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Sonja Keith

Sonja Keith

IP Counsel

New York
Licensed in
NY
New York Law
School
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About
I have devoted the majority of my 25-year career to practicing intellectual property law. The best value I can give my clients is to develop and protect their copyrights, trademarks, and other intangible assets. If a situation involves commercial IP, I have relevant experience.
26
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experience
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5.0
Clear Communication
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out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
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"I first met Sonja when we worked together ten years ago. At that time she was IP Counsel to Classic Media, LLC and I worked for her boss who was the General Counsel. I remember his telling me that “Sonja has forgotten more about IP law than I will ever know.” I have come to learn that she is the “go-to” person for anything involving intellectual property. What impresses me about Sonja is not just her breadth of knowledge and experience but her complete willingness to say she needs time to consider a conflict, or to conduct further research. That down-to-earth quality is missing from many attorneys I have met. Since I left Classic Media some time ago, I became a photojournalist. Sonja has helped me to understand infringement and licensing issues. I have consulted with Sonja on a number of complex matters. I have asked her complicated questions regarding copyrights, trademarks, contracts, and even some more personal issues involving employment and real estate law. In fact, she has become my “go-to” person for “all things legal.” Sonja always offers very practical advice with the goal of getting you the best result without spending a lot of your money. She is very open, honest and friendly. I cannot recommend her highly enough. I would trust her with any legal issue to find the best solution for me."

General advice regarding intellectual property and infringement matters
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
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"Sonja Keith is an attorney I was fortunate to work with at DreamWorks. I want to express my wholehearted recommendation for her to be hired as legal counsel. I worked very closely with Sonja on a daily basis for almost two years, and during that time, I found her to be not only extremely knowledgeable, diligent and practical, but also kind, thoughtful, and always willing to jump in to help resolve a given issue. I worked to assist Sonja in conducting due diligence for multiple complicated acquisitions over the years to build our catalog at Classic Media, and Sonja was the lead attorney overseeing our IP portfolio that was sold to DreamWorks in July 2012 for $155M. In addition, Sonja and I also worked on a variety of other matters, from a wide range of commercial contracts, to handling IP related issues and conflicts, to clearance matters for consumer products and various types of media. Sonja has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is able to quickly move matters forward, both independently, leading or working within a team, or overseeing the work of outside counsel. Quite simply, Sonja’s a fantastic attorney and a wonderful person; I think she would be a great addition to your legal team, and I couldn’t hold her in higher regard."

Due diligence on proposed buy-outs and contract work involving IP assets
Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Work History

DreamWorks Animation

IP Counsel

Sep 2001 - Aug 2016

File and prosecute trademark applications; draft Cease and Desist letters; negotiate trademark licensing agreements; draft and file formal infringement Complaints; conduct trademark clearance searches; file and prosecute trademark Oppositions/Cancellations; review formal copyright research reports; draft and file domain name dispute complaints; negotiate commercial contracts.

Sep 2001 - Aug 2016

Kane Kessler

Associate

Jul 2000 - Aug 2001

Litigated Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations; drafted Complaints alleging trademark and copyright infringement; filed Responses to Office Actions with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Jul 2000 - Aug 2001

Temko & Temko

Associate

Apr 1993 - Jun 1999

Maintained trademark database; drafted responses to Office Actions; litigated trademark Oppositions; managed calendar of patent application deadlines for senior partner.

Apr 1993 - Jun 1999

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