Joshua Kaufman is head of Venable’s Copyright and Licensing Group and co-chair of Venable’s Art Law Group. He counsels and litigates in copyright, e-commerce, licensing, art, intellectual property, software, on-line issues, trademark, anti-counterfeiting, Rights of Publicity, entertainment, media, and literary law. He advises his clients in structuring and negotiating transactions in which they exploit and protect their intellectual property rights or in acquiring them from others. A former computer consultant and writer, he was one of the nation’s first computer and cyber attorneys.
Joshua has experience in all forms of licensing of copyrights and trademarks. He has negotiated hundreds of licenses, representing licensees, licensors, and agents. He helps clients understand how to acquire and obtain licenses, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secret rights, and he assists them in exploiting these rights through licensing and joint ventures. If his clients’ rights are infringed upon, Joshua represents them in mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and litigation.
In his international art law practice, Joshua represents artists, collectors, art publishers, art licensing agents, auction houses, museums, and art licensees. His legal proficiency is augmented by a strong knowledge of the art world; he is an artist and was a gallery owner and importer in his own right. He was M.C. Escher’s first distributor in the United States.
To ensure his clients are paid and that they are not infringing on the rights of others, Joshua spearheads Venable’s Intellectual Property Audit Group. If a client has misused the intellectual property of another, Joshua seeks to extricate them from such circumstances in the most expeditious, cost-effective, and confidential manner possible.
Joshua has led hundreds of anti-counterfeiting efforts that have resulted in seizure, destruction, or elimination of thousands of counterfeited and infringed products. He has represented trademark, copyright, and other rights owners, as well as accused counterfeiters and infringers.