Zeynel M. Karcioglu

I’ve been an IP lawyer for over 20 years, and love to help clients leverage their IP to make the most of their business assets and brand. I also enjoy protecting against overreach, so that their valuable ideas can be capitalized on in the marketplace.

Everyday, I provide clients with answers to difficult questions. My values are simple – work with clients to streamline the delivery of legal services in order to keep up with changing client needs, markets and consumer environments.

I started my career at one of the largest IP-only firms in the country with over 200 IP professionals, and have also had experience with small firms. I’m honored to have been selected as a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer® in the field of Intellectual Property and Business Litigation from 2015-2019. This recognition is a testament to my dedication to providing quality legal services to my clients.

In recent months, I’ve successfully negotiated the resolution of a client’s copyright claim, resulting in a significant six-figure settlement without the need for a costly and risky federal litigation. I also provide trademark and copyright/fair use clearance work for television series and films.

In my free time I like to travel with my family and put my language skills to the test. I’m a native English speaker, but fluent in Turkish and also speak Spanish and French.

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Areas of Focus

  • Trademark clearance and opinion work
  • License drafting, negotiation and review
  • Helping international and domestic client base procure, manage and protect trademark and copyright portfolios.
  • Representing clients (plaintiff and defendant) in federal litigation and TTAB proceedings.
  • Software licensing and Master Service Agreements for the creation and utilization of intellectual property.
  • Conducting IP due diligence and representing buyers and sellers of businesses in Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Representing authors negotiate publishing contracts.
  • Providing fair use and clearance opinions for motion picture/television productions.


  • A.B., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • JD/MBA George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


  • State of Illinois Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

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