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Christopher Serbagi

Trademark application Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   6 reviews

also known as The Serbagi Law Firm

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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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I have been practicing trademark law and commercial litigation for the past 23 years.  I am a former big firm attorney that started my own law firm sixteen years ago.  I have had extraordinary success in some very high profile cases and have been featured twice on the front page of the New York Law Journal.  One famous case pertained to who had the rights to images of Marilyn Monroe.  I represented the family of Marilyn Monroe's personal photographer, Sam Shaw, who took, among many iconic images, the flying skirt in the subway image featured in the Seven Year Itch.  In the other high profile case, I successfully defended my client against charges of trademark infringement and convinced the court to declare the plaintiff's trademark to be generic, even though it was a preliminary injunction hearing.  That case pertained to what are called "fight sports."  I have prevailed in and achieved favorable settlements in numerous cases for companies large and small.  I have represented and currently represent both start-up companies and large corporations, where I have successfully handled many hundreds of important trademark issues. 

I have also been an adjunct professor of legal writing at the Cardozo School of Law for the past fifteen years.  I have guest lectured at Fordham Law School on Intellectual Property Issues, given speechs at the New York State Bar Association (IP Section), and written many articles on intellectual property issues.  

I work vey hard for my clients every day, enyoy seeing them succeed, and love my work.   


Client's Choice 2018
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The Serbagi Law Firm, P.C.
488 Madison Ave Ste 1120
New York, NY, 10022-5719


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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Nicholas | August 2, 2018
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My spouse and I retained Christopher Serbagi to advise on a possible litigation involving a real estate transaction. We knew Christopher because he formerly represented a family member, an owner of a publishing company, in a significant breach of contract arbitration, where he prevailed in all respects at a very reasonable cost. We found Christopher to be incredibly responsive, 100% reliable, totally trustworthy, completely straightforward, highly intelligent, and genuinely interested in helping us. We were particularly impressed because he helped us navigate some rather subtle conflicts throughout this issue to achieve a good outcome. More importantly, demonstrating that he had only our best interests in mind, rather than pressing us toward litigation (as many attorneys would have), where the fees would have undoubtedly been high, Christopher advocated a more measured business solution where we avoided the time and costs associated with litigation. We feel this level of integrity and client-focus is very difficult to find and we are very grateful to Christopher for his skillful guidance.
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Posted by BOOM! by Cindy Joseph | July 28, 2018
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The Best In The Business!
Christopher Serbagi has been our trusted trademark attorney for the last ten years. He has very skillfully guided us through a variety of trademark issues and successfully obtained a number of valuable trademarks for our cosmetics company. Christopher has also very successfully litigated a trademark infringement litigation for us, with incredible skill and at low cost. Christopher is very honest and employs incredible integrity and dedication in his work for me. He is responsive, diligent, and a pleasure to work with. We recommend Christopher without reservation.
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Posted by Elaine | July 17, 2018
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Expert and Winning Legal Services
Christopher Serbagi was hired by my company in New York to work on our trademarks. As the chief commercial officer of our pharmaceutical company, I had a significant interest in protecting our trademark portfolio. Christopher was extremely instrumental in establishing and protecting our assets. Though he was an outside contractor, Christopher worked as if he were a part of the company, working seamlessly with all departments and keeping everyone centered on strategy and implementation Over the years, I have tapped Christopher for additional services. He has consulted on contracts for another business I am now involved with. He has also provided cogent and creative legal advice on various agreements that cover an array of different activities. Chritopher’s depth of knowleged, focused thinking and strategic mind have made him my preferred legal advisor. He always has good recommendations as well as a broad array of connections to help develop a robust and actionable legal plan.
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Posted by Randi | July 16, 2018
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Great job getting our trademark approved
Great job in making the impossible, possible. Even though it was a difficult task, Chris was able to get our business, Best Cruises, Inc. trademarked. Excellent service and response time, as well as follow up years later, when there was additional action required to keep our trademark.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2018
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Director of Photography
I hired Christopher Serbagi for a litigation concerning a business dispute I had with a former business partner over a vintage fashion items. Christopher is a brilliant attorney and was fantastic during this litigation. He worked diligently and tirelessly on my behalf under what were very stressful circumstances. He put such pressure on the other side that they capitulated and we quickly reached settlement, which I considered to be very favorably. I recommend Christopher fully and without hesitation.
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Posted by John | July 14, 2018
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Excellent litigator
Have hired Chris to handle both IP contract work and a very large litigation. He has handled both with intelligence, integrity, creativity, and a breath-taking thoroughness. He's also a pleasure to work with.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Serbagi Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Cardozo Law School
  • 2003 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance US, LLP
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Darby & Darby, Professional Corporation
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1995
  • Vassar College
  • Bachelor of Science (BS),
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Fight Sports Case
  • Prevailed after a preliminary injunction hearing
  • Marilyn Monroe Case
  • I prevailed on Summary Judgment.


  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Metropolitan Opera Guild
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Cardozo Law School
  • 1995


  • New York State Bar Association Journal
  • "The Death of Celebrity Art: Why the Right of Publicity Should Not Survive Death"
  • 2008
  • "The Bureau of National Affairs," ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law Book
  • Patent Litigations Strategies Handbook, Pretrial Motion Practice, Chapter 17
  • 2000
  • Exclusive Supplement to IP Worldwide
  • "Federal Trade Dress Protection for Product Configurations - Recent Developments in the Second Circuit,"
  • 1999
  • Exclusive Supplement to IP Worldwide,
  • "Federal Circuit Holds No Conflict Between Simultaneous Protection of Utility Patent and Trade Dress for Non-Functional Product Configurations,"
  • 1999
  • Inventure Place The National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • "Markman Hearings," a paper presented in connection with the Ninth Annual Continuing Legal Education Program on Intellectual Property Law and Practice, at Inventure Place The National Inventors Hall of Fame,
  • 1999
  • Exclusive Supplement to IP Worldwide
  • "How to Obtain Expedited Appellate Review of Markham Hearings,"
  • 1999
  • Exclusive Supplement to IP Worldwide
  • "The Corporation as a Witness, The Requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6),"
  • 1998
  • International Trademark Association, Annual Meeting
  • "Comparative Advertising in the United States,"
  • 1997
  • Exclusive Supplement to IP Worldwide
  • "The Applicability of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Communications With French Patent Agents,"
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Presentaation at Smith Gambrell
  • The Ethical Implications Associated with Hiring Trademark Investigators
  • 2017
  • New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Right of Publicity
  • 2008

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Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have worked with Christopher Serbagi on various matters since 1995. He is incredibly hardworking, honest, and knowledgeable about trademark law and commercial litigation. Christopher worked with me on numerous trademark matters for many years, which he expertly completed. Chris is a creative lawyer who leaves no stone unturned. He is truly a fantastic attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Chris Serbagi. I have known and worked with Chris for over 15 years. I have referred clients to him, he has referred clients to me, and I have worked with him, as well. He is intelligent, detail-oriented, goal-driven and congenial. I recommend him without reserve."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Christopher for nearly 20 years. We have been colleagues at the same firm and have collaborated since joining separate firms. Christopher is a real IP lawyer, not a dabbler, and he is a very capable litigator, with a keen sense of how to prepare cases for trial and how to position them for settlement. By running his own firm, he has the flexibility to take cases that excite him and to run them on a lean and cost-effective basis. I regularly refer him matters where my firm has a conflict and can't take on the work. I recommend him without reservation."
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