Brad Newberg will serve on the newly established Copyright Claims Board, a specialized
three-judge federal tribunal authorized to resolve certain types of small
copyright disputes. His six-year term will begin Aug. 16, 2021.
The Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights appointed Newberg
to serve on the tribunal, which will be housed with the U.S. Copyright
Office and based at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All three
members have deep experience in copyright law. The CCB will develop
regulations governing how the tribunal will work and it is expected to
begin hearing cases by the end of 2021.
A nationally recognized intellectual property litigator and adviser,
Newberg joined McGuireWoods in Tysons, Virginia, in 2014. Throughout his
career, he has focused on copyrights, trademarks, domain names, trade
secrets, dilution and unfair competition. The National Law Journal
honored him as an Intellectual Property Trailblazer in 2017.
“The Copyright Claims Board will provide a lower-cost and more efficient
avenue for smaller copyright claims, which will hopefully benefit both
copyright plaintiffs and defendants,” Newberg said. “I am incredibly
honored to be appointed to the board and to have the opportunity to serve
with respected authorities in copyright law. I am grateful to my
McGuireWoods colleagues for their friendship and support. I have never
worked with a better team.”
When disputes over small copyright claims arise, the cost of a federal
lawsuit often exceeds possible relief and makes resolutions difficult.
Congress created the CCB when it passed the
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE
Act) to provide a voluntary forum to resolve disputes involving less than
“Brad is an outstanding lawyer and our clients benefited tremendously from
his command of trademark and copyright law, particularly in areas involving
new and emerging technologies,” said
David Finkelson, chair of the firm’s IP Litigation & Transactions Department. “This
appointment is a testament to Brad’s ability and the high regard his peers
have for him. We congratulate him on his appointment and thank him for all
of his contributions to McGuireWoods.”