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Eric A. Prager

Partner
+1.212.536.4827
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Eric A. Prager is a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. His practice involves strategic counseling, including the development and management of IP portfolios; due diligence of IP assets; sophisticated licensing and agreement work; and litigation. He has litigated copyright, false advertising, patent, trademark and trade secret cases in courts around the country for more than 20 years.

With significant experience in the area of digital content distribution and protection, Mr. Prager represents one of the Big Four record companies and a major online subscription music service in their digital content matters.

Mr. Prager assisted in drafting several “digital agenda” copyright treaties for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. These include the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, and a proposed treaty on the protection of databases.

He has served on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs. He also assisted, as a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in developing the uniform dispute resolution policy that ICANN requires accredited registrars to follow.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Prager was a partner in the New York office of a national intellectual property boutique law firm. He spent three of his fifteen years at that firm in Seattle, where he helped open a new office for the firm.

Achievements

Mr. Prager has appeared as an on-air commentator on CNBC and MSNBC, and he has been frequently quoted on intellectual property issues in a variety of legal and general interest publications. One of his published articles on trademark dilution has been cited by two U.S. Courts of Appeals and was relied upon by the government in its briefing to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Victoria’s Secret case, 537 U.S. 418 (2003).

The Puget Sound Business Journal named Mr. Prager a “40 Under 40” business leader in Seattle in 2006.

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Prager is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. He is also an active supporter of a number of New York arts organizations.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Prager co-chairs an annual two-day legal conference in New York, “Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions” (Practising Law Institute). He also co-developed and chaired an annual two-day legal conference in Washington, D.C. called “Standard Setting & Patent Pools” (Law Seminars International). He is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of subjects in intellectual property law.