Cittone Demers & Arneri LLP is a bicoastal full suite legal boutique based in New York and San Francisco with a strong focus on intellectual property. Our transactional and litigation commercial work is underpinned by a vibrant public interest practice.
We are committed to cultivating strong, long-term relationships with our clients. We fiercely represent and navigate them through the dynamic legal landscape with a view to practical solutions for the modern-day business or entrepreneur.
We have a strong multi-faceted practice that encompasses all your business concerns, from protecting your intellectual property and enforcing your rights, to advising on corporate structures and governance, to counseling you through proper hire, workplace standards and release in New York and California.
Our entertainment practice has a strong focus on film production, including clearance, shopping, cast and crew agreements, releases, distribution and financing.
At Cittone, Demers and Arneri LLP, we have a strong commitment to public service and citizenship.
Our firm is committed to serving individuals who are unable to afford legal services, opening access to the courts and protecting the public interest. We believe it is our duty to provide pro bono services and take on public interest cases as members of the legal profession and officers of the court.
Our pro bono services have included defending bloggers against copyright trolls, representing people that were discriminated on the basis of their gender and sexual orientation, representing artists and charitable organizations and defending micro-enterprises in green and impact industries.
Henry J. Cittone prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, manages and procures overseas patent and trademark rights, and litigates intellectual property disputes in federal courts for clients from various industries, including the music, food and beverage, packaging, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, financial, software, global trade, retail, restaurant and energy industries. He has the ability to rapidly assimilate technology across a range of industries and provide business goal focused intellectual property advice. He has a wealth of connections to law firms and agents in all global jurisdictions and over a decade of experience preparing global intellectual property filing plans for expanding businesses.
He has advised numerous clients on handling patent licensing groups - notably the NTP, Visto, Philips, and Geo Tag groups as well as advising clients in the telecommunications and mobile applications arena on the monetization of their patent portfolios. His litigation experience, both defending and asserting patents, provides clients with unique insight when seeking their own intellectual property rights. For example, he led the development of a portfolio of patents that were strategically drafted and used to fend off threatened litigation by the holders of the Philips lighting patents - with the entire portfolio being acquired by Philips successor for a significant undisclosed amount. He recently favorably settled a multi-decade international trademark dispute after handling the matter for less than a year.
He has litigated numerous patent, trademark infringement, counterfeiting and trademark opposition, and false advertising actions. Those cases involved the areas of musical instruments, ballistics, computer gaming, telecommunications technology, small molecule pharmaceuticals, network security, medical imaging technology, computer software and hardware, and gas storage and delivery systems.
He currently represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including large multi-national corporations, privately held corporations and funded start-ups. He is often called upon to help clients maximize intellectual property assets both locally and globally through the development, protection, enforcement and licensing of intellectual property rights. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review and a Heyman Center Scholar. He has a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and worked in the biotechnology industry at The Institute for Genomic Research prior to law school.
James Demers is a patent attorney with substantial experience representing a wide range of clients. Prior to entering the legal profession, Dr. Demers was continuously involved in laboratory research for about twenty-six years (1971 – 1997), beginning with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at M.I.T. His professional scientific career included graduate and post-doctoral work in academia, and over a decade as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.
Jim concentrates on patent drafting, patent prosecution, and patent opinion work. Jim works in all areas of technology and has successfully represented inventors in many complex and challenging cases. He has special expertise dealing with US, PCT, and EPO practices in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical arts, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and solid state devices. He is experienced in preparing opinions of counsel regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate. Dr. Demers has a B.S. in Chemistry from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Alexandra Arneri practices media and entertainment, employment, corporate and intellectual property law in transactional and litigation matters on the plaintiff and defense side. Ms. Arneri represents artists in film and television as well as fine art, fashion and music and is outside general counsel to several media companies, for which she handles all aspects of corporate governance, employment, trademark, copyright and film and television production. She has also served as production counsel for independent film features. Ms. Arneri also handles mergers & acquisitions, the drafting of investment circulars and provides guidance on securities law. Ms. Arneri is outside general counsel to a number of nonprofit corporations, including aiding their incorporation, advising on charitable registration, drafting and amending bylaws and conflict of interest policies and drafting and negotiating third party agreements.
