Paul D. Supnik

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Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Law Office of Paul D. Supnik
 | 9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310-859-0100
Fax: 310-388-5645
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (40%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%),
  • International (10%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    At the Law Office of Paul D. Supnik, Paul D. Supnik represents clients in Los Angeles, California, in matters of intellectual property law, intellectual property litigation, media and advertising law, international law, and entertainment and sports law. He also advises businesses of all sizes in protecting trademarks, the use and selection of brand identities, enhancing value through licensing and litigating copyright disputes.

    Admitted to practice in the state of California, Mr. Supnik has almost five decades of experience. The Beverly Hills Bar Association gave him the President’s Award and he is an honorary vice president for the International Association of Young Lawyers. The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce gave him the Professional of the Year Award in 2001.

    Mr. Supnik has a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. During his career, he has worked with business in many industries, including the following: sporting goods, software, restaurant, media, internet, financial, entertainment, cosmetic, arts, apparel and advertising.

    He has served as an adjunct associate professor at Southwestern Law School teaching a seminar class on advanced copyright law.  Has chaired the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s international law section and the intellectual property and entertainment law section. Also with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mr. Supnik served as the editorial board’s chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. His volunteer work includes time as vice president of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Intellectual Property
    • 30%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 10%Media and Advertising
    • 10%International
    • 10%Entertainment & Sports
    Focus Areas

    Copyrights, Trademarks

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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

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    About Paul Supnik

    Admitted: 1972, California

    Professional Webpage: https://supnik.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Awarded at the 2006 installation of bar officers of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, President's Award, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2006
    • Honorary Vice-President award granted at the annual congress of the Association Internationale des Juenes Avocats, held that year in Rio de Janeiro, Vice-President D'Honeur, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), 1993
    • Awarded Professional of the Year, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, 2001

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • British American Business Council Los Angeles, Member, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2006
    • American Bar Association 
    • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • International Law Section, State Bar of California, Executive Committee, 2005 - 2008
    • Union Internationale des Avocats, Vice President, Entertainment Law Commission, 1997 - 2001
    • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, National Vice President, United States, 1990 - 1992
    • Adjunct associate professor, Southwestern Law School, seminar class in advanced copyright, 2008 - 2011
    • State Bar of California, 1972
    • Reappointment to United States District Court, Central District of California ADR Mediation Panel, for copyright and trademark cases, 2019
    • President, Los Angeles Copyright Society, 2001 - 2002
    • Chair, International Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
    • Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1979
    • Chair, Editorial Board, Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1997 - 1998

