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David W. Quinto has been part of the firm since its creation on January 1, 1986. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on copyright, trademark, trade secret and Internet-related claims. He is principally responsible for protecting the rights of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the OSCAR and ACADEMY AWARDS marks. He has also protected intellectual properties owned by Lockheed Martin, Mattel, Avery Dennison, The World Wrestling Federation, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Producers Guild of America, and the America's Cup Organizing Committee.
Mr. Quinto's most recent book, Trade Secrets: Law and Practice (co-authored with Stuart Singer) was published by Oxford University Press in 2009, with a second edition in 2012. His book has earned plaudits from the author of a leading trade secrets law treatise, the president of the American Law Institute, a former American Bar Association president, and others. Mr. Quinto is also the author of a treatise on Internet law, Law of Internet Disputes, published by Aspen Law and Business, and a contributing author of Trade Marks at the Limit, " 'Descriptiveness' in American Trade Mark Law" (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006). He serves as a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) domain name dispute resolution panelist. He was featured on the front page of California Law Business on July 2, 2001. He is annually voted a Southern California Super Lawyer and was selected as a member of the Law Dragon 500. In 2013 he was selected as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Producers Guild of America
GKN North America
Avery Dennison Corp.
Tequila Siete Leguas
Russian Federal Treasury Enterprise "Sojuzplodoimport"
Sae-A Trading Co. Ltd.
KSL Recreation Corp.
Represented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in defending its right to determine whether films nominated for an Academy Award satisfy the Academy's eligibility requirements.
Represented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in determining that the "Oscar" is not in the public domain and "should be given the strongest possible protection against infringement."
Represented Lockheed Corporation against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets related to devices that measure stress and strain in rocket nozzles. Obtained a summary judgment.
Represented Turner Entertainment Co. and obtained a summary judgment that Orson Welles’s daughter could not claim copyright ownership of the motion picture Citizen Kane.
Represented the plaintiff in an action for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement of plastic blow molding technology after the defendant spent over $23 million in attorneys' fees. Obtained a favorable settlement.
Represented Avery Dennison against trade secret misappropriation and related claims brought against it. Defeated the claims after a 3-month jury trial.
Obtained two published decisions in copyright law while still a law student. Quinto v. Legal Times of Washington, Inc., 506 F. Supp. 554 (D.D.C. 1981), and Quinto v. Legal Times of Washington, Inc., 511 F. Supp. 579 (D.D.C. 1981).
Obtained an award of costs and attorneys' fees in favor of two defendants found liable for copyright infringement.
Helped determine that the America's Cup is not in the public domain and is a protectable mark.
Persuaded a federal court to extend comity to a Korean reorganization proceeding and dismiss all claims by an automobile dealers’ association against the purchaser of the automobile manufacturer’s assets.