Eric advises on and litigates complex intellectual property matters concerning trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, counterfeiting, domain names, false advertising, trade secrets, publicity rights, patents, the Internet, websites, social media platforms, mobile apps, content clearance, licensing and other agreements.
Eric prides himself on his ability to provide pragmatic and cost‐effective solutions to clients across broad range of industries, including fashion, entertainment, financial services, food, cosmetics and real estate.
On any given day, Eric may be:
- litigating before state and federal courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board or UDRP panels.
- prosecuting, managing and enforcing trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios worldwide.
- negotiating, reviewing and drafting intellectual property licenses and other agreements.
- reviewing and clearing advertising and exhibition content.
- providing general advice on a wide range of intellectual property and related issues.
Eric is a "a self-professed musical theatre geek."
Honors & Recognitions
“Eric Shimanoff, an online and offline enforcement maven whose iconic followers include the Empire State Building.” 2020 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
"Many of the lawyers here earn vociferous praise from the market: chair Jonathan King and litigator Eric Shimanoff, for example, are 'first-rate attorneys who demonstrate mastery of their subject'. Recently, these 'zealous advocates' litigated against Crocs on behalf of Car-Freshener." 2019 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
Eric Shimanoff and William Borchard "are creative, responsive, diplomatic, methodical and effective – they meet and exceed the highest standards." 2018 WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals
WTR 1000 World Leading Trademark Professionals, Enforcement and Litigation (2018 to present)
The Legal 500 (trademark litigation and copyright)
Community & Professional Activities
New York State Bar Association
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Eric represents some of the most famous brands in the financial services and entertainment industries.
Eric has extensive experience:
- in state and federal courts.
- in contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- in UDRP domain name dispute proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum.
- clearing, prosecuting and enforcing trademarks, copyrights and domain names.
- negotiating, reviewing and drafting intellectual property licenses and other agreements.
- reviewing and clearing content for advertising and exhibition.
Some memorable achievements are:
- Persuading the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board that the Empire State Building’s image is a famous mark worthy of protection against dilution.
- Obtaining nearly 200 favorable domain name dispute decisions.
- Advising one of the largest and most well-known financial institutions on thousands of domain name registration and enforcement issues.
- Speaking at law schools, continuing legal education providers and legal and professional organizations on a wide variety of intellectual property topics.
- Reviewing myriad content and hundreds of related agreements for the upgraded observatory experience at one of the most famous buildings and tourist attractions in the world.
- Working on several matters seeking to provide rights for gays and lesbians, including: assisting in drafting a Supreme Court amicus brief for petitioners in Lawrence v. Texas; representing five same-sex couples seeking marriage rights in New York in Hernandez v. Robles; representing the same-sex domestic partner of a 9/11 victim in a suit seeking determination of the proper distribution of an award disbursed by the Federal Victim Compensation Fund in Cruz v. McAneney.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Associate (2002-2005)
Prior to becoming an attorney, Eric taught music and musical theatre at a performing arts high school in Manhattan and directed several musicals in New York and Boston.
