Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.)

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Intellectual Property

Judge Chapman has handled numerous intellectual property cases, having worked closely with parties from around the world involved in high-stakes litigation. Known for her preparation, adaptability and neutrality, clients value that Judge Chapman approaches matters with a straightforward demeanor that quickly steers the parties involved towards resolution of their disputes.

Prior to becoming a neutral at JAMS, Judge Chapman enjoyed a long and respected career as a federal magistrate judge, frequently handling intellectual property matters. She has conducted hundreds of settlement conferences and managed discovery and related proceedings in a countless number of intellectual property cases, including copyright, trademark, patent, trade dress and trade secret matters.

Representative Matters

  • Copyright
    • Copyright and trade dress infringement action involving the jewelry industry 
    • Copyright infringement action for use of protected phrase in the names of food products
    • Adult entertainment company brought copyright infringement action involving Internet sales 
    • Popular musical band brought copyright infringement action regarding use of song in television commercial 
    • Copyright and contributory copyright infringement action against licensee involving sale and distribution of films, videotapes and digital video files 
    • Owner of gaming materials brought action for copyright and trademark infringement against multiple defendants 
    • Copyright action by entertainment company arising from use of protected words in advertisements for television series 
    • Action by musical composers against multiple defendants for illegally incorporating portions of copyrighted compositions and sound recordings into musical album 
    • Author/writer brought copyright infringement action against multiple defendants (including service provider) involving copying and electronic distribution of protected works on Internet 
    • Action against publishing company for copyright infringement and failure to pay royalties to family of deceased author 
    • Game show creator brought copyright infringement action regarding use of protected game show elements 
    • Sports photographer brought action against publishing company for copyright and trade dress infringement 
    • Actions for copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets brought by textile companies involving protected graphic artwork designs 
    • Action for copyright and trademark infringement against counterfeiters brought by software company
  • Patent
    • Patent infringement actions involving automobile accessory industry 
    • Action for patent infringement by lighting fixture patent holder and counterclaim for fraud on PTO 
    • Consolidated patent infringement actions by holder of multiple patents related to mechanized window coverings 
    • Luggage manufacturer brought action for patent infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair competition involving wheel designs 
    • Holder of patent for processing event photographs brought action for infringement 
    • Action for patent infringement brought by holder of patent involving multi-purpose lighters
  • Trademark
    • Action by hair care products company for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution and deceptive trade practices 
    • Trademark and trade dress infringement actions involving athletic shoes, bathrobes and other consumer products 
    • Breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets actions 
    • Action by clothing manufacturer involving use of protected name on professional athletic merchandise 
    • Matters regarding use of designs on household products 
    • Action brought by national tobacco company for trademark infringement and counterfeiting of cigarettes 
    • Cross-actions for trademark infringement and attendant merchandising rights involving theatrical film and potential television series

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Memberships & Professional Activities
    • Member, International Association of Women Judges, 2006-present
    • Board of Directors, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 2008-2010
    • Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges, Administrative Office of United States Courts, 2000-2006
    • Board Member, Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter), 2002-2005
    • Executive Committee & Board of Directors, Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Association, 1993-1997
  • ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Judge, United Nations Appeals Tribunal, 2012-present (part-time)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California, 1995-2012
  • Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California, 1977-1995
  • Labor Arbitrator Certificate, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, 1972-1973
  • Public Interest Lawyer, 1973-1977, 1967-1972
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • B.A., University of Michigan


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