SOURCE: Greenberg Traurig

November 08, 2005 18:26 ET

Leading National Authority on Intellectual Property and Internet Law Joins Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Offices

LOS ANGELES, CA and PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2005 -- Ian C. Ballon, one of California's top intellectual property attorneys who is also an acknowledged authority on Internet law and e-commerce, has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in its Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices. Ballon's clients include e-Bay, Inc., Knight-Ridder, Inc. (and its chain of national newspapers including The San Jose Mercury News), Fujitsu America, The San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team, EMI Records, Twentieth Century FOX Film Corporation and Universal Studios. At Greenberg Traurig, Ballon will continue to represent entertainment, technology and media companies in complex digital copyright, trade secret, trademark, domain name, database and Internet-related litigation and counseling.

"Ian has been on the leading edge of developments in Internet law and e-commerce in addition to establishing an outstanding reputation as skilled litigator for a wide range of intellectual property matters," said Terence Clark, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's IP Practice. "He joins a broad-based intellectual property practice at Greenberg Traurig that now boasts more than 40 members in California and 165 firmwide. His knowledge and experience will further expand our capabilities and be an invaluable resource to clients in California, as well as on a national and international level."

Formerly co-chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP's national intellectual property & Internet practice group, Ballon will continue to split his time between both Palo Alto and Los Angeles and will be resident in Greenberg Traurig's offices in both cities. Mr. Ballon has served as lead counsel to major companies in a diverse array of matters involving issues such as copyright fair use, the proper application of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for conduct occurring over the Internet, secondary copyright and trademark liability, source code infringement, trade secret misappropriation, wrongful diversion of Internet traffic, unfair competition in cyberspace, domain name infringement, dilution and cybersquatting, phishing and pharming, violations of the CAN-SPAM Act and privacy and security. He also has represented clients in numerous cases brought against anonymous and pseudonymous tortfeasors and infringers. In addition, Ballon has successfully resolved putative copyright and Internet class action suits.

Ballon, the author of the best selling legal treatise, "E-Commerce and Internet Law: A Legal Treatise With Forms" (LegalWorks/ West 3 volumes, 2001 & 2005 Supp.,, is also an accomplished writer and speaker on intellectual property and Internet law issues. Among other things, he is the featured speaker at the annual CEB/State Bar of California program "Ballon on Intellectual Property and Internet Law and Litigation Strategy," which is held each January in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ballon currently serves as executive director of the Stanford University Law School Center for E-Commerce which is designed to provide a forum for scholars, policymakers and business executives to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in electronic commerce law. The center hosts outreach programs and collaborates with faculty and students from other universities to advance interdisciplinary e-commerce research and policymaking. He has served as an advisor to the American Law Institute's International Intellectual Property Jurisdiction Project since 2002 and is a member of the GRAMMY® Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative Advisory Committee He also is a council member of the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology.

He has been named among the top intellectual property litigation lawyers in "Northern California Super Lawyers" for the past several years, and is listed in the 2006 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in intellectual property and information technology. He also was named one of the world's leading lawyers in the 2005 "Technology, Media and Telecommunications Expert Guide."

Ballon graduated with honors in 1986 from The George Washington University National Law Center, where he was Articles Editor of "The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics," and he has an LL.M in international and comparitive law from Georgetown University Law Center.

"Greenberg Traurig has one of the strongest entertainment and media practices in the country and is rapidly developing a significant footprint in Silicon Valley. I am very excited about the calibre and diversity of the firm's national and international IP, technology and media practices which will provide me ample opportunity to better serve my clients and expand my practice," said Ballon.

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