Stephen Janoski

Stephen G. Janoski is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Washington D.C office. Mr. Janoski has over 25 years of experience focused on representing companies, which include manufacturers, retailers, franchisors and hotels, as well as individuals in Trademarks and Branding, Copyrights, Entertainment and Sports, U.S. Litigation & Enforcement, Licensing, and Intellectual Property Portfolio Management. Mr. Janoski’s practice has included thousands of mark availability searches and opinions, including strategic application filings to protect brands and related intellectual property rights worldwide. This work has resulted in well over 1000 registrations for companies and individuals in wide ranging industries. Those industries, include among many others, hospitality, technology, entertainment, toy, publishing, financial, telecommunications, industrial and consumer products.

Mr. Janoski’s experience in litigation, enforcement and dispute resolution includes: securing the seizure of counterfeit products working with Customs agencies, and the shut-down of infringing operations and on-line Web sites. Mr. Janoski has been successful obtaining money damages in copyright and trademark infringement court proceedings; and awarded favorable precedential decisions for his clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Janoski also has been successful in arbitration proceedings to transfer ownership of infringing domain names or Web addresses.

In the area of technology transactions, Mr. Janoski has prepared and negotiated numerous licensing agreements and contracts bearing on the development and use of software and Internet commerce. Mr. Janoski’s practice has included obtaining many copyright registrations for software and computer related technologies.

In corporate related intellectual property work, Mr. Janoski works closely with company executives and entrepreneurs to implement best practices and pragmatic solutions for safeguarding proprietary rights and assets. For such clients, Mr. Janoski also undertakes due diligence of the intellectual property assets involved in company mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Janoski entertainment and sports transactions have included: negotiated deals for cable television series; licensing and merchandising agreements; creative endeavor employment, work for hire and “talent” agreements. Mr. Janoski has also prepared celebrity endorsement and appearance agreements, motion picture and merchandise “tie-in” agreements and life rights agreements. In addition to copyright registrations for software and computer related technologies, Mr. Janoski has registered copyrights covering toys, music, literary and audiovisual works, and other media programs and films.

Before joining Butzel Long, Mr. Janoski was a partner for over 10 years at Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, and had previously chaired the intellectual property practice group at a large general practice firm, and started his career as a trademark examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Janoski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1985, and received his law school degree was from University of Baltimore, J.D., 1989.

Education

  • University of Baltimore 1989, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania 1985, B.A.

Memberships

American Intellectual Property Law Association

International Trademark Association

Licensing Executives Society

American bar Association

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