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Howard N. Aronson

Howard N. Aronson

Lackenbach Siegel, LLP​​
Lackenbach Siegel Building
One Chase Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583, U.S.A.

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As Managing Partner of the firm for almost two decades, Mr. Aronson has witnessed many changes in the practice of Intellectual Property (IP) law generally and significant transformations within the firm. Mr. Aronson started with Lackenbach Siegel over 40 years ago, as a patent attorney in the firm’s Westchester office. At the time, the firm maintained three offices: New York City, Westchester (NY) and Arlington, Virginia (directly accessible to the United States Patent and Trademark Office), and was a full service IP firm having patent, trademark, search, licensing and litigation departments.



With the expansion of designer trademarks and licensing in the 1970’s, Mr. Aronson subsequently worked in the trademark department and was responsible for iconic designer licensing during its exponential growth during that time period. Mr. Aronson then moved into the litigation department as the infringements and piracy of designer brands became prevalent. He eventually headed the litigation department for many years until being named Managing Partner, in view of his broad experience in all facets of the firm’s operations, and considering his exposure to different IP firms. Mr. Aronson started his career working for a small IP boutique, Goldfarb & Chalson, and subsequently was an associate at Ladas & Parry, then one of the largest IP boutiques in the country.



Mr. Aronson was an important part of the metamorphosis of Lackenbach. As technology developments and rule changes obviated the need for direct access to the Patent and Trademark Office, the firm closed its Arlington, Virginia office. Further technology developments, together with the globalization of the firm’s client base, led to the forward thinking centralization of operations in the Westchester office.


Most significantly, Mr. Aronson orchestrated the unique evolution of Lackenbach through staffing policies which focused on hiring only with very experienced IP attorneys. Presently, there is no attorney at Lackenbach Siegel with less than 18 years of IP experience - the average being over 20 years. Lackenbach, under Mr. Aronson’s control for the last decade, has become renowned for its sub-specialization by attorney, permitting Lackenbach to staff matters with fewer attorneys and complete assignments in less time, resulting in lowers fees than typically charged by large firm counterparts. The Lackenbach business model, first introduced by Mr. Aronson 25 years ago, has been and remains unique, attractive to discriminating clients, and has been eminently successful.



Mr. Aronson prides himself in being a contract author to LexisNexis, the largest publisher in the IP field, in connection with four publications. And despite Lackenbach’s relatively modest size in the current era of the “mega-firm,” Mr. Aronson routinely ranks among the top ten trademark filers nationally.

 



SUMMARY

 

EDUCATION

  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
         Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering, with Distinction

  • New York Law School, New York, NY
         Juris Doctor

     

SELECTED BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS

  • “Protecting Designs by Trademarks, Copyrights and Design Patents,” Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, LexisNexis.

  • “Trademark Management,” Business Law Monographs, LexisNexis.

  • “Corporate Counsel Solutions, Intellectual Property Management: Strategies & Tactics,” LexisNexis

  • “Acquiring and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights,” Business Law Monographs, LexisNexis

  • “Trade Dress After Two Pesos: The Circuits Are Still Split, But Which Has it Right?,” The National Law Journal

  • “Global Colorblindness to Trademarks is Dying,” The National Law Journal

  • “Protection Against Use or Pictures of One’s Goods by a Competitor Wastes Away Under ‘Waist Away,” The Trademark Reporter, Vol. 73, No. 1

  • The Toy Book, Legal Columnist for “Raising the Bar,” Adventure Publishing Group – Recent Articles:

    • “Whose Toys are Whose?, (related to the Barbie/Bratz litigation)

    • “The Real Costs of Outsourcing,”

    • “Don’t Forget…Trade Secrets,”

    • “The Consequential Non-Disclosure,”

    • “Patents: The Business Gold,”

    • “Trademark Infringement Claims and Coverage,”

    •  “The Domain Game,”

    • “I Would Rather…Have a Strong Enforceable Trademark!,”

    • “Proper Trademark Usage,”

    • “Can Customs Help?,”

    • “Copyright or Design Patent?,”

    • “Naked Licensing Isn’t Sexy,”

    • “For Sale: Yo-yo’s, Nylon and Trampolines,”

    • “The Courts Toy with Copyrights,”

    • “Getting to Zero,”

    • “Dubious Distinctions,

    • “Saturated Fact,”

    • “Not the Real Thing,”

    • “Not So Fast,”

    • “Are High-Tech Toys High-Risk?,”

    • “Full Disclosure,”

    • “Protecting Freedom To Express “The Thought That We Hate,”

    • “Western Companies Caught Off Balance By Trademark Law in China”

    • “e-Signatures Affect Email Negotiations,”

    • “Dare to Compare - Comparative Advertising,”

    • “What You Don’t Know About your Supplies Can Hurt You,”

    • “Staying Ahead of the Counterfeiters’ Curve,”

    • “The Batmobile Threatened: Intellectual Property Rights To The Rescue,”

    • “Use It or Lose It,”

    • “When Laches Bar the Courtroom Door,”

    • “The Internet of Things,”

    • “Printing Toys,”

    • “Trolling for Dollars,”

    • “The Real Costs of Outsourcing”

  • U.S. Opposition Practice & Procedures,” Tokyo, Japan

  • “United States Trademark Searching,” Tokyo, Japan

  • “United States Trademark Basics,” Tokyo, Japan

  • “United States Trade Dress Protection,” Tokyo, Japan

  • “Trademark Management,” Tokyo, Japan, Mitsui Bank Investment Banking Seminar

  • “The Role of Intellectual Property in a Free Market Economy,” Moscow and Voronezh, Russia

  • “US Intellectual Property Laws” – Voronezh and Kazakhstan, Moscow, Russia

  • Launching a Product in the United States, United States Trademark Association, “Trade Dress”

  • “Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights – What you Need to Know,” National Hardware Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii,

  • A Forum for Trademark Paralegals, US Trademark Association, “United States Trademark Searching,” Arlington, Virginia

  • “Changing Laws for Trademarks,” American Hardware Manufacturers Association, Chicago, Illinois

  • “United States Trademark Basics,” Tokyo, Japan

  • “Color Me Pink,” Hand Toots Institute, Captiva Island, Forida

  • “Changing Laws for Trademarks”  American Hardware Manufacturers Association, Chicago, Illinois

  • “Counterfeiting:  The Stakes are Raised,” National Hardware Show, Chicago, Illinois

  • “Imports:  How do you Spell Relief?,” American Hardware Manufacturers  Association, Chicago, Illinois

  • “Fundamentals of Intellectual Property,” Pace University Legal Education Seminar

  • Chairman, “Intellectual Property Management: Developing a Corporate Intellectual Property Strategy,” Insight Seminar, New York, NY

  • “Intellectual Property Business and Financing Transactions:  Capitalizing on Your Assets - Using Intellectual Property Assets as Collateral for Financing,” Insight Seminar, New York, NY,

  • “Dress For Success,” International Trademark Association, “Personal Care and Industrial Products Protection,” New York, NY

 

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Live talk show guest on “Empower Hour,” WFAS 1230 am, “It’s Never too Late to Mediate”

  • Featured in Westchester County Business Journal, “Scarsdale Firm still Thriving at 89”

  • Featured in Patch, IN THE NEWS, “Lackenbach Siegel:  An Intellectual Decision”

 

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • New York Bar; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Canadian Patent Office

  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York; Western District of Michigan

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Ninth,Tenth and Federal Circuits

  • U.S. Supreme Court