James G. Gatto

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Jim Gatto is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He is also Team Leader of the firm's Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency team, and its Social Media and Games industry team. He also is Team Leader of the firm's Open Source team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Gatto leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Mr. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, social games and online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods and currency, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source user-generated content, location-based services and gamification.

He has extensive experience advising internet and social media companies on business and legal strategies relating to virtual goods and virtual currency, developing IP protection and monetization strategies, handling terms of service and end user license agreements, development, licensing and partnership agreements, developing DMCA policies, handling DMCA enforcement, privacy and COPPA policies and much more.

Mr. Gatto's practice is national and international, and it encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation; counseling and technology transactions; developing and implementing IP strategies to protect and to monetize IP assets; creating and implementing corporate IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues and protests; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing and litigation; negotiating and drafting technology agreements; conducting IP due diligence in and negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright and trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source patent issues, licensing, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods and technology; and advising clients on computer law issues such as computer fraud and abuse and SPAM-related issues.


•Go-To Thought Leader, National Law Review, 2018
•Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2018
•Top Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Regional Legal Leader, DC/Metro, The National Law Journal, 2018
•Media, Technology and Telecoms, Legal 500, 2016
•IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2014, 2018
•Intellectual Property - Northern Virginia, Chambers USA, 2007-2018
•Patent Licensing & Transactional and Patent Prosecution, Legal 500, 2007-2015
•IAM Strategy 250, Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, 2011
•Greater Washington Legal Elite, SmartCEO Magazine, 2010
•Best Intellectual Property Author, Lexology Legal Writing Awards - US, 2010
•Legal Writing Awards Winner for Author of the Year, Intellectual Property USA, 2010
Super Lawyers, 2006-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2018
•Top IP/IT Attorneys in Virginia, Virginia Business Journal Survey
•DC Area's Go-To Attorneys, Washington SmartCEO


•Represented Catalina Marketing in their acquisition of Modiv Media. The deal involved an acquisition and strategic integration of Modiv’s mobile and digital technology to supplement Catalina’s bricks and mortar-based targeted marketing infrastructure.
•Lead IP/tech attorney for the highly publicized, complex strategic alliance between EMC and Lenovo, relating to network servers and storage devices. The deal included M&A and ongoing strategic business agreement components, involving complex licensing, open source and IP aspects. Based on this deal, M&A Advisor named him a winner of the 2012 “Cross-Border Deal of the Year” in its category for this work.
•Assisted VoiceBox Technologies Corp. by securing dozens of patents to protect its award-winning contextual voice technology. VoiceBox was recently named in the IEEE’s Patent Power 2013 Scorecard, an independent industry evaluation of the best patent portfolios conducted by the research firm 1790 Analytics.
•Has handled Patent and IP-based sales involving hundreds of millions of dollars
•Assisted Activision on IP issues associated with its $100 million acquisition of the Guitar Hero franchise from Red Octane
•Has successfully assisted Playfish in shutting down unauthorized secondary markets for its virtual goods and currency
•Co-lead trial team for Computer Associates, Inc. in a matter involving the divestiture of an open source software product prevailing on all substantive issues and obtaining an award of attorney's fees
•Advised StarMine LLC from its inception on IP issues and developed and implemented IP strategy through its sale to Thomson-Reuters, Inc.
•First chaired team that obtained preliminary and permanent injunction on behalf of financial services company for a business method patent relating to the municipal bond industry
•Obtained patent for and developed successful multi-million dollar licensing program for Information Planning Management Service, Inc.
•Managed internet portfolios and assisted in IP based sale of United Toll, LLC to a Roper Industries, Inc. entity
•Prevailed in a patent interference matter for a university professor for his Nobel-prize winning invention in the field of Chemistry
•First chaired team that successfully sued the United States Government under 28 U.S.C. 1498 for patent infringement in the Court of Federal Claims
•First chaired team that successfully defended two patent infringement lawsuits in the Internet coupon field and successfully enforced patent against a competitor in a third suit; then assisted in sale of that business to Catalina Marketing Corp.
•First chaired team that, in a declaratory judgment action filed against a California company in Asheville, NC, obtained summary judgment of infringement, validity and enforceability on behalf of a patent owner
•Successfully represented a bioinformatics company in a patent infringement lawsuit involving Oxford Gene Technology patents relating to oligonucleotide arrays
•Developed a patent portfolio, which has been successfully enforced, for pioneering semiconductor technology relating to gallium nitride based blue LEDs and blue laser devices


