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Lawrence G. Townsend 
San Francisco, California
Sole Practitioner
phone (415) 882-3288
fax (415) 882-3299
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Welcome to the Lawrence G. Townsend, Intellectual Property Lawyer website. But please, clients and friends call me Larry. You should too.

Here's a snapshot of who I am and what I'm pleased to offer you:

Intellectual Property Lawyer: based in San Francisco with 29 years of experience.

Expertise: Domestic and international trademark prosecution; clearances of names and marks; counseling, licensing and litigation in the areas of trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, software, new media technology, domain names, publishing, advertising, rights of publicity, and art law: photography, graphic design, and fine art; obtaining insurance coverage for policyholders in intellectual property disputes; trial consultant and expert witness in IP law, customs, practices, and procedures.

Experienced Advocate: Representing plaintiffs and defendants in IP and business disputes, arbitrations, and trials in both state and federal courts throughout California.

Personal Service: Friendly, responsive, and keenly sensitive to the fact that clients are real people with real budgets. Contingent fees available for select copyright and trade secret claims.

Author: Various legal articles, and  Secrets of the Wholly Grill  (Carroll & Graf, New York 2002), a satiric novel, optioned for film, about the software industry. Kirkus Reviews: "The perfect gift for everyone who has ever cursed Windows." Oakland Tribune: "Impressive debut novel...easily mixes styles and genres to create a courtroom thriller that comically tackles modern issues such as intellectual property rights and business ethics."

Presenter: Speaker on various aspects of IP law, writing, publishing, and humor.

Of Counsel Relationship: Long-established working relationship with the venerable IP firm, Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, P.C., making additional staffing and resources available for your matter, but only if you request it. (NOTE: Representation by the Owen firm requires separate retainer agreement)

Areas of Practice:
100% Intellectual Property Law
Litigation Percentage:
50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
California, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1979
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

University of California, Santa Barbara, California, 1974
Major:  English

Published Works:
Secrets of the Wholly Grill, Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2002

Shrink-Wrap Solution, Authors Guild Bulletin, Spring, 2002

Shrink Wrap-Up: One License Doesn't Fit All, Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 22, 1996

Limited Licenses: The Unfortunate Fragility of Shrinkwrap, Intellectual Property, The Magazine of Law and Policy for High Technology, Spring, 1996

Ticket to E-Ride: Name for Airline's Electronic Service is Generic, San Francisco Daily Journal, March 30, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships:
California State Bar
Member: Intellectual Property Section

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association

Marin County Bar Association

The Authors Guild

San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Law Inn of Court
Past Member

Alumni Advisory Board, J. Thomas McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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455 Market Street
Suite 1910
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-882-3288
Fax: 415-882-3299

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