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Mark D. Passler

Partner 
777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 1100 West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.653.5333
 
 

Mark Passler advises senior managers, brand managers, in-house counsel, technology transfer professionals, and inventors on intellectual property and entertainment law matters. He routinely assists clients in procuring, licensing, and enforcing patent, trademark, and copyright rights. Mark also conducts intellectual property due diligence for complex mergers, acquisitions, and other intellectual property transfers. In addition, he has extensive experience negotiating complex agreements with music publishing companies, record companies, motion picture production companies, television networks, independent content providers, and aggregators. Mark also represents recording artists and songwriters in connection with recording, publishing, merchandising, sponsorship, and endorsement agreements. His practice includes preparing and negotiating website, software development, and other technology agreements, as well as advising clients on new business models.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of a world-renowned multi-platinum recording artist in connection with its reunion tour and new studio album, including the negotiation of numerous contractual agreements, and the policing of its trademark rights.
 
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Representation of a professional sports organization before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in connection with the enforcement of its trademark rights, and internationally in connection with more than a dozen trademark infringement matters.
 
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Representation involving settlement of a complex patent infringement suit relating to chemical products and methods.
 
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Representation of a financial institution in connection with the loan of more than $10 million dollars to acquire a music publishing catalog.
 
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Representation involving assisting several clients with the establishment of independent record labels, one of which is owned by an international corporation that is a leader in the entertainment industry.
 
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Representation of a company in connection with the acquisition of a restaurant chain for more than $250 million dollars.
 
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Representation including filing patent applications for actors and recording artists in the music and motion picture industry, including applications relating to new systems of delivering content, and new systems for tracking audience preferences.
 
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Representation involving a company in connection with the acquisition of a television production copyright and trademark assets for several hundred million dollars.
 
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Representation involving enforcement of trademark rights for a sports industry client against several Fortune 100 companies.
 
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Representation including managing the worldwide intellectual property portfolios of numerous clients in the service, consumer products, sports and entertainment, biomedical, pharmaceutical and other technological industries.
 
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Representation involving settlement of a federal trademark suit for a client enforcing its color trademark rights.
 
Awards & Recognition
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World Trademark Review 1000, Named a Recommended Expert, 2015
 
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The Best Lawyers in America, 2016, 2017, Listed in Florida for Patent Law
 
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Daily Business Review, 2014 and 2015 Litigation Department of the Year for Intellectual Property, Member
 
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South Florida Business Journal 2009, Key Partner Award, Intellectual Property and Technology
 
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Florida Trend 2006, Listed in the "Legal Elite"
 
Published Works & Lectures
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2016 INTA Annual Meeting, Moderator, "Free Speech and Trademark Law: A Survey of Recent and Relevant Cases from United States, Japan and Norway Concerning Speech, Expression and Trademark Protection," May 22, 2016
 
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27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports & IP Law Summit, Moderator, "Patent Litigation," November 2015
 
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26th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports & IP Law Summit, Moderator, "Patenting Entertainment-Based Technology," November 2014
 
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25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference, Speaker, "Don't Get Burned - Due Diligence and Audits in Licensing and Transactions," November, 2013
 
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Daily Business Review, Co-Author, "Startups Must Consider Protecting for Thier Top Asset," November 2013
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
 
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International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Member
 
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International Trademark Association, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Entertainment & Sports Law Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Captain, USAF, United States Air Force's Electronic Systems Center, 1995-1999
 
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Special Assistant United States Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, 1996-1999
 

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Mark D. Passler

Practice
Intellectual Property
Education
M.S., University of Massachusetts, 1998; Biological Sciences
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1995
B.B.A., University of Texas, 1992; Mechanical Engineering and Business Management
Bar Admissions
Florida
District of Columbia
Texas
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
 
 
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