•Not Every Open Source Cloud Has A Silver Lining
Law360 , March 1, 2019
•INSIGHT: Interstate Online Gambling Dealt Blow by DOJ Flip Flop on Wire Act
Bloomberg , February 14, 2019
•Considering Blockchain In The Electricity Industry
Law360 , November 7, 2018
•10 Lessons On Blockchain And Open-Source Licenses
Law360 , November 1, 2018
•Insight: How Blockchain Can Affect Health Care
Bloomberg Law , June 6, 2018
•Open Source Software in M&A and Finance Transactions
Thomson Reuters , June 5, 2018
•Patent Issues with Open Source Software (OSS)
Thomson Reuters , June 5, 2018
•Open Source and SaaS
Thomson Reuters , June 5, 2018
•Considerations for Developing Corporate Open Source Policies
Thomson Reuters , June 5, 2018
•Potential Repercussions of the Big Fish Decision
Extended play or game over?
Casino Journal , May 29, 2018
•Virtual Advertising: Uncharted Legal Waters
Advertising Age , November 11, 2016
•Alternative Fantasy Models Face Legal Scrutiny
Law360 , October 31, 2016
•Federal Circuit Is In Sync With Patent’s Validity Under Section 101
IPFrontline , September 21, 2016
• Hospitality's Move to Mobile Raises Legal Risks
HOTELS Magazine , September 13, 2016
•2 Courts Dismiss Class Actions Involving Virtual Casinos
Law360 , December 1, 2015
• FTC Issues New Guidance for Mobile App Developers that Collect Location Data, JD Supra, February 2, 2015
• Not So Silky Road, JD Supra, February 5, 2015
• FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting, JD Supra, January 28, 2015
• Court Finds Poker Game Management Patents Valid Under Section 101, JD Supra, November 17, 2014
• Another Court Declares Terms of Service Provisions Unenforceable - Are Yours?, JD Supra, November 6, 2014
• IRS Issues Significant Convertible Virtual Currency Ruling - Bitcoin Community Abuzz, JD Supra, March 28, 2014
• More Fallout From Silk Road, JD Supra, January 28, 2014
• Sacramento Kings Announce They Will Be The First Pro Sports Franchise to Accept Bitcoin, JD Supra, January 20, 2014
• Taxation of Virtual Currencies, JD Supra, January 14, 2014
• Does Bitcoin Violate the Stamp Payments Act?, JD Supra, January 10, 2014
• Healthcare Gamification - Regulation of Wellness Programs, JD Supra, August 28, 2013
• FINCEN Virtual Currency Guidance, JD Supra, July 5, 2013
• Money Laundering Through Virtual Currency Provider Shut Down, JD Supra, May 29, 2013
• FINRA Levies $9 Million Fine Against Financial Service Company Over Email Failures, JD Supra, May 22, 2013
• Bitcoin Exchange Assets Seized, JD Supra, May 20, 2013
• DMCA Saves YouTube...Again, JD Supra, April 19, 2013
• Mobile Payments Infographic, JD Supra, April 17, 2013
• SEC OKs Social Media Sites for Financial Disclosures, JD Supra, April 3, 2013
• FINCEN Issues Virtual Currency Regulations, JD Supra, March 22, 2013
• Who Wants Money for Mobile App Development?, JD Supra, February 4, 2013
• Social Media Guidance for Financial Institutions, JD Supra, January 30, 2013
• Will Australia Ban Non-Real Money Gambling Apps?, JD Supra, January 15, 2013
• Virtual Goods, Gaming and the Trouble With Secondary Markets, JD Supra, January 2013
• Make Sure Your Virtual Currency Doesn't Enter Illegal Gambling Territory, Paybefore Magazine, Fall 2012


•Advisory Panel, Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and ICOs - Navigating the Legal Landscape (Wolters Kluwer, 2018)

Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts

• The Game Goes On: Sheppard Mullin Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice of Class Action Alleging Social Gaming Micro-transactions Constitute Illegal Gambling, February 8, 2016

