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Charles Bernard Kramer

Licensing Attorney at New York, NY

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Transactional Intellectual Property and Corporate Attorney

Member of the Bar of New York


I am an intellectual property and corporate
attorney.  My over 20 years of experience includes:
- working as General Counsel of a software company
  in New Jersey where I:

  -- negotiated and drafted all of their contracts,
     including toolkit, enterprise, and other
     complex licenses and service agreements to customers
     around the world.  This work required frequent
     interaction with management and with the Sales
     Department; and

  -- was responsible for basic corporate and employment

- Managing a private law practice where I:

  -- negotiated and drafted many agreements involving
     computer games during a time when the technology
     and related legal issues were new;

  -- filed and prosecuted many trademark applications;

  -- led a successful royalty audit against a major game

My background also includes:

- 3 years at the Wall Street law firm Lord, Day & Lord;
- obtaining an LL.M. (post-JD graduate law degree) that
  required study of intellectual property and antitrust law;

- publishing a law review comment ("New Media Techniques,"
  14 J.M.Law Rev. 733);

- publishing articles on copyright, trademark, and licensing
  issues for a non-lawyer audience, including in Miller Freeman's
  InterActivity Magazine;


- speaking at conferences on legal issues, including at Game
  Developers' Conference, AOP's Online Summit, ONE BBSCON,
  the University of Texas School of Law's Computer Law
  Conference, and at Miller Freeman's Digital Video

- Contributing to CSC Consulting's Leading Edge
  Forum paper "Open Source: Open for Business."

- Forming and representing trade associations including
  STAR ("Shareware Trade Association and Resources"),
  IGDN ("International Game Developers' Network") and
  The Consortium.

Charles B. Kramer, Esq.

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Licensed for 41 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/17/2022
State IL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1982
Updated 01/06/2023

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Charles Bernard Kramer
200 E 10th St Ste 816
New York, NY, 10003-7790


