Gregory Korn specializes in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property litigation, representing actors, writers, directors, producers, and musicians, in a variety of contract, trademark, and copyright matters.
In the area of entertainment, Mr. Korn has represented numerous clients in the film, television, and music industries. He has substantial experience advising and representing celebrity clients in a wide range of cases involving rights of privacy, rights of publicity, and contract. He has litigated numerous high-profile rights disputes concerning feature film projects. Mr. Korn also advises writers of film and television with regard to the protection of their work, “idea theft” concerns, and clearance issues.
In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Korn has extensive experience representing clients from a broad range of industries in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement actions. He further represents clients in the prosecution of trademark applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Since 2007, Mr. Korn has repeatedly been named a “Southern California Rising Star” by the publishers of Los Angeles magazine. Mr. Korn is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (B.A. 1996) and the UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif (J.D. 1999). Prior to joining Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP upon its founding in 2006, Mr. Korn clerked for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Judge for the Central District of California and practiced at the law firms of Irell & Manella LLP and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella LLP.
- James Patterson Entertainment adv. Jan Korbelin, et al. – represented novelist James Patterson and co-producer/financier QED International in a copyright and breach of contract matter concerning the feature film “Alex Cross.”
- Nicholas Jarecki adv. Infinity Pictures – successfully defended writer/director Nicholas Jarecki in a copyright and contract matter relating to his debut film “Arbitrage.” Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor on claims of joint authorship in the “Arbitrage” screenplay.
- Starz Entertainment v. Buena Vista Home Television – represented Starz Entertainment in a breach of contract and copyright infringement matter contesting Disney’s sale of feature films on iTunes.
- Europacorp v. Consolidated Pictures Group – obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of French film studio Europacorp in federal court proceeding involving the feature film “I Love You Philip Morris.”
- Simon Fuller v. Fox Corporation – represented Simon Fuller in a breach of contract matter in connection with the television show “X Factor.”
- Spartan Pictures adv. Troy Duffy, et al. – represented Spartan Pictures in a breach of contract and fraudulent transfer case filed by writer/director Troy Duffy involving the client’s acquisition of rights to the feature film “The Boondock Saints.”
- Paris Hilton v. Bardia Persa, et al. – obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Paris Hilton against the operators of the website ParisExposed.com.
- Roland Corporation U.S. v. Behringer – successfully represented Roland Corporation—one of the preeminent manufacturers of electronic keyboards and drums—in a trade dress action involving the famous “BOSS” line of guitar effects pedals.
- Universal Music Group v. Aguila Records – obtained summary judgment on behalf of UMG in an action for breach of a record deal.
- Birke v. Oakwood Worldwide, et al. – “first-chaired” a Superior Court bench trial on behalf of the Oakwood Apartments in a public nuisance action and obtained a complete defense verdict.