Law of the Ledger: Blockchain Law Blog Posts

• Not Every (Open Source) Cloud Has a Silver Lining, March 5, 2019
• HIMMS19 Conference - Blockchain Symposium Recap, February 12, 2019
• Smart Contract Developers - Beware and Lawyer Up! November 27, 2018
• 10 Things to Know About The Intersection of Blockchain Technology, Open Source Software, and Patents, October 30, 2018
• Blockchain. Bringing A Chorus of Cheers to the Music Industry, October 1, 2018
• The Blockchain-based Supply Chain Adoption Tipping Point?, September 27, 2018
• Court Rules Cryptocurrencies Can Be Regulated By The CFTC As Commodities, August 24, 2018
• 10 FAQs About Blockchain and Life Sciences, August 21. 2018
• Crypto-Collectibles Phenomena Continues as MLB Hopes for Home Run, August 13, 2018
• SEC Blockchain and Crypto Update, August 6, 2018
• Apple Updates Cryptocurrency Aspects of App Store Review Guidelines, August 2, 2018
• SEC Declares Ether Is Not a Security, June 14, 2018
• Open Source Software in M&A and Finance, June 5, 2018
• Patent Issues with Open Source Software (OSS), June 5, 2018
• Open Source and SaaS, June 5, 2018
• Considerations for Developing Corporate Open Source Policies, June 5, 2018
• Recent Blockchain Patents of Note, May 23, 2018
• How Crypto Token Function and Transferability Could Impact Classification as a Security, May 17, 2018
• Legal Issues with Blockchain-Based Crypto Games and Collectibles, May 1, 2018
• Drafting Effective Blockchain Patents, April 2, 2018

Video Game Law Blog Posts

• DOJ Wire Act Update - 90 Day Window for Compliance, January 17, 2019
• DOJ Does High “Wire Act” - Flip Flops on Legality of Online Gambling, January 16, 2019
• All Bets are On! Gambling and Video Games, September 13, 2018
• Is there a Unicorn Among ICO Issuers? August 23, 2018
• Churchill Downs Seeks En Banc Review of Big Fish Decision, May 15, 2018
• Belgium Gaming Commission Loot Box Report - Extends Beyond Game Companies to Licensors and Game Platforms, May 14, 2018
• Belgium Threatens Criminal Prosecution Over Loot Boxes, May 10, 2018
• The Game Goes On: Sheppard Mullin Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice of Class Action Alleging Social Gaming Micro-transactions Constitute Illegal Gambling, May 7, 2018
• Korean FTC Issues Fines Over Loot Box Advertising, April 24, 2018
• Social Game Site Excludes Washington Players; Gambling Commission Comments, April 6, 2018
• Social Casino Game Found to Be Illegal Gambling, March 29, 2018
• Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology , January 16, 2018
• Apple Requires Disclosure of Odds for Loot Boxes, December 21, 2017
• SEC Takes $15 Million Bite Out of an ICO, December 12, 2017
• The Legality of Loot Boxes - Update, November 30, 2017
• CFTC Issues Primer on Virtual Currency, Virtual Tokens and ICOs, October 30, 2017
• Are Loot Boxes An Illegal Gambling Mechanic? October 24, 2017
• PTAB Sheds Light On Video Game Patent Validity, October 23, 2017
• Video Game Network Patent Found to Be Patent Eligible - Not an Abstract Idea, September 14, 2017
• China Halts ICOs, September 5, 2017
• Cryptocurrency Traders Beware - The Taxman Cometh!, August 29, 2017
• SEC Issues Warning on Certain ICOs, August 28, 2017
• SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security, July 27, 2017
• Court Enjoins Milwaukee Over AR Location-based Game Ordinance, July 26, 2017
• New Hampshire Exempts Bitcoin from Money Transmitter Regulation, June 14, 2017
• Nevada Passes Pro-blockchain Law, June 13, 2017
• 100 Million Reasons For Open Source Compliance, May 19, 2017
• Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal, May 17, 2017
• Important Open Source Ruling Confirms Enforceability of Dual-Licensing and Breach of GPL for Failing to Distribute Source Code, May 15, 2017
• AR Game Maker Launches First Amendment Challenge, April 24, 2017
• Don’t Game Your Players with False Advertising, February 15, 2017
• Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection!, November 15, 2016
• Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps, October 21, 2016
• New Challenge to Daily Fantasy Sports in New York, October 10, 2016
• Virtual Porn - Real Patent Lawsuit, September 23, 2016
• Federal Circuit is In Sync with Patent’s Validity Under Section 101, September 15, 2016
• New York Issues DFS Permits, August, 23, 2016
• Massachusetts Becomes Ninth State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports, August 17, 2016
• New York Daily Fantasy Law Passed - But Will it Stick?, August 16, 2016
• Compilation of Public Data Can be Trade Secret, August 12, 2016
• LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots, August 11, 2016
• NJ Gets Shut-out on Sports Betting, August 10, 2016
• New York Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports, August 8, 2016
• Pokemon Go...es To Court!, August 3, 2016
• The New Face of eSports Venues? March 25, 2016
• DraftKings and FanDuel to Suspend Activity in New York, Effective Immediately, March 22, 2016
• Daily Fantasy Sports is Legalized....At least in Virginia! March 8, 2016
• Daily Fantasy Sports Update - DraftKings Sues Texas AG; Activity in GA and IN, March 7, 2016
• Virginia Passage of Fantasy Sports Law Appears Imminent; PA, NY and MD Bills in the Works, February 26, 2016
• The Game Goes On: Sheppard Mullin Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice of Class Action Alleging Social Gaming Micro-transactions Constitute Illegal Gambling, February 8, 2016
• Rhode Island AG says Fantasy Sports is Legal but Should Be Regulated, February 5, 2016


