Elliot B. Gipson

Office: 310-557-3558

Direct: 310-557-9750

Email: egipson@fayergipson.com

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Elliot Gipson is a founding partner of Fayer Gipson LLP. He represents entertainment, media and technology clients and advises them with respect to wide ranging business matters, most often touching upon contract, copyright, trademark and trade secrets matters.  His clients range from international corporations and publicly-traded companies, to closely-held corporations and individuals.  Mr. Gipson’s entertainment practice focuses on television, new media, and motion pictures,  where he represents production companies, networks, and distributors as well as producers and entertainment and media executives.  His copyright, trademark and trade secret practices are full service, from counseling and registration, to protecting intellectual property through contracts and company procedure,  to licensing, and litigating disputes in courts.  Mr. Gipson has litigated numerous cases to judgement on behalf of his clients, including a total defense victory upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a copyright case that clarified circuit precedent with respect to implied licenses.  Mr. Gipson also advises start-ups and their founders with respect to both intellectual property and corporate issues, including start-up companies’ intellectual property policies and contracts, as well as their initial organizational structure and  capital raises.  Mr. Gipson often counsels and represents executives, both with respect to their contracts and with respect to disputes arising with their current and/or former employers.   Mr. Gipson has lectured regarding entertainment and intellectual property issues and has been featured in stories on BBC World News, CNN, The Financial Times, and The Hollywood Reporter.  He has also been identified as a leading attorney in Sports & Entertainment Law by Who’s Who Legal and has  appeared in  Super Lawyers listings of top lawyers in Southern California every year since 2013.

Mr. Gipson graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an extern for the New York City Law Department. Prior to law school, Mr. Gipson worked in independent film production as a production assistant and co-producer. Mr. Gipson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University, with High Honors in English and a Certificate in Film.

Mr. Gipson is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and New York, as well as the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit.  Mr. Gipson is a member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”).

Selected Results:

Reinicke v. Creative Empire, LLC,  669 Fed.Appx. 470 (Ninth Circuit 2016) (upholding trial court’s award of summary judgment in copyright case  in favor of the start-up company defendant).

Boldface Licensing + Branding v.  By Lee Tillett, Inc., 940 F.Supp.2d 1178 (C.D. Cal.  2013) (granting a preliminary injunction for the trademark counterclaim plaintiff cosmetics company).

Mytee Products, Inc. v. Shop Vac Corporation, 2013 WL 5945060 (S.D. Cal. 2013) (ruling in favor of the defendant vacuum company in denying a preliminary injunction for trademark infringement).

CyberSitter, LLC v. The People’s Republic of China, et al, 2010 WL 4909958 (C.D. Cal. 2010) (ruling in favor of the software company plaintiff by denying motion to dismiss copyright and trade secrets complaint).