Brian S. Mudge has experience in a variety of intellectual property litigation and counseling matters concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Mr. Mudge counsels clients on IP issues relating to Information Technology and the Internet. He has supervised patent drafting and prosecution for clients in the Telecommunications, Information Technology, Internet Advertising and Electronic Commerce sectors. He has counseled clients in trademark selection, assisted clients in protecting works of authorship, and assisted in the protection and licensing of proprietary technology. He has provided opinions regarding the scope, validity and potential infringement of patents and trademarks. His experience also includes entertainment law issues involving motion picture, music and publicity rights and new uses.
Mr. Mudge has handled a wide variety of disputes involving Intellectual Property. Cases in which Mr. Mudge has worked include Zimmer v. CooperNeff Advisors, Inc., No. 04-CV-3816 (E.D. Pa. 2004), in which he helped a hedge fund company overturn a TRO and defeat a preliminary injunction motion in a case involving copyrights and trade secrets; Sightsound.com, Inc. v. N2K, Inc., 185 F. Supp.2d 445 (W.D. Pa. 2002) and 391 F. Supp.2d 321 (W.D. Pa. 2003), in which he helped a patent owner successfully enforce its patents covering music downloading; America Online, Inc. v. AT&T Corp., 64 F. Supp.2d 549 (E.D. Va. 1999), in which he helped AT&T successfully defend against trademark infringement claims by winning a ruling on summary judgment that “you have mail” is generic; and Philadelphia Orchestra Assn. v. Walt Disney Co., 821 F. Supp. 341 (E.D. Pa. 1993), where he helped Disney successfully defend against summary judgment while obtaining a finding that the motion picture “Fantasia” was a work for hire and not a work of joint authorship.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Mudge was employed with RCA Corporation, where he was involved in research and development of image processing technology and commercial broadcast television products. He was also a technical instructor for RCA’s Continuing Education Program.
Mr. Mudge has spoken on numerous occasions about emerging IP issues as they relate to the Internet and Information Technology, and has often been requested by the media to comment upon noteworthy intellectual property cases.