Louis J. Levy , Esq.

Lou has extensive experience advising clients in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, publicity rights, e-commerce, data privacy, computer security, and online and mobile advertising. In the course of his career, he has represented a broad range of domestic and international clients in the radio, television, software, music, telecommunications, electronics and consumer products industries before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has also represented clients in federal court on matters relating to trademark and copyright infringement, cybersquatting, and online advertising issues.

He has also successfully prosecuted numerous domain name dispute cases before World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) and National Arbitration Forum panels under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). Lou has assisted clients to negotiate a wide range of licenses and agreements, including trademark licenses, online and wireless content distribution agreements, and agreements with online advertising, text messaging, and other service providers. He has also negotiated software distribution and resale agreements, television program production joint venture agreements, and numerous trademark and copyright licenses.

Lou is also a trained mediator. He was recently appointed Chairman of the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Mediators Network (formerly the Panel of Neutrals), an international panel comprised of trained mediators with expertise in the fields of trademark law and unfair competition. He is certified to accept referrals for mediation from the General District Court of Virginia, and has mediated numerous disputes on a volunteer basis for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County (MD), the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He has also served as a mediating attorney on behalf of his clients.

Before joining The Belles Group, Lou was a partner with Lerman Senter, PLLC, specializing in trademark, copyright, privacy and e-commerce issues, with a particular focus on the broadcast media industry. Prior to joining Lerman Senter, he was an associate with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in the firm’s Tokyo and Washington, D.C. offices. While in Tokyo, Mr. Levy also served as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, where he co-taught a course in comparative intellectual property law.

Lou is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations, the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, and is president of the D.C. Computer Law Forum.

Lou graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law, receiving his J. D. in 1995. He also completed a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1987 and a Master’s in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto in 1979. He received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University in 1978.

Before becoming an attorney, Lou worked as a telecommunications regulatory and policy analyst for the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he edited and regularly contributed to an award-winning U.S. government newsletter on telecommunications policy, regulation, and technology, entitled NS/EP Telecom News. He also analyzed Soviet/Russian and Eastern European economic, political and military affairs for Booz Allen and, prior to that, for the Committee for National Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

  • American University’s Washington College of Law, 1995. J. D.
  • Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, 1987
  • Master’s in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto, 1979
  • B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University, 1978
  • District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association

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