Cheryl Hodgson, Esq. - Corporate Counsel
complex business environment and an Internet-centric world make it more difficult to protect a brand or other intellectual property.
is uniquely qualified to help clients meet that challenge.
With more than 25 years of experience in trademark and copyright legal matters, Hodgson
offers a unique combination of legal expertise and practical business experience.
practice focuses on the registration, licensing, and enforcement of agreements pertaining to trademark and copyright properties, helping clients to protect their valuable intellectual property.
has argued several landmark cases related to trademark and music-related matters, including one case resulting in the largest jury verdict in trademark law history on behalf of a major international corporation.
also draws on her
experience as a former licensed talent agent and artist manager in the music industry to assist her
clients with trademark and agreement-related issues.
Cheryl's services include registration, licensing and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights; domain dispute resolution; brand management; corporate registrations; and licensed use of trademarks in merchandising.
On behalf of her
provides assistance in the registration and protection of entertainment service marks; artist management; music publishing, artist recording and talent agreements; royalty audit claims settlement; film and TV rights acquisition, production and distribution agreements; and music catalogue acquisition.
clients range from the smallest start-up ventures to the largest international corporations.
For smaller clients, Cheryl often serves as ad hoc counsel, coordinating the services of other legal specialists as needed.
A regular speaker and guest lecturer on trademark and copyright law matters, Cheryl
has lectured at the California Copyright Conference, Los Angeles Copyright Society, CLE International, University of Miami School of Law, University of Denver College of Law, University of Colorado Denver Center, and Tulane University Law School
Drawing on her
experience in the entertainment industry, she
has addressed the Eat'm Music Conference
, American Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Forum
, University of Texas/Texas State Bar Entertainment Law Seminar
, New Orleans Jazz Festival Legal Symposium
, San Francisco Music Fair
, and California Lawyers
for the Arts.
She has also shared her expertise as a guest author for industry publications such as the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Colorado Lawyer, and Denver Law Journal.
has completed training for arbitration and mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes and Advanced Workshops for the Uniform Resolution of Domain Disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization
In July 2007, she
was named to the WIPO List of Mediators and Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes.
She is also a two-term member of the ADR Programs Committee of the International Trademark Association.
She was President of the California Copyright Conference for 2008-2009.
Cheryl has been admitted to practice law in California, Colorado, New York, Tennessee and Oregon, and has been Professor of Music Law at Loyola University School of Law.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Copyright Conference and is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, the Intellectual Property section of the California State Bar, and Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
She is also the founder of Canto Novo Music, a copyright administration company focused on the rights of Spanish composers.
Hodgson holds a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University.