• Legal Issues with Social Games, eSports, and Fantasy Sports, September 2015
• Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Strategies for Small Business, September 2015

Media Mentions

•Legal Compliance, Patents, and Smart Contracts - Interview With Law Firm Sheppard Mullin’s Blockchain Team Leader
Jim Gatto shares his views about legal compliance in blockchain start-ups, patent applications, intellectual property, and more.
Blokt , December 13, 2018
•US Social Gaming Sector Rattled by Washington Court Ruling
iGaming Times , May 2018
•Sheppard Mullin's Jim Gatto On Online Video Gaming Law and Risk
Panopticon Laboratories , April 17, 2017
•Invest Time, Add Positive Energy And Give Back
Lawline , March 16, 2017
•How to Make Real Money From Virtual Things
Inc. Magazine , February 2017
•Mmo Lockboxes, Keys, And Booster Packs: Gambling Or Gaming?
Massivelyop , January 17, 2017
•Daily Fantasy Legalization Gains Speed But Hurdles Ahead
Law360 , August 23, 2016
•Sports Betting In Hands Of Congress After Court Fight Fails
Law360 , August 19, 2016
•Sheppard Mullin Lures 3 Pillsbury IP and Tech Partners
Law360 , June 16, 2015
•Video: Managing Legal Risk in Gamification
January 20, 2011

Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Open Source Software: Guidance for Corporate and Technology Counsel on Mitigating Legal and Security Risks, Stafford Webinars, October 12, 2017
•Speaker, Serious Play Conference, George Mason University, July 18-20, 2017
•Speaker, Blockchain Webinar, March 15, 2017
•Speaker, Game Developers Conference/ GDC Seminar & Reception, San Francisco, CA February 27, 2017
•Panelist, 4th Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, Presented by ASU, Phoenix, AZ, November 12, 2016
•Speaker, Liability Issues in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Law Seminars International’s Game Technology Conference Seattle, WA, October 13-14 2016
•Speaker, Virtual Reality Year in Review! Presented by YetiZen, December 1, 2015
•Panelist, Intellectual Property & Licensing Strategies for Small Businesses WEBINAR, Center for Innovative Technology, September 10, 2015
•Speaker, The Critical Difference between eSports and Other Video Games, eSports Conference San Francisco, September 9, 2015
•Speaker, Don’t gamble with your Business Model: Cutting edge legal issues and potential regulatory enforcements for social gaming, eSports and fantasy sports, Gaming NOW Summit Las Vegas, September 2, 2015
•Speaker, “The Interface Evolves - Sensory Gaming Platforms,” NeuroGaming Conference & Expo 2015, May 6, 2015
•Speaker, “Intellectual Property Strategy for Games,” Pillsbury panel discussion, February 25, 2015
•Speaker, “Overview of Legal Issues with mHealth,” mHealth Applications Legal Issues, February 10, 2015
•Speaker, “All About Apps: Designing for Engagement & Compliance,” mHealth Summit, December 10, 2014
•Speaker, “Gamblification,” Game Business and Legal Affairs 2014, May 19, 2014
•Speaker, “The Interface Evolves - Sensory Gaming Platforms,” NeuroGaming 2014 Conference & Expo, May 7, 2014
•“The Real Issues with Virtual Currency,” Pillsbury webinar, April 22, 2014
•Speaker, “New Ideas in Bitcoin,” Inside Bitcoins, April 7, 2014
•Speaker, “Gamblification! Interaction between Social Games and Online Gambling,” Social Gambling & Gaming Summit, December 10, 2013
• Gamblification: Gaming and Gambling Partnerships, Gamer Technology Law Conference, October 7, 2013
•Speaker, “Know When to Hold ‘Em,” PLI’s Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2013: Hot Business and Legal Issues in Technotainment San Francisco, September 18, 2013 and New York, October 3, 2013
• Discussion of Due Diligence, Panel Discussion, The Power of Angel Investing Seminar, Northern Virginia Technology Council; Ashburn, VA, July 11, 2013
•Speaker, gsummitX - Gamification in Washington, DC, June 5, 2013
•Moderator, “Gamblification! Interaction between Social Games and Online Gambling,” American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, June 10, 2013
•Speaker, Social Media & Games Committee meeting and interactive workshop, 2013 World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting, May 3, 2013
•Moderator, “The Next Interface - Sensory Gaming Platforms,” NeuroGaming Conference & Expo, May 1, 2013
•Speaker, “Clarifying the blurred legal boundaries between various forms of social, virtual currency, prediction, sweeptstakes and other forms of gaming - what you can and can’t do,” Social Casino Summit San Francisco 2013, April 25, 2013
•Speaker, Gamblification: Legal Concerns, GSummit San Francisco 2013, April 18, 2013
•Speaker, Rigging the Mobile Game Deck, Casino Gaming, February 26, 2013
•Speaker, “Viva Las Vegas - Monetization 3.0: Opportunities in Online Casinos and Gambling for Games and Media Companies, Games Summit at 2013 International CES, January 10, 2013
• Role of Patents in Business and the Impact of the America Invents Act, Practising Law Institute Law Audio Webcast, November 5, 2012
•“Gamblification! Legal Issues Relating to the use of Gambling Mechanics for Non-Gambling Purposes,” 2012 ITechLaw European Conference, October 11, 2012
•Moderator, Can Social Games be Monetised through Gambling, Social Gaming and Virtual Goods World, December 7, 2011
• Obeying the Law in a Virtual World, Social Gaming and Virtual Goods World, December 6, 2011
• Not Just Fun and Games: The Legal and Privacy Implications of Virtual Currency, Pillsbury webinar, October 24, 2011
• Derivative works based on open source, AIPLA Annual Meeting with Joint Committee Meeting ECLC and Diversity in IP Law, October 21, 2011
• Mobile and Handheld Device Gaming: Regulatory Update for Location-Based Gaming, LSI Gamer Technology Law Conference, October 3, 2011
• Top 10 Social Media Legal Issues: What Every Lawyer Should Know , MCLE Marathon, September 27, 2011
• Social Media for Nonprofits & Associations, WMACCA Nonprofit Series, May 26, 2011
• Social Media for Nonprofits: Leveraging the Opportunities and Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls, The Kreeger Museum, April 14, 2011
•Webinar: Top Social Media Legal Issues, March 22, 2011
• Legal Issues in Gamification, Engage! Expo New York, February 15, 2011
•Webinar: Social Media & Location-based Services: New Risks, February 2, 2011
• Top Legal Issues in Gamification, The Gamification Summit, January 19, 2011
• Overview of Legal Issues with Virtual Currencies, Virtual Goods World - Europe, November 16, 2010
• Legal Issues with Virtual Worlds, Virtual Goods and Virtual Currencies, Engage! Expo California, September 22, 2010
• Legal Issues with Virtual Worlds, Virtual Goods and Virtual Currencies, PLI Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2010: Hot Business and Legal Issues in Technotainment , San Francisco, September 22, 2010
• Legal Issues with Virtual Worlds, Virtual Goods and Virtual Currencies, PLI Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2010: Hot Business and Legal Issues in Technotainment , New York, September 10, 2010
• Virtual Worlds in Government Contracting, Pillsbury's Northern Virginia office, June 8, 2010
• ABCs of Social Gaming, Pillsbury's Silicon Valley office, June 1, 2010
• Top Legal and Business Issues with Virtual Worlds, Engage Expo New York, February 16, 2010
• Top Legal and Business Issues with Virtual Worlds, Engage Expo California, September 23, 2009
• Intersecting Interests: Virtual Worlds and the Law, Metanomics stage in Second Life, May 20, 2009


