Mitch Tuchman

Of Counsel
About

Mitch helps publishers and authors develop mutually beneficial business relationships. He also helps copyright and trademark owners optimize the value of their intellectual property and defend their intellectual property rights.

His copyright clients include publishers of books and scholarly journals, authors, authors’ and artists’ estates, architects, photographers, filmmakers, software and Web site owners and developers, colleges and universities.

Before becoming an IP attorney, Mitch spent 10 years as a freelance writer and editor and 14 years as publisher of exhibition and collection catalogues at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Because he has been both a publisher and writer, he understands copyright matters from the client’s perspective.

Representative Matters

Mitch works with users and vendors in preparing form agreements and negotiating technology, license, service, distribution, supply, strategic alliance and partnering agreements in the following industries, among others:

  • Negotiating publishing agreements on behalf of authors and publishers
  • Preparing publishing templates on behalf of publishers
  • Negotiating subsidiary rights agreements
  • Negotiating joint authorship agreements
  • Resolving disputes between coauthors
  • Resolving infringement matters
  • Preparing intellectual property policies for colleges and universities
  • Counseling clients on the intellectual property aspects of architectural agreements
  • Planning for, preserving and enforcing the intellectual property rights of real estate developers in architectural plans
  • Preparing talent agency agreements
  • Security copyright and trademark licenses
  • Responding to claims asserted by copyright trolls
  • Registration of copyrights purposefully in anticipation of enforcement needs
  • Crafting professional services agreements

Mitch is certified to act as a mediator in cases before North Carolina Superior Courts.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Durham City-County Appearance Commission Member
Presentations/Publications
  • I Wrote That: A Look At The ‘Avatar” Copyright Cases
  • What Makes a Copy-Cat a Copy-Cat? The Complex Case of Architectural Copyright
Education/Admissions
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Stanford Law School, Master of Legal Studies, 1997
  • Yale University, M.Phil., Ph.D., Sociology, 1973
  • Occidental College, B.A., Sociology, 1967