Services Provided

Paul Supnik practices in the areas of copyright and trademark law. He advises clients in the selection and use of brands, the protection of trademarks through registration strategies, enhancing value through licensing and enforcement, and litigating trademark and copyright disputes. Paul has delivered talks on these topics in the U.S. and abroad and has developed international contacts that facilitates his ability to help clients protect their copyright and trademark interests globally. His commitment to the legal profession and its institutions is an integral part of the practice. Paul has been selected by SuperLawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property for the years 2010 through 2024 and has a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of "AV".

Areas Served

Client representation includes businesses and individuals in the entertainment, art, publishing, merchandising, Internet, e-commerce and new media, advertising, computer software, information services, finance, apparel, consumer products, food, restaurant, medical products, eyewear, jewelry, sporting goods, furniture, and other industries.


B.S. Engr. UCLA , 1968
J.D. UC College of Law, San Francisco (formerly Hastings College of Law) , 1971

• The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property, Co-Author, Juris Publishing (July 2018).
• Copyright as a Complement to Sound Based Marks, Co-Author, INTA Bulletin, (August 5, 2020).
• Financial Elements of Contracts, book review, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (July/August 2010)
• "Protecting Trademarks Under the Madrid Protocol" Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (April 2004).
• "Check Marks--A trademark audit is a useful tool for determining the cost-effectiveness of maintaining a client's trademark portfolio" Los Angeles LawyerMagazine (May 2000).
• "Mark of Distinction--A New Federal Law Protects Distinctive Trademarks Against Dilution Through Unauthorized Use" Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (May 1997).
• "Copyright Infringement" in Proof in Competitive Business Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar (1993).
• "How to Stop Counterfeiting--A Practical Approach to the Industry's Biggest Problem" Licensing Today International (June/July/August 1993); "Exploiting Entertainment Marks Internationally in a Downturned Economy" Licensing Today International (June/July 1992).
• "Arbitration of Entertainment Industry Contingent Compensation Claims" in The Back End: A Look at Gross and Net Participations in the Wake of Buchwald v. Paramount, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section (1990).
• "Designations of Source--Are they Necessary to Support Entertainment Industry Merchandising Rights?", Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (1986).
• Merchandising and Licensing syllabus co-editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1985).
• "Diluting the Counterfeiters: New Trademark Rights and Remedies in Dealing with Entertainment and Merchandising Properties," The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA (Fall, 1985).
• Copyright: Selected Practical Aspects of Enforcement and Protection, Editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1984).
• "The Bell and Howell: Mamiya Case--Where Now Parallel Imports," The Trademark Reporter (January-February, 1984).
• "Unions and Guilds" (coauthor) in Producing for Motion Pictures and Television , sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1983).
• "Works Made for Hire" in The Visual Artist's Business and Legal Guide, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, (1981, 1995), reprinted by Jerome Headlands Press, Prentice-Hall.
• The Actors Manual: A Practical Guide to Your Career, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, co-editor (1978), reprinted by Elsevier-Dutton (1980).
• "First Amendment and Freedom of the Press", Los Angeles County Bar Journal, Los Angeles County Bar Association , Co-Editor, symposium issue (May 1976).

Professional Affiliations
• State Bar of California (admitted 1972)
• Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair, Editorial Board (1997-98)
• Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair (1979-80)
• International Law Section , Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair (2002-03)
• International Law Section, State Bar of California, Executive Committee (2005-08)(now California Lawyers Association International Law and Immigration Section)
• Los Angeles Copyright Society, President (2001-02)
• UC Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings) Alumni Association, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter, President (1984-85)
• Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats , National Vice President, United States (1990-92), Honorary Vice President (1993-)
• Union Internationale des Avocats, Vice President, Entertainment Law Commission (1997-2001)
• International Citizen Diplomacy (formerly International Visitors Council) of Los Angeles, Vice President (2001-06)
• United States District Courts, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ; Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• Beverly Hills Bar Association (President's Award, 2006; Beverly Hillls Bar Foundation Board of Governors, 2006-12)
• INTA Right of Publicity Committee (2020-22)
• American Bar Association
• Arbitrator, IFTA International Arbitration Tribunal; The ICDR Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
• British American Business Council Los Angeles, Member, Board of Directors (2001-06)
• International Trademark Association
• Adjunct Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School (2008-11)
• Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP, Of Counsel
• United States District Court, Central District of California ADR Panel Mediator
• Federal Bar Association, Treasurer, Intellectual Property Law Section (2022-24 )

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