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- Legal 500 United States 2015 again recommends CLL as a National Top Tier Firm in the field of Copyright Law06.04.2015
- Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., 04.30.2019
- .FASHION and other New gTLDsCLL Fashion Seminar - Fashion, Technology & the Internet: Opportunities and Challenges, 06.13.2013
- Top Trademark Cases of 2011, presentation at Toronto Intellectual Property Group01.31.2012
- Trademark BasicsBridge-the-Gap for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys, Practicing Law Institute, 01.09.2012
- Recent Fashion Industry CasesCLL Fashion Seminar: Hot Topics - Selected Issues for the Fashion Industry, 06.15.2011
- Chloe v. Queen Bee: An Important New Decision on Counterfeit Infringement over the InternetLaw Seminars International, 10.06.2010
- Commentator in the documentary 9/11 Millionaire Widows2008
- THE “DOT” TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’: HOW NEW GENERIC TOP LEVEL DOMAINS (gTLDS) WILL CHANGE CONSUMER PERCEPTION ABOUT THE INTERNETCardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal; vol.32:891, 09.04.2014
- Client Alert - Start Spreading the News - Do You Want to Be a Part of .NYC? (Early Sunrise Application Period Ends June 20, 2014)06.05.2014
- NYSBA’s Bright Ideas, Spring/Summer(Reprinted with Permission), 11.04.2011
- The Odd Couple: Postmodern Culture and Copyright LawMedia Law and Policy, 2002
- On My Mind Blog, 06.13.2017
Barclays v. Sklarov, 20-cv-8437 (S.D.N.Y. 2021) – represented financial institution in trademark infringement suit against company that purported to offer financial services under the mark SHEARSON LEHMAN, a LEHMAN BROTHERS Company
Barclays v. Tiger Lily, Opp. No. 91219477 (TTAB) – represent financial institution in trademark opposition against third party seeking to register LEHMAN BROTHERS mark for whiskey (Applicant’s appeal pending)
The Estate of Massimo and Elena Vignelli v. Rizzoli International Publications, 19-cv-1584 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented publisher in defense of trademark and copyright infringement claims
Miller v. Participatory Safety, 19-cv-6994 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented promoters of SANTACON events in trademark dispute
Lopez v. True Religion Sales, 18-cv-10595 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented internet service provider in defense of trademark infringement claims based on web client’s use of LOWER EAST SIDE in connection with t-shirts
Fong On v. Fong On NYC, 18-cv-2300 (S.D.N.Y.) - represented landlord in defense of trademark infringement claims by former tenant
Weight Watchers International v. Golo, 18-cv-8928 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented weight management services company in assertion of trademark infringement claims concerning use and registration of FIT POINTS mark
United of Omaha Life Insurance Company v. PHL Variable Insurance Company, 18-cv-315 (D. Neb.) – represented insurance company in defense of trademark infringement claims
Control 3 v. Felix Storch, 18-cv-2319 (S.D. Cal.) – represented manufacturer of commercial appliances in trademark dispute
Varsity Spirit v. Cheerobics, 17-cv-585 (W.D. Tex.) – represented cheerleading and spirit company in assertion of trademark infringement claims
Kohler v. Bold International, 17-cv-4233 (E.D.N.Y.) – represented bathroom fixture company in assertion of trademark infringement claims (obtained judgment finding likely confusion)
Elf Cocoon v. Philip Stein Holding, 16-cv-23024 (S.D. Fla.) – represented luxury watch manufacturer in defense of trademark infringement and breach of contract claims
Car-Freshner Corporation v. Crocs, 16-cv-68 (N.D.N.Y.) – represented manufacturer of ubiquitous LITTLE TREES air fresheners in assertion of trademark infringement and dilution claims
ESRT Empire State Building v. Liang, Opposition No. 91204122 (TTAB 2016) - obtained judgement after trial that applicant’s logo for beer diluted distinctive quality of Empire State Building image mark
Kibler v. Hall, 15-cv-2516 (6th Cir. Dec 09, 2015), cert. denied - Obtained affirmation of summary judgment that record label’s use of rap artist’s LOGIC name did not infringe turn-tablist’s rights in DJ LOGIC name
Car-Freshner Corporation v. Sun Cedar, 15-cv-1463 (N.D.N.Y.) - represented manufacturer of ubiquitous LITTLE TREES air fresheners in assertion of trademark infringement and dilution claims against seller of tree-shaped air fresheners; defeated motion to dismiss claiming fair use
JaM Cellars v. Cult of 8, 13-cv-05680 (N.D. Cal.) – represented wine producer in defense of claims of trademark infringement
JR Caterers v. New York City Center, 12-cv-07073 (S.D.N.Y.) - defeated motion for preliminary injunction in defending claims that use of COTTON CLUB name in music about the historic music venue infringed plaintiff’s trademark rights
Quirky v. Davison Design & Development, 12-cv-262 (W.D. Pa.) - represented product development company in trademark and right of publicity claims against competitor purchasing names and marks as keywords