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Posted by Amy | August 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Mr. Kramer handled my company's trademark filings, renewings, and helped me protect my trademark from another company's infringement. He not only reminded me when to do filings, but handled everything for me. I had three separate trademark registrations at one point and he helped me understand, in layman's terms, exactly what I needed to do and provide. When I was close to a deadline he gently prodded me to take action and broke everything down in easily digestible tasks. I had numerous questions along the way and he replied to each one in a very timely fashion and with excellent detail. We were successful in defending my mark thanks to Mr. Kramer. I've dealt with many lawyers through my 18years of running a small business and Mr. Kramer was by far the most patient and reliable and I always felt that he went the extra mile for me. With all that said, and considering the level of care received, you might imagine he costs a fortune, but he doesn't! I found him to be very reasonably priced.
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Posted by Sonya | March 7, 2015
Charles Bernard Kramer is an Exemplary Attorney
Charles B. Kramer is an exemplary attorney. As a new author, I needed a strong Confidentiality contract written, and he did a superior job. I also plan to continue working with him while I'm searching for a publisher. In addition to him being extremely knowledgeable, he has outstanding interpersonal skills and is easy to communicate with. He is a role model for other attorneys. I'm fortunate to have him as my legal advisor.
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Posted by Jon | October 7, 2013
Saved my bacon with pro-active work
In a world where there are lots of things to do for the president of an non-profit, sometimes you forget about things like renewing your trademark. Charles wrote to me about my trademark needing to be renewed, helped me with renewing the trademark paperwork and charged a very reasonable fee.
Posted by Diana | September 21, 2013
Fantastic Lawyer !
Charles Kramer is incredibly intelligent, proficient lawyer ! It was a complete pleasure working with him.
Posted by Doug | September 9, 2013
Excellent Trademark work...
Charles has handled several trademark actions for me through 2012 and 2013 and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Bill | August 28, 2013
Strategic and Thorough
I have worked with Charles on a number of occasions over the years. He was an excellent strategic advisor on legal and business issues related to intellectual property. Charles was also very practical and understood the law and the market in a deep way that is rare for an attorney. I found him to be dedicated to his craft, hard working and very thorough
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Posted by Ann | August 26, 2013
The Answer for Entrepreneurs
When I sought to choose an original, marketable name for my new business, I needed a knowledgeable, experienced and helpful lawyer to guide me through the process of applying for a trademark. Mr. Kramer was that person, and I have been totally satisfied with his services. With his help I came up with a great business name. During each step of the trademark application process, Mr. Kramer has kept me informed, and I never incurred unexpected charges for his services. I would highly recommend Mr. Kramer to other entrepreneurs.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2013
Business Owner
I have known and used the counsel of Charles B Kramer for 20 years. He is sharp, honest, and dare I say it? under-priced compared to others in the field and finely honed in his area of intellectual property as well as pragmatic in advising his clients about litigation. The fellow is an a-plus attorney in my book. He has been an incredible asset to my business.
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Posted by Roger | August 23, 2013
Thank you Charles
Through 30 years in the video industry we have been presented with many problems associated with copyright, trademark and contractual issues. Charles has helped up to overcome many of these issues. I recommend Charles to anyone in this industry as one who understands the issues and can solve the problems.
Posted by Patricia | August 23, 2013
A great attorney !
Our company which is based in New Zealand, engaged Charles to renew one of our trademarks in the USA after our local trademark attorneys had told us this was going to be an almost impossible task based on their knowledge of US trademark law. Charles, right from the start, was well-informed and acted decisively and directly and was clearly very well-versed in US law. Within a very short time and working with us remotely (NZ is a very long way from NY) , Charles made our application and filed it. Our trademark was renewed within a couple of days of his submission. No fuss. No delay. We were extremely impressed. And from a personal point of view Charles was personable, approachable and explaining the procedure when we had questions was never a problem. His answers were always direct and honest. We have had significant exposure to other attorneys around the world and I have to say that dealing with Charles was like a breath of fresh air.
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Posted by Jay | August 22, 2013
Our one-stop shop for trademark questions
We have used Charles for trademark registration which went super - smooth as well as for many questions around this important topic. He has always been very responsive, very knowledgable and very professionally acting. It is a pleasure working with him.
Posted by Scott | August 22, 2013
20+ years of working with Charles Kramer -- why change a great thing
Myself and my company has worked with Mr Kramer on legal matters since 1991, helping grow my business into a multi-million dollar company, with Kramer handling numerous negotiations and contracts. I continue to use Kramer's services to this day, as his quick and thoughtful attention to even the smallest details is key to intellectual property negotiations and final agreements. I would most highly recommend his services to anyone who prefers caring attention, and deft handling of legal matters.
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Posted by Mordechai | August 22, 2013
An outstanding lawyer
I have known Charles B. Kramer since 2004 and have communicated with him on practically a daily basis since then. He is very smart, knowledgeable, devoted to his clients, and a very hard worker. He is also an exceptionally honest and considerate person which is a rare and welcome find in an attorney. I wholeheartedly recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Ana | August 22, 2013
General Counsel
I've worked with Charles for 4 years when he was General Counsel at OSS Nokalva. Charles was instrumental in negotiating world-wide agreements with fortune 100 companies. Charles had an excellent understanding of the complexities of the software and how to protect OSS Nokalva from misuse of the software.
Posted by Barry | August 22, 2013
Measured and thoughtful counsel
Charles Kramer has helped me over the years with legal matters including copyright, public domain and fair rights issues, as well as contract issues in a timely and helpful manner.
Posted by Hans | August 22, 2013
Tough, Smart, Hardworking
Charles is great and has helped me over the years on a number of legal questions and contracts. Meticulous, knows the law inside and out and always reachable. Highly recommended.
Posted by Sherry | August 22, 2013
Mr. Kramer is a consummate, experienced pro and I am a happy client
Mr. Kramer was totally professional, friendly, very competent and did a great job for me. I can whole heartedly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2013
Kramer is an awesome attorney. We have used his services for the last 6 years and think he is totally amazing in his knowledge of trademark law. His fees are very reasonable and he is a pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2008
Mr. Kramer has over many yeas assisted us with licensing of software and other copyright and trademark matters. He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of copyright, media licensing, trademarks and the law of intellectual property. He is also well versed in the practical applications of the law in these areas. He is decent, honorable and extremely trustworthy. He always kept us informed of the status of matters he handled for us, and performed his work expediently and efficiently and was always available for us or returned our calls promptly.
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Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • OSS Nokalva, Inc.
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Lord, Day & Lord
  • 1983 - 1986


  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1984
  • McGeorge School of Law (European Program)
  • Certificate in Advanced International Law
  • 1983
  • John Marshall School of Law (Chicago)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Binghamton University (SUNY - Harpur College)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
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  • InterActivity Magazine
  • Your name in pixels: legal aspects of attributing credit
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • New York PhP Presentation
  • The Code of Open Source Licenses - legal aspects of open source
  • 2009
  • The Digital Video Conference 2000
  • Rights, Permissions and Privacy for the Web
  • 2000
  • Univ. of Texas (Austin) School of Law - Computer Law Conference
  • Computer Games Meet the First Amendment
  • 1999
  • The Digital Video Conference 1999
  • Setting Up Shop: Legal Aspects
  • 1999
  • Computer Game Developers' Conference - Road Trip - Baltimore
  • Knowing What You've Got, Getting What You Need: Copyright for Game Developers
  • 1998
  • Game Developers' Conference
  • On the Edge: How Current Legal Issues Affect Game Development And Marketing
  • 1997
  • Cyber.Expo95
  • Press 'Y' To Agree: A review of User Contracts and Opening Screens
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Charles
Licensing Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Charles for over 25 years. We used to work together and we served on a NYC Bar Association committee together. I would recommend Charles to any client."
Licensing Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Charles Kramer is a knowledgable and experienced lawyer with particular expertise in licensing. He is well regarded by his peers and adored by his clients."

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New York Licensing Lawyer Charles Bernard Kramer
Charles Bernard Kramer
Licensing Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 41 years