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Frank L. Politano

Fax +1.973.556.1570

Mr. Politano has over 35 years of intellectual property law experience, including global experience in brand and software licensing.  He provides counsel to clients with respect to a variety of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, infringement, dilution, affirmative and defensive litigation, patent, entertainment law, and other intellectual property matters.  He also advises clients in licensing, assigning and valuing intellectual property, as well as performing due diligence with respect to intellectual property rights involved in merger and acquisition transactions. Another area of his experience relates to counseling standards setting organizations on a wide spectrum of legal issues.

Mr. Politano has represented clients in numerous federal and state litigations concerning trademark and service mark infringement, patent infringement and validity, interpretation of licensing contracts, and general unfair competition matters.  He has also worked in an advisory role in several trademark infringement suits in Canada, China, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Politano was in-house trademark and copyright counsel at AT&T where he was responsible for its global trademark and copyright portfolio.


  • Mr. Politano has been recognized by his peers by being selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list 2010 - 2018. He has been listed in The Legal 500 for many years and in Chambers USA, 2010 - 2019.
  • Mr. Politano has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation (Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation) since 2013.
  • Mr. Politano is named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation (Patent).
  • Inventor: U.S. Patent No. 7,792,740 dated 7 September 2010.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1989 - present
  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Domain Name Panelist, November 2000 – present
  • Chamber Orchestra of New York, Board Member, 2018
  • Licensing Law Institute, Co-Chairperson, 1989 - 2011
  • Member, International Trademark Association (Board of Directors, 1991 - 1994)
  • Board of Governors, The Kernochan Center, Columbia University School of Law, 2011-present

Speaking Engagements

He is a frequent speaker on trademark, copyright and licensing law at domestic and international conferences.  Since 1996, he has been a lecturer for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and since 1989 he has annually taught Intellectual Property law courses at Seton Hall University School of Law.
  • Manages the global trademark and service mark portfolios of:
    • A prescription pharmaceutical products company;
    • The world’s largest telecommunication standards setting organization;
    • A Fortune 500 provider of construction equipment rental services;
    • One of the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building products;
    • A manufacturer and marketer of military, western, and cowboy boots; and
    • Providers of retail variety store services.
  • Drafted and negotiated brand license agreements:
    • In India for a multinational telecommunications service provider.
    • In the People’s Republic of China for:
      • A multinational telecommunications service provider; and
      • A global consumer household electrical products company.
    • In the Middle East for:
      • A multinational telecommunications products company; and
      • A retail fast food chain.
    • In the United States with respect to:
      • Consumer credit card services; and
      • Consumer telecommunications products.
  • Drafted and negotiated franchise agreements for:
    • A European manufacturer and marketer of furniture and home furnishings;
    • A United States health and fitness services provider; and
    • A provider and marketer of wireless telecommunications products and services in the United States and Canada.
  • Responsible for clearing, filing, prosecuting and registering trademarks and service marks for:
    • Two global luxury watch companies;
    • A prescription pharmaceutical products company;
    • An Indian spice company; and
    • Several alcoholic beverage companies.
  • Drafted and negotiated technology licensing and transfer agreements for:
    • A major European manufacturer of locks; and
    • A European-based global provider of concrete forms.
  • Drafted and negotiated publishing, copyright transfer, and licensing agreements relating to
    • An internet television channel;
    • A provider of corporate research services; and
    • An internet provider of pet care products and services.
  • Representative litigations Include:
    • Trademark and service mark infringement;
    • False advertising;
    • Digital Millennium Copyright Act Matters (Anti-Circumvention); and
    • Patent Infringement.