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Jeannette Maurer Carmadella

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Associate

jeannette@lutzker.com

(202) 408-7600 ext. 3

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PRACTICE AREAS

Copyright
Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Litigation
Internet and New Media
Entertainment and the Arts
Small Business

EDUCATION

American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (2006)

  • International Law Review, Editor
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.A. (2001)

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1999-2000)
  • Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society
  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    District of Columbia
    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

    Jeannette Maurer Carmadella’s practice focuses on intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on counseling clients in copyright and trademark matters, managing client trademark and copyright portfolios, and litigating copyright and trademark matters in the context of both federal court and administrative proceedings. She advises clients on trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, registration, licensing and enforcement matters. She coordinates with foreign counsel to protect client trademarks around the world. She has wide-ranging experience protecting client copyrights, including assisting clients with federal copyright registration and defending against print and online infringement, with special expertise in representing photographers. In addition, she assists clients with issues of domain name disputes, false and misleading advertising and rights of publicity. Ms. Carmadella is also an Adjunct Professor at American University and is currently teaching an undergraduate course in Communications Law.

    Prior to joining Lutzker & Lutzker, Jeannette worked as a legal intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, focusing on the museum’s copyright and trademark issues. She was a summer associate at a boutique litigation firm in Bethesda, Maryland. She also worked as a legal intern in the General Counsel’s Office of The Broadcasting Board of Governors. Prior to law school, Jeannette was a legal assistant in the technology department of Arent Fox, PLLC’s trademark practice group. She previously had legislative experience with the Parkinson’s Action Network.

    REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Litigating in federal court on behalf of 88 LLC, a D.C. area multi-media production company, in a copyright and breach of contract suit against the Army contractor which had engaged it to create video modules to educate soldiers, their families and medics about traumatic brain injuries.
  • Representing a toy company in trademark disputes with competitors, including advising the company on the strength of its claims against competitors using its marks in connection with Internet advertising and using the DMCA to achieve takedown of infringing online advertisements in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Representing Bob Riha, Jr., a USA Today freelance photographer in copyright infringement claims.
  • Successfully resolving a suit by Rudy K, a prominent Washington, D.C. photographer, against The Washington Blade, a leading newspaper for the gay and lesbian community for copyright infringement and breach of contract claims involving multiple unauthorized reproductions of his photographs in print and online.
  • Litigating in federal court on behalf of plaintiffs, including:
  • Crystal Cathedral Ministries in connection with a copyright infringement claim in federal bankruptcy court by its founder, Reverend Robert Schuller, over ownership of the “Hour of Power” television series. The claim resulted in a ruling that Reverend Schuller created the works as an employee of the Ministries and, that, therefore, the Ministries is their rightful owner.
  • Los Angeles screenwriter Yolanda Buggs against Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures alleging copyright infringement of a screenplay she wrote as a graduate student at the American Film Institute.
  • The legendary soul singer Sam Moore in a trademark and right of publicity lawsuit concerning the use of Mr. Moore’s name, likeness and other indicia of persona in connection with the 2008 film Soul Men. An appellate brief is pending before the Sixth Circuit.
  • The creators of the award-winning STOMP ROCKET® toy in federal court against the manufacturers/importers and distributors of a knock-off, and also against national retailer Toys “R” Us, Inc. following that chain’s sale of a similar air rocket toy under an allegedly infringing name.
  • Representing Music Makers Holdings LLC in a trademark infringement dispute with the operator of a New York music school over the ownership and use of the mark BACH TO ROCK for music education services, including managing trademark filings and domain name acquisitions for the company and the acquisition of pre-existing rights to the mark.
  • Successfully concluding the copyright infringement and false advertising claim of Mary Buck, a jewelry designer whose work was improperly exploited in print advertising and online by Vera Wang’s company.
  • Representing an international skincare and cosmetics company in trademark disputes with competitors including successfully enforcing and defending its trademark rights in the U.S. and abroad and managing its trademark portfolio.
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