Douglas N. Masters: Lawyer with Loeb & Loeb LLP

Douglas N. Masters

Managing Partner
Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312.464.3144

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Advanced Media and Technology
  • Advertising and Promotions
  • Consumer Action and Regulatory Defense
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Entertainment and IP Litigation
  • gTLD Development and Response Team
  • Health and Wellness Marketing Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Sports
  • Technology and Outsourcing
  • Trademarks and Copyrights
 
University Cornell University, B.A., with distinction, 1985
 
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1988
 
Admitted1989, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1988, Illinois State Supreme Court; 2006, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; 2007, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Illinois; 1991, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona; 1991, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1993, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1994, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois; 1995, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
 
Memberships 

Affiliations

•Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
•Member, Board of Directors, The Museum of Broadcast Communications
•Member, Editorial Board, The Trademark Reporter
•Member, Editorial Board, Newsletter of ABA Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Committee
•Member, Editorial Advisory Board, IP Law360 (2009)

 
BornChicago, Illinois, April 19, 1963
 
Biography

Douglas Masters litigates and counsels clients primarily in the areas of intellectual property, advertising and unfair competition. He helps sports leagues, athletes and advertisers protect and exploit their branding, marketing and other intellectual property assets. Mr. Masters has counseled major corporations and prominent individuals in a variety of matters involving trademark and copyright clearance, registration, policing and enforcement, as well as consumer protection issues, such as allegations of deceptive or unfair advertising and marketing practices, and unfair competition.

Mr. Masters also has extensive experience advising companies in domain name protection and enforcement proceedings, and matters and litigation relating to the unique issues of online marketing and advertising. In addition to representing clients in state and federal court, he practices regularly before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and the National Advertising Division.

EXPERIENCE

Appellate Victory for Pom Wonderful LLC in Trademark Infringement Action

Secured an appellate victory on behalf of Pom Wonderful LLC when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's order denying preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement action against Pur Beverages over the sale of pur pom energy drinks, which violate Pom Wonderful's trademark of its POM line of juices. The 9th Circuit concluded that the district court erred in its likelihood of confusion analysis and remanded the case back to the trial judge.

Obtained Summary Judgment for Comcast in Trademark Case

Obtained summary judgment for Comcast Corporation rejecting trademark registrant's $70MM reverse confusion claim over name of Comcast's television and movie website

Rodney Guillory v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

Successfully defended the NCAA against defamation claims by Rodney Guillory related to NCAA enforcement proceedings involving the University of Southern California and former USC student-athlete O.J. Mayo.

Encyclopedia Britannica v. Online Education Systems

Obtained summary judgment ruling allowing content owner to buy out license upon termination of distribution agreement

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Mambo Seafood #1, Inc.

Successfully prevented registration of rival beer mark after the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found our client's Michelob mark famous and credited its confusion survey at trial

NCAA Domain Name Dispute

Successful representation of NCAA at trial and on appeal in domain name and infringement suit concerning March Madness.

Preliminarily Enjoined Competitor From Advertising Using False Establishment Claims

Preliminarily enjoined competitor from advertising using false establishment claims while defending its challenge to client's own advertising.

Licensing Dispute for Leading Folk Artist

Representation of leading folk artist in licensing dispute raising trademark, copyright, right of publicity, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract claims.

Policing of Trademark Portfolios

Aggressive policing of trademark portfolios through litigation and negotiated agreements

Clearance of Marks for Major Branding Initiatives

Clearance of marks for major branding initiatives of entertainment, media, financial services and sports-orientated businesses

PUBLICATIONS

MLB Using Technology to Expand its Reach

Articles
March 17, 2015 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The Rise of E-Sports as a New American Pastime

Articles
January 13, 2015 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Brands Weigh Benefits, Risks of 'Cause-Related Marketing'

Articles
December 30, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

2 Supreme Court Cases May Rethink Trademark Law

Articles
December 11, 2014 Corporate Counsel

Social Media Boosting College Football

Articles
November 11, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Here's the Skinny on Levi's New High-Tech Stadium

Articles
October 14, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Are Fantasy Sports Operators Betting on the Right Game?

Articles
September 9, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Assessing the Future of the Sports Wearable Technology Market
August 12, 2014 Chicago Law Bulletin

Where is all the World Cup Action? Not in Brazil

Articles
July 8, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Can Ad Auction Site Take Brands to the Big Leagues?

