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Darren is a founding partner of Lombard Geliebter with over 23 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and protection. He represents clients in connection with the protection, enforcement, clearance and licensing of patents and trademarks both domestically and globally. 

Darren’s expertise in intellectual property law includes prosecuting and managing domestic and international patent and trademark portfolios, trademark clearance, oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, trademark, patent and related IP and business litigation in the federal courts (including being admitted pro hac vice in the Eastern District of Texas), and domain name disputes, including UDRP and ACPA actions.

Darren represents clients of all sizes, including multinational pharmaceutical companies, market-leading electronic component manufacturers, food and beverage producers, leading digital technology and marketing companies, and global brands, while never losing the ability to adapt and relate to the needs of smaller companies and start-ups.

Darren’s focused expertise and ability to see things from the client’s point-of-view allows him to devise effective strategies that meet his clients’ specific needs, whether it be the negotiation of a trademark or copyright licensing agreement, designing and executing an international trademark protection and enforcement program that bolsters the client’s business goals, negotiating a settlement or coexistence agreement to his clients’ strategic advantage, or initiating a patent infringement lawsuit in a strategically beneficial forum.

Darren is active in the trademark bar, having served his two terms on the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Office Practices committee (U.S.P.T.O. Subcommittee), and one term on the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Policy Advocacy Committee, Enforcement Subcommittee.

He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Featured speaker at the New York City Bar’s “Bridge-The-Gap” Program entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law” in 2008
  • Lectures on trademark law for the FastTrac GrowthVenture and NewVenture programs at the Levin Institute in New York City.
  • Darren led a panel presentation entitled “Pharmaceutical Trademark: Legal & Regulatory Considerations” at the New York Biotechnology Associations’ 2011 Annual Meeting at the New York Marriot Marquis Hotel with L&G partner G. Mathew Lombard and Dorothy Linvell-Neal, Head of Global Trademark Development at Janssen Global Services, LLC The Pharmaceutical Companies Division of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Darren led a panel presentation entitled “IP for Startups: The Basics” for the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York at Condé Nast in 2013.
  • Darren and  L&G attorneys were featured panelists for “IP For Start-Ups & Innovators” hosted by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, Wells Fargo and ingk labs.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES - Court

