About Our DC Intellectual Property Law Practice
The Alderman Law Office was founded in 1994 by Elliott Alderman to provide practical, cost-effective legal help to sophisticated software, multimedia, e-commerce, technology and Internet companies, as well as to successful content creators, songwriters, musicians, writers, publishers, and visual and performance artists. We also provide business advice to clients interested in protecting and monetizing their brands, technology and content.
To ensure high-quality representation and a great client experience, we limit the number of companies and individuals with whom we work. Put simply, it is our belief that it’s impossible to provide high-volume quality legal services.
Our clients are entrepreneurs and established companies in software, internet and technology needing legal assistance with software development and licensing, acquisition and asset purchase agreements, hosting and service agreements, e-commerce agreements, and issues involving privacy and the Internet of Things.
We also work with creatives on traditional and new media issues, often involving mobile, the Internet and new distribution platforms, and we understand how technology works and how our clients use their intellectual property, so we are in a better position to minimize their legal exposure and ensure that our clients have the proper licensing and protection they need.
Some of the services we provide include:
- Performing intellectual property and technology audits to ensure that clients’ branding, trademarks, copyrights and content are properly protected, and to obtain that protection where gaps currently exist.
- Protecting client materials and ensuring that third-party clearances and licenses are in place.
- Advising on intellectual property and entertainment issues for multimedia, Internet and other online environments, particularly evaluating and structuring business models to effectively monetize content, as well as consulting on client issues involving obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights.
- Negotiating contracts, licenses and other documents, particularly involving entertainment, software licensing, Internet and technology transfer issues.
- Drafting and negotiating nondisclosure, content licensing, independent contractor and related agreements.
With significant intellectual property policy experience, we also offer lobbying and related support to institutions and industry groups, and can call on our extensive network of relationships with highly experienced specialist attorneys to provide assistance to our clients whenever necessary.
To learn more about how we can help your business, please contact us at +1-202-596-5682.
About Elliott Alderman
Elliott Alderman is the founder and principal of the Alderman Law Office, located in Washington, D.C. and serving clients in the United States and across the globe. Elliott’s practice focuses exclusively on intellectual property, entertainment, Internet, content and media law issues, including e-commerce, electronic publishing, internet of things and other on-line and mobile environments.
He has almost forty years of experience protecting and enforcing the intellectual property rights of businesses, creators and users. He works with clients to draft, review and negotiate content and technology agreements for both new and traditional media, and assists clients with rights clearance, fair use determinations, and copyright, trademark and related property rights issues.
In private practice, Elliott has litigated copyright, trademark and related intellectual property disputes, provided registration and enforcement advice, prepared copyright and trademark applications, negotiated contracts involving entertainment, software licensing, the creation of websites and mobile applications, and technology issue; and performed intellectual property audits. Representative clients include several professional sports teams and large technology companies.
As the general counsel of Tax Analysts, a 200 person new media tax publishing company, he negotiated, drafted and reviewed agreements related to content licensing, e-commerce, technology, and corporate legal issues; administered company’s intellectual property portfolio; and supervised outside counsel in varied litigation and transactional matters.
Elliott also worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he drafted policy decisions, rulemaking documents and legal memoranda on domestic and international copyright issues for the government and Congress, and represented the Office in litigation.
His experience also includes working as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, Civil Division and serving as a Law Clerk to the Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Publications and Published Works
Copyright Questions, Washington Post, Outlook Section p. C6 (June 7, 1998) (GATT restoration and copyright term extension)
The Return of the Native Product: Supreme Court Will Analyze Reach of Copyright Owner’s Importation Right, Legal Times Intellectual Property Supplement (March 23, 1998)
Copyright Issues: Be Careful With Older Artwork, DC Bar Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Newsletter (Spring 1995)
Resale Royalties in the United States for Fine Visual Artists: An Alien Concept, 40 Journal of the Copyright Society 265 (1993) (cited in Nimmer copyright treatise) (available on WESTLAW)
Droit De Suite: The Artist’s Resale Royalty, A Report of the Register of Copyrights (December 1992) (recipient of Special Achievement Award)
Copyright Liability of States and the Eleventh Amendment, A Report of the Register of Copyrights (June 1998) (legislation based on this report holding states liable for monetary damages in copyright infringement suits was subsequently signed into law by then-President Bush)
Honors and Awards
International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Entertainment Law), 2013-2016
District of Columbia, 1983; Virginia, 2004
J.D, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1982 Honors: Dean’s Fellow, Research–Copyright; Summer Research Assistant
B.A, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1978 Honors: William V. Frankel Scholar; Root-Tilden Nominee to New York University Law School; Major: English
Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, District of Columbia Bar
Third term member, DC Bar Practice Management Advisory Service Committee
Former: District of Columbia Bar, Sections of Intellectual Property and Law Practice Management
District of Columbia Member, Steering Committee, Law Practice Management Section
D.C. Computer Law Forum Member
Copyright Society of USA Member, Steering Committee, Washington Chapter
National Computer Law Center (online service), Copyright Forum Leader
District of Columbia Bar, Member, Steering Committee, Arts, Entertainment and Sport Law Section
District of Columbia Bar, Chair, Music Section, Arts, Entertainment and Sport Law Section