Experience

  • For 15 years, advised The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps Limited, on Apple’s trademarks, copyrights and contractual rights, including in connection with music, films, theatrical productions and photographs and handled litigations on behalf of The Beatles concerning record royalty disputes and brand/IP protection.
  • For 10 years, acted for The Estate of George Harrison, providing advice and counsel in connection with copyrights, trademarks, contractual and licensing rights and rights of publicity/privacy.

Other Representative Matters

  • Taylor Swift in federal litigation concerning contract dispute with former manager
  • Concert promoter in breach of contract action against Nicki Minaj
  • Fashion designer in federal trademark dispute with Steve Madden
  • Heirs of E.H. Shepard, original illustrator of  iconic “Winnie The Pooh” books in years-long federal litigation regarding terminations of grants of copyright interest and hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties
  • Original Broadway stars of “Jersey Boys” in connection with copyright and trademark infringement claims by Frankie Valli and the producers of the famed theatrical production
  • Shawn Carter, p/k/a Jay-Z in federal trademark litigation
  • Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z in federal copyright litigation
  • Dickey Betts,  founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, in connection with separation from the band
  • The Estate of Diana, Princess of Wales in connection with trademark advice and protection
  • Rascal Flatts in connection with allegations of copyright infringement
  • Ryan O’Neal in connection with trademark dispute
  • Paramount Pictures Corp. in federal litigation concerning allegations of copyright infringement in connection with music used in major motion picture
  • ASCAP (American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers) in dozens of copyright enforcement litigations and public performance licensing matters
  • DirecTV in litigation concerning executive compensation
  • The producers of Academy Award winning Muhammad Ali documentary “When We Were Kings” in breach of contract action
  • Miramax Films in connection with unfair competition claims surrounding film “Scream
  • The French Rothschild family wine producers and owners of Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite Rothschild in trademark infringement litigation
  • Major fashion brand in connection with trade dress infringement claims against Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus
  • Multi-million dollar settlement for renowned clothing designer in copyright and trade dress dispute
  • Successfully obtained the transfer of nearly 50 domain names for celebrity clients and businesses through negotiation and in dozens of formal dispute resolution (UDRP) proceedings before the National Arbitration Forum (Minnesota) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (Switzerland)

 

Howard H. Weller

 

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