  • Northern Food I/E/, Inc. v. OCM Globe Inc. et al, 1:21-cv-01813 (E.D.N.Y.) (representing defendant in defending trademark, anti-counterfeiting, and gray goods-related claims)
  • Rodriguez v. Massive Action, LLC et al (S.D.N.Y.) (representing defendant Nordstrom in defending against trademark infringement claims)
  • Zox LLC v. John Zox et al, No. 2:21-cv-01609 (C.D.CA) (representing defendant in trademark infringement action)
  • The Snack Joint LLC v. OCM Group USA, NJ, Inc. et al, No. 2:21-cv-00818 (D.N.J.) (representing defendant in defending trademark, anti-counterfeiting, and gray goods-related claims)
  • Lopez v. Nike, Inc. et al, 1:20-cv-00905 (S.D.N.Y.) (represented defendants Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters in defending against trademark infringement claims; successfully moved for summary judgment securing dismissal of all claims with prejudice)
  • Prohibition Distillery LLC v. Bootleggers LLC, 3:20-cv-00071 (M.D. Tenn) (represented plaintiff distillery in trademark infringement action, negotiating settlement on favorable terms)
  • Gotham Steel LLC v. Ocean State Jobbers, Inc., 2:18-cv-12547 (D.N.J.) (Represented manufacturer of cookware in trade dress, trade mark, and false advertising action)
  • Lopez v. True Religion Sales, LLC et al, 1:18-cv-10595-ER (S.D.N.Y.)(represent defendant Urban Outfitters in trademark infringement action)
  • Lumos Technology Co., Ltd. v. JEDMED Instrument Company, No. 1:16-cv-06939 (S.D.N.Y.) (Defended medical device distributor against patent infringement action relating to macrophotography)
  • Cosmetic Warriors Limited v. Luscious Group LLC, et al., No. 1:18-cv-04803 (N.D. Ill.) (Defended independent cosmetics maker in trademark infringement action by IP holding company of global retailer).
  • Tandem Goods LLC v. Casper Sleep Inc., No. 1:17-cv-06670 (S.D.N.Y.) (Represented inventor/start-up manufacturer and designer of bedding products in patent infringement action against nationally recognized competitor)
  • Galderma S.A. v. Skinn Cosmetics, LLC, et al., No. 2:16-CV-02366 (C.D. Cal.) (Represented global dermatological company in seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement of defendant’s trademark)
  • Zany Toys, LLC v. Pearl Enterprises, LLC, No. 3:13-cv-05262 (D.N.J.) (Represented manufacturer of popular, nationally recognized consumer toy in action for trademark and trade dress infringement)
  • Geotag Inc. v. Burberry Limited, No. 2:12-cv-00443 (E.D. Texas) (Represented Burberry Ltd. in this complex patent litigation defending against prolific patent troll; case involved alleged infringement of patent purported to cover store locator technology used on websites)
  • Geotag Inc. v. Donna Karan Int’l, Inc., No. 2:12-cv-00457 (E.D. Texas) (Represented Donna Karan Int’l in this patent litigation defending against prolific patent troll)
  • Createthe Group, Inc. v. GeoTag Inc., No. 13-cv-3615 (S.D.N.Y.) (Represented Createthe Group  in this Declaratory Judgment Action of non infringement and invalidity of Patent against patent troll)
  • Desly, et al. v. Spartak (E.D.N.Y.), 13-cv-2303 (E.D.N.Y.) (Represent manufacturer and distributor of Spartak-branded confectionaries in the U.S. against Belarusian factory for claims of trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, breach of contract, and related claims)
  • IP Power Holdings Ltd v. Sears Holdings Corp., 13-cv-6081 (S.D.N.Y.) (Successfully represented plaintiff in patent infringement claim in connection with patent for cross-member supporter for foldable furniture)
  • Long Corner v. Yifang USA, 14-cv-0363 (E.D. Texas) (Successfully resolved patent infringement case involving a system, device and method for extending a stroke of a computer pointing device)
  • LiDestri Foods, Inc. v. Francesco’s Hole in the Wall, No. 14-cv-7341 (S.D.N.Y.) (Represent plaintiff, owner of globally-famous Francesco Rinaldi-brand pasta sauces in this trademark infringement action; motion for preliminary injunctive relief has led to removal of all infringing goods from the marketplace and successful resolution to dispute)
  • Galderma S.A. et al v. Laderma Health USA, Inc., No. 11-cv-0222 (S.D.N.Y.) (Successfully moved for a preliminary injunction on behalf of Galderma to prevent infringement of its globally-famous pharmaceutical company trademark)
  • Sunrise Sun-Ripened Tomatoes, Inc. v. Bostonia Produce, Inc. et al, (E.D.N.Y.) No. 12-cv-1877 (Represented plaintiff, owner of LUCKY’S trademark, successfully stopping infringement of its trademark)
  • Rica Apparel v. Seal Trademarks, No. 11-cv-5900 (E.D.N.Y.) (Represented plaintiff in this Declaratory Judgment Action of non infringement of trademark; Secured successful resolution for client)
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Heal the World, 11-cv-9489 (S.D.N.Y.) (Successful action on behalf of global pharmaceutical company for trademark infringement and related claims in connection with its famous NASACORT mark)
  • Early Learning v. Community Products LLC, 09-cv-6343 (District Ct., NJ) (Successfully settled patent infringement case involving chair design)
  • Roth Capital Partners, LLC v. Hotels At Home, Inc., 06-cv-3101 (District Ct., NJ) (Domain name dispute and action under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act led to successful acquisition of domain name on behalf of prominent investment bank)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES – TTAB