Articles
June 10, 2014 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin MORE PUBLICATIONS

MEDIA MENTIONS

The Illinois Man Who Coined 'March Madness'
March 14, 2015 Chicago Tribune

Supreme Court Says Juries are Favored Over Judges to Decide Trademark-Tacking Cases
January 28, 2015 Inside Counsel

Hana Is No Landmark, But Might Still Affect TM Confusion
January 21, 2015 Law360

9th Circ. Overturns 'Pom' Trademark Ruling
January 2, 2015 Law360

Wrigley Opposes the Trademark 'WTF'
November 18, 2014 Above the Law MORE MEDIA MENTIONS

Events

PAST EVENTS

The 5th M.A.T.C.H Roundtable: The Mid-Year Checkup

Speaker
June 25, 2014
Silver Chalice's Campus Insiders Studio at the Harpo Studio Campus
1115 W. Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607 Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor Momentum Event Group's Media Advertising Technology Chicago (M.A.T.CH) breakfast series, where partner Seth A. Rose will lead a discussion titled Social Media:...

SLA Indiana Outreach Event

Speaker
August 26, 2013
NCAA
700 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) Indiana Outreach Event, where partners Douglas N. Masters and Seth A. Rose will be providing a CLE session.From...

Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Chapter Sports and Entertainment Conference

Speaker
February 13, 2013
California Science Center
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, California 90037 Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Douglas Masters will speak on Licensing Transmedia and Consumer Products and Nerissa Coyle McGinn will speak on Mobile/Geomarketing: Issues...

Association of Media and Entertainment Council: Sports Programming in the Digital Age: New Structures and New Conflicts

Speaker
July 19, 2012
Loeb & Loeb LLP
10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 2200
Los Angeles, California 90067 Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor and co-host the Association of Media and Entertainment Council program, Sports Programming in the Digital Age: New Structures and New Conflicts, which will fe...

IICLE Licensing Agreements 101

Speaker
June 22, 2012
UBS Tower and Conference Center
One N. Wacker Dr.
2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60606
Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Douglas N. Masters will be speaking at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program titled Li...

Leaving Your Mark On Social Media?

Speaker
April 23, 2012 The webinar slides are available for download below.Social media networks are expanding exponentially each day, and the policies and rules that govern them seem to change almost as frequently. Brand...

License Agreements 101

Speaker
March 9, 2012
UBS Tower and Conference Center
One North Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606 Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Douglas N. Masters will be lecturing on Drafting A Trademark License Agreement at the upcoming Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Ed...

Using New Media to Promote Corporate Image - Understanding the Risks and Rewards

Speaker
November 2, 2011
Webinar Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Sports & Entertainment Interest Group webinar Using New Media to Promote Corporate Image - Understandi...

Sports Lawyers Association 2011 Annual Meeting

Speaker
May 19-21, 2011
Renaissance Hotel Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Loeb partner Doug Masters will be a moderator at the upcoming Sports Lawyers Association 37th Annual Conference. He will be moderat...

2011 In-House Practitioners Workshop at the INTA Annual Meeting

Speaker
May 15, 2011
InterContinental Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Doug Masters will be a panelist at the upcoming 2011 In-House Practitioners Workshop, taking place during the 2011 INTA Annual Meeting...

Kansas Bar Association Intellectual Property CLE Program, IP Issues in the Era of Social Media

Speaker
May 6, 2011
Doubletree Hotel Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Loeb partner Doug Masters and Loeb associate Seth Rose will be a speaking at the upcoming 2011 Kansas Bar Association Intellectual P...

Clash of Sports Celebrities' Publicity Rights in Computer and Fantasy Sports Games

Speaker
February 23, 2011
Herrick Feinstein LLP Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Doug Masters will be a panelist at the upcoming New York State Bar Association CLE program. The topic of the CLE panel will be “C...

Marketing on the Go: Legal Issues in Mobile Advertising

Speaker
February 3, 2011
Teleconference Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) teleconference titled Marketing on the Go: Legal Issues in Mobile Advertising, presented by Loeb partner...

2011 NCAA Convention

Panelist
January 11-25, 2011 Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Doug Masters will be a panelist at the upcoming 2011 NCAA Convention on the topic of Protecting Your Brand.Panel description:...

Loeb & Loeb LLP Presents: Building a Career -- Building a Practice: A Focus on Diversity and Collaboration

Panelist
June 17, 2010

Chicago, Illinois

Intellectual Property LAWCAST: Southern Cal Scores Victory Over South Carolina in Federal Circuit Trademark Tussle

Speaker
February 22, 2010
Webinar Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to announce that partner Doug Masters is a speaker in the Intellectual Property LAWCAST entitled Southern Cal Scores Victory Over South Carolina in Federal Circuit Tradema...

The Copyright Society of the USA 2010 Mid-Winter Meeting

Panelist
February 4-6, 2010
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that partner Doug Masters will be a panelist at The Copyright Society of the USA's Mid-Winter Meeting.From the CSUSA site:The Copyright Society of t...

