George L. Graff has extensive experience in dispute resolution, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property rights and technology. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous bench trials, jury trials, ITC investigations, arbitrations, appeals and dispute resolution negotiations involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, software and technology licensing, trademarks and related antitrust and commercial issues. He has also advised and represented clients in the negotiation of intellectual property and technology licenses and acquisitions in a wide variety of fields, including semiconductor design and manufacturing, software development, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, medical and dental devices, telecommunications, fiber optics, automotive components, apparel, travel services, internet services, and investment banking.
In addition to the mediation panel for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Graff serves on the National Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, the Technology Panel of Neutrals and International Patent Commission of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the mediation panel of the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of New York and the arbitration panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has served as a neutral arbitrator or mediator in numerous cases involving intellectual property, licensing and technology related issues. He has participated in numerous mediation and arbitration training courses sponsored by CPR , the American Arbitration Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Mr. Graff has served as a partner of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, LLP and Milgrim Thomajan and Jacobs, PC. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Columbia University School of Law in 1967, where he served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he served for three years as law clerk to Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld of the New York Court of Appeals. Before commencing his legal career, Mr. Graff served on active duty in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Mr. Graff represented the American Bar Association as advisor to the drafting committee of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), which establishes a nationwide legislative framework for licensing of software and electronic databases. He has also represented the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) as an amicus curiae in patent related appeals in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and served as vice chair of its Amicus Committee. He has also served as a member of the Council of the ABA section on science and technology and as chairman of the State Legislation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has been recognized as a leading U.S. intellectual property attorney in several publications, including The Legal 500, New York SuperLawyers, and Who’s Who in American Law.
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