Moroccanoil v. Vogue International, 10-cv-10048 (C.D. Cal.) – represented manufacturer of hair and body products in defense of claims of trademark infringement and false advertising based on use of phrase “Moroccan Argan Oil” and ORGANIX mark
Hershey v. Promotion in Motion, 07-cv-1601 (D.N.J.) - obtained trial judgment that confectioner’s SWISSKISS chocolate mark did not infringe or dilute Hershey’s KISSES mark
Dessert Beauty v. Fox, 05-3872 (S.D.N.Y.), aff’d 08-4779 (2d Cir.) - obtained summary judgment that use of term “love potion” on beauty products constituted statutory fair use under Lanham Act
The Estate of Massimo and Elena Vignelli v. Rizzoli International Publications, 19-cv-1584 (S.D.N.Y.) – represent publisher in defense of trademark and copyright infringement claims
Candi Staton Productions v. Warner Bros. Records, 18-cv-11989 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented record label in defense of copyright infringement, termination and ownership claims
Barnett v. Starr Companies, 18-cv-418 (D. Or.) – obtained dismissal of copyright claims filed against insurance company
Theraplant v. Makarechi, 16-cv-00646 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented licensed medical cannabis producer and distributor in assertion of copyright ownership claims
Cipriani v. Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, 15-cv-4078 (E.D.N.Y.) – represented record label and recording artist in defense of copyright infringement claims based on use of photograph in music video
Dream Collective v. Madewell, 15-cv-07871 (C.D. Cal.) – represented fashion brand in defense of copyright claims concerning jewelry design
Calmese v. Live Nation Worldwide, 14-cv-00334 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented record label merchandising arm in defense of copyright claims concerning use of artist’s image on t-shirt
Capitol Records v. 4MM Games, 12-cv-2080 (S.D.N.Y.) - obtained judgment that video game developer infringed music company’s compositions and sound recordings
Capitol Records v. Harrison Greenwich, Index No. 652249/2012 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.) - obtained summary judgment that restaurant infringed record label’s common law rights in pre-1972 sound recordings
Malloy v. EMI Christian Music Group, 11-cv-06075 (S.D.N.Y.) – obtained dismissal of copyright infringement claims against music publisher
Poindexter v. EMI Record Group, 11-cv-559 (S.D.N.Y.) - obtained dismissal of copyright claims against record label
Marimar Textiles v. Manhattan Beachwear, 06-cv-3054 (S.D.N.Y.) - represented textile producer in copyright infringement action against bathing suit manufacturer and retailer
Express Mobile v. Code and Theory, 18-cv-4679 (N.D. Cal.) – represented website developer in defense of patent infringement claims
Wine Enthusiast v. Vinotemp International, 17-cv-6782 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented wine refrigerator manufacturer in defense of trade dress and patent infringement claims; obtained dismissal of design patent claims on merits
Pioneer Pet Products v. Felinicity, 13-cv-01260 (E.D. Wis.) – represented manufacturer of pet water fountain in defense of utility patent infringement claims
Warner Music and WEA International v. ROK Mobile; Sony Music Entertainment v. ROK Mobile; Orchard Enterprises NY v. ROK Mobile - Index Nos. 651155/2018; 652138/2018; 652139/2018 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.) - represent record labels in breach of digital distribution agreement claims against mobile service provider
Fullwood v. Wolfgang's Steakhouse, 13-cv-07174 (S.D.N.Y. Oct 10, 2013) – obtained dismissal of credit card receipt FACTA class action claims
Golloher v. Todd Christopher International, 12-cv-06002 (N.D. Cal.) - represented manufacturer of hair and body care products in defense of class action false advertising claims
WB Music Corp. v. The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, 10-cv-02496 (S.D.N.Y.) – represented certain heirs of George Gershwin in connection with royalty dispute
Atlantis Information Technology v. Computer Associates, 06-cv-3921 (E.D.N.Y.) - represented software developer in claim of breach of software licensing agreement
- Apparel, Footwear & Accessories
- Broadcasting, Entertainment & Music
- Computer, Internet & Telecommunications
- Consumer Goods & Services
- Finance, Banking & Insurance
- Games & Toys
- Hospitality, Restaurant & Food
- Non-profits, Religious Organizations & Museums
- Professional Services Firms
- Real Estate
New York Law School
J.D. 2002, summa cum laude
- Victor Herbert Copyright Scholarship
- Notes and Comments Editor, New York Law School Law Review
- ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition - First Place
- Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award
- Garland Award for Excellence in Subjects Relating to Civil Procedure
New England Conservatory of Music
State University of New York at Binghamton
B.A. 1994, cum laude
- New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the WesternDistrict of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Supreme Court