Jonathan Reichman has 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry. He is co-author and contributing editor of the book Right of Publicity 2015, which addresses critical issues in publicity rights around the world. World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes him as a leader in trademark matters and notes that he has “specific expertise in protecting rights related to fictional characters.” (2015) He is currently ranked in New York by Chambers USA in the area of “Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright” (2014). In addition, Mr. Reichman has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer by New York Super Lawyers (2013). He is also recognized in the area of copyright law by The Legal 500 United States (2014) and U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2015).
A major aspect of Mr. Reichman’s practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional characters. He has handled complex issues concerning such characters and properties as Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Babar the Elephant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Berenstein Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Abbott & Costello, Mr. Bill, The Woodstock Festivals and Rube Goldberg.
Mr. Reichman also represents the estates of well-known authors and artists, and handles the intellectual property aspects of merger, acquisition and financing transactions, including the analysis and evaluation of intellectual property portfolios.
In a highly publicized case, Mr. Reichman successfully defended the Panamerican School of Travel in a trademark infringement action brought by Pan American World Airways. In another widely noted case, Mr. Reichman successfully represented the Joseph Campbell Foundation in a right of publicity suit over unauthorized use of the late scholar’s name in a mythology book.
Mr. Reichman is a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal and The Licensing Journal. He has written on copyright, trademark and publicity law topics, and lectured for such organizations as The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Fine Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Institute for International Research. He has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and been interviewed by such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Dateline NBC, and New York Newsday. He is a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program Soundcheck.