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David M. Silverman

David Silverman primarily represents and advises communications industry clients, with an emphasis on intellectual property, transactional, regulatory and licensing issues, including trademark, copyright, music licensing, and political broadcasting and cablecasting issues. He represents clients before the U.S. Trademark and Copyright Offices, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal Communications Commission.

David's clients include: Alaska Broadcasting Company, Atlantic Media, Charter Communications, Comcast, Corridor Television, The Economist, The Golf Channel, Jerry’s Subs and Pizza, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Rapid Broadcasting, Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Communications), Up Entertainment, and ZGS Communications, as well as other communications, media, and IP clients.

Representative Experience

Children's advertising counsel

Advises multiple media clients on rules governing children's advertising. (Ongoing)

Domain name services

Represents and advises a range of clients on domain name issues including representation in UDRP proceedings. (Ongoing)

FCC representation

Represents broadcast and cable TV clients at the Federal Communications Commission and in connection with a variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including ownership and attribution. (Ongoing)

International issues

Counsels clients on international issues ranging from serving as an expert witness in Bermuda and Canada on cable and Internet music licensing issues to representing a trade association in a U.S./Canadian border broadcasting dispute before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. (Ongoing)

Music licensing and Internet gambling advice

Advises clients on legal issues relating to music licensing, Internet gambling, and potential liability for defamation, obscenity, and indecency. (Ongoing)

Political advertising

Advises on political broadcasting and cablecasting rules and issues, regularly representing broadcast and cable TV clients at the Federal Communications Commission. (Ongoing)

Trademark and content protection

Advises and represents clients in intellectual property protection and litigation, opposing trademark and copyright infringement, and other unauthorized uses of content. Also defends against trademark oppositions. Has secured dismissals and settled numerous cases favorably out of court. (Ongoing)

Trademark portfolio management

Managing trademark portfolios of media clients and others, handling trademark search, clearance, and prosecution. (Ongoing)

Transactional negotiations

Negotiates purchase agreements and handles related documentation and regulatory issues for radio and TV broadcast clients including LMAs. Has handled the purchase and sale of multiple broadcast stations including LPTV transactions. (Ongoing)

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • The Copyright Society of the USA
  • Chair, gTLD Legal Rights Objections Subcommittee, Trademark Internet Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • National Association of Broadcasters

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the "World Trademark Review WTR-1000-The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals," 2016
  • Awarded "Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013, 2015
  • Named to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2012-2013