Ellie Hourizadeh focuses her practice on the enforcement of clients’ intellectual property (IP) rights. Ellie has represented entertainment companies, film, television and radio broadcasting companies, music publishers, and recording artists in numerous contract disputes and copyright and trademark infringement cases. In addition, Ellie has litigated cases arising out of recording contracts, dissolution of partnerships, antipiracy disputes, idea submission claims, distribution agreements, rights of publicity of celebrities, and audit disputes in the motion picture, television, radio, recording, publishing and merchandising industries.
Ellie also counsels clients on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor, as well as on online data privacy, domain name disputes (including Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) actions), and IP due diligence in connection with corporate and financing transactions.
Ellie also advises clients with respect to commercial exploitation of their intellectual property rights, including drafting and negotiating license, distribution, joint venture, co-branding and commercial exploitation agreements for clients in a wide range of industries.
In addition, Ellie routinely advises companies on privacy and data security laws. She assists clients in preparing comprehensive privacy and data security programs and policies for multifaceted businesses and advises clients on collection, use, retention and disposal of personal identifiable information. In the event of a breach, Ellie works with clients to develop and implement effective response and remediation strategies.
Responsible for the global trademark and copyright portfolio management and enforcement for Fortune 100 companies specializing in toys, online games, medical apparatus, pet products, motion pictures, television and radio broadcasting and apparel manufacturers and distributors
Represents the largest Spanish-language television and radio broadcaster in connection with various intellectual property, breach of contract, employment and privacy issues; responsible for enforcement of this client’s trademarks in a number of trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Represented a well-known international couture brand in connection with copyright and right of publicity claims
Represented a well-known denim manufacturer and distributor in connection with trademark, trade secret, copyright and unfair competition claims
Counseled a major television studio regarding risk management in non-scripted programming
Represented a major toy manufacturer in trademark litigation concerning the color and design of a toy
Represented the three largest retailers in litigation arising from trademark, copyright and right of publicity claims
Counseled a Fortune 100 company on privacy and data security laws, including preparing a comprehensive privacy and data security program and policies for the company and advising the company on how to implement effective response and remediation strategies
Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
California Supreme Court
California Court of Appeals
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