University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.B. University of Pennsylvania, The Moore School of Electrical Engineering, B.S.E., magna cum laude
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Michael R. Graif
Chair, Intellectual Property Group
Mr. Graif is a partner and chair of the Intellectual Property group. He focuses his practice on trademark enforcement, technology transactions, patent and trademark portfolio management, social media law, licensing and copyright matters.
Mr. Graif has experience preparing and negotiating licensing, development and joint venture agreements relating to computer software, know-how, trademarks and other technology. In addition, Mr. Graif routinely is involved in conducting due diligence analyses and advising clients on the intellectual property aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securitizations, loans, securities offerings and other investments.
Mr. Graif also counsels clients on trademark clearance, merchandise licensing, publicity and privacy rights, copyrights, domain name proceedings and other Internet-related issues. He has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies to startups, advising on strategic acquisitions, implementing global licensing programs, and protecting and enforcing all types of intellectual property rights. According to World Trademark Review, Mr. Graif “epitomizes the term ‘IP expert’,” and has “a breadth of experience in trademark work and can clearly explain legal concepts and strategies to people who may not be well versed in law.”
Mr. Graif has appeared on television and has been quoted extensively in national and international press to discuss file-sharing and copyright issues. Appearances and quotations include Bloomberg Television to discuss the MGM v. Grokster file-sharing argument, Reuters Television, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian of London and The Daily Deal.
Mr. Graif is an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he teaches a seminar on Social Media Law, and a Lecturer in Law for the same course at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
COURTSU.S. Court of Appeals – Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court – Western District of New York
U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
New York State Bar Association
Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), the official cultural agency of Bronx County, which provides technical assistance to arts organizations and individual artists on a variety of legal issues: made presentations on intellectual property rights.
Recommended Expert in trademark enforcement and litigation in New York- World Trademark Review 1000, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2013-2017.
Received Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers through the Bronx Council on the Arts, 2005.
Named a Super Lawyer in the New York Metro area, 2013-2017.