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Stephen J. Strauss

Stephen J. Strauss



  • Intellectual Property Law

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Stephen J. Strauss is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Entertainment Industry Group. For over 30 years, Mr. Strauss has specialized in domestic and international trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters, including licensing, Internet domain name disputes, and litigation. He has prosecuted over two thousand U.S. and foreign trademark and service mark applications, and won over 60 UDRP decisions. Mr. Strauss also provides various legal production services for documentary and narrative films and scripted and unscripted television projects (including development, rights acquisition, rights and title clearances, and IP protection and enforcement).

Mr. Strauss represents a number of internationally recognized celebrities, sports personalities, recording artists, chefs, authors, social media influencers, and media and entertainment companies. He also represents a wide range of diverse clients including restaurants, banks and financial institutions, clothing and toy manufacturers, and magazine and book publishers.

Mr. Strauss is a member of The Television Academy, the Recording Academy (NARAS), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Visual Effects Society, a non-profit professional, honorary society representing visual effects practitioners in all areas of entertainment. He is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. He is also the Co-Founder of The Southwestern Law School American Inn of Court. Mr. Strauss lectures widely in the areas of entertainment intellectual property law and celebrity branding. He has lectured before the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the USC Gould Institute of Entertainment Law and Business, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, WME, SAG-AFTRA, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • American University
  • Southwestern Law School
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • My Fist Productions, Inc. v. Portfolio Admin/Old Mill Sites, FA2004001891154 (Forum May 10, 2020)
  • Jeanine Amapola, Inc. v. Courtney Perkins Ferreira, FA2004001891168 (Forum May 6, 2020)
  • Daniel Handler v. Masanori Toriimoto/PLAN-B Co. Ltd, FA1803001778986 (Forum May 7, 2018)
  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists v. Lan Wei, FA1606001681144 (Forum August 3, 2016)
  • Robert Downey Jr. v. Shashank Argawal, FA1409001581490 (Nat. Arb. Forum Nov. 10, 2014)
  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild, Inc. and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists v. Secured Financial Group / Steve Snyder, FA1204001439293 (Nat. Arb. Forum May 17, 2012)
  • Idris Elba and Myone Media Inc. v. Direct Privacy ID 6D6CC, FA1108001402898 (Nat. Arb. Forum Sep. 15, 2011)
  • WIDE awake-Death Row Entertainment LLC v. LogoMaster.com, FA1104001382039 (Nat. Arb. Forum May 17, 2011)
  • Eva Longoria v. Momentum Technology Corporation c/o Paul Barbell, FA1103001380027 (Nat. Arb. Forum May 3, 2011)
  • Anthony Hopkins and The Trustees of The Samson Holding Trust, dated December 12, 2005 v. Private Whois Service c/o anthonyhopkins.com, FA1007001337181 (Nat. Arb. Forum Aug. 26, 2010)
  • Janet Jackson v Twisted Elegance Interactive, FA0909001286306 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2009)
  • George Hamilton v. BWI Domain Manager c/o Domain Manager, FA0904001259771 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2009)
  • Christine Ellen Hynde a/k/a Chrissie Hynde v. LOVEARTH.net, FA0809001223929 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2008)
  • Patrick Dempsey and TDS 66 Productions, Inc. v. Jennifer Frisby, FA0808001218786 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2008)
  • SeeMore Putter Company v. shoebotech c/o You Kwon Kim, FA0804001180718 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2008)
  • Jason Bateman v. Yin Sung, FA0711001114949 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2008)
  • Richard Starkey v. Mr. Bradley, FA0612000874575 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2007)
  • Amanda De Wolf (formerly Moon) and the Estate of Keith Moon v. Dennis Schimka, FA0608000780199 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2006)
  • Fred Astaire v. Pingtjin Thum, FA0601000637404 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2006)
  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor, The Elizabeth Taylor Cosmetics Company & Interplanet Productions Limited v. K Myers, FA0508000547795 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2005)
  • Stevland Morris a/k/a Stevie Wonder v. Unofficial Fan Club c/o Web Master, FA0504000453986 (Nat. Arb. Forum 2005)
  • June Bug Enterprises, Inc. v. Mercedita Kyamko, 73 U.S.P.Q.2d 1310 (NAF 2004)
  • Sebastian International, Inc. v. Longs Drug Stores Crop., 34 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1720 (9th Cir. 1995)
  • Cheatham v. Paisano Publications, Inc., 891 F. Supp. 381 (W.D. KY 1995)
  • Sebastian International, Inc. v. Longs Drug Stores Crop., 30 U.S.P.Q.2d 1785 (C.D. Cal 1994)
  • Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. M.M. Rogers and Company, 33 U.S.P.Q.2d 1158 (C.D. Cal 1994)
  • Printer’s Services Co. v. Bondurant, 20 U.S.P.Q.2d 1626 (C.D. Cal 1994)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. v. SciMed Life Systems, Inc., 988 F.2d 1157 (Fed. Cir. 1993)
  • Randomex, Inc. v. Scopus Corp., 849 F.2d 585 (Fed. Cir. 1988)


  • Beat The Clock: The Effect of Section 412 of the Copyright Act on Post-Infringement Registration

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