Louis Karasik was named among the “Top 50 Intellectual Property Litigators in California of 2009” by the Daily Journal, a leading legal publication in the state. The annual supplement recognizes California’s leading intellectual property (IP) litigators and the top 25 portfolio managers and patent prosecutors whose work had a significant impact on IP law and related legal business. The list appeared in today’s issue.
"The recognition Lou received for his work accomplished over the past year is well deserved,” said Tom Wingard, partner in charge of theLos Angeles office. "He delivered a number of noteworthy victories, including landmark copyright matters of great importance in the entertainment industry and other cases with cutting edge issues for leading technology companies.”
For instance, among other cases, Karasik led a team of attorneys that delivered an important summary judgment victory on behalf Twentieth Century Fox after a lengthy and highly celebrated lawsuit between Fox and Warner Brothers over copyright infringement of distribution and production rights for Warner Bros.’ block-buster movie based on the famous graphic novel, Watchmen. The copyright issues raised in the Watchmen litigation have resulted in substantial debate in the entertainment industry on how studios handle chain of title and the role of “Turnaround Agreements” in protecting intellectual property rights.“I am honored to have received this acknowledgment,” said Karasik. “However, I couldn’t do it alone and would like to recognize the teams whose efforts are also to be applauded.”