Seasoned trademark partner Michael Graif joins Brown Rudnick’s IP group

NEW YORK, April 15, 2024 – Brown Rudnick announced today that Michael R Graif has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Intellectual Property group and the Trademark, Copyright, and Advertising practice. 

Graif brings more than 30 years of trademark and IP transactional experience. He focuses his practice on trademark enforcement, licensing and technology transactions, privacy, generative artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and copyright matters. 

“Michael is a highly regarded trademark strategist. His arrival significantly strengthens our IP capabilities and allows us to better serve our clients’ needs in this evolving field,” said Mark Dorff, Managing Director of Brown Rudnick’s Corporate & Capital Markets Department. “We are delighted to welcome him to the Firm.” 

Graif has represented a range of business clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies across various industries, including housewares, sports, software, toys, entertainment, and media. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has served as an expert witness on trade dress in multinational litigation. He also advises companies on design patent matters and domain name proceedings, as well as publicity and privacy rights. He most recently was a partner at Mintz Levin and chair of the IP group at Curtis Mallet-Prevost. 

“Michael is a welcome addition to our group,” said partners Peter Willsey, Adam Schoen, and Ian DiBernardo, co-chairs of the Intellectual Property practice. “His depth of knowledge and experience advising clients on generative AI, among other areas of focus, aligns with our strategic objectives. We look forward to collaborating with him on new and exciting opportunities.” 

For more than a decade, Graif has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches social media law. Graif received his BSE from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, and his LLB Law from the University of Toronto. 

“I am very happy to join such a dynamic team at Brown Rudnick,” Graif said. “I was attracted to the firm’s incredible growth trajectory and its reputation for high-stakes IP matters. This is a great fit for me and my clients.” 

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