction. Brent is also an acknowledged leader and national speaker about the global restructurings of a company’s intellectual property, and in particular the rights of companies and their lenders with respect to such restructurings.

Concentrations

  • Copyright transmission infringement and DMCA litigation
  • Medical device and biotechnology patent litigation
  • Global restructuring of trademark and other intellectual property rights in distressed situations and post-merger/acquisition
  • Trademark, design patent and trade dress litigation
  • Authorship/inventorship/ownership disputes

Kompetencje

Doświadczenie

  • Representation of Entravision Communications Corporation in defense of copyright infringement claims brought by Global Music Rights, LLC and in Entravision’s antitrust counterclaims.°
  • Representation of J. Crew’s secured note holders in New York State Supreme Court in opposition to the $380 million dollar global restructuring of its collateralized trademarks.°
  • Obtained the third largest DMCA case judgment on record — a $65 million award and global seizure order on behalf of the subsidiaries of the three largest Korean broadcasters against a 5,000 employee Chinese corporate operator of a global OTT piracy network.°
  • Representation of a private equity-backed medical device innovator firm in its medical device patent litigation strategy and $800 million acquisition by a leading medical device company.°
  • Represented motion picture producers against claims of tortious interference brought by MGM in connection with right of first offer for copyrighted autobiographical work by Jake LaMotta.°
  • Represented Mag Instrument, Inc. in trade dress infringement action against maker of flashlights .°
  • Defended Milliken & Company, a leading flooring company, against trademark infringement claims and defeated a motion for preliminary injunction which lead to award of attorneys’ fees for client.°
  • Brought trademark and copyright preliminary injunction action on behalf of leading Korean language network Munhwa Broadcasting Corp against food producer Solafide, Inc over brand based on famous historical drama. °
  • Represented major cancer research hospital regarding patent inventorship of certain chimeric antigen receptors (“CARs”) used in cancer treatments. °
  • Represented a clinical stage biotechnology company concerning inventorship of its investigational biopharmaceutical drug.°
  • Member of team that represented defendant and counterclaimant, Calgene, the manufacturer of Flavr-Savr genetically modified tomatoes, in initial patent infringement action and unfair competition claims.°
  • Genpharm v. Cell Genesys: Represented patentee in ownership and trade secret dispute.°
  • Origin Medsystems, Inc. v. General Surgical Innovations, Inc. Developed evidence for and authored summary judgment motion resulting in defense verdict of inequitable conduct and seven figure attorneys’ fees award in medical device case. ° 
  • General Surgical Innovations, Inc. v. Origin Medsystems Inc. Argued to jury in surgical instruments patent case resulting in 39 million dollar jury damages award for client. °

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Sokol prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Sukcesy i wyróżnienia

  • Selected, Euromoney Legal Media Group, “Life Sciences Star -Patent Litigation,” 2012-2019
  • Selected, Managing Intellectual Property, “IP Star,” 2015-2020
    • Patent, 2015-2020
    • Trademark, 2020
    • Copyright, 2020
  • Recipient, L.A. County Commission on Human Relations, “John Anson Ford Award for Intellectual Property Litigation (Corporate award for beneficially impacting human relations in Los Angeles County”
  • Member, INTA
  • Associate National Commissioner, Anti-Defamation League
    • Member, Executive Committee, Regional Board
    • Co-Chair, ADL Summer Associate Legal Research Program

Kwalifikacje

Wykształcenie
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1987
Posiadane uprawnienia
  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office