Gary J. Rinkerman


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Gary Rinkerman is in high demand by clients whose intellectual property holdings are internationally recognized as core properties and by universities that include Gary as a regular lecturer on the full range of U.S. intellectual property and related transactions. With more than 35 years of experience in intellectual property law, Gary handles transactions, counseling, clearance opinion work and dispute resolution, in addition to litigation in the judiciary, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

In addition, Gary works on litigation, licensing, joint development, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, standard operating procedures, clearances and opinions, and best practices for U.S. and international clients who seek to acquire, license, enforce or defend against assertions of intellectual property rights.

In the context of intellectual property clearances and due diligence, Gary works with and provides training for major U.S. companies with regard to clearance processes and best practices, which include consideration of copyright, trademark, trade dress, design patent, rights of publicity and other species of intellectual property.

Domestic and International Litigation
As a former senior investigative attorney at the USITC, Gary has a solid background in intellectual property litigation in the judiciary and at U.S. government agencies. His cases include major litigation over core IP assets in the federal judiciary, at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and in the USITC. He works on intellectual property cases ranging from consumer goods, electronic products and audiovisual works to apparel and footwear design and fabrication, and semiconductor technologies.

Opinion Work and Clearances
Gary designs, implements and maintains IP clearance systems, training and best practices for a clients in the retail, packaging, product design and apparel/footwear industries. The opinion work associated with this aspect of his practice covers designs for entire lines of consumer products, packaging, labels and advertising campaigns.

Contracts and Transactions
Gary drafts, negotiates and assists in implementing contracts, including licenses, transfers, releases and settlements, in matters ranging from installation of international sales programs and technology development to design and development agreements and full suites of clearances and others documents related to internal systems and the production and distribution of consumer goods and original content, including agreements concerning Software as a Service (SaaS), production and distribution of digital products and entertainment properties, advertising, data and analytics, and music and video production.

Merging the areas of advanced technologies and entertainment, Gary produces audio works and worked on recording and distribution agreements, documentary film production agreements, and agreements for large-scale audio and audiovisual content distribution technologies. For example, his work included agreements for the recording and distribution of exclusive content provided by one of the bestselling U.S. rock groups and work on agreements for the production and distribution of audiovisual content in digital media contexts.

Faculty Positions
Gary is an Honorary Professor at Queen Mary University School of Law, London, where he teaches courses on U.S. intellectual property rights and transactions. He also is a regular lecturer on intellectual property and technology management for the Executive Technology Management MBA Program at George Mason University, and for the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network, which includes Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, University of Alicante, Maastricht University, University of Strasbourg and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.

Personal Interests
Very much a family man, Gary also has strong interests in music, film, history and literature in addition to forms of digital entertainment and content.

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