Brian Farkas


Brian Farkas is an associate attorney at Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP in New York, focusing his practice on commercial litigation, arbitration and intellectual property. Brian earned his B.A. from Vassar College and J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. In law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the  Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and won the Andrew S. Zucker Award for Academic Excellence. His writing on arbitration and mediation has appeared in numerous publications, including the  New York County Lawyer,  Dispute Resolution Journal,  Resolutions Roundtable,  Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, and the  Northeastern Law Journal.

Outside of the firm, he serves as a volunteer mediator through the New York Peace Institute. He teaches in Brooklyn Law School's Mediation Clinic, training students in Civil Court and Small Claims Court mediation.

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Articles By Brian Farkas

Fair Use: The Four Factors Courts Consider in a Copyright Infringement Case
How is fair use determined? A court typically weighs four factors to make its decision.
How Do I Stop or Sue a Trademark Infringer?
How can you stop a competing business from using a trademark similar to yours?
When Is a Combination Invention Patentable?
Many new inventions are combinations of existing inventions. But will the combination be patentable?
How Can I Use Copyright-Free Works (in the Public Domain)?
Many works of art, music and literature are no longer protected by copyright.
Who Owns and Holds the Rights to a Copyright
The creator of a copyrighted work does not always own the copyright to that work. In some cases, an assignment or transfer can "give" other persons or entities ownership of the copyright.
Getting a Patent on Your Own
To obtain a patent, you must ensure that your invention qualifies and then be able to describe it in your application.
Licensing Artwork: Negotiating and Monitoring Royalty Payments
For an artist who successfully licenses artwork, royalty payments provide welcome additional income. But in order to maximize profits, an artist should take the time to negotiate a smart royalty deal.
The 'Fair Use' Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material Is Acceptable
Fair use is a defense to a claim of copyright infringement based on the idea that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for certain purposes, like commentary and criticism. When is fair use applied?
Should You Challenge Your Property Tax Assessment in Texas?
Homeowners in Texas must pay property tax each year to the local taxing authorities. Learn whether you’re eligible for big property tax savings in Texas.
Poor Man's Copyright
Why self-mailing won't get you the copyright protection you need.