Jonathan N. Osder is a partner in Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property law. Mr. Osder's practice extends internationally and he is often engaged in cutting edge legal issues that involve copyrights, high technology (including computer, Internet, and new media law), trademarks, domain name disputes, patent enforcement and licensing, unfair competition, rights of publicity, and general corporate and civil matters.
Mr. Osder counsels diverse clients, including prominent software companies, manufacturers, musicians, universities, computer programmers, authors, Internet and application service providers, artists, animators, professors, producers, professional athletes, restaurateurs, photographers, and other entrepreneurs on how to secure, protect, license, transfer, and enforce their proprietary rights. This includes helping clients identify their valuable intellectual property assets, preparing proper documentation to memorialize their ownership rights, and facilitating recordation and registration of those rights with the appropriate government agencies. In the copyright context alone, Mr. Osder has worked on over 1,000 copyright registration applications for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office.
As a professional negotiator, Mr. Osder has substantial experience and has demonstrated his expertise through his handling of many multi-million dollar negotiations for which he also drafted complex agreements. Indeed, Mr. Osder is an experienced and talented negotiator and drafter of various agreement types, including license, intellectual property transfer, software and website development, consultation, distribution, settlement, non-disclosure, advertising, book publishing, Internet, and computer-related agreements.
Mr. Osder helps supervise the firm's IP enforcement programs, including its software license compliance, domain name enforcement, and patent enforcement programs conducted on behalf of clients such as Autodesk, Inc., the Software & Information Industry Association, Dyson, Symantec Corporation, and Monster, Inc. Mr. Osder has negotiated the successful recovery of several million dollars prosecuting civil claims of software copyright infringement on behalf of clients such as Autodesk, Intuit, and trade organizations whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Lotus Development, Microsoft Corporation, Network Associates, Novell, and Symantec.
As part of our firm's entertainment law practice, Mr. Osder creates and negotiates agreements unique to the entertainment industry, such as distribution, merchandise, synchronization, public performance, music publishing, musician tour, character licensing, recording, endorsement and sponsorship, and right of publicity agreements. He provides these legal services to clients such as Carlos Santana, Journey, Phish, Ice Nine Publishing, and Monster, Inc. He also negotiates clearances from rights holders, including record labels, performance rights societies, motion picture studios, the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Writers Guild.
In the international context, Mr. Osder works closely with attorneys located worldwide, both to provide them with local legal support in the U.S. and to engage them to assist clients with legal issues in their respective jurisdictions. A couple noteworthy matters for which Mr. Osder was engaged include negotiating a sponsorship deal with then Formula One racing world champion Jenson Button and, in connection with the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, being retained by The Socit d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel to clear rights to Hollywood blockbuster films so famous scenes featuring the Eiffel Tower could be publicly displayed there.
Mr. Osder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, at Berkeley (B.A., 1989) and was awarded his law degree from the University of San Francisco (J.D., 1993), where he served as Comments Editor of the University of San Francisco Law Review. While awaiting his California Bar results, Mr. Osder worked in Melbourne, Australia for Phillips Fox Solicitors, one of Australia's largest law firms which has since merged with DLA Piper. Mr. Osder then associated with Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP in 1994. He was made Partner in 2000 and served as the firm's Chief Operations Officer from 2005-2014. Mr. Osder is a member of the State Bar of California (Intellectual Property Section) and the Alameda County Bar Association.