BLG Team / Gregory Shatan

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Greg Shatan is an accomplished attorney who focuses on intellectual property and technology transactions, web accessibility under the ADA, Internet and domain name law and policy, and trademark licensing, protection and enforcement.

Greg regularly represents clients in software development, licensing, maintenance and support agreements; outsourcing agreements; cloud/SaaS agreements; and website development, hosting and maintenance agreements. He has handled numerous licensing, endorsement, sponsorship, distribution, consulting, marketing, franchising and development agreements. Greg also works with clients on terms of use, privacy policies and social media policies.

Greg has worked on hundreds of purchase, merger, roll-up, spin-out, joint venture and other acquisition agreements, including both large corporate transactions and acquisitions of IP and technology rights and assets.

Greg helps companies navigate the legal, regulatory, business and technical landscape of “web accessibility” under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws: the obligation to make most websites and mobile applications accessible to individuals with vision, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. This includes internal audits, legal analysis and counseling, business planning, compliance and training programs and dispute resolution.

Greg’s practice includes a significant focus on Internet and domain name law and policy and online media counseling and enforcement. Greg is nationally ranked as a domain name law practitioner in the 2017 WTR1000, one of only eight lawyers recognized. He is the President of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of ICANN and a member of the Commercial Stakeholder Group’s Executive Committee, representing the interests of the private sector, particularly IP stakeholders, in developing policy for the global domain name system (DNS).

Greg provides strategic advice and assistance with domain name and social media portfolios and the acquisition and transfer of domain names through various processes. He works in matters relating to the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, including strategy, new gTLD applications, Trademark Clearinghouse registration, registry and vendor agreements.

Greg regularly assists clients with online policing and enforcement of their IP rights, using a variety of methods to remove offending and infringing uses from the Internet. He also works with clients on online privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters.

Greg has represented several major musical artists in their trademark, right of publicity, licensing and enforcement activities. He also has significant experience with clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of trademark rights around the world.

Greg takes a pragmatic, business-oriented approach with clients, focusing on their goals and priorities. He looks for practical solutions, grounded in a firm understanding of the legal, business and technological issues involved.

Greg received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1986, where he was Editor in Chief of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a recipient of the Shubert Foundation Fellowship. He received his B.A. in Sociology/Psychology and Music from Wesleyan University in 1981.

Selected Professional Activities

President, Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN

International Trademark Association, Member, Internet Committee (2004-13, 2015-Present), Member, Subcommittee on the Future of Intellectual Property at ICANN and on the Internet

Employment History

Bortstein Legal Group, Partner 2017 to present

McCarter & English, Partner 2016-2017

Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, Partner, 2014-2016

Reed Smith, Partner 2006-2014

Winston & Strawn, Partner 2004-2006

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Partner 1998-2004, Associate 1994-1998

Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith, Associate 1994

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Associate 1986-1994

Representative Industries

Financial services, media, entertainment, publishing, consumer goods, technology, online services, fashion, apparel, accessories, and fragrance

Representative Speaking Engagements and Publications

Hospitality Industry Should Welcome Web Accessibility: Compliance Can Be Challenging, but the Gains Can Be Significant,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August 31, 2016

““Man in the Middle: Assessing the Job For ICANN’s New Chief,” Trademarks & Brands Online, April 27, 2016

“High Noon for the IANA Transition,” State of the Net Conference 2016, January 25, 2016, Washington, D.C.

“‘.Feedback’ and ‘.Sucks’ on Criticism Sites and Trademark Owner Concerns,” World Trademark Review Podcast, January 11, 2016

Is Trademark Law Fit for Purpose in the Online Environment?,” World Trademark Review Podcast, October 21, 2015

ICANN: Life After Fadi Chehadé,” Trademarks and Brands Online, June 10, 2015

Internet Governance Under Attack: What’s Happening and Why Business Should Care,” (with Judith L. Harris), Financier Worldwide, April 1, 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Opened—But Is the Red Carpet Really Rolled Out? (Part II),” (with John McElwaine, Michiel Haegens, Cheryl Burbach and Kelly W. Smith), INTA Bulletin, November 15, 2013

Rockefeller Letter Likely Won't Affect ICANN's Plans,” (with Brad Newberg), Law360, June 28, 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Opened—But Is the Red Carpet Really Rolled Out? (Part I),” (with John McElwaine, Michiel Haegens, Cheryl Burbach and Kelly W. Smith), INTA Bulletin, June 15, 2013