We are a boutique law firm specializing in a full range of intellectual property services, including all forms of litigation, prosecution, transactional services and commercialization of IP assets.
Epstein Drangel LLP is internationally recognized as one of the leading IP boutique law firms in New York City. We specialize in all aspects of intellectual property law and provide a full-range of services, including litigation, anti-counterfeiting, prosecution, transactional services, and commercialization of IP assets in the United States and across the globe.
We are Intellectual Property Experts
Intellectual Property is not a part of our practice, it IS our practice. Each member of our team is skilled in the complexities of clearing, securing, enforcing and defending IP rights.
We are Client-Focused
We believe that every client is unique and that the only way to consistently deliver quality results is to understand our clients' businesses inside and out. This knowledge enables us to anticipate and develop creative solutions for our clients' long-term challenges as well as effectively manage their day-to-day needs and concerns.
We Deliver Cost-Effective Legal Services
While other firms may require an army of attorneys to handle a single matter, we do not. Instead, we apply a team-oriented approach, relying upon our experience, expertise, and use of technology to deliver the highest levels of intellectual property representation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We may be small in size but we are big in results.
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2410
New York NY 10165
If litigation is unavoidable, we are aggressive in enforcing our clients' rights and adept in developing successful litigation strategies.
We litigate against firms much larger in size and rely on the use of our intellect, expertise, innovative thinking, and business acumen, to achieve exceptional results.
We handle complex patent, trademark, copyright, trade dress and Trademark Trial Appeal Board litigation with a high rate of success. We take creative approaches to extend the ambit of intellectual property protection, having successfully expanded the laws on trade dress protection and unfair competition, extended the constitutional limits of the U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and limited privilege protection for certain alleged confidential documents.
Jason M. Drangel, partner, a graduate of the State University of Albany and Fordham Law School, is admitted in New York. He has been involved in state & federal practice for over twenty years, concentrating on instituting and effecting anti-counterfeiting programs, trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution, intellectual property and technology agreements and Internet related issues.
Jason has been recognized by his peers as an Intellectual Property Super Lawyer for the past four years. Jason recently successfully argued before the Second Circuit in a trademark and copyright dispute spanning six years that tested cross-border rights and international treaties. Jason also is actively engaged in anti-counterfeiting activities for the biggest names in toy and on-line gaming, Bollywood, As Seen On TV and tattoo supply industries, among others. Jason also developed uFaker, an anti-counterfeiting solution for anti-counterfeiting teams to report, track and collaborate on counterfeit matters in real-time.
Jason is an active member of the International Trademark Association and IACC. Jason often lectures on various intellectual property issues, including recent lectures at the N.Y. District Attorney's Intellectual Property Conference on Intellectual Property Enforcement in the Digital Age and the 11th Annual New York Anti-Counterfeiting Summit. Jason is also a co-author of A Guide to Registering Trademarks and the VIP Newsletter.
Jason has a wife Jessica, daughters Caylee and Mackenzie and dog Max.
Sarah I. Cohen's (formerly Sarah I. Marks) practice covers a wide range of intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, trade dress and false advertising issues.
Sarah represents global brands and small business owners in a variety of industries that includes fashion, toy, home appliance, food and beverage, cosmetic, and entertainment, and strategically manages their global intellectual property protection and enforcement efforts. Sarah focuses on counseling clients on domestic and international aspects of trademark law, particularly those related to the adoption, clearance, registration, maintenance, point of sale materials, enforcement and protection of trademarks. She regularly represents clients in federal court litigation against counterfeiters and infringers, and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, Sarah counsels clients in the areas of internet matters, domain name disputes, advertising, and in transactional matters including due diligence, global licensing, acquisitions and divestitures.
She is admitted to practice in New York and California, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.
In her spare time, Sarah travels the country as a competitive International Latin ballroom dancer.
Fordham University School of Law
For over forty years, Bob has counseled clients in a wide variety of industries on a broad spectrum of legal and business issues related to patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition. He has advised clients of all sizes, from the single inventor to successive generations of family owned businesses and multi-division national industrial and pharmaceutical companies.
Bob has represented high tech companies involved in the development of circuitry and fabrication methods for digital memories and OLED displays, manufacturers of medical devices, anti-theft security systems, laboratory glassware, residential and commercial steam generators, and camera lenses for the motion picture industry. He has also worked with many apparel clients including leading companies in the bridal, underwear and footwear areas, suppliers to the garment and dry cleaning trades including manual and automatic tagging equipment, a leading manufacturer of thermogravimetric analyzers, the world's leading producer of lubricants as well as toy companies, jewelry manufacturers, infomercial companies, optical companies, home fashion product suppliers, book publishers, a national provider of funeral services and an internationally known rock group.
Bob recognizes the value of building long term relationships with his clients that allow him to learn their businesses and goals, and to understand the technologies they need to achieve success. Many of his clients have remained with him over the length of his career.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1973, Bob has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications in many different technical fields. He handles examiner interviews, re-examinations, and appeals in the patent office. He also counsels clients on patentability, patent infringement and licensing issues.
Bob has been responsible for maintaining and policing domestic and foreign trademark portfolios. He provides opinions on trademark and copyright registration, infringement and licensing, and advises clients on trade dress issues and unfair competition issues. He also provided opinions on intellectual property issues for IPOs and due diligence for intellectual property acquisitions.
Bob has extensive litigation experience in the federal district and appeals courts in New York and other districts with regard to patent, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition issues, including multiple patent infringement actions in the telecommunications area as well offensive and defensive cases involving design of apparel, home fashion and consumer products. Aside from the courts of the State of New York, Bob is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Courts of Appeal for the Second and Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science from the Columbia University School of Engineering (1967) and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School (1971).
