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Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1974
  • B.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law

Bar Association of The District of Columbia, Trademark Section

New York State Bar Association, Patent, Copyright Trademark Section

Gary H. Fechter

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    • Worldwide Plaza
      825 Eighth Ave., 31st Fl.
      New York, NY 10019

Mr. Fechter has more than 40 years of experience in establishing programs for securing and protecting valuable company intellectual properties including trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. He has litigated trademarks, trade dress, copyright and unfair competition issues before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as in federal courts. Mr. Fechter is particularly skilled in the protection and licensing of trademarks, trade secrets, software and copyrighted materials, having represented numerous new media and old line corporations.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Fechter was Vice President and General Counsel of Granada North America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Granada Group PLC, a London-based $3.5 billion company whose principal businesses are in the television production, rental, leisure, electronic and computer service areas. At Granada, one of his primary responsibilities was the protection and licensing of the company’s software for interactive video technology.

Before joining Granada, Mr. Fechter was Chief Trademark Counsel of Nabisco Brands. He established the Nabisco Trademark department by merging the trademark practices of Standard Brands, Life Savers and Nabisco into one cohesive unit.

At Nabisco, Mr. Fechter established the internal prosecution and maintenance of the company’s worldwide trademark portfolio, and was lead attorney in the negotiations and drafting of the OREO Cookies N’ Cream and LIFE-SAVERS ice pop license agreements.

As a partner at McCarter & English, Mr. Fechter was engaged by a large consumer products company to oversee the establishment of the company's first in-house patent and trademark department; was the lead attorney representing several food companies’ product recalls and attendant FDA negotiations. Mr. Fechter has advised both large and small businesses in domestic and international trademark and copyright matters as well as advertising issues such as comparative advertising, sweepstake and promotion law. Mr. Fechter has drafted numerous web site "Terms and Conditions" and "Privacy Policies".

Mr. Fechter negotiated the acquisition of several television game shows for transmission on the Internet as well as the presence of an international telecom company on a major search engine. He represented several potential and existing reality TV stars in negotiations with the various television networks. Mr. Fechter represented a new media advertising agency and its client, in connection with their agreement to publish the client’s web site on the Internet.

Mr. Fechter is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School where he teaches trademark and copyright law.

Representative Matters

Represented Uproar, Inc. to negotiate its acquisition of several game shows for transmission on the world wide web of the Internet
Represented THINK New Ideas, and its client The Major League Baseball Players Association in connection with its agreement to publish its web site on Tripod's community site
Negotiated Ericsson, Inc.'s internet contract with Lycos
Mr. Fechter was hired in 2002 by major consumer products company to "build" in-house IP department

Speaking

04/22/05
Spamming and Other Advertising Issues
Internet Law for the Practical Lawyer, American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Washington D.C.
2000
Guest Lecturer – Brooklyn Law School
1987
Guest Lecturer – NYU School of Law