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 against former manager concerning contract dispute
  • 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
  • Concert promoter in multi-year breach of contract action against Nicki Minaj
  • Internationally renowned fashion designer in federal trademark dispute against Steve Madden
  • 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 numerous copyright enforcement litigations and public performance licensing matters
  • DirecTV in litigation concerning executive compensation
  • Producers of When We Were Kings” (Academy Award winning Muhammad Ali documentary) in breach of contract action
  • Miramax Films in connection with unfair competition claims surrounding the film “Scream” and Columbia Pictures’ film “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
  • The Rothschild family 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
  • Clothing designer in multi-million dollar settlement 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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