Business Oriented Intellectual Property and Entertainment Counsel from Coast to Coast

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.

NY SF Bi-Coastal Legal Services

Our Practice Areas

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.

Patents

  • Patentability Searches and Opinions
  • Validity, Freedom to Operate and Enforceability Opinions
  • Monitoring of Competitor Patents & Patent Applications
  • Patent Mapping and Patent Audits
  • Monetization of Patent Assets
  • Patent Licensing

Trademark

  • Litigation
  • Procurement
  • Post-registration Filings
  • Cancellation and Opposition Proceedings
  • Availability Searches
  • Infringement Analysis
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Monitoring
  • Domain Name Registration & Dispute Resolution

Copyright

  • Procurement
  • Licensing
  • Enforcement
  • Fair Use

Media & Entertainment

  • Film and Television Production
  • Publishing
  • Music
  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Free Speech
  • Deceptive Trade Practices and Advertising Law

Employment

  • Wrongful Termination & Retaliation
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Wage & Hour
  • Workplace Standards
  • Employment Agreements and Executive Compensation Structures
  • Settlement Agreements and Releases

Corporate Governance

  • Incorporation Counsel and Filings
  • Corporate Constitution Agreements
  • Equity Agreements
  • Nonprofit Incorporation and Charitable Registration

Pro Bono Publico

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.

Attorneys

Henry Cittone

Henry Cittone

Partner

Henry Cittone

Henry Cittone

Partner

HCittone@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • New York

Henry J. Cittone 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 software, 3-D television, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, medical imaging, alternative energy and fluid delivery industries.

He routinely manages and procures overseas patent rights in a variety of industries, including biotechnology and medical devices. He has played key roles in numerous patent and false advertising litigations. Those cases have involved the areas of telecommunications technology, small molecule pharmaceuticals, network security, imaging technology, computer software and hardware, and gas storage and delivery systems. He has advised numerous clients on the NTP patents and the Visto patents, 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.

He manages and procures global trademark rights for a variety of clients, including those in the biotechnology, financial, global trade, retail and restaurant sectors. He has a wealth of connections to law firms and agents in various jurisdictions as well as intellectual property networks. As a complement to this, he has also litigated trademark infringement, false advertising and trademark opposition proceedings.

He currently represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including large multi-national corporations, national scientific institutes, emerging technology start-ups, retailers and select individuals. 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 Law Review and a Heyman Center Scholar. He has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and worked in the biotechnology industry prior to law school.

James Demers

James Demers

Partner

James Demers

James Demers

Partner

James_Demers@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • New York

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

Alexandra Arneri

Partner

Alexandra Arneri

Alexandra Arneri

Partner

aarneri@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • New York
  • California

Alexandra Arneri’s practice concentrates on media and entertainment, intellectual property, employment and complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Arneri’s litigation practice includes appeals, consumer class actions, false and misleading advertising, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, regulatory compliance, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, breach of contract, employment discrimination, wage theft and misclassification actions on both the plaintiff and defense side.

Ms. Arneri’s entertainment and media practice includes the negotiation and drafting of production and licensing agreements in film, television, music and publishing. Ms. Arneri’s film production practice includes advising producers on proper film financing, including compliance with Blue Sky Laws, clearance, options, negotiating and drafting investor agreements, key cast and crew agreements, location and personal releases, advising on applicable permits, union compliance and employment laws and negotiating and drafting distribution agreements.

Ms. Arneri’s transactional practice includes start up services, including advising her clients on negotiating the legal landscape as the business is formed and grows. Ms. Arneri counsels founders on the appropriate structure for their business and negotiates and drafts shareholder/membership agreements, key employment agreements, contractor agreements and the proper protection of their intellectual property. Ms. Arneri advises company clients on proper workplace standards and works with clients to develop compliant internal procedures that foster an accepting and inclusive culture and attract and retain a vibrant and diverse workforce.

Ms. Arneri works with non-profits in establishing their non-profit status and charitable registration when applicable, drafts internal governing policies and counsels her clients on continuing compliance.

Ms. Arneri pursues zealous advocacy with integrity and takes a creative and practical approach to legal issues in both her litigation and transactional practice tailored to her clients' practical needs.

Ms. Arneri has a robust public interest practice and provides pro bono assistance to non-profits, artists and persons that have had their rights violated. Ms. Arneri writes a blog and produces and presents a podcast on human rights and the environment, The Gravity, available at thegravity.fm  and was a founding Director of MAY Kids Transform, bringing her passion for yoga and meditation to youth.

Before practicing law, Ms. Arneri worked in radio, theatre and international governance.

Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson

Counsel

Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson

Counsel

babramson@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • New York

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:

  • As a consultant, he helps his clients navigate complex litigation or regulatory hurdles, value portfolios of intellectual property and other intangible assets and execute successful launch strategies and growth plans.
  • As a mediator, he helps parties cut through emotionally charged positioning to find rational, cost-effective solutions.
  • As a speaker, he combines information and entertainment to tailor presentations on a wide variety of topics to the interests and background of his audience.

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.

Hanieh Hoshiari

Hanieh Hoshiari

Counsel

Hanieh Hoshiari

Hanieh Hoshiari

Counsel

hhoshiari@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Hanieh Hoshiari's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and trademark and copyright prosecution. She counsels clients in a variety of industries with respect to intellectual property matters. Ms. Hoshiari has significant experience in breach of contract and copyright terminations.

She is admitted to the Bar of the states of New York and New Jersey. She is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

She received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where she served as a member of the Moot Court Board. While on the Board, she participated in the Interscholastic Nassau Academy of Law Moot Court Competition where her team was awarded first place. Ms. Hoshiari has also participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, earning a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. She is fluent in Farsi.

Antoaneta Tarpanova

Antoaneta Tarpanova

Counsel

Antoaneta Tarpanova

Antoaneta Tarpanova

Counsel

atarpanova@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Southern District of New York
  • New York

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.

Contact

NY SF Bi-Coastal Legal Services

New York

11 Broadway, Suite 615
New York, NY 10004
Tel: 212.710.5619
Fax: 212.624.0244

NY SF Bi-Coastal Legal Services

San Francisco

2 Embarcadero Center, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 415.662.8270

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