Jonathan Reichman has over 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. 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 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, Teletubbies, The Berenstain Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Mr. Bill, and The Woodstock Festivals.
Mr. Reichman also represents the estates of well-known entertainers, authors and artists. He has handled copyright, right of publicity, and trademark matters for such estates as Joseph Campbell, Mary McCarthy, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rube Goldberg, W.C. Fields, and Abbott & Costello.
In 2014, he served as an advisor to the New Jersey State Senate in connection with Senate Bill No. S2212 (“The Commercial Identity Protect Act”).
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, The New School for Social Research, 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 has been a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program Soundcheck.
“Right of Publicity 2015,” Getting the Deal Through, October, 2014 (addresses critical issues in publicity rights around the world).
“Inside the Arguments in ‘Raging Bull’ Copyright Case,” Law360, January 23, 2014.