Quinn Emanuel is highly experienced in litigating copyright disputes. We have been called on to protect some of the world’s most well-known and valuable copyrighted works, including those of the Oscars© telecast, Zynga, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Intuit, the NFL, the Estate of Chet Baker and many others. We have also successfully defended against claims of copyright infringement, preventing injunctions from being entered, convincing juries to award zero damages even after a finding of copyright infringement (in an earlier trial while represented by another firm), and even winning attorneys’ fees on behalf of a defendant found liable for copyright infringement. In just one example of our defense work, we successfully defended Napster in an alleged mass copyright infringement suit brought by a copyright administrator and 26 music publishers. Our work is often precedent setting. One of our partners won his first copyright case—resulting in published opinions since cited by the Supreme Court and most Courts of Appeals—while still in law school. Another of our partners won a precedential case establishing the protectability of a software program’s user interface. Our copyright expertise extends to every industry, protecting the works of movies, sports, music, book publishing, electronic games, and every aspect of the internet and computer worlds. The Global 100 – 2018 named us “Law Firm of the Year” for our Trademark & Copyright practice in New York.
REPRESENTATIVE COPYRIGHT CLIENTS
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.