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Mintz Adds Experienced Trademark Strategist to Leading Intellectual Property Practice

Mintz has further enhanced its nationally recognized intellectual property practice with the arrival of Michael R. Graif. Mr. Graif, who joins as a Member in the New York office, previously chaired the intellectual property practice at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

“Michael’s arrival adds to our very strong group of intellectual property attorneys and provides our firm with deeper and broader capacity to serve clients. He brings with him strategic trademark expertise and significant IP transactional depth and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member of Mintz.

Mr. Graif focuses his practice on trademark enforcement, technology transactions, patent and trademark portfolio management, social media law, publicity rights, licensing and copyright matters. He has experience preparing and negotiating licensing, development and joint venture agreements relating to computer software, know-how, trademarks and other technology. In addition, Mr. Graif routinely is involved in conducting due diligence analyses and advising clients on the intellectual property aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securitizations, loans, securities offerings and other investments.

He has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies to startups, advising on strategic acquisitions, implementing global licensing programs, and protecting and enforcing all types of intellectual property rights. According to World Trademark Review, Mr. Graif “epitomizes the term ‘IP expert’,” and has “a breadth of experience in trademark work and can clearly explain legal concepts and strategies to people who may not be well versed in law.”

Mr. Graif is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a seminar on Social Media Law, and an Adjunct Professor for the same course at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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