Attorneys

Eric C. Osterberg

Eric Osterberg is the founder of Osterberg LLC. Eric has litigated a wide range of cases in federal courts across the country on issues of concern to intellectual property owners and users including:

  • international and domestic copyright infringement
  • patent and design patent infringement
  • trade secret disputes
  • trademark and trade dress infringement
  • breaches of entertainment industry contracts
  • counterfeiting
  • false advertising

His intellectual property clients include patent and trademark owners and users in a variety of industries, music publishers, songwriters, collective licensing societies, record companies, print publishers and authors, motion picture studios, television and motion picture producers, advertising agencies, Internet service and telecommunications providers, and clothing designers and manufacturers.  He has helped a number of those clients establish a social media presence and formulate policies relating to their use of social media.  His transactional expertise includes negotiating and drafting: trademark and copyright licenses for a wide range of uses; software licenses including for SaaS; and vendor agreements, particularly with respect to software and website development.

Eric’s commercial litigation experience includes representing investor funds, directors and companies in lawsuits involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of federal and state regulations; representing insurance industry participants and regulators; and representing vendors and purchasers in cases involving failed computer systems.

Eric serves as “outside general counsel” to several start-ups and helps a variety of new businesses identify which of their legal challenges and opportunities require immediate attention and which can be addressed later in the business cycle. In that capacity, he also helps businesses formulate privacy policies and terms of service for their websites, and evaluate product liability and advertising risks with respect to the launch of new products.

Before Osterberg LLC

Eric began his career in New York City with his father in 1993 at the intellectual property boutique Abeles Clark Osterberg & Prager. Later, Eric worked in the New York City offices of two large firms where he continued focusing on intellectual property litigation, licensing and counseling. Eric moved his principal office to Stamford in 2005 so that he could be closer to his home in Wilton, CT, yet still easily reach his clients and the federal courthouses in New York City. Eventually, he started his own firm in Stamford, which he managed until he joined Fox Rothschild in 2009, and then formed Osterberg LLC in 2012.

Beyond the Courtroom

Eric is a frequent lecturer and has published numerous articles on copyright law.  He is co-author of “Substantial Similarity In Copyright Law” (PLI 2003-2014), a treatise devoted to the analysis of the ways in which courts compare works in copyright infringement cases. He is part of the group that drafted the ABA model jury instructions for copyright infringement cases (published spring 2008).

Eric is serving a three-year term on the editorial board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. Eric and other members of the editorial board are responsible for selecting articles for the publication, which presents materials related to intellectual property matters.

Eric’s speaking engagements include appearances before the USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Copyright Society of the South, Licensing Executives Society, Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the New York State Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association. He is frequently interviewed by the media.

Honors and Awards

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
New York
Massachusetts

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Seventh, Eighth and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut, District of Massachusetts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

J.D., Emory University, 1992
B.A., Northwestern University, 1988

Memberships and Professional Associations

AIPLA Quarterly Journal Editorial Board
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A
Federal Bar Council
Connecticut Bar Association- Intellectual Property, Federal Practice and Litigation Sections
INTA- Lefkowitz Moot Court Committee Brief Judge 2011-2012, Courts & Tribunals Subcommittee 2008-2009, Anti Counterfeiting and Enforcement North America Subcommittee 2006-2007
Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council

Selected Cases

Global NAPs, Inc. v. Verizon New England Inc., 603 F.3d 71 (1st Cir. 2010).
Phillips Bev. Co. v. Belvedere, S.A., 204 F.3d 805 (8th Cir. 2000).
Sanga Music, Inc. v. EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., 55 F.3d 756 (2d Cir. 1995).
Neopost USA, Inc. v. McCabe, 2011 WL 4368447 (D. Conn. Sept. 19, 2011).
SpendingMoney LLC v. American Express Co., 2011 WL 2909213 (D. Conn. July 18, 2011).
Ohio Bell Tel. Co., Inc. v. Global Naps Ohio, Inc., 540 F. Supp. 2d 914 (S.D. Ohio 2008).
Illinois Bell Telephone Co., Inc. v. Global Naps Illinois, Inc., 2007 WL 4531790 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 17, 2007).
J Giordano Securities LLC v. MedicalCV, Inc., 2006 WL 3000461 (D. Conn. Oct. 19, 2006).
Agilent Technologies, Inc. v. Micromuse, Inc., 316 F. Supp. 2d 322 (E. D. Va. 2004).
Hayes v. Carlin America, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 154 (S.D.N.Y. 2001).
Ediciones Quiroga, S.L. v. Fall River Music, Inc., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEX IS 19039 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 4, 1998).

Volunteer

Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council 2006-Present.
Town of Wilton Water Pollution Control Authority 2013-Present.                                                                                                                                                                     Town of Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission 2007-2010.
Town of Wilton Committee on Elderly Tax Relief 2007.