Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

Mitch Tuchman is an intellectual property attorney who 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, nonprofit charitable organizations, architects, photographers, filmmakers, software and web site owners and developers, educational institutions, textile manufacturers, and healthcare providers, among others.

Before becoming an intellectual property attorney, Mitch spent ten 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. As a publisher and writer, he understands copyright matters from the client’s perspective.

Outside of work, Mitch enjoys several community service commitments, including membership on the Durham City-County Appearance Commission and the board of the Museum of Durham History. He collects 19th- and 20th-century pottery and is the author of several books, including one on pottery. His dog Zena is the world’s best.


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Accolades

  • Best Lawyers: Copyright Law (2018-2020)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Intellectual Property Law (2014-2015)
  • Super Lawyers: Technology Transactions (2017-2018)

Representative Experience

  • Resolves copyright disputes involving authors, architects, photographers, fabric designers and others
  • Delivers opinions on a variety of copyright issues, including duration of copyright in works created by artists under the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Acts
  • Negotiates publishing agreements for authors and publishers
  • Negotiates copyright and trademark licenses, subsidiary rights agreements, joint authorship agreements, professional services agreements and talent agency agreements
  • Develops intellectual property policies for colleges and universities
  • Counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues

Presentations & Publications

Education

  • 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)

Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar (2002)

Professional

  • Durham City-County Appearance Commission: Member (2017–present)
  • Durham County Library: Durham Reads Together Committee (2017–present)
  • Durham County People’s Court: Volunteer mediator (2018–present)
  • Durham Literacy Center: Board of Directors (2019–present)
  • Museum of Durham History: Board of Directors (2012–present)
  • NC Bar Association: Intellectual Property Law Section, past chair