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Jeffrey A. Kobulnick

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Jeffrey A. Kobulnick

818-827-9192

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Jeff regularly litigates claims for copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and related claims under both federal and state laws. He also has significant experience handling Internet-related intellectual property issues, such as domain name registration and dispute resolution, and the protection and enforcement of copyrights and trademarks on the Internet. In addition, Jeff extensively counsels and represents clients on the selection, clearance and registration of trademarks and service marks worldwide.

Jeff advises and represents clients across a wide range of industries in their intellectual property matters to develop, protect and enforce such rights around the world. He has also guest lectured on intellectual property issues at law schools including the USC Gould School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Brutzkus Gubner, he spent more than eight years as an intellectual property and litigation attorney with national law firms, most recently Foley & Lardner LLP.

In addition, Jeff is an active leader within the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a past National Chair of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee and served as a Project Team Leader for INTA’s Pro Bono Committee. Jeff also regularly serves as a judge for both the Saul Lefkowitz and other moot court competitions relating to trademark and copyright law issues.

Jeff is also well known for his commitments to pro bono and community involvement. He serves as a coordinator for Bet Tzedek Legal Services’ Holocaust Survivors Justice Network, assisting Holocaust survivors and their widows/widowers obtain reparation pension benefits for work performed while residing in German-controlled ghettos. In 2009, he was awarded Bet Tzedek’s Elyse S. Kline Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award. He has also received the Wiley W. Manuel Award from the State of California several times for distinguished pro bono legal services. Jeff has also coordinated attorney participation in Lawyers for Literacy, an annual event that benefits Everybody Wins! Los Angeles, a nonprofit literacy program helping children improve their reading skills and self-esteem. He was awarded the Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in 2006.

Jeff has also been actively involved with a number of charitable organizations, most notably the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) since 2004. Jeff founded and has twice served as a captain of LLS Light The Night Walk teams, to raise funds and awareness for LLS and has been recognized for his outstanding fundraising efforts in the fight against cancer. In 2013, Jeff was an honored candidate for LLS’s 2013 Man of the Year campaign, which raised over $575,000 in just ten short weeks for LLS.

He has earned the highest rating (“AV Preeminent”) for legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters every year since 2014, and was named to Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine’s exclusive “Top 100” list for 2017.

Representative Matters

Education

  • Anhing Corp. v. Thuan Phong Co., Ltd. (13-05167) (unanimous jury verdict finding that defendant willfully infringed client’s federally registered MY-THO trademark)
  • Anhing Corp. v. Thuan Phong Co., Ltd. (13-05167) (summary judgment granted in client’s favor on defendant’s counterclaim that client obtained its federal trademark registration by committing fraud on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
  • Borden Co. (PTE) Ltd. v. Grandway Enterprises, Inc. et al. (14-02858) (obtained permanent injunction against importer of counterfeit goods, as well as $1.2 million in statutory damages, plus attorney fees and interest in client’s favor)
  • Meridian Textiles Inc. v. Topson Downs of California, et al., (12-57190) (finding that the defendants overcame the presumption of valid copyright ownership afforded by an issued copyright registration)
  • Allergan, Inc. v. Mira Life Group, Inc., 72 USPQ2d 1756 (C.D. Cal. 2004) (finding willful trademark infringement and granting judgment in client’s favor of $1.5 million)
  • mVisible Technologies, Inc. v. Navigation Catalyst Systems, Inc., WIPO Case No. D2007-1141 (ordering transfer of 35 domain names incorporating variants of client’s trademark to client)
  • Myxer, Inc. v. Compsys Domain Solutions Private Ltd., WIPO Case No. 2008-1178 (ordering transfer of five domain names incorporating variants of client’s trademark to client)
  • Myxer, Inc. v. Domain Park Ltd., WIPO Case No. 2008-0973 (ordering transfer of six domain names incorporating variants of client’s trademark to client)
  • Myxer, Inc. v. Domain Drop S.A., et al., WIPO Case No. 2008-0169 (ordering transfer of six domain names incorporating variants of client’s trademark to client)
  • University of California at San Diego, B.S., 1998 (Ernest C. Mort Award for outstanding leadership excellence)
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003 (Senior Editor of IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition)

Admissions, Memberships and Qualifications

Publications & Presentations

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Past member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Los Angeles Chapter
  • Judicial extern to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson in the United States District Court, Central District of California (2002)
  • Summer law clerk, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles (2002)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine (2014-2017), placing him in the top 5% of attorneys in the region.
  • Named to the “Top 100: 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers” list by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Named a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine (2013), placing him in the top 2.5% of under – 40 attorneys in the region.
  • Named a 2018 Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Co-Author, “Parody Products: When Should Brand Owners “Smile or Laugh” and When Should They Sue?” Landslide, July 2017
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Navigating Design Challenges in the U.S. Apparel Industry,” International Trademark Association (INTA), March 22-23, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Copyright Ownership (That’s What McCartney Wants),” Forbes, January 24, 2017.
  • Author, “What’s In A Name? Ask The Kardashians,” Forbes, December 15, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Why The Court Threw Out Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Lawsuit,” Forbes, September 2, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “A Trademark Lawsuit ‘Lager’ Than Life,” IP Watchdog, June 19, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “In ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Case, A Rock Band On Trial,” Forbes, June 10, 2016.
  • Table Topic Moderator, International Trademark Association (INTA) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 Annual Meetings
  • Co-Author, “The importance of using your brand: How the Naugles trademark got a new owner,” Nation’s Restaurant News, August 28, 2015.
  • Speaker, The Fashion Business Incorporated: “Copyright Infringement Lawsuits: What You Need to Know,” September 16, 2015
  • Author, “Copyright Infringement: Whose Design Is It Anyway,” California Apparel News, June 2015
  • Panelist, Loyola Law School Fashion Law Symposium, “One Channel Does Not Fit All: The Fashion Law Implications of Omnichannel Marketing,” March 22, 2014
  • Panelist, CLE for a Cure: “The Internet is Expanding: What You Need to Know about New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs),” 2013
  • “Yankees: Baseball’s Only Evil Empire,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, March 2013
  • Q&A With Brutzkus Gubner’s Jeff Kobulnick,” Law360, June 4, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
  • Panelist, INTA 2011 Annual Meeting
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Protecting Your Brands and Content on New Media Applications,” 2010
  • “Potential Brand Issues Resulting from Facebook Profile Names,” Cyberspace Lawyer, July 2009
  • “What if the Most Famous Apple in the World Were a Fruit?” Client Times Online, July 2009 (co-authored with former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Jon Dudas and Norm Rich)