•Crypto Games & Digital Collectibles
March 18, 2019
•2019 Video Games and Digital Media Conference
University of Hastings College of the Law , March 18, 2019
•Marketing, Promotions and NextGen Business Models: What to Know and What to Expect, Including With Respect to Loot Boxes, Gambling and the Shift to Mobile
Digital Media and Video Game Conference
March 18, 2019
•Wire Act Update: Practical Implications of the DOJ’s Reversal on What Constitutes Illegal Online Gambling
Practising Law Institute
Webinar , February 25, 2019
•Infringement of IP Rights in Augmented and Virtual Reality
Protecting and Monitoring Trademarks, Right of Publicity, Copyrights
Strafford Webinar , February 21, 2019
•Don't Roll the Dice with Gambling in the U.S.
February 20, 2019
•Intellectual Property Committee Brown Bag Lunch
Federal Communications Bar Association
February 8, 2019
•DOJ High “Wire Act”
The Practical Implications of the DOJ’s Flip Flop on What Constitutes Illegal Online Gambling
Via GlobalMeet , January 24, 2019
•The Business Opportunities and Legal Risks with Blockchain - What You Need to Know
A Sheppard Mullin Webinar
via GlobalMeet , November 29, 2018
•All Bets Are On! Gambling, Sports, and Video Games in the 21st Century
American Bar Association Webinar
September 12, 2018
•Serious Play Conference
Legal Issues with Serious Games
George Mason University, Manassas VA , July 12, 2018
•2018 Game Developers Conference Reception
March 20, 2018
•Sixth Annual Cardozo Sports Law Symposium
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY
March 16, 2018
•Managing IP While Using Open Source: Copyright Licenses With Patent Challenges
CLE Webinar
February 20, 2018
•Cryptocurrency Law
Learn about the legal issues for Cryptocurrency!
February 6, 2018
•Technology and IP Forum: Open Source Updates and Practical Tips
Hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel - National Capital Region
April 26, 2017
•Getting Real with Augmented and Virtual Reality: Views from the Inside
April 6, 2017
•2017 Game Developers Conference Reception
February 28, 2017
•Video Game Bar Association Summit 2016
UCLA School of Law , May 16th - May17th, 2016
•2016 Game Developers Conference Reception
March 15, 2016
•Gamblification: The Legal Status of Gambling Mechanics in Interactive Entertainment
via Webcast , December 10, 2015
•Game Developer Symposium 3.0
October 14, 2015
•Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Strategies for Small Businesses
September 10, 2015
•2015 eSports Conference
September 2015
•Gaming NOW Summit
Hosted by Bullet Business
Las Vegas, NV , September 2015
•NeuroGaming Conference & Expo 2015
May 6, 2015


•Note Bene Episode 3: Implementing Blockchain Technology to Improve Operations with James Gatto
September 19, 2018

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Advertising
  • Entertainment and Digital Media
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Technology Transactions
  • Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency
  • Communications
  • Emerging Company & Venture Capital
  • Esports
  • Food and Beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Open Source
  • Social Media and Games
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Trucking and Logistics
  • Wine

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.1945  Phone
202.747.3893  Fax
University Attended:
Manhattan College, B.E., Electrical Engineering, with Physics minor, 1984
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U. S. Patent and Trademark Office; 1988, Virginia; 1989, District of Columbia


•American Bar Association-Vice-Chair, Section of Science & Technology Law, Virtual Worlds and Multi-User Online Games; Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee; Section of Intellectual Property Law-Special Committee on Computer Gaming
•The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
•International Association of Privacy Professionals
•International Technology Law Association-Chair, Social Media & Games Committee
•Association of Virtual Worlds-Advisory Board Member; Chair of Legal Committee
•American Intellectual Property Law Association-Chair, Open Source Subcommittee; Electronic and Computer Law Committee; Patent Law Committee; Emerging Technology Committee
•District of Columbia Bar-Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Section
•Editorial Advisory Board Member for The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal
•Patent Lawyers Club of Washington (Past President)
•Intellectual Property Owners (IPO)-Open Source Committee
•He has been a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the Software Patent Institute; served as Chair of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA; was President of the Patent Lawyers Club of Washington; was a member of the Board of Governors of the Patent and Trademark Office Society; served as an adjunct professor for several years teaching a legal strategy course in Johns Hopkins MBA program.


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