  • National Cable Communications LLC v. WPP Properties (Cancellation No. 92076763)
  • National Cable Communications LLC v. Funke Tv Guide GmbH (Cancellation No. 92076351)
  • National Cable Communications LLC v. Agnes & Dora, LLC (Cancellation No. 92075172)
  • National Cable Communications LLC v. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Cancellation No. 92075053)
  • Hummus Holdings LLC v. Ithaca Milk, LLC (Cancellation No. 92074939)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. v. Ringmaster Technologies, Inc. (Opposition No. 91265774)
  • John Zox v. Zox LLC (Opposition No. 91265525)
  • John Xox v. Zox LLC (Opposition No. 91265309)
  • Zox LLC v. John Zox, et al (Cancellation No. 92074323)
  • House of Kuipers, LLC and Zox LLC v. John Zox (Opposition No. 91252817)
  • Grovo Learning, Inc. v. BVS, Inc. (Opposition No. 91240468)
  • Crisp Thinking Group Limited v. Crisp Inc. (Opposition No. 91266700)
  • LC TM Holding, LLC v. Prohibition Distillery LLC (Opposition No. 91270469)
  • Jackson Family Farms, LLC v. Prohibition Distillery LLC (Opposition No. 91270485)
  • Prohibition Distillery LLC v. Do Good Distillery, LLC (Cancellation No. 92077436)
  • Irish Distillers Limited v. LiDestri Foods, Inc. (Opposition No. 91239964)
  • Irish Distillers Limited v. LiDestri Foods, Inc. (Opposition No. 91239965)
  • Prohibition Distillery LLC v. Pizzeria Uno Corporation (Cancellation No. 92053723)
  • Societe des Produits Nestle S.A. v. Toufayan Bakery, Inc. (Opposition No. 91220188)
  • Societe des Produits Nestle S.A. v. Toufayan Bakery, Inc. (Opposition No. 91210309)
  • Societe des Produits Nestle S.A. v. Toufayan Bakery, Inc. (Opposition No. 91208805)
  • Agave Loco LLC v. LiDestri Foods, Inc. (Opposition No. 91216276)
  • In re Galderma S.A., Ser. No. 7770418 (TTAB 2011)
  • A.V. Imports v. LiDestri Foods (BEL MONDO)
  • Agave Loco v. LiDestri Foods (SMOOTHCHATA)
  • Agavera Camachines v. LiDestri (BRAND 1834)
  • American Sporting Goods v. Rica Apparel (91202824)
  • Aventis v. Heal the World (NASACORT v. LAZACOR) (Opposition No. 91192046)
  • Bootleggers Brewery LLC v. Prohibition Distillery, Cancellation No. 92053723 (BOOTLEGGER BLONDE ALE)
  • Boy Scouts of America v. Sosin, Opposition No. 91210805 (SCOUTFOR)
  • Dubrowski v. Kobel, Opposition No. 91201426
  • Galderma v. Specchiasol S.R.L. (91187019)
  • Galderma v. Genic, Proceeding No. 91202765
  • McDonald’s v. Macsports, Proceeding No. 91205192 (MACSTATION)
  • Nextar v. GIAT Industries, Proceeding No. 91190086 (NEXTAR)
  • Nomen v. Birger, Opposition No. 91117598 (NOMEN v. NOMENON)
  • Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. v. Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., Proceeding No. 91207549 (PHOENIX)
  • Seal Trademarks Pty Ltd. v. Rica Apparel LLC, Opposition No. 91202832 (RVCA v RICA)
  • Skold v. Galderma Laboratories, Inc., Cancellation No. (RESTORADERM)
  • Societe De Produits Nestle v. Toufayan (91210309)
  • Spartak v. Desly International Corp., Proceeding No. 92056875
  • Spartak v. Desly International Corp., Proceeding No. 92056905
  • Van de Velde NV v. B Twist Inc., Proceeding No. 91211264
  • Yankees v IET Products, Proceeding No. 91189692
  • Hooker/Harbrecht Ltd. v. Arrowhead Meadows, LLC, (Opposition No. 91182428)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES – UDRP

  • Goodie Girl Tribeca, LLC v. Jamie Zoch and Dotweekly Internet Ventures (GOODIEGIRL.COM) (Case No. D2017-1084)
  • Roth Capital Partners, LLC v. Roth & Associates/ HotelsAtHome (ROTH.COM) (Case No. D2006-0565)
  • Nestlé Skin Care Company and Galderma S.A. v. Domains By Proxy, LLC (NUTRADERM.COM) (Case No.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche v. Anaizi (VALCYTE.COM) (Case No. D2001-0767)
  • Galderma v. Marketing HSP (EPIDUOREVIEW.ORG) (Case No. D2011-0265)
  • Nestlé Skin Care Company and Galderma S.A. v. Lepan, WIPO Case No. D2015-0420 (successfully secured ownership of domain name NUTRADERM.COM on behalf of complainants Nestlé and Galderma)
  • Spirig Pharma AG v. Whois privacy services, WIPO Case No. D2014-1612 (successfully secured ownership of domain name EXCIPIAL.COM on behalf of Spirig Pharma AG)
  • Galderma Laboratories, Inc./Galderma S.A. v. Noble, WIPO Case No. D2010-1317 (2010) (successfully secured ownership of domain name RESTORADERM.COM on behalf of complainant Galderma Laboratories and related entities)
  • BioTreasures, Inc. v. Szczepanski, WIPO Case No. D2000-1591 (2001) (counsel for complainant)
  • sanofi-aventis v. Sefcik/The Hubcap Store, Case No. FA1104001385488 (2011) (successfully secured ownership of sanofigenzyme.us for complainant sanofi-aventis)
  • Galderma v. HSP Marketing/Domains by Proxy, WIPO Case No. D2011-0265 (2011) (counsel for complainant Galderma re EPIDUPREVIEW.ORG)
  • Galderma S.A. v. Ordona, WIPO Case No. D2013-0363 (2013) (counsel for complainant)
  • Galerma S.A. v. Terra Serve, WIPO Case No.  Proceeding No. D2013-0445 (2013) (counsel for complainant)
  • Roth Capital Partners, LLC v. Hotels at Home, Inc., WIPO Case No. D2006-0565 (ROTH.COM)
  • TDC A/S v. Hiran Verges, WIPO Case No. DBIZ2002-00015 (Successfully secured ownership of TDC.BIZ)
  • Galderma v. A Happy Dreamhost (RESTORADERM.COM)

AWARDS

  • Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2020 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2019 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2018 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2017 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2016 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected to 2015 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • ​Selected to 2014 Super Lawyers List in recognition for excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property law
  • Selected as finalist for 2015 SmartCEO’s CPA & ESQ Awards
  • Winner of New York Enterprise Report’s 2011 award for Best Attorneys for Growing Businesses in the Intellectual Property category.