Gregory Korn specializes in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property litigation.
In the area of entertainment, Mr. Korn represents clients in the film, television, and music industries, including studios and production companies, actors, writers, directors, producers, and musicians. Mr. Korn handles a wide variety of contract, trademark, and copyright matters for his entertainment clients. He litigates copyright infringement disputes concerning feature films, television shows, and musical compositions. He has litigated numerous rights disputes concerning feature film projects as well as disputes among producers and studios concerning rights to screen credit and compensation in connection with motion pictures. Mr. Korn has handled several “idea theft” matters in the film and television industries. In addition, he has substantial experience advising and representing celebrity clients in cases involving rights of privacy, rights of publicity, and contract.
In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Korn represents clients from a broad range of industries in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement actions. He further represents clients in the prosecution of trademark applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Since 2007, Mr. Korn has repeatedly been named a “Southern California Rising Star” by the publishers of Los Angeles magazine. Mr. Korn is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (B.A. 1996) and the UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif (J.D. 1999). Prior to joining Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP upon its founding in 2006, Mr. Korn clerked for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Judge for the Central District of California and practiced at the law firms of Irell & Manella LLP and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella LLP.
- Steve Wilson Briggs v. Neill Blomkamp, et al. – obtained summary judgment on behalf of writer/director Neill Blomkamp, Media Rights Capital, and Sony Pictures in a copyright infringement action concerning the feature film “Elysium.”
- Legendary Pictures Productions v. Lin Pictures, Inc. – currently representing Legendary Pictures in an action by several parties who allege the breach of a producing deal pursuant to which they were purportedly entitled to credit and compensation in connection with the blockbuster film “Godzilla.”
- Stephanie Counts, et al. v. Elizabeth Meriwether, et al. – currently representing William Morris Endeavor Entertainment in a copyright infringement action concerning the television series “New Girl.”
- Hologram USA, Inc. v. Pulse Entertainment, Inc., et al. – currently representing the Estate of Michael J. Jackson, MJJ Productions, and dick clark productions in an action asserting patent infringement with respect to a virtual performance by Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, in which Mr. Korn successfully opposed an emergency application to enjoin the performance.
- Daniel Clowes adv. Shia LaBeouf – represented comic artist Daniel Clowes in connection with a highly-publicized copyright infringement dispute with actor Shia LaBeouf relating to a short film produced by the actor.
- Spiraledge, Inc. v. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., et al. – represented several SeaWorld entities in a trademark infringement suit filed against the company’s “Aquatica” waterparks, which resulted after years of extensive litigation in an amicable business resolution.
- James Patterson Entertainment adv. Jan Korbelin, et al. – represented novelist James Patterson and co-producer/financier QED International in a copyright and breach of contract matter concerning the feature film “Alex Cross.”
- Nicholas Jarecki adv. Infinity Pictures – successfully defended writer/director Nicholas Jarecki in a copyright and contract matter relating to his debut film “Arbitrage.” Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor on claims of joint authorship in the “Arbitrage” screenplay.
- Starz Entertainment v. Buena Vista Home Television – represented Starz Entertainment in a breach of contract and copyright infringement matter contesting Disney’s sale of feature films on iTunes.
- Europacorp v. Consolidated Pictures Group – obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of French film studio Europacorp in federal court proceeding involving the feature film “I Love You Philip Morris.”
- Paris Hilton v. Bardia Persa, et al. – obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Paris Hilton against the operators of the website ParisExposed.com.
- Roland Corporation U.S. v. Behringer – successfully represented Roland Corporation—one of the preeminent manufacturers of electronic keyboards and drums—in a trade dress action involving the famous “BOSS” line of guitar effects pedals.
- Universal Music Group v. Aguila Records – obtained summary judgment on behalf of UMG in an action for breach of a record deal.
- Birke v. Oakwood Worldwide, et al. – “first-chaired” a Superior Court bench trial on behalf of the Oakwood Apartments in a public nuisance action and obtained a complete defense verdict, which was affirmed on appeal.
Honors & Awards
- “Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2014)
- University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1996
- UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), J.D., 1999