Joseph J. Villapol
For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Villapol has specialized in intellectual property law and brand protection, including trademarks, copyrights, domain names and related rights. He is a recognized expert in the IP field, and his clients have included many of the world’s leading brand owners from renowned fashion designers and fragrance companies to financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and sports and entertainment entities. Mr. Villapol carefully guides his clients through all phases of intellectual property acquisition, protection, enforcement and transfer, and his proactive assistance helps clients avoid/resolve disputes, formulate creative solutions, and utilize the most cost-effective methods for protecting their rights.
Clearance and Acquisition of Rights
All too often successful companies are stymied in their efforts to expand due to others having preemptively registered the company’s trademark or domain name in a potential new market. Mr. Villapol works closely with clients to develop strategies for worldwide clearance, adoption and registration of new marks in order to secure clients’ valuable rights at the earliest possible time.
Protection and Enforcement
While imitation may be flattering in other contexts, in the business world it can quickly spell doom for a successful brand owner. Mr. Villapol designs and implements programs to combat trademark counterfeiting, copyright infringement and Internet piracy. When conflicts do arise, clients rely on Mr. Villapol’s extensive experience successfully litigating intellectual property disputes in the federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Villapol is proud to be the author of the U.S. section of the International Trademark Association’s publication, International Opposition Guide, an authoritative manual on U.S. trademark opposition practice.
Intellectual Property Transactions
In the 21st century, intellectual property rights are at the core of virtually every important business transaction. Mr. Villapol assists clients with intellectual property due diligence in connection with acquisitions, mergers, divestitures and securitization. He also has expertise negotiating and drafting settlement, license, co-existence and other agreements that drive business growth.
Mr. Villapol earned his B.A., cum laude, from Fordham University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He remains actively involved with both institutions and also lectures on intellectual property issues at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Kudman Trachten Aloe, Mr. Villapol was a partner at a well-known IP boutique firm as well as a large, international law firm.