It’s well known in copyright troll circle that the Seattle law firm of McCormack Intellectual Law ( mccormacklegal.com) has been Getty Images outside counsel for some time, it’s also always been considered that McCormack Law was basically acting as a paper pushing collection firm, now it appears this relationship “may” be in question.
As seen in the below snippet from the homepage McCormack Intellectual Law, you will notice no mention of Getty Images, however the firm’s blog still references the Getty Images Demand letter.
Mr. McCormack’s practice covers a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, unfair competition, licensing, litigation and related business concerns, such as: business formation, employer/employee issues, contracts and corporate governance. Accomplishments include:
- Lead counsel supervising six attorneys in a complex software litigation case involving the challenged use of proprietary/patented software algorithms in a commercial software product. Represented the inventor of the original patented software as the defendant in the case. The two-plus year litigation settled on favorable terms.
Counsel for Lopez USA, retained to assist in product development. Work included procuring copyrights and trademarks for martial arts and fitness DVD’s featuring Olympic gold medalist Steven Lopez and development of talent contracts and model releases. Later represented Lopez USA in a lawsuit involving a non-compete contract.
Lead counsel for retail import company Mais Oui! Represented client in unfair competition and trade secret and defamation case. Achieved favorable resolution that included published opinion in Washington State appeals court.
Counsel for local business hired to procure licensing agreements with the National Football League, a Major League Baseball team, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Successful negotiations resulted in licensed product.
Lead outside counsel overseeing special matter for Microsoft Corporation.
Filed over seventy-five United States trademark applications and related foreign trademark applications. Specific experience with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
Getty Images has long relied on New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges for global transactions and corporate and competition matters. For other work, the company turns to Seattle-based law firms. It uses Davis Wright Tremaine for copyright issues and litigation work in the United States.
Getty relies on Perkins Coie to manage its trademark and patent portfolio and handle some intellectual property matters. Garvey Schubert Barer has been responsible for the company’s employment matters for more than a decade.