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Sean F Kane

Sean F Kane

Practice areas:

Gaming, Intellectual Property

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Sean F. Kane is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property practice and a member of the Virtual Worlds & Video Games team.   He counsels clients in the interactive entertainment, video game, virtual world, publishing, licensing, merchandising, sweepstakes and gaming industries.  His clients are engaged in all aspects of these industries and he regularly counsels them on various aspects of their business enterprises, including negotiation and completion of business agreements, counseling on the management and protection of intellectual property rights and other matters relating to their business operations, mergers and acquisitions, and representation in resolution of disputes.  Moreover, he is regularly involved in transactions ranging from development, financing, publication and distribution of interactive entertainment properties and related technology licensing and licensing & merchandising of brands, character, entertainment and sports properties.


He has substantial experience litigating complex business disputes in federal and state courts at trial, appellate levels and in ADR forums throughout the country.  These matters usually concerned either infringement issues or disputes over the contracts that licensed, assigned or otherwise dealt with Intellectual Property.  In addition to his work in Interactive Entertainment, his practice has also included negotiation, consultation and client representation in a broad range of other intellectual property transaction involving copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets and publicity/privacy rights.  While Mr. Kane has a special interest in Interactive Entertainment, video games and virtual worlds, he has represented clients engaged in various entertainment, communications and consumer products business segments, such as music publishing, records, motion picture (feature and independent films) and television production ­and distribution, computer software, video games, virtual worlds and the Internet.  Furthermore, his practice has encompassed many matters arising out of advertising, marketing and promotional issues, embracing contract disputes and litigation between competitors over claims of false and misleading comparative advertising.  Prior to founding Kane & Associates LLC, Mr. Kane practiced with Hall Dickler, LLP (f/k/a Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood LLP) from 1998 to 2004.


Mr. Kane is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law, where he is the Chair of the Virtual Worlds and Multiuser Online Games Committee, as well as the Section of Intellectual Property Law, where he is the Chair of the Committee on Computer Games and Virtual Worlds.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association IP Panel of Neutrals.  Mr. Kane is also a member of the Board of Editors of the LJN publication, Internet Law & Strategy.  Additionally, he is a Member of the International Game Developers Association (“IGDA”).


He earned his J.D. in 1998 from Fordham University School of Law, and his B.A. in 1995 from Villanova University.  He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York. 



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Gaming: 80%
    13 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    17 years



Hourly ($540-600/hour), Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC

488 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10022



NYCurrently registered 199903/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
FounderKane & Associates LLC2004 - 2010
AssociateHall Dickler LLP1998 - 2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Computer Games and Virtual Worlds CommitteeChair2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section, Virtual Worlds and Multi-user Online Games CommitteeChair2007 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator - IP Panel of Neutrals2007 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
IEE Security & PrivacyVirtual Judgment: Legal Implications of Online Gaming2009
Landslide: A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual PropertyVirtual Worlds, Real World Perils2008
Technology Intelligence GroupVirtual World Industry Outlook 2008-20092008
Internet Law & StrategyA Passport to Virtual Worlds2008
The Computer & Internet LawyerVirtually Lawless: Legal & Economic Issues in Virtual Worlds2008
The Practical LawyerVirtual Worlds, Digital Economies and Synthetic Crimes2008
New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Special EditionVirtual Worlds, Digital Economies and Synthetic Crimes2008
E-commerce Law and PolicyPassporting of Avatars and Property Between Virtual Worlds2007
Internet Law & StrategyViacom v. YouTube Does the Highly Publicized Case Deal With The ‘Metaphysics of Law’?2007
Internet Law & StrategyInternet Gambling Banned, New Legislation Forces Online Gaming Sites to Decide When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them2006
e-Commerce Law & StrategyNew Kinds of e-Commerce2006
New Jersey State Bar Association Business Law SectionProtecting Your Client’s Motion Picture Investment2006
Internet Law & StrategyAsset Creation, Seclusion And Money Laundering In The Virtual World2006
e-Commerce Law & StrategyCan The Grokster Settlement Close The File-Sharing Pandora’s Box?2005
Entertainment Law & FinanceInternational Film Production Incentives2005
Internet Law & StrategyVirtual Worlds And Digital Rights, Can Stealing An Online Gamer’s IP Or Magic Sword Mean Real-World Legal Hot Water?2005
Entertainment Law & FinanceA Primer On Protecting Investments In Motion-Picture Productions2005
Entertainment Law & FinanceProtecting Against Defamation Claims From Docudrama Productions2003
Entertainment Law & FinanceSecuritization May Work Beyond Music Royalty Income Stream2003


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1998
Villanova UniversityPolitical Science & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995