Joshua Kaufman is a partner and the head of Venable’s Copyright and Licensing Group. He counsels and litigates in the fields of copyright, e-commerce, licensing, art, intellectual property, software, on-line issues, trademark, entertainment, media, including digital media, and literary law. He advises his clients in structuring and negotiating transactions in which they exploit their intellectual property rights or in acquiring them from others.
Mr. Kaufman is a leader in anti-counterfeiting. He has been involved in hundreds of anti-counterfeiting efforts leading to the seizing, destruction or elimination of thousands upon thousands of counterfeited and infringed products. He has represented trademark, copyright and other rights owners in their never ending struggle against the world wide scourge of counterfeiting.
Mr. Kaufman was one of the nation's first computer and cyber lawyers. In addition to the law, Mr. Kaufman knows technology. He worked as a computer consultant and, for 10 years, wrote a syndicated column in which he reviewed hardware and software. He is also one of the country's most well-known art lawyers with clients spanning the globe. He represents a wide variety of artists, art publishers, art licensing agents and art licensees. Once again his legal proficiency is augmented by a strong knowledge of the art world as an artist, gallery owner and importer (he was MC Escher's first distributor in the USA).
Mr. Kaufman has a wealth of experience in all forms of licensing including software, trademarks, copyright, sports, art and personalities. He has negotiated hundreds of licenses involving most of the major licensing entities (representing licensee, licensors and agents). He has written numerous articles on licensing for a variety of publications, is a co-author of Licensing for Dummies, a regular contributor to the Licensing Royalty Rate Guide and a frequent speaker at the Licensing Show, Surtex and other trade events.
Mr. Kaufman received his BA from the University of Maryland and his JD, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.