Intellectual Property LAWCAST: Seventh Circuit Rules for Photographer in Copyright Case Involving Thomas & Friends

Speaker
December 14, 2009 Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to announce that partner Doug Masters is a speaker in the Intellectual Property LAWCAST entitled Seventh Circuit Rules for Photographer in Copyright Case Involvi...

Loeb & Loeb LLP Presents an Advanced Media and Technology Group Webinar: Fair Use and the Internet

Presenter
December 9, 2009 Presented by:Doug Masters, Loeb & Loeb LLP Nerissa McGinn, Loeb & Loeb LLP Jonathan Seiden, trademark counsel for Muhammed Ali and the estate of Elvis Presley Copyright and trademark...

Chicago Bar Association Panel: Initial Considerations for IP Protection from Inside and Out

Panelist
April 1, 2009
Chicago Bar Association Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Loeb partner Douglas Masters is speaking at the upcoming Chicago Bar Association panel.From the Chicago Bar Association web site: Join our...

IICLE Intellectual Property Short Course

Speaker
December 11-12, 2008
UBS Tower and Conference Center Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Loeb partner Doug Masters will be a speaker at Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's upcoming program.From the IICLE webs...

USPTO Boot Camp: Trademark Edition

Speaker
September 24, 2008
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce that Loeb partner Doug Masters will be a panelist at USPTO Boot Camp: Trademark Edition.From the ACI site:Trademark attorneys face an increasingly dem...

20th National Advanced Corporate Counsel Forum on Advertising Law

Speaker
December 11-12, 2007
The Westin Times Square Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to be a sponsor of ACI's 20th National Advanced Corporate Counsel Forum on Advertising Law, which will feature Loeb Partners Jim Taylor (conference co-chair) and Doug...

Sports Marketing & Advertising Law

Speaker
September 27-28, 2007
The Warwick Hotel American Conference Institute (ACI) presents its 2nd Advanced Legal & Business Forum on Sports Marketing and Advertising Law: Where the Top of YOUR Game?From the ACI Web site:In sports ad...

Differentiating Your Practice or Industry Group in Today's Market, Strategic Marketing and Business Development in the Modern Law Firm

Speaker
September 25-26, 2007
The Palmer House

Practice Group Leadership Forum

Speaker
May 23-24, 2007
The Hilton Suites The Ark Group & Managing Partner Magazine's 2nd Annual Practice Group Leadership provides meaningful interaction as attendees discuss and evaluate the cornerstones of accountability, commitment an...

2007 Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law

Speaker
April 11, 2007 From the program brochure:Intellectual property law is a complex practice area requiring a broad array of skills. This Practical Tips program is designed to enhance tese skills and enable IP practit...

Sports Law Leadership Summit

Speaker
September 27-28, 2006

Westin New York at Times Square Loeb & Loeb LLP is an exhibiting sponsor of the American Conference Institute's Sports Law Leadership Summit.From the ACI Web site:As an attorney or businessperson in the sports industry, yo...

Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law

Speaker
April 5, 2006

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Chicago Bar Association

Speaker
May 2005

Due Diligence Workshop, International Trademark Association

Speaker
March 2005

Practical Tips on Trademark Litigation: Motions in Limine and Trial by Jury

Speaker
April 2003

ABA IPL Section Program, Washington, D.C. (April 2003); Atlanta, GA (May 2002); Philadelphia, PA (June 2002)

Discovery and Use of Opinions in Litigation

Speaker
September 2001

PLI Program, Preparing Trademark Legal Opinions, Palo Alto, California

DISTINCTIONS

•Named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2013-2014)
•Named Best Lawyer in Trademark Law, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2010-2015)
•Named Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation and First Amendment/Media/Advertising by Thomson Reuters (2013-2015); Listed in the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers (2014)
•Named in Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, published by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (2009)
•Named in The Legal 500 US in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Marketing and Advertising, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2008-2009 and 2012-2013 editions)
•Recommended in World Trademark Review 1000 United States - Illinois (2012 and 2015), WTR is part of The IP Media Group
•Recommended “Top Lawyers in Illinois” in Intellectual Property Law (2004-2014), Advertising & Media Law (2010-2015), and Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law (2010-2014), Leading Lawyers Network, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company
•Honorable Mention, Hard Work on Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter, ABA Section of Litigation (2009-2010)
•Lecturer, Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Litigation, University of Chicago Law School
•Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law
•Illinois “40 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch”

 
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Office Information

Douglas N. Masters

321 North Clark Street
ChicagoIL 60610




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