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  • Naomi Jane Gray

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    Shades of Gray® – Copyright, trademark and commercial litigation, counseling and arbitration from black to white and everything in between.

    Ms. Gray focuses her practice on copyright, trademark and commercial litigation, arbitration and counseling. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review. Her extensive copyright experience includes representing the National Geographic Society in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the Geographic’s right to reproduce National Geographic magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)). Ms. Gray has advised clients with respect to diverse types of copyright and trademark issues, including fair use, work for hire, transfers, licenses and enforcement in transactional, counseling and litigation settings.

    Ms. Gray serves as an arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, where she presides over commercial and intellectual property disputes. In 2015, she was named by the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center as one of the world’s leading technology neutrals.

    Ms. Gray is a frequent speaker on topical issues on the copyright area, having appeared at events hosted by the the American Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; the State Bar of California; the Practising Law Institute; the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Gray has served in numerous leadership positions for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., including as a member of its Executive Committee, Trustee, National Chapters Co-Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair (currently), and Chair of the Northern California Chapter.  She also served on the Committee on Copyrights and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2000-2003.

    Ms. Gray is admitted to practice in the states of California and New York; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of Illinois (general bar); the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Ninth Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.

    Ms. Gray graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995, where she served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in Government and French Studies from Smith College in 1992, where she competed at the 1992 World Debating Championships in Dublin, Ireland and the 1992 National Debating Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. She also holds a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France. She is fluent in French.

    Ms. Gray serves on the Mill Valley Library Board of Trustees, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, and serves on the Bay Area IP Advisory Board of IIT Chicago-Kent Law School.  She is an avid tennis player and photographer.

    IP blog:  Shades of Gray®: Copyright and trademark law from black to white and everything in between, www.shadesofgraylaw.com

    IP Twitter feed: @ShadesofGrayLaw

    ADR blog:  Shades of Gray™: Alternative dispute resolution from black to white and everything in between, www.shadesofgrayadr.com

    ADR Twitter feed: @ShadesofGrayADR