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Ira Levy is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property Practice. His practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy has extensive experience with disputes involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the Internet, new media and e-commerce.

Mr. Levy has handled numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization’s arbitration board and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureau. In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Levy works closely with the firm’s Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence.

Mr. Levy has advised and represented numerous companies regarding intellectual property disputes, litigation and counseling, including: Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farms, Inc., Godiva, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., The New York Times Company, The Boston Globe,, J.P. Morgan Chase, Honest Tea, Inc., New Balance Athletic Shoes, IBM and Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. His recent work has included:

  • Representing The New York Times and The Boston Globe in first impression copyright and trademark litigation regarding fair use and news aggregation on the World Wide Web.
  • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in patent litigation concerning various pharmaceuticals including Lotrel and Seroquel.
  • Representing a major financial services company in defeating an application for a temporary restraining order seeking to shut down the roll-out of a national advertising campaign.
  • Representing Honest Tea, Inc. in connection with trademark and advertising issues.
  • Representing Campbell Soup Company in multiple trademark and advertising lawsuits.
  • Representing Pepperidge Farms, Inc. in multiple trademark and advertising lawsuits.
  • Representing a major computer software company in trademark, domain name and false advertising litigation.
  • Representing New Balance in trademark litigation.
  • Representing IBM in trademark litigation.
  • Representing JPMorgan Chase in the management of its trademark portfolio, and related trademark and advertising litigation.
  • Representing L’Oreal and Polo Ralph Lauren in defeating an application for a preliminary injunction brought by Calvin Klein seeking to enjoin the launch of Ralph Lauren Romance perfume.
  • Advising various designers and celebrities in connection with personal and branding rights.

Mr. Levy is listed in New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2008), The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Patent Law and The Legal 500.

Mr. Levy has been an active member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Association of Patent Law Firms, American Bar Association, Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the Legal Aid Society. He has also acted as pro bono counsel to the United Way of New York City and, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Levy presently serves on the Board of Directors of Love Our Children, USA, a leading not-for-profit focused on breaking the cycle of violence against children, and the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Levy is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles on the topics of intellectual property, patent, trademark and copyright laws that have appeared in The New York Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He also authored chapters in Commercial Damages (published by Matthew Bender & Co.) and the Wiley Intellectual Property Law Update (published by Aspen Law & Business). Mr. Levy serves as the co-chair of the Practicing Law Institutes Advanced Licensing Program, and is a regular presenter at AIPLA, INTA, NYSBA and NYIPLA events. In addition, he maintains an active roster of speaking engagements on intellectual property audit, portfolio development, strategy and management, and Internet and new media matters.

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IAM magazine supplement "IP Value in the Life Sciences Industries"
February 1, 2006

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Corporate Counsel Magazine; FindLaw; Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; National Law Journal
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The Surprising Power of State Law Claims
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Resolving Domain Name Disputes
New York Law Journal
February 3, 2003

PLI's 2016 IP Monetization Conference
April 27, 2016
New York, NY

32nd Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar
April 21, 2016
New York, NY

PLI’s Advanced Licensing Agreements 2016
January 27, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2015
December 14, 2015
San Francisco, CA

AIPLA 2015 Annual Meeting
October 22, 2015
Washington, D.C.

PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015
April 23, 2015
Chicago, IL

PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015
March 9, 2015
New York, NY

NYIPLA One-Day Patent CLE Seminar
November 20, 2014
New York, NY

INTA Annual Meeting 2014
May 10, 2014
Hong Kong, China

Joint Patent Practice CLE Program
April 16, 2013
New York , NY

PLI’s Advanced Licensing Agreements 2013
January 30, 2013
San Francisco, CA

PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2012
February 23, 2012
San Francisco, CA

"Quality Control for Trademark Licensing"
October 20, 2011
Washington, D.C.

PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2011
April 27, 2011
Chicago, IL

"Litigation and Case Law Issues for Licensing Lawyers"
February 24, 2011
San Francisco, CA

"US Bio-Similars Regime"
October 5, 2010
London, England