C. Dennis Loomis

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

Dennis Loomis has more than 25 years of experience representing (among others) major entertainment entities, manufacturers, consumer product companies, high-tech concerns, Internet service providers, educational institutions, trade organizations, advertisers, artists and entrepreneurs, both as a litigator and as a strategic advisor concerning intellectual property matters and complex business disputes and transactions.
In the litigation arena, Dennis’ legal practice has focused primarily on sophisticated, complex litigation, primarily involving intellectual property and business torts, with additional experience in tax, regulatory, real estate and antitrust matters. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous jury and bench trials, in state and federal courts, on appeal, in arbitration and mediation, and in other ADR tribunals. His first chair trial experience includes:

  • Breach of contract, including IP licenses, distribution agreements, acquisitions, partnership/joint venture agreements, and real estate leases
  • Copyright and trademark infringement 
  • Unfair competition/interference with contractual relations 
  • Cyber-squatting/Internet misuse 
  • Government contract/nonconforming goods claims 
  • Deceptive advertising 
  • Invasion of privacy/misappropriation of commercial right of publicity 
  • Defamation/trade libel 
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets/breach of fiduciary duty 
  • Consumer privacy class action defense
  • Idea submission disputes 
  • First Amendment/fair use controversies 
  • State tax refund claims 

In addition to litigation services, Dennis regularly advises corporate and individual clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including:

  • Negotiating and documenting intellectual property and technology licenses, research and development agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, and IP security interests 
  • Strategies for selecting, developing and protecting trademarks and brand identity, as well as related domain name issues 
  • Domestic and international trademark registration 
  • Design and management of domestic and international copyright and trademark anti-counterfeiting programs 
  • Rights clearance advice for motion picture, television, music, consumer product and Internet uses 
  • Internet and e-commerce issues, including terms of use, privacy policies, regulatory compliance, jurisdiction for online activities and IP infringement (linking, framing, meta-tags, etc.) 
  • Due diligence review of IP assets involved in mergers and acquisitions

Dennis is a member of the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations and the British American Business Council. He is a Eucharistic minister, lector, and member of the internationally known choir of St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, and active in various pro bono engagements, including recurring work for World Vision International.

Select Experience

  • Serving as principal outside counsel for a Fortune 100 consumer products manufacturer on all domestic and international intellectual property issues involved in the development and rollout of a retail website.
  • Representing the proprietor of a breakthrough medical technology in domestic and international licensing, manufacturing, R&D and distributor relationships. 
  • Devising a novel interpretation of the Copyright Act of 1976 that supported summary dismissal of an action by the assignee of copyright in an animated character against the client/licensor, affirmed on appeal in a high-profile decision establishing new law concerning the assignability of exclusive copyright licenses. 
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Experience

  • Serving as principal outside counsel for a Fortune 100 consumer products manufacturer on all domestic and international intellectual property issues involved in the development and rollout of a retail website.
  • Representing the proprietor of a breakthrough medical technology in domestic and international licensing, manufacturing, R&D and distributor relationships. 
  • Devising a novel interpretation of the Copyright Act of 1976 that supported summary dismissal of an action by the assignee of copyright in an animated character against the client/licensor, affirmed on appeal in a high-profile decision establishing new law concerning the assignability of exclusive copyright licenses. 
  • Representing a major entertainment trade organization in an antipiracy litigation program, successfully prosecuting more than 600 federal lawsuits authorizing no-notice seizures of infringing goods.
  • Designing anti-counterfeiting copyright/trademark enforcement programs and managing a national network of correspondent counsel and investigators for licensed merchandise based on major motion pictures and television series. 
  • Successfully prosecuting a series of lawsuits challenging the imposition of state sales and use tax on special effects services on such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, yielding more than $7 million in tax refunds and a change in state law.
  • Representing a leading international fitness company in complicated arbitration and subsequent bankruptcy court proceedings against an exclusive worldwide manufacturing licensee, and against the licensee’s successor, for breach of contract and violation of the licensor’s proprietary rights, yielding court-approved settlements enjoining further violations and providing over $6 million in compensation.
  • Managing domestic and international trademark portfolios for consumer products, publishing, Internet and entertainment companies.
  • Dennis writes and speaks frequently in business, academic and legal publications and venues on IP, new media and e-commerce issues. His published articles include:
    • "TV v. Replay TV: A Fair Fight with Sweeping Significance," Entertainment & Media INSIGHTS, January 2003 
    • "Fight or Switch: The Record Industry Sends Mixed Message on Internet File Sharing," Entertainment & Media INSIGHTS, October 2002 
    • "Online Radio Royalties: The Day the Music (Might) Die," Entertainment & Media INSIGHTS, October 2002 
    • "Where Everybody Upholds Your Publicity Claim," National Law Journal, December 2000 
    • "Banner Ad Trademark Infringement Claim Loses Round One," The Daily Journal, August 1999 
    • "Piracy Protection: Customs Regulations Aid Intellectual Property Owners," The Daily Journal, September 1998

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Copyright

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Associations 
  • British American Business Council

Community

  • Choir of St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church
    • Eucharistic Minister
    • Lector
    • Member 

Pro Bono

  • Dennis is active in various pro bono engagements, including recurring work for World Vision International.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Georgia
  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1978, Order of the Coif, Note and Comment Editor for the Law Review
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973, cum laude