Intellectual Property Partner
Partner Joshua Graubart is a litigator and counselor admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California.
Josh assists both rightsholders and content users in resolving intellectual property disputes. Past matters include representing:
- three classes of independent songwriters and music publishers in multi-million dollar copyright infringement class action lawsuits;
- a British pop star in a copyright dispute involving photographs and NFTs;
- a Canadian record label resolving a licensing dispute with US rightsholders;
- a Japanese film production company in correcting false reports regarding copyright licensing;
- a major American hair care manufacturer in defending a class action lawsuit involving trade secrets and trademark rights.
Josh also regularly works with artists and creators in resolving disputes with agents, managers and employers, including representing:
- a Chinese photographer in litigation in New York and in proceedings before the California Labor Commissioner under the California Talent Agency Act;
- an established operatic and Broadway vocalist in a dispute with his longtime agents;
- a minor stage performer in resolving a dispute with a major Broadway production.
On the transactional side, Josh advises a wide range of clients with copyright and other IP licensing, assignment and other transactions, with a special emphasis on cross-border matters. Recently, he has advised:
- an American video streaming service licensing music in the U.S. and in foreign markets;
- American film producers seeking to license rights to a successful Japanese film;
- a Canadian online media production house protecting its copyrights in the US;
- a niche skin care enterprise on the intellectual property aspects of its acquisition by a British multinational consumer goods company.
Josh also regularly counsels clients in the advertising and marketing industries. For example, he has advised:
- a Fortune 500 biotechnology company negotiating new advertising and marketing agreements;
- a major European advertiser seeking the promotional services of a top American recording artist;
- a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in administering its catalogue of original music;
- an American fitness celebrity in negotiating a sponsorship agreement with a Fortune 500 retailer.
Josh is quite active in copyright and IP organizations. He is an officer of the New York chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, and previously chaired the Information Technology and Cyberlaw Committee at the New York City Bar Association; he also served on the City Bar’s Intellectual Property Council. He is active in the US chapter of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI), the leading international organization on cross-border copyright law, and on the boards of IAFAR Ltd. and IAFAR Education Ltd., British and American not-for-profit organizations aimed at advocating for and educating the music industry about neighboring rights, a subspecies of copyright benefiting primarily performing and recording artists and record labels.
Prior to joining Romano Law, he was of counsel to a boutique New York City law firm for more than a decade, before which he practiced commercial litigation with two international law firms in New York City.
When not thinking about copyright, Josh skis, kayaks and hikes in and around upstate New York, and dreams of Japanese hot springs. He taught English for several years in northeastern Japan, undertook post-graduate work at American and British universities in Japanese legal history, clerked for two Japanese law firms in Tokyo while a law student, and is conversant in Japanese.