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Calfee’s Copyright attorneys work with clients to develop strategies for managing and exploiting copyrighted works, creating new works without infringing the rights of others, and for handling claims of copyright infringement by and against the client.

Our attorneys are experienced in the preparation and filing of copyright applications, the acquisition and sale of the rights of copyright, the licensing and merchandising of copyrighted works and the protection of copyrightable works.

Our team also represents clients in disputes in federal courts and before federal agencies concerning copyrighted materials.


Chambers USA 2022 Band 1 Ranking in Intellectual Property (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Intellectual Property group has been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. Chambers USA researchers noted that the team is "Esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the USA. Highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2023 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Copyright Law (Regional Tier 2 Cleveland)
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Patent Law (Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)




  • Counsel for global software company in case involving copyright and trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Promptly obtained entry of preliminary injunction on behalf of the plaintiff. The case was favorably resolved on terms that required the defendants to stop providing all services related to the plaintiff’s software and pay a settlement fee.
  • Representing acclaimed tattoo artists in copyright infringement action resulting from unauthorized reproduction of artwork by major video game maker. 
  • Defended financial institution in defense of copyright infringement claims resulting from alleged distribution of copyrighted publications in violation of subscription agreement. Obtained favorable settlement.  
  • Represented software company to enforce copyrights resulting from former customer’s unauthorized hacking of license key and unauthorized use of software. Obtained favorable settlement.
  • Defended jewelry company in claims asserting copyrights in shapes for popular children’s bracelets. Obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented author and toy maker as to building a copyright portfolio and related strategy. 
  • Counsel for non-profit organization on protection and licensing of copyrights in teaching materials. 

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"Calfee does phenomenal work and has become our go-to firm for IP services."

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