Linda Zirkelbach has extensive experience representing prominent media companies, book and software publishers, and nonprofits in a range of intellectual property matters, with a focus on leading IP enforcement actions for major companies, publishing law, strategic IP counselling and clearance work, digital media and rights issues, and trademark strategy and disputes. Linda regularly counsels clients on complex copyright and trademark issues; litigates in the areas of copyright and trademark; negotiates and drafts copyright and trademark license agreements, publishing agreements, and other IP agreements; and reviews and clears publications and other productions prior to launch.
Linda has significant experience across a host of copyright infringement matters and has particularly deep experience in digital/online infringement and anti-piracy, with an emphasis on complex Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) issues. Her primary areas of focus are based on her experience holding senior in-house counsel roles in the music and publishing industries. She leverages her insight into the business needs of an organization to provide strategic, practical, and clear advice to her clients.
After beginning her career as a Venable associate, she served as vice president, legal affairs, for the Recording Industry Association of America, where she was actively involved in high-profile copyright litigation for the major U.S. record companies. She later became vice president and general counsel of a leading publishing and media company, handling intellectual property issues and a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial, and strategic business matters and serving on the company’s executive committee.
Linda has advised clients in a range of industries, including music, book and magazine publishing, entertainment, software, digital media, alcoholic beverage and restaurant services, trade associations and nonprofits, university/higher education, and consumer goods. She represents their interests before federal courts across the country, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the U.S. Copyright Office.