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Deirdre Davis


Deirdre Davis represents clients in domestic and international trademark matters, including the selection, clearance, prosecution, registration, maintenance and protection of marks. She manages domestic and international portfolios. Deirdre serves as general counsel on copyright issues, from registration to fair use analysis, and on Internet law and e-commerce matters, including issues such as domain name ownership and policing. Deirdre provides drafting, negotiation and counsel in a range of intellectual property agreements such as artist, copyist and transcriber agreements, as well as in broadcast and production contracts for radio, television and film programming.

Representative Experience

Trademark representation

Trademark representation for multiple clients in the publishing, media and entertainment industries including:

  • Sesame Workshop
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Wenner Media
  • Crumbs Holdings
  • Filmdistrict Holdings
  • Sourcebooks

Providing management and maintenance of domestic and foreign trademark portfolios including clearance, prosecution, licensing and claims/disputes. Brand management and strategy.

Copyright for various clients including Us Weekly, Sesame Workshop

Analyzing existence and ownership of copyrights, registration and renewal practice, policing and enforcement.

Domain name for various clients including Yellow Book USA and Rolling Stone magazine

Policing and enforcement, ownership transfers, and administrative proceedings under ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Entertainment agreements for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Negotiating and drafting a wide variety of agreements for one of the largest not-for-profit arts organizations dedicated to jazz music including a multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreement, artists' agreements, broadcast agreements and production contracts.

Professional & Community Activities

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel; Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors – Jazz at Lincoln Center