Brooklyn Law School
Janine D. Geraigery has over 10 years of experience as a trusted advisor to clients in a wide range of businesses and technologies. She works with clients to identify, protect and leverage their intellectual property rights, assisting companies of all sizes in obtaining patent protection and building their patent portfolios. In addition, Janine counsels clients in all areas of patent practice, including patent prosecution, litigation, counseling, interferences, due diligence, clearance studies, infringement and validity opinions, licensing, and reexaminations.She is a creative problem-solver and a facilitator of clients' business goals. Janine has extensive experience across a broad range of technologies in virtually every industry sector, including semiconductor materials and electrical components, materials engineering, telecommunications, software and database development, financial services, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, clothing design and manufacturing, sporting goods, industrial technology, and consumer and novelty products.
Janine joined the firm after founding the Law Offices of J.D. Geraigery, P.C., a boutique intellectual property firm with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City, New York. She represented clients including multinational corporations, mid-sized companies, early-stage and venture-backed companies, as well as entrepreneurs and investors.
*Strategically advised numerous start-up companies on IP strategies that protect core technology and reduce risk of infringement, optimally positioning them to successful raise capital and achieve business goals.
*Prepared and prosecuted patent applications related to consumer products, and assisted with licensing the IP to Fortune 500 company.
* Obtained significant patent protection for client previously having difficulty with prosecution and aided client with enforcing patent against infringer.
*Analyzed client's overall patent portfolio to streamline acquisition of strategic patent rights.
*Counseled inventor-funded organization on the acquisition of early stage telecommunications system and antenna technologies, preformed product clearance analyses, and recommended a comprehensive IP strategy.
*Counseled start-up companies in a variety of fields to identify the best use of limited resources to obtain patent protection tailored to their unique business objectives.
*Cleared a significant product launch for major consumer product company, navigating through hundreds of patents filed worldwide by competition.
Janine holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in the States of Massachusetts and New York.
She is Adjunct Professor of Contracts Law at Pace University Paralegal Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Summit.
Suffolk University Law School
Ashly E. Sands, Associate, is admitted to practice in New York State as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practices in the areas of anti-counterfeiting, trademark, trade dress, copyright, internet, false advertising, and unfair competition law. She specializes in developing tailored anti-counterfeiting programs for global brands in a multitude of industries, advising clients in rights procurement, policing, enforcement, and litigation. Ashly holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, where she majored in Business Law and Political Science and earned her J.D. from New York Law School.
During law school she gained experience developing anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy strategies; working on successful trademark and copyright litigations; managing corporations' interests in extensive intellectual property libraries; addressing internet issues such as: service provider liability, copyright and trademark use on the internet, and domain name disputes; and negotiating and drafting advertising, licensing, publishing, distribution and promotional agreements through her internships at LVMH, for the General Counsel of The Donna Karan Company; at the Michael Kors Company as Licensing Intern; at Chanel as Internet Law Intern; and at MTV Networks on a project for the Anti-Piracy Enforcement Team. In addition, Ashly also worked for the Hon. Kent A. Jordan as a summer law clerk on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and was the co-founder of "CaseClothesed.com", listed as law.com's 15 new blogs to watch.
Ashly is an active member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC). She recently directed the launch of the firm's new blog, "VIS-a-IP". She also played an integral role in the development of uFaker, an anti-counterfeiting web, mobile and social platform for identifying, reporting and combatting counterfeits, which also provides trademark owners a real-time case management system for sharing and tracking counterfeit activity among members of their anti-counterfeiting teams.
New York Law School
Jennette Wiser, Associate, focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, including anti-counterfeiting, copyright, trademark, trade dress, internet, false advertising, licensing and unfair competition law. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Jennette worked with the Technology Group in the Legal Department at Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) where she drafted and negotiated technology-related contracts and administered HBO's Patent Program. Before that, with the Original Programming Group at HBO, Jennette drafted and negotiated domestic and international distribution licenses and assessed foreign copyright royalty conflicts. Jennette gained further experience in intellectual property law from her time spent with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and internships with Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Sony Music Entertainment, the U.S. Copyright Office, and IMG Artists.
Jennette is admitted to practice in the State of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School. During law school, Jennette co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pace IP, Sports and Entertainment Law Forum (PIPSELF) and additionally served as Secretary of the Student Bar Association and President of the Intellectual Property Student Organization. Jennette co-authored The Digital Millennium Copyright Act: The Future of the Safe Harbor Provision, 1 PACE. I.P. SPORTS & ENT. L.F. 25 (2011) and moderated the panel on New Media and the Digital Environment for Pace's Exposition on IP, Sports and Entertainment Law.
Jennette is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association's EASL and IP Law Sections, the New York City Bar Association, the U.S. Copyright Society, and the Copyright Alliance and advocate for Dance NYC/Dance USA.
Pace Law School
William C. Wright, partner, focuses his practice on trademark, trade dress, copyright, internet, and unfair competition law. He advises multi-national corporations on the procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trademark adoption, registration and protection. Bill has earned the trust of some of the world's most successful and prominent corporations. In fact, he oversees the U.S. trademark portfolio for a global pharmaceutical and chemical enterprise with some forty thousand employees in over sixty countries.
Mr. Wright represents clients in a wide range of industries, including the chemical, clothing, cosmetic, dietary supplement, entertainment, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, technology, and textile industries. Bill has extensive experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has an excellent record on appeal. He also regularly represents clients in federal court trademark and copyright litigation.
Bill has lectured on registering trademarks before the New York County Lawyers' Association and the New York Bar Association. He has authored articles for the eWorldBusiness Law Report and the ITMA Review. He is an active member of The Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.
He is admitted to practice in New York as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Hofstra University School of Law