Simon J. Frankel

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Simon Frankel specializes in complex civil disputes and copyright and trademark litigation, with an emphasis on the technology and consumer products sectors.

Simon is co-chair of Covington’s Copyright and Trademark practice group and managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office.

He has led defense of numerous consumer class actions, including unfair competition and false advertising claims under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. He has served as lead counsel to numerous Internet service providers in putative class actions asserting privacy claims where dismissals were obtained at the pleading stage.

Notably, Simon led a Covington team that won a landmark trial victory for John Deere’s green and yellow color brand, obtaining the first ruling ever that a color trademark was famous for trademark dilution purposes and securing a broad permanent injunction.

In addition to his litigation practice, Simon assists clients on a range of digital copyright and computer access issues, anti-counterfeiting efforts, and policy work before the U.S. Copyright Office.

He is also a recognized authority in the field of art law, where he has handled disputes involving cultural property claims, title issues, moral rights claims, and resale royalties and also advised on a range of fine art transactions. He teaches a class on Art and the Law at Stanford Law School. Simon is recognized by Chambers as a leading lawyer in their Art and Cultural Law category.

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