Elliott Alderman

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High Quality, Cost-Effective Legal Services For Sophisticated IP Clients
  • Trademarks, Intellectual Property, Communications & Internet Law ...
  • District of Columbia
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Welcome to Alderman IP, A Specialized AV- Rated Intellectual Property Boutique Firm.

With 40 years of cutting-edge legal experience, Alderman IP is a partner for strategic and comprehensive intellectual property counsel, and is frequently consulted by other law firms for assistance with complex intellectual property, technology, content and media matters.

We help guide and advise high-end clients in the development, protection and monetization of their intellectual property, whether in technology, media or the arts. Working with software, web and multimedia companies, funded startups, sports teams and established performers and creators, we leverage and optimize the value of our clients' IP assets, regardless of media or technology.

Centrally located in Washington, DC, we work with clients both nationally and around the globe. While most of our business is referral-based, we welcome the opportunity to assist new and returning high-quality clients as well as general counsel of companies with complex IP cases or matters.

Founded by a Former General Counsel.

The firm is founded by former general counsel Elliott Alderman, who has wide-ranging legal experience in private practice as well as policy-drafting expertise from work at the U.S. Copyright Office and the Department of Justice. The firm is AV Preeminent® rated and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s top Platinum Client Champion award, which recognizes attorneys who have received ten or more client reviews with an average score of 4.5 (out of 5), or higher (an honor received by less than 1% of attorneys).

Practice Areas
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Intellectual Property
Communications & Internet Law
Internet Law, Media & Advertising
Entertainment & Sports Law
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Copyright
  • Technology transactions
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
American University
J.D. (1982) | Law
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Super Lawyers Rating
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AV Preeminent(R) Rating
The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
Client Champion Platinum
At least 10 reviews and a score of 4.5 or higher (out of 5). Fewer than 1 percent of attorneys qualify for this award.
Client Champion Gold
Award for excellent client service.
International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Sports and Entertainment Law
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Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar
- Current
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Articles & Publications
U.S. Supreme Court Warhol Foundation Decision on Copyright Fair Use
Maryland Bar, Maryland Bar Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, p. 50
Copyright Liability of States and the Eleventh Amendment
A Report of the Register of Copyrights (legislation based on this report holding states liable for monetary damages in copyright infringement suits was subsequently signed into law by then-President Bush)
Copyright Questions, Outlook Section p. C6 (June 7, 1998) (GATT restoration and copyright term extension)
Washington Post
The Return of the Native Product: Supreme Court Will Analyze Reach of Copyright Owner’s Importation Right
Legal Times Intellectual Property Supplement
Copyright Issues: Be Careful With Older Artwork
DC Bar Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Newsletter
Resale Royalties in the United States for Fine Visual Artists: An Alien Concept
40 Journal of the Copyright Society 265 (cited in Nimmer Copyright treatise)(available on WESTLAW)
Droit De Suite: The Artist’s Resale Royalty
A Report of the Register of Copyrights (recipient of Special Achievement Award)
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
The Alderman Law Office
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: (202) 596-5682
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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