Frank Politano
Name: Frank Politano
Firm Name: K&L Gates
Jurisdiction: USA - New Jersey
Practice Area: IP Law

Telephone: 973.848.4150
Fax: 973.556.1570

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Professional Biography:

Mr. Politano has over 35 years of intellectual property law experience, including global experience in brand and software licensing.  He provides counsel to clients with respect to a variety of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, infringement, dilution, affirmative and defensive litigation, patent, entertainment law, and other intellectual property matters.  He also advises clients in licensing, assigning and valuing intellectual property, as well as performing due diligence with respect to intellectual property rights involved in merger and acquisition transactions. Another area of his experience relates to counseling standards setting organizations on a wide spectrum of legal issues.

Mr. Politano has represented clients in numerous federal and state litigations concerning trademark and service mark infringement, patent infringement and validity, interpretation of licensing contracts, and general unfair competition matters.  He has also worked in an advisory role in several trademark infringement suits in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Politano was in-house trademark and copyright counsel at a multinational telecommunications company where he was responsible for its global trademark and copyright portfolio.


Mr. Politano has been recognized by his peers by being selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list 2010 – 2014.  He has been listed in The Legal 500 for many years and in Chambers USA, 2010 – 2015.

Mr. Politano has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation (Intellectual Property and Patent) since 2013.

Inventor:  U.S. Patent No. 7,792,740 dated 7 September 2010.

Professional/Civic Activities

– Adjunct Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1989 – present

– World Intellectual Property Organization, Domain Name Panelist, November 2000 – present

– Licensing Law Institute, Co-Chairperson, 1989 – 2009

– Member, International Trademark Association (Board of Directors, 1991 – 1994)

Speaking Engagements

He is a frequent speaker on trademark, copyright and licensing law at domestic and international conferences.  Since 1996, he has been a lecturer for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and since 1989 he has annually taught Intellectual Property law courses at Seton Hall University School of Law.