Partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
James L Bikoff’s practice focuses on worldwide trademark and copyright protection and enforcement programmes for clients in the consumer and industrial product sectors, as well as non-profits and service providers. He also engages in internet and domain name counselling and litigation. Mr Bikoff has been active in directing worldwide trademark and copyright protection, litigation and anti-counterfeiting enforcement. His clients have included the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, the American Red Cross and the National Grange. He was in charge of enforcement for the 1994 World Cup Games, 1996 Olympic Games and 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cup Games.
Mr Bikoff was counsel in a landmark anti-cybersquatting action for the National Collegiate Athletic Association – involving the first freeze of assets against an offshore internet gambling website – and was counsel in a case involving the largest number (1,800) of domain names ever joined as defendants for the International Olympic Committee. Mr Bikoff has achieved a string of victories in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings on behalf of his clients.
Mr Bikoff frequently writes and speaks on IP protection and enforcement in the United States and abroad, and has testified before Congress in support of IP legislation. He was actively involved in the enactment of the Trademark Counterfeiting Act and the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. He graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati, received his LLB from Columbia University School of Law and LLM in trade regulation from the New York University Law School.
Mr Bikoff is special adviser to the trademark division of the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association, chair of the Internet WHOIS and Privacy Issues Subcommittees of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a member of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee of the European Communities Trademark Association. He is also a member of INTA’s Data Protection Committee.