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Eight Leason Ellis Attorneys Named to the 2019 New York Super Lawyers List

November 4, 2019

Leason Ellis LLP, a boutique intellectual property law firm based in White Plains, NY, announces that eight of its attorneys have been named to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Partners Peter Sloane, Dr. Susie Cheng, Melvin Garner, and Associate Deirdre Clarke have been named in the Intellectual Property category. Partners Yuval Marcus and Robert Isackson have been named in the Intellectual Property Litigation category. Additionally, Associates Lauren Sabol and Peter Busch have both been named as Intellectual Property Litigation Rising Stars.

Peter Sloane is the chair of the trademark and copyright practice at Leason Ellis, where he handles all aspects of trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, and litigation, including counseling clients on trademark adoption, filing trademark and copyright applications in the U.S., recording registrations with Customs and Border Protection, maintaining domestic trademark registrations, managing global trademark portfolios, handling oppositions and cancellations in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and litigating intellectual property disputes in the federal courts.  He also deals with other related issues such as drafting license agreements, conducting due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and litigating domain name disputes.

Dr. Susie Cheng is the chair of the China Practice Group at Leason Ellis where she focuses on all aspects of global strategic patent protection, licensing of inventions and monetization of intellectual property. She also provides advice regarding intellectual property disputes and litigation.  Susie’s clients include academic institutions, private equity firms, venture capital firms, individuals, start-ups, privately owned business, mid-cap, and multinational companies, and operate in a wide range of technologies.

Melvin Garner is the chair of the Japan Practice Group at Leason Ellis where his practice includes all phases of patent, trademark and copyright litigation and procurement involving various technologies.  The technologies include laser applications, video circuits, telecommunications (particularly cellular phones), optics (including lenses for photolithographic equipment), sintered materials, office products, medical devices, and computer hardware and software (including gaming systems).

Deirdre Clarke is an associate with Leason Ellis where her practice includes counseling on trademark and copyright matters including trademark portfolio management, enforcement, domestic and international trademark clearance and brand strategy and copyright registration. She also handles opposition and cancellation actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), liaises with U.S. Customs and Border Control regarding potential counterfeit goods and handles UDRP proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF).

Yuval Marcus is the chair of the litigation practice at Leason Ellis, is a litigator with 20 years of experience in federal courts throughout the country. He specializes in all types of intellectual property disputes, including litigating copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent, false advertising, domain name and trade secret matters, and has consistently achieved favorable results for his clients. Working closely with his clients, he also offers them practical strategies to strengthen their intellectual property rights and to avoid potential conflicts, and routinely conducts IP due diligence in connection with potential acquisitions and investments. He represents clients from many different fields, including the restaurant, food and beverage, hotel, apparel, toy, financial services, biotechnology, telecommunications, software, publishing, entertainment, jewelry, luxury goods, cosmetics and consumer goods industries.

Robert Isackson is an accomplished, front-line IP litigator, counselor, and advisor fluent in all aspects of intellectual property: patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and designs. With a primary focus on IP litigation at the trial level, particularly patent and trade secret disputes and commercial disputes over technology issues, Rob’s IP practice includes appellate litigation as well as providing strategic counseling, advice and opinions on strength of IP rights, freedom to operate and litigation risks, patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio assessments, trade secret audits, negotiation and drafting of IP transactions and agreements, and M&A IP due diligence.

Lauren Sabol is an associate with Leason Ellis where her practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has litigated on behalf of both the plaintiff and defendant in patent, trademark, trade secret, and contract disputes before federal trial and appellate courts nationwide and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her patent litigation experience extends to a wide range of technology areas, such as medical devices, oil drilling technology, AV equipment, computer software, and cell phone technology.  Outside of litigation, she counsels her clients on trademark disputes, infringement and invalidity opinions, and Paragraph IV certifications so that informed business decisions can be made.

Peter Busch is an Associate and registered Patent Agent with Leason Ellis.  He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property.  While in law school, Peter served as the President of Cardozo’s Intellectual Property Law Society and as a Notes Editor for the IP-focused Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  He holds a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Astronomy from Stony Brook University, where he graduated cum laude as a member of Stony Brook’s Honors College.

Thompson Reuters’ annual U.S. Super Lawyers listing identifies and selects candidates from each state and 70+ practice areas in small, medium and large law firms.  It uses a 4-step patented and thorough selection process consisting of nominations and research to identify outstanding attorneys, independent research to evaluate each attorney’s professional achievements and recognition, and peer evaluation by practice area.  From there, final attorney selections are made based on points earned and firm size which result in the following selection rates per state: 5% Super Lawyers and 2.5% Rising Stars (age 40 and under or in practice for 10 years of less).  The listing serves as a resource for those who are looking to retain an attorney.