Overview

Terry Middlebrook is a senior counsel in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office. Ms. Middlebrook practices primarily in the field of intellectual property, with a focus on trademark and copyright protection, rights of privacy and publicity, as well as commercial transactions relating to intellectual properties. She handles litigation, as well as transactional matters, general counseling and dispute avoidance. Her clients are from diverse fields, including manufacturing, music, world-wide charitable nonprofit entities, gaming, publishing, construction, transportation, clothing, foods, film and television and the fine arts.

Ms. Middlebrook is broadly experienced in federal, state and international trademark searching, monitoring, registration, world-wide portfolio management and world-wide rights enforcement through negotiation and litigation. She handles federal court litigation, as well as inter-partes trademark proceedings at the United States Trademark Office. She coordinates with foreign trademark and copyright counsel to protect client's foreign rights, supervising foreign infringement actions and strategies.

Ms. Middlebrook regularly represents clients in commercial transactions and litigation relating to intellectual properties, including rights creation, licensing, domestic and international conveyances, title management and clearances. In the area of copyrights, Ms. Middlebrook deals regularly with music licensing issues, disputes and rights claims related to both pre-and post-1978 United States copyrights, and rights under foreign laws, working with foreign counsel. She is regularly consulted by clients on quick turnaround issues, such as the need for immediate feedback on the risk of trademark or copyright infringement; license breadth construction, contract interpretation, conveyances and the applicability of doctrines, such as fair use and the defense of parody. Ms. Middlebrook regularly speaks to industry groups and writes about trademark and copyright issues.

Credentials

Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., History
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • All State Courts in California
Memberships
  • International Trademark Association
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Honors & Awards
  • Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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