Is a Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson. Mr. Levitt is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on intellectual property, including litigation and licensing issues in the areas of trademark, copyright, patent and computer law. Mr. Levitt is the past leader of Hinshaw’s national Intellectual Property practice group. He has represented a music label in copyright and trademark claims; the photographer of a famous polar bear photo in claims against the Canadian government and others, and the clothing line of a famous hip hop artist against trademark claims. He earned his LL.M. in Intellectual Property with honors from the John Marshal Law School.
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The case is interesting, however, not just because it involved famous subjects – a “renowned photographer” (as the Plaintiff was described in the court’s first sentence), a famous brand (Nike) and one its most well-known logos (“Jumpman”), and a photo of one of the most famous people in the world (Michael Jordan) – although these items alone perhaps merit some attention. But for lawyers and those who deal with copyright protection in the business world, perhaps more interesting is the court’s explication of the classic copyright concept of the idea-expression dichotomy, as well as its holding that the photograph at issue, while not infringed, was entitled to broad protection.