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Joel handles U.S. and international intellectual property counseling, protection and enforcement matters for lifestyle and fashion companies, start-ups, hotels and restaurants, financial services firms, wine and food companies, game publishers, a major sports organization, global charitable organizations and foundations, and prominent artists and designers. 

Joel has extensive experience managing and resolving complex problems and disputes, and overseeing worldwide trademark and copyright programs and proceedings.  He practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, advises clients on anti-counterfeiting and litigation, and has assisted clients with licenses, strategic alliances, publishing and technology agreements and the intellectual property aspects of private placements, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and reorganizations.

Honors & Recognitions

"Outstanding professional Joel Karni Schmidt is a highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney who covers the full spectrum of trademark work. Readily available and very responsive, he is a creative problem solver with superb negotiation skills who can deliver successful results in complex disputes."  WTR 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

Named in the WTR 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

Named in the Legal 500 -Intellectual Property - Trademarks, non-contentious (2015)

Community & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

International Trademark Association - Internet Committee, IANA Transition Subcommittee - Member (2016-present)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Trademark Law Committee - Member (2013-present)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Copyright Law Committee - Chair (2011-2013), Member (2013-present)

International Trademark Association - Emerging Issues Committee, Issues Identification Subcommittee - Member (2012-2016)

American Intellectual Property Law Association - Special Committee on Israel - Co-Chair (2011-2012)

New York City Bar - Copyright & Literary Property Committee - Member (2008-2010)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Privacy Law Committee - Member (2008-2011)

International Trademark Association - Legislation & Regulation Committee, Middle East, Africa & South Asia Subcommittee - Member (2005-2007)

Community Activities

Fordham Fashion Institute Clinic, Volunteer (2012-present)

Simon Wiesenthal Center, International Leadership Council (2016)

Represented the New York City Bar Association at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Third International Colloquium on Secured Transactions in Vienna, Austria (March 2010)

Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition, Judge (2003-2005)

U.S. International Film and Video Festival, Judge (2002)

Experience

Experience

Prior Experience

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Associate (1998-2000)

The Supreme Court of Israel, Justice Dorit Beinisch - Law Clerk (1996 - 1998)

U.S. Attorney's Office (E.D.N.Y.) - Intern (1994)

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Speaking Engagements

  • PLI New York Center, 05.11.2017
  • The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 04.20.2017
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 11.06.2016
  • PLI's Hot Topics in Advertising Law 2016, 06.09.2016
  • Table Topic Moderator, Trademarking Hashtags and Emojis: An International Perspective
    International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 05.24.2016
  • NYIPLA Program, 11.04.2015
  • Table Topic Moderator, The Relationship Between Trademark Prosecution and Trademark Litigation 
    International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 05.03.2015
  • Table Topic Moderator, The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Trademark Law
    International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Hong Kong, SAR China, 05.14.2014
  • Cardozo's Semi-Annual Fashion Law Symposium: This Season in Fashion Law: Tackling Challenges in Sourcing & Technology, 11.19.2013
  • Christian Louboutin, S.A. v. Yves St. Laurent, Inc.
    New York State Bar Association CLE Program On the Heels of the Week: The Status of Fashion Protection, 03.2012
  • The State of Social Media
    CLL Program Selected Issues for the Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industries, 11.17.2011
  • The State of Social Media
    CLL Program: Selected Issues for the Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industries, 11.17.2011
  • Negotiating a License Agreement: A Simulated Negotiation and Analysis of Real World Licensing Issues and Strategies
    Practising Law Institute CLE Program Understanding the Intellectual Property License, 10.21.2011
  • Fashion Company Blogs: A Legal Issues Roadmap
    CLL Fashion Seminar: Hot Topics - Selected Issues for the Fashion Industry, 06.15.2011
  • Protecting Your Company's Names, Marks and Reputation
    CLL Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industry Seminar: Eating, Sleeping & Tweeting, 11.16.2010
  • Protecting Trademarks on the Internet: Current Legal Issues and Strategies in the Wake of Tiffany v. eBay
    United States Patent and Trademark Office Global Intellectual Property Academy Seminar and Study Tour for Latin American Judges Meeting with the New York State Bar Association, 11.05.2010
  • Negotiating a License Agreement: A Simulated Negotiation and Analysis of Real World Licensing Issues and Strategies
    Practising Law Institute CLE Program: Understanding the Intellectual Property License, 10.22.2010
  • Social Networking Sites and Virtual Worlds: Trademark Issues and Opportunities
    New York Intellectual Property Association CLE Program: Hot Topics in Trademark Law, 07.15.2010
  • Recent Fashion Industry Cases
    CLL Fashion Seminar: Fashion 2.0: Social Media, Virtual Worlds and the Real World Too, 06.16.2010
  • What's Cooking? Recent Suits and Settlements
    CLL Restaurant, Food & Hospitality Industry Seminar: Eat. Drink. Sleep. Succeed.: Stategies for Success in Good Times and Bad, 11.18.2009
  • Fashion Litigation Review: R is for Recession (and Recovery)
    CLL Fashion Seminar, 06.23.2009
  • The 2006 Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act
    CLL Fashion Seminar, 2006

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Blog Posts

Clerkships

  • The Supreme Court of Israel, Justice Dorit Beinisch - Law Clerk (1996 - 1998)

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD 1996)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc (Econs) 1995)

University of Colorado at Boulder (BA 1991)

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Israel
  • United States District Court - Southern District  and Eastern District of New York

Languages

  • Hebrew (fluent)
  • Spanish (proficient)
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