Ms. Arneri’s litigation practice includes false advertising and deceptive trade practices, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, fair use, fraud, employment violations, complex commercial litigation and appellate briefing.
Ms. Arneri speaks at conferences on developments in her practice areas and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2018.
Ms. Arneri is dedicated to equal rights and free speech and has a robust and diverse pro bono practice in both transactional and litigation matters in service to and advancement of labor, health, LGBTQIA+, environmental, free speech and women's rights. Ms. Arneri has represented asylum petitioners before the 9th Circuit and produces and presents a podcast on human rights and the environment, theGravity.fm. Ms. Arneri is a Director of May Kids Transform, Inc. which has developed and implements a curriculum of mindfulness, art and yoga for students and their educators.
Before practicing law, Ms. Arneri worked in radio, theatre and international governance at the U.N. where she worked in environmental sustainability and researched water conflict resolution.
Ms. Arneri holds a B.A in History from the University of Sydney, an LL.B with First Class Honours, summa cum laude, from the University of Sydney and an LL.M from New York University School of Law.
Ms. Arneri is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and Italian and is proficient in French. She has conversational ability in Spanish, Greek and Russian.
Bruce Abramson possesses a rare ability to express complex analyses in simple English. His twenty-five years as an Intellectual Property consultant, an economic analyst, and an attorney have taught him to speak technology, business, and law with equal comfort.
His decade-plus in litigation and regulatory settings has sensitized him to the unique needs of clients operating in adversarial environments. He employs these skills along several avenues:
He is also active in relevant research, having written two books on technology policy aimed at a general audience, published extensively in the scholarly literature of Computer Science, Management, and Law, and had his article on admissibility standards for expert testimony named one of the year's best by the Defense Law Journal.
Bruce earned his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and has a Ph.D., M.S. and B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Antoaneta Tarpanova litigates intellectual property disputes in federal courts and prepares and prosecutes patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office for clients from various industries including the electronics, software, biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical, medical industries. She holds an B.A. in chemistry and degrees in law and commercial law. She has represented clients in state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association in multimillion dollar complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases. She develops strategy and novel arguments to provide her clients with sound business-centric advice. She has experience handling bankruptcy and tax matters. She is admitted to New York State Bar, the Southern District of New York and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Singh's business immigration law experience is extensive. Her client base is diverse in size and composition. She represents start-ups and multinational companies, artists and production companies they work with, as well as international journalists and non-profit organizations. She represents individuals, too, regularly helping families reunite in the United States.
Ms. Singh advises clients on a wide-range of matters across industries. She helps leaders in music, sports, culinary arts, entertainment, fashion and architecture obtain visas based on their extraordinary ability in their given profession. She's successfully advised investors from abroad in obtaining investor visas. Likewise, she helps companies onboard talented workers by obtaining NIVs that include H-1B, E-3 and TN, among others. She's helped foreign companies open new offices as well as transfer employees based abroad to a multinational's US-office. She also works on complex immigration cases involving waivers for inadmissibility issues through U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world.
Ms. Singh has provided immigration advice on live radio, such as La Mega 97.9 FM, Amor 93.1 FM, Univision's X96.3 and WADO 1280 AM on which she also interviewed leading members of Congress regarding immigration reform. Ms. Singh has been invited to speak about immigration law at Continuing Legal Education courses for practicing attorneys. She has also published articles over immigration in major newspapers.
Ms. Singh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Spanish Literature from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Ms. Singh is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Ms. Singh is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Practicing broadly in all phases of intellectual property law, George Snyder was brought into the firm to augment its full-service IP capabilities. George has solid experience in: opinion work concerning validity and infringement issues in the patent and trademark fields; transactional work ranging from licensing to more complex business deals with IP ramifications; handling of disputes (e.g., inter partes review or opposition proceedings in the USPTO); appellate proceedings; and U.S. as well as offshore patent and trademark registration procurement.
George is conversant in many different technological areas, e.g., in the chemical arts, life sciences, paints, "green" developments, diagnostics/sensors, metallurgy, electronic payment processing, flooring and computer accessories.
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