Jonathan Ross concentrates his practice in the litigation of intellectual property and contractual disputes in the music and entertainment industries, as well as other civil litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Authorship Disputes
  • Copyright Termination Issues
  • Contract Disputes
  • Royalty Collections
  • Music Publishing Agreements
  • Recording Artist Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Commercial Litigation

Experience

Mr. Ross joined Feldman Law Group after many years of practice litigating intellectual property matters in the music publishing and recording industries as a partner in Caplan & Ross, and in Silverman Shulman & Baker, P.C.  As an attorney for these prominent New York boutique entertainment firms he litigated Intellectual Property matters, as well as copyright and trademark disputes concerning textile designs and other IP matters.

Earlier in his career Mr. Ross also served as an attorney in the Federal Litigation Department of the New York City Law Department, where he litigated civil rights actions arising from political demonstrations and other similar activities that take place in the city.

Representative Cases

  • In action concerning author’s termination of his copyright grants for numerous 1970’s era songs, including “Y.M.C.A.”, successfully defeated music publisher’s motion seeking to dismiss, on statute of limitations grounds, songwriter’s counterclaim challenging the authorship of one of his credited co-writers.
  • Won maximum statutory damage award under Copyright Act in addition to contract damages for film producer arising from failed distribution agreement.
  • In trademark infringement action, obtained dismissal of counterclaims for tortious interference and deceptive trade practice brought against magazine publisher.
  • Successfully pierced corporate veil and obtained substantial compensatory damage and punitive damage awards against television producer on breach of contract and fraudulent inducement claims for proposed televised poker program.
  • Obtained declaratory judgment on behalf of music publishers that the Copyright Act’s three-year statute of limitations prohibited one of the two credited co-authors from claiming sole authorship of the song “Sea of Love.”

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • State of New York

Education

  • The Johns Hopkins University, BA, 1989
  • Brooklyn Law School, JD, 1993

Publications

  • Co-author, Navigating U.S. Copyright Termination Rights, Landslide, A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, January/February 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York City Bar Association - Secretary of the Entertainment Law Committee for one term

Request a Free Consultation

Mr. Ross is available for a free one-hour consultation to discuss your company’s intellectual property law matters.  You can schedule a consultation by contacting Feldman Law Group at 212.532.8585 or by submitting the online contact form.