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Benjamin West Janke

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Benjamin Janke represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, with a strong focus in trademark and copyright litigation matters, particularly within the media and technology industries.

Featured Experience

Successfully resolved a complex software copyright infringement claim spanning more than ten years of alleged infringement in multiple countries.

Dismissed title insurer in complex matter involving more than twenty related lawsuits over ten years.

Resolution of several trademark infringement disputes on behalf of mark owners and alleged infringers.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Janke is a litigator whose practice is concentrated in intellectual property, media, and technology; business and construction litigation; commercial finance and secured lending; and credit data. His clients represent a variety of industries including media, technology, software, emerging company, construction, real estate, marine, health care, and heavy equipment.

Mr. Janke is a member of the Council for the Louisiana State Law Institute and also serves as a member of various committees. His record of legal scholarship is extensive, having published several law review articles in comparative law and law reform.

Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology

Mr. Janke has extensive experience in trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, media, and right of publicity cases. He manages several large trademark and copyright portfolios and also works to secure early intellectual property assets for emerging companies. For several of his media clients, he has extensive experience with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and regularly navigates online legal issues including domain name disputes such as through the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.

Business and Construction Litigation

Mr. Janke has handled several complicated business litigation matters, representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in judge and jury trials and injunction proceedings. In construction litigation, Mr. Janke regularly represents engineering, procurement, and construction companies, especially program managers.

Commercial Finance and Secured Lending

Mr. Janke has extensive experience in equipment finance and commercial lending and has worked to recover or restructure tens of millions of dollars of secured debt through commercial foreclosures and bankruptcies.

Credit Data Exchanges

Mr. Janke is outside counsel to two national credit data exchanges handling a variety of legal issues for each, including contracting, data privacy and security, and intellectual property.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully resolved a complex software copyright infringement claim spanning more than ten years of alleged infringement in multiple countries.

  • Dismissed title insurer in complex matter involving more than twenty related lawsuits over ten years.

  • Resolution of several trademark infringement disputes on behalf of mark owners and alleged infringers.

  • Successfully prosecuted dozens of copyright and trademark applications.

  • Successfully represented intellectual property owners in claims involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), including in the context of social media.

  • Regular practice with issues involving public records requests and withholdings.

  • Represented multiple data exchange companies in a variety of industries, including telecom and utilities, in a broad range of issues related to permissible use of data and collection practices.

  • Successfully completed many large and high-profile commercial foreclosures.

  • Successfully dismissed several claims against banks and other financial institutions for claims related to unfair debt collection practices and wrongful foreclosure.

  • Managed and directed several large scale electronic document review and production projects involving millions of documents and attorney teams of upwards of eighty lawyers in a variety of industries, including management of highly sensitive and controlled information.  

  • Successfully represented a university in a federal trademark application, demonstrating to the USPTO no likelihood of confusion for one part of the mark, and winning a motion for summary judgment before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), thereby achieving the dismissal of another university's opposition to the mark in question.
  • Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of several maritime industry clients in a $4 million contract dispute involving a bareboat charter agreement.
  • Defended a development company in a preliminary injunction brought by a commercial office tenant.

  • Defended clients in a multi-million dollar breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relations claim related to the alleged entry into a bareboat charter agreement.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2013 – 2019)
  • New Orleans City Business 2015 Leadership in Law class
  • Recognized as a 2015 and 2017 "Top Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law by New Orleans Magazine
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for the New Orleans office
  • Member – Louisiana State Law Institute (Prescription Committee; Lease Movables Act Committee)
  • Member – Association Henri Capitant (Louisiana Chapter)
  • Featured – "Ones to Watch," New Orleans City Business (February 20, 2014)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Vinson and Elkins Award for Best Comment or Case Note
  • Comité scientifique - Scientia juris (Université Paul Verlaine - Metz)
  • Bar Associations (Louisiana State Bar Association; New Orleans Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association)
  • Member – The Federalist Society
  • Member and Treasurer – Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society  
  • Member – Historic New Orleans Collection
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Building and Protecting Your Brand: Projecting and Protecting Your Company's Identity" (March 2018)
  • "Family law," Pro Bono Project CLE (November 2017)
  • "Jury Trial Opening Statements," Louisiana Bar Association (October 2017)
  • "Intellectual Property Pitfalls and Q&A with the Patent and Trademark Office," 2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium (September 2017)
  • "Intellectual Property and Advertising for Brewers and Distillers," NBI, New Orleans (September 2016)
  • "All in the Family - Pro Bono Cases," CLE (2014 – 2015)
  • Panelist – "The Dictionary of the Civil Code," CLE (March 2015)
  • "Immoral, Scandalous, Deceptive, Disparaging, and Contemptuous Trademarks," Baker Donelson IP Group (July 2014)
  • "Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction," Baker Donelson Business Litigation Group (July 2014)
  • LOU!S!ANA! Pick Your Passion! (And Your First Amendment Rights): An Analysis of the Trademark Dispute in Jay Dardenne v. Moveon.org (May 2014)
  • "Intellectual Property Basics for Emerging Companies," Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot Camp, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2014)
  • "French Law for the 21st Century Louisiana Lawyer," Francophone section of the Louisiana Bar Association, Lafayette, Louisiana (October 2013)
  • "Statutes of Limitation in Civil Copyright Claims: The Unfinished Business of the Courts," Baker Donelson Intellectual Property Group (September 2013)
  • "It's Not Too Late if We Both Agree - Recent Changes to the Civil Code Prescription Articles by the Louisiana Law Institute," New Orleans Bar Association, Real Property Committee (June 2013)
  • "Intellectual Property Basics for Emerging Companies," Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot Camp, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2013)
  • "Survey of Rule Changes in Jurisdiction, Venue, and Removal in 2012," Business Litigation Practice Group (January 2013)
  • "The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Clarification Act of 2011," New Orleans Bar Association CLE – Litigation Lessons for Lawyers (November 2012)
  • "What's In a Name? Trademarks and Your Business Name," Baker Donelson Entrepreneur Minute (June 2012)
  • "Intellectual Property Basics," Baker Donelson Emerging Company Institute, Louisiana Technology Park, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 2011)
  • "Security Interests in Intellectual Property," Baker Donelson Intellectual Property Group (May 2011)
  • "Intellectual Property Basics," Baker Donelson Emerging Company Boot Camp, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2011)

Education

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, J.D. & B.C.L., 2008, magna cum laude
    • Production Editor, Member – Louisiana Law Review
    • Member – The Civilian Society
    • Member and Vice President – The Federalist Society
    • Member – Wex Malone American Inn of Court
  • Vanderbilt University, Master of Education, 2005
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., 2004, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Louisiana (All Courts)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

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