Manatt’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement practice Michelle Cooke and Leader of Manatt’s entertainment Litigation practice Robert Jacobs were named to Daily Journal’s 2021 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers list. This list recognizes California’s leading lawyers handling intellectual property matters.
In her profile, Cooke was recognized for her work representing Eurostar—the parent of the WSS apparel and footwear maker—in a wide range of issues, including copyright and trademark disputes, brand development, IP challenges related to social media, privacy, data security, advertising, rebranding and brand revitalization as well as protection against counterfeits. Cooke also discussed why she chose to pursue intellectual property law, saying, “I saw signs that IP would be a wave of the future, given the rapid rise in innovations and the increased reliance of businesses on their intellectual property rights. I didn’t know what a trademark was, but it sounded like a transformative legal area was calling my name.”
Daily Journal recognized Jacobs for his work successfully defending Marshmello, Steve Mac and Polygram Publishing Inc. and Kobalt Music Publishing America against a copyright infringement suit filed by Russian electronic DJ Artem Stoliarov, as well as his representation of 300 Entertainment against pre-litigation claims by Keara Wilson, the creator of the TikTok dance known as the “Savage Challenge,” alleging that the use of the dance in the lyric video for Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Savage” violates Wilson’s rights under the Copyright Act, the Lanham Act and various state law theories. Commenting on the importance of the Marshmello case, Jacobs said: “It's developed into an interesting situation, an industry-wide issue. You hire remixers to come in and add flourishes here and there and then move on. They don't get rights in the recording, or, if they do, it's done very specifically.”
To read Cooke’s full profile, Daily Journal subscribers can click here.
Jacobs’ full Top Intellectual Property Lawyers profile is available to Daily Journal subscribers here.