Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, June 10, 2001


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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Adds Attorney to Napster Team


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Intellectual property attorney Brian A. Ross has joined Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp as an associate in the firm’s litigation department.

Ross, formerly with Baker & Hostetler, is a member of the firm’s 10-attorney Napster/Aimster team, which is the lead counsel in representing the Recording Industry Association of America and a number of its members in the Napster and Aimster cases.

“This is just an outstanding opportunity to be on the cutting edge of intellectual property litigation,” Ross said.

Ross has extensive experience in legal issues related to the internet and new media, handling litigation involving domain name disputes, hacking, copyright and trademark infringement and other intellectual property issues while at Baker & Hostetler.

“Brian is a very gifted attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of both the legal and technological issues we confront in the Napster and Aimster cases,” Napster/Aimster team senior partner director Russell Frackman said.

Ross has also advised clients on issues related to online business activities, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and federal and state regulation of online trade.

“It is inevitable that in the future we will be faced with many more technology-related challenges to the rights of intellectual property owners,” George Borkowski, head of the firm’s intellectual property and technology group, said. “Skills like Brian’s are vital to protecting the rights of creative people in every field, from entertainment and software to fashion and manufacturing.”

Ross frequently speaks on cyberspace law, intellectual property and online legal ethics. He is also the author of four published works on intellectual property and Internet-related risks.

He received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1993.

Ross has been with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp since June 25


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