Intellectual Property and Media Law

Satterlee Stephens LLP has a long history of legal representation in cases involving major decisions regarding intellectual property, copyright and rights of publicity. As we have represented every facet of these cases, we also understand the important role intellectual property plays in advancing the interests of business. We bring together skill and experience in corporate transactions, litigation and trademark prosecution.

The Intellectual Property Services We Provide

We provide representation to businesses regarding extremely complex intellectual property matters, including:

  • Advertising: We offer our clients practical advice on intellectual property issues faced by advertisers and advertising agencies alike. We counsel clients to help them navigate the fast-moving world of social media, blogs and new mobile platforms as well as more traditional media in connection with the right of publicity, copyright and trademark issues raised by advertising as well as content and claims substantiation, endorsement issues and sweepstakes compliance.
  • Copyrights: Leading media companies, technology companies, consumer products companies, advertisers, financial institutions and industrial concerns rely on Satterlee Stephens LLP for copyright litigation, transactions and counseling. We have handled hundreds of traditional copyright disputes and DMCA matters involving text, software, images, video, music and product designs. We counsel clients concerning licensing and fair use of others' copyrighted works in matters ranging from quoting a few lines of poetry to automated data scraping. The Firm has been the copyright attorneys for poets and computer programmers, digital publishers and book publishers, Fortune 500 companies and individual artists. We regularly assist with registration of copyrights, pre-publication review and clearance of rights for new media and old. And Satterlee Stephens LLP is often selected by media perils insurers to defend their insureds in copyright matters.
  • Defamation defense: Our lawyers bring decades of litigation experience to the trying of defamation cases. The attorneys at Satterlee Stephens LLP understand media laws and the goals of media outlets when delivering the news, media members' rights and privileges when it comes to defamation claims and the costs of litigation. Accounting for these factors and others, we will work for the best possible and most cost-effective resolution of every claim.
  • Patents: Our attorneys understand the complexity of patent laws and have significant experience assisting individuals, small businesses and major corporations assert their rights regarding a particular product or invention. We both defend your rights to use a patent, and we also take the necessary steps to prevent infringement upon an invention that is rightfully yours.
  • Reporters' rights and newsgathering liability: Today the media are faced with an increasing number of claims arising from the way that information and images are gathered. Satterlee Stephens LLP works with editors, producers, reporters, photographers and authors to enhance newsgathering capabilities and to respond to the questions concerning access to computer records, undercover reporting, ride-alongs with police, venturing onto private property to follow a breaking story, and many fast-breaking, one-of-a-kind situations. We regularly defend against efforts by litigants in civil and criminal cases to subpoena news personnel and make them involuntary witnesses at depositions or trials. And when courts or government agencies seek to cloak their activities in secrecy, we take action for our clients to open the doors to the public and the press. We provide real-time counseling concerning real-world 21st century reporting.
  • Trade secrets: We help you protect all confidential business information that helps keep your business competitive. This includes representing businesses of all sizes both within the United States and internationally. We understand what is at stake and utilize every legal option to ensure a favorable result for you, as we put in place internal safeguards to ensure legally enforceable confidentiality obligations. As seasoned litigators, our attorneys protect your interests in court if necessary. We also help you to enforce your protection rights in the event improper disclosure of a trade secret occurs.
  • Trademark and brand management: We counsel domestic and foreign clients through the lifecycle of trademarks, from selection and adoption through registration, customs recordation and enforcement, licensing and infringement litigation in both the United States and abroad. We work with clients ranging from start-ups looking to protect their first mark to multinational consumer corporations with vast portfolios. We tailor our services to meet a client's needs, whether that means supporting an in-house team with filings, or handling all aspects of a portfolio.


Robert C. Carrillo

Robert C. Carrillo is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP.  Mr. Carrillo advises clients on all areas of dispute resolution, whether involving litigation, arbitration, mediation, or proceedings before administrative or regulatory bodies. He counsels clients located throughout the United States, Europe, and the Americas. Robert is fluent in Spanish and advises clients in both languages.

Alanna B. Newman

Alanna B. Newman is an associate at Satterlee Stephens LLP.  Ms. Newman’s practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, investigations, and providing advice in a variety of commercial contexts.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Newman was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York.  Ms. Newman also clerked for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Andrew L. Fish

Andrew L. Fish is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP.  Mr. Fish concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense and internal investigations, trial practice, and business litigation.

Michael A. Cabin

Mr. Cabin is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP. 

He represents clients, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, in all stages of complex civil disputes, from pre-suit negotiation through trial and appeal. 

Nathan J. Berkebile

Nate Berkebile is of Counsel to Satterlee Stephens LLP.

He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property law, and employment litigation and counseling. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berkebile was an associate in the litigation department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. 

Mr. Berkebile is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Joshua M. Rubins

Joshua M. Rubins is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP.  

Mr. Rubins is a trial and appellate attorney with experience in all areas of commercial litigation, including securities, real estate, banking, antitrust, consumer fraud class actions, and commercial contracts.  He regularly represents a wide range of media clients in copyright, trademark and licensing disputes, as well as in defamation actions and other matters involving the First Amendment.

Mark Lerner

Mark Lerner is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP where he specializes in trademark and copyright law.

Mr. Lerner represents clients ranging from publishers, to advertising agencies, to multi-national consumer products companies.

Glenn C. Edwards

Glenn C. Edwards is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. 

He has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, both trial and appellate, in federal and state courts in various jurisdictions, as well as arbitration.  Areas of practice have included contractual disputes, partnership disputes, business torts, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, products liability, bankruptcy, trusts and estates litigation, and media-related issues.