Marc E. Isserles, Esq.

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Intellectual Property

Marc E. Isserles, Esq. is a skilled commercial mediator with more than fifteen years of litigation experience handling complex business disputes, with a particular emphasis on copyright, trademark, trade secret, entertainment, right of publicity, and licensing issues.

A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and a founding partner of a top New York City litigation boutique, Mr. Isserles brings to his mediation practice the skills of both a nuanced legal thinker and seasoned litigator. Mr. Isserles is known for his judicious temperament, thorough preparation, and ability to quickly grasp both sides of a complicated issue while keeping an open mind.

Read counsel comments about Mr. Isserles's skills and style as a neutral.

Representative Intellectual Property Mediation Matters

  • Mediated dispute between media company, major record company, and product placement agency relating to production of music video
  • Mediated 8-figure dispute between major toy manufacturer and two former executives who started their own company and allegedly misappropriated exclusive license of former company
  • Mediated dispute between former management company and major R&B recording artists over termination of management agreement  
  • Mediated copyright infringement lawsuit brought by co-author of iconic rap song against new artist and major record and publishing companies
  • Mediated trademark dispute between family members and third party over right to use family name in connection with household goods business
  • Mediated copyright infringement claim by photographer against book publisher for using unlicensed photograph
  • Mediated right of publicity claim brought by individual against health care organization for unlicensed use of photo
  • Mediated multi-million dollar contract and royalty dispute between new artist and managers
  • Mediated nine-figure royalty licensing dispute between owner of business method patents and licensee/purchaser of business
  • Mediated multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement actions arising out of exploitation of music public rights under licensing agreements
  • Co-mediated copyright dispute over design of web portal for hotel chain
  • Co-mediated copyright dispute between photography rightsholders and textbook publisher
  • Co-mediated dispute between foreign government and U.S. research center over patent royalties allegedly derived from laboratory research conducted in foreign country

Representative Intellectual Property Litigation Matters

As a litigator in private practice, Mr. Isserles represented parties in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including:

  • Represented  major bank in mediation concerning scope of usage rights under software licensing agreement
  • Represented  Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company in mediation over scope of rights under a patent license, with over $500 million in dispute
  • Represented  and advised leading cable company in connection with affiliation agreements,  and various “new technology” matters raising cutting-edge copyright issues
  • Represented  and advised major entertainment  venue in connection with licensing agreements
  • Represented  several major record companies and music publishers in copyright infringement lawsuits and appeals
  • Represented group of 28 copyright law professors as amici curiae in major copyright appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving new digital recording technology
  • Represented entertainment company in appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a fraud action brought by songwriters
  • Represented major record company in breach of contract and tortious interference action by artists challenging refusal to distribute cover song
  • Represented celebrity musician and television personality in breach of contract action relating to idea and concept for a successful television show
  • Represented celebrity musician in connection with unfair competition claim arising out of use of slogan
  • Represented major motion picture studio in copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition claims 
  • Represented association of video game makers as amicus curiae in appeal before the Seventh Circuit in a case involving a First Amendment challenge to the imposition of tort liability on video game manufacturers

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Neutral on various court panels, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the Supreme Court, Commercial Division for New York County
  • Member, Federal Bar Council

Background and Education

  • Founding Partner, Shapiro, Arato & Isserles LLP, 2009-2014
  • Partner and Associate, Cohen & Gresser LLP, 2005-2008
  • Associate at Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, O’Melveny & Myers, and Jenner & Block, 2000-2005
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court, 1999-2000
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1998-1999
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1998; Joshua Montgomery Sears Prize (for highest grade point average during second year), 1996-1997; Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1996-1998
  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1993


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