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Frank L. Politano

Frank 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.

Frank 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.

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

  • Listed in the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by World Trademark Review 1000, 2019-2020
  • Frank Politano is listed in Managing IP Stars, 2020
  • Frank 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, and 2021
  • Frank Politano has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation (Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation), 2013-2021.
  • Frank 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.
  • 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

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.

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