The National Law Journal has named Jenner & Block to its 2016 “Intellectual Property Hot List,” one of only 15 firms in the United States receiving this honor. This is the second consecutive year that the firm has been so recognized. The list celebrates firms that scored “big wins for clients” in key copyright, trademark and patent cases.
In its profile of the firm, The NLJ highlights the firm’s successful representation of rapper Jay Z in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Plaintiff Osama Ahmed Fahmy claimed that Jay Z’s hit song “Big Pimpin” infringed on a song called “Khosara, Khosara,” which was composed by Fahmy’s deceased uncle Baligh Hamdy in the late 1950s. The profile quotes Partner Andrew Bart, co-chair of the Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, who successfully argued that the judge should exclude references to the song’s lyrics because they were irrelevant to the copyright case and could prejudice his client. The case was a “fun one to work on,” Mr. Bart says.
The profile also notes the firm’s patent victories over the past year for clients including Hospira Inc. and Nissan North America. “Firm attorneys are involved in litigation over cutting-edge technology now making its way into court, such as gene editing,” the profile says. Partner Bradford Lyerla, co-chair of the Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice, argued for Hospira in May before an en banc US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Lyerla is quoted saying that the firm brings a high level of trial experience to the table. “Experience means not wasting time arguing over issues that won’t see the light of day,” he says.