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • "The Legal Business of the Film Industry," California Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2006
    • Hastings Alumni Association, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter, President, 1984 - 1985
    • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Board of Governors, 2006 - 2012
    • Vice-President, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (2001-2006)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Protecting Trademarks Under the Madrid Protocol" Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 2004
    • "First Amendment and Freedom of the Press", Los Angeles County Bar Journal, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Co-Editor, symposium issue, 1976
    • The Actors Manual: A Practical Guide to Your Career, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, co-editor (1978), reprinted by Elsevier-Dutton (1980).
    • "Unions and Guilds" (co-author) in Producing for Motion Pictures and Television, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1983
    • Copyright: Selected Practical Aspects of Enforcement and Protection, Editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1984
    • "Diluting the Counterfeiters: New Trademark Rights and Remedies in Dealing with Entertainment and Merchandising Properties," The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA, 1985
    • Merchandising and Licensing, syllabus co-editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1985
    • "Arbitration of Entertainment Industry Contingent Compensation Claims" in The Back End: A Look at Gross and Net Participation in the Wake of Buchwald v. Paramount, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, 1990
    • "How to Stop Counterfeiting--A Practical Approach to the Industry's Biggest Problem" Licensing Today International (June/July/August 1993); "Exploiting Entertainment Marks Internationally in a Downturned Economy" Licensing Today International (June/July 1992).
    • "Mark of Distinction, A New Federal Law Protects Distinctive Trademarks Against Dilution Through Unauthorized Use" Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 1997
    • "Check Marks, A trademark audit is a useful tool for determining the cost-effectiveness of maintaining a client's trademark portfolio" Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 2000
    • "Discovery Issues and Trial Proof in Competitive Business Litigation: Handling Intellectual Property Issues", panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1994
    • "Resolving Contractual Disputes in the Entertainment Industry", UCLA Extension, program coordinator and moderator, 1983
    • "Production and Distribution of Motion Pictures", chair and moderator, London, England, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, 1991
    • "Cross Border Due Dilligence," panelist on Intellectual Property Issues, State Bar of California sponsored by the International Law Section, Monterey, California, 2006
    • "Multimedia Production Agreements and Rights Clearances," Union Internationale des Avocats, Marrakech, Morocco, 1994
    • "Entertainment Industry Arbitration: Domestic and International," The Media District Intellectual Property Bar Association, 1997
    • "Enforcement of Trademarks Abroad", panelist, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, Brussels, Belgium, 1999
    • "Anatomy of an AFMA Arbitration," panelist, IFTA formerly (AFMA) and Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Section, 2000
    • "Fundamentals of Business Practices Litigation," panelist on copyright law, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2000
    • "What the Business Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property, Assignments and Licenses", American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Small Law Firms Committee, Fall Meeting, 2000
    • "Music on the Internet, The United States Perspective" Union Internationale des Avocats, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2000
    • "Protecting Your Client's Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets 101," State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Section, 2002
    • “Damages in Copyright Infringement Litigation,” Association of Independent Music Publishers, 2004
    • "Intellectual Property Rights Abroad -- How to Obtain, Maintain and Defend Them," State Bar of California sponsored by the International Law Section and the Intellectual Property Section, moderator and speaker on international trademark and copyright, Monterey, California, 2004
    • “Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy,” Program Chair, State Bar of California International Law Section, 2005
    • "International Copyright Basics," Half Moon Seminars, 2006
    • "Fair Use as a Cherished Copyright Defense," Ventura County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, 2006
    • Co-Edited worldwide survey of reports presented at the meeting of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers at MIDEM 1993 in Cannes, Co-Editor, Enforcement of Copyright and Related Rights Affecting the Music Industry, IAEL, 1993
    • "Nuts and Bolts of Discovery for Litigators: The Art of Written Discovery" Co-Presenter, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2017
    • "Copyright, Canada, and the United States: 10 Top Differences" Co-Presenter, The Bar of Montreal International Relations Committee and Los Angeles County Bar Association International Law Section, 2017
    • United States District Court, Central District of California ADR Panel Mediator
    • Arbitrator, IFTA International Arbitration Tribunal
    • Authored chapter in Proof in Competitive Business Litigation, Author, "Copyright Infringement", CEB, 1993
    • Law Journal article on interplay between trademarks and the entertainment industry, Author, Designations of Source: Are they Necessary to Support Entertainment Industry Merchandising Rights?, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 1986
    • Article in The Visual Artist's Business and Legal Guide, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, reprinted by Jerome Headlands Press, Prentice-Hall, 1981 & 1985, Author, Works Made for Hire, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts
    • Article in The Trademark Reporter, Author, The Bell and Howell: Mamiya Case -- Where Now Parallel Imports, International Trademark Association, 1984
    • "Trademarks 101 - Selection and Protection Basics for the Business Attorney", Presentation, Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Section, 2015
    • A guide to the laws of copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity, and their application to deal-making in film, television, music, theater, book publishing and digital games (approx. 300 pages)., Co-Author, The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property, Juris Publishing, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • B.S., Engr, UCLA, 1968

    Industry Groups

    • Advertising
    • Apparel
    • Arts
    • Cosmetic
    • Entertainment
    • Financial
    • Internet
    • Media
    • Restaurant
    • Software
    • Sporting Goods
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    9401 Wilshire Boulevard
    Suite 1250
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Phone: 310-859-0100

    Fax: 310-388-5645

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