Robert Newman is an associate in the advertising, marketing, and privacy law group who concentrates his practice on advertising, privacy, copyright, trademark, consumer protection, entertainment, and media law matters.
Mr. Newman advises clients on all aspects of their communications with the public, the commercialization and enforcement of their intellectual property portfolios, and litigation risk avoidance in connection with intellectual property and emerging technologies. He counsels clients on advertising clearance and claim substantiation for traditional and interactive advertising campaigns, and he advises clients on consumer protection matters, the design and implementation of promotions, and various new media matters, including social media, e-commerce, and user-generated content. He also counsels clients on compliance with privacy and data security laws and regulations, including in connection with e-mail marketing, behavioral advertising, marketing to children, and mobile marketing.
Mr. Newman has extensive experience negotiating music and content licenses and high-level talent agreements for use in advertising and branded entertainment, as well as advising content creators and content providers on the protection and commercialization of their music, literary, and other creative properties. He also regularly advises clients on the selection and availability of trademarks, assists with the development of branding strategies, handles trademark prosecution, and manages trademark portfolios for clients in a broad range of industries.
In addition, Mr. Newman’s experience includes false advertising, copyright, trademark, domain name, defamation, right of publicity, and unfair competition disputes and litigation. Mr. Newman also handles UDRP proceedings and matters before the National Advertising Division and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Mr. Newman serves as a chair of the American Bar Association’s Internet and Privacy Subcommittee and he is the Annual Review Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Copyright Division. In addition, Mr. Newman is a member of the Promotion Marketing Association, the International Trademark Association, and The Recording Academy.
Mr. Newman received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. He received a J.D. and Intellectual Property Certificate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2006.
Speeches and Publications
- “Five Steps to Protect Your Trademarks in the Web 2.0 World,” INTA Bulletin (2010) (co-author).
- “Social Networking and Blogging: The New Legal Frontier,” The John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law, John Marshall Law School. 9 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 500 (2009) (co-author).
- “Paying for the Mistakes of Others: Retailer Liability for False Advertising Claims,” Washington Legal Foundation (2009) (co-author).
- “The Role of Disclaimers in Avoiding Trademark Infringement,” INTA Bulletin (2009) (co-author).
- “User-Generated Content in Corporate Transactions,” Vanderbilt University Law School (2007).