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

  • Procurement - Drafting & Prosecution
  • Litigation
  • 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
  • Defamation
  • Advertising and Packaging Regulation
  • O-1, P, EB-1, I Visas (Extraordinary Ability; Athletes, Artists, Entertainers and Journalists)

Employment

  • Wrongful Termination & Retaliation
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Wage & Hour
  • Workplace Standards
  • Employment Agreements and Executive Compensation Structures
  • Settlement Agreements and Releases
  • H-1B, E-1, E-2, L Visas and Green Cards (Specialty Occupations, Intra-Company Transfer, Investors and Traders)

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 - New York

HCittone@cdalawllp.com Henry J Cittone designated a Super Lawyer in 2018

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 - New York

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 - San Francisco

aarneri@cdalawllp.com Alexandra Arneri designated a Super Lawyer in 2018

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 practices entertainment, employment and intellectual property law. She represents artists in film and television as well as fine art and fashion and is outside general counsel to several media companies, for which she handles all aspects of corporate governance, employment, trademark and copyright and film and/or television production. She has also served as production counsel for several independent full film features.

Ms. Arneri's litigation work has included working on fraud, false advertising and fine art appellate cases in New York and California as well as leading a multi-plaintiff employment and copyright matter in the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Arneri has a strong belief in equal rights and free speech and has a robust pro bono practice in service to and advancement of labor, LGBT, environmental, free speech and women's rights.

Before practicing law, Ms. Arneri worked in radio, theatre and international governance, including at several departments at the UN.

Ms. Arneri holds a BA in History from the University of Sydney, a LL.B with First Class Honours, summa cum laude, from the University of Sydney and an LL.M from the New York University School of Law.

Ms. Arneri is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and Italian and is proficient in French. She has a conversational ability in Russian, Spanish and Greek.

Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson

Counsel

Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson

Counsel - New York

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 - New York

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 - New York

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.

Jasmin Singh

Jasmin Singh

Counsel

Jasmin Singh

Jasmin Singh

Counsel - New York

jsingh@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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.

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg

Counsel

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg

Counsel - San Francisco

kroyaleisenberg@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • California

Keegan Royal-Eisenberg has a passion for the arts and the law. He most enjoys working with creatives and helping them protect their rights with regard to their works.

Keegan has had the opportunity to work in both the United States and in Japan on Copyright and Trademark protection issues. He has also had experience working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the South East Asia region, educating foreign customs officials on Trademark enforcement and the importance of anti-counterfeit measures. Recently, Keegan volunteered with California Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization committed to helping California artists with their legal needs.

Keegan speaks Japanese and in his free time, enjoys traveling, music, and video editing.

Steven Wallach

Steven Wallach

Of Counsel

Steven Wallach

Steven Wallach

Of Counsel

swallach@cdalawllp.com

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Northern District of New York
  • Northern District of California

Steven I. Wallach's practice includes procurement, litigation, licensing, transactions, opinions, and counseling on patent, trademark, copyright, and related matters. He has represented all manner of clients, including individuals, startup companies, small-to-medium enterprises, multinational corporations, and universities.

He has litigated and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent matters in a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, nanosensors, inkjet printing, f MRI scanners, NMR spectrometers, vector network analyzers, polymers, mobile ad hoc networks, VoIP, RoIP, client/server systems, and a wide variety of software programs and applications—particularly for financial data processing, since drafting and litigating the patent at issue in State Street Bank v. Signature Financial.

His litigation experience includes first-chair responsibilities at jury and bench trials, and appellate argument; pleadings and all aspects of discovery in federal and New York courts and the International Trade Commission; briefing and arguing evidentiary and claim-construction hearings and procedural, pretrial, post-trial, and dispositive motions; and trademark oppositions and domain-name disputes. He has handled dozens of appeals, including merits briefs, amicus briefs, and petitions and oppositions in the Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Appellate Division and Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Steven received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he earned membership on the Moot Court Board. He received a B.S., cum laude, in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Science concentration from Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he was named to the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

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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