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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 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 Leading Law Firm Rankings

Since 2004, Calfee has been recognized as a Leading Law Firm for Intellectual Property by Chambers USA, most recently in Band 1 in Ohio (2024).

Clients provided feedback to Chambers USA researchers, "Calfee 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. The IP team is highly experienced in the engineering, chemical, and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients. The team is responsive, practical, and extremely knowledgeable."

Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2024 "Best Law Firms" rankings 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 a global software company in a 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 a copyright infringement action resulting from the unauthorized reproduction of artwork by a major video game maker. 
  • Defended a financial institution in defense of copyright infringement claims resulting from the alleged distribution of copyrighted publications in violation of a subscription agreement. Obtained favorable settlement.  
  • Represented a software company to enforce copyrights resulting from a former customer’s unauthorized hacking of the license key and unauthorized use of the software. Obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Defended a jewelry company in claims asserting copyrights in shapes for popular children’s bracelets; obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Represented an author and toy maker in building a copyright portfolio and related strategy. 
  • Counsel for a non-profit organization on the 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."

Client quote, Chambers USA

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