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Surjit Paul Singh Soni

Intellectual property Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Surjit

Learn Surjit’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Copyright infringement
    20%
    Representing Plaintiffs and Defendants regarding all areas of copyrighted works.

    37 years, 60 cases

  2. Intellectual property
    20%
    Intellectual Property, comprising all aspects of Patent, trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret and Rights of Publicity.

    37 years, 200 cases

  3. Litigation
    20%
    All types of Unfair Competition and Complex Business Litigation.

    37 years, 90 cases

  4. Patent infringement
    15%
    Representing Plaintiffs and Defendants in all areas of technology.

    37 years, 50 cases

  5. Trademark infringement
    15%
    Prosecuting and Defending trademark and trade dress cases.

    37 years, 80 cases

  6. Entertainment
    5%
    Music, photography, artist representation, writers, and all creative talent.

    37 years, 12 cases

  7. Licensing
    3%
    Industrial Properties, Trade secrets, Patents, Copyrights, Photography, Film, Music and other works of authorship.

    37 years, 50 cases

  8. Internet
    2%
    Trademark, Domain Name, E-Commerce transactional and litigation.

    37 years, 6 cases

We aggressively pursue and cost effectively implement client objectives ..... we are committed to getting you what you want. We provide counseling, negotiation assistance, transactional and litigation solutions for domestic and international clients. We assist clients in acquiring and registering their intellectual property rights worldwide, enforcing them and defending against the claims of others. We provide services related to Intellectual Property and Complex Business cases.


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Chief Magistrate Judge Volney V. Brown of the United States District Court for the Central District of California had this to say about me in the case of REFAC INTERNATIONAL, LTD. v. HITACHI LTD., Kawasaki Motors Corporation, et al., 141 F.R.D. 281 (1991):

Without minimizing in the least the significant contributions of other defense counsel, the Magistrate Judge finds that the lawyering most decisive to the outcome, and the most helpful to the court, was done by Surjit P. Soni and his firm. His preparation was immaculate, though no more than necessary given the stakes and complexities. His clients proved to be, and they should have been, most willing to pay his fees and expenses. There is no evidence that he has overbilled in any respect; in fact, his accounting is so precise that the Magistrate Judge is able to, and he will disallow certain itemized claims. All members of the bar of this court are presumed honorable and wholly accurate in their representations to the court. Mr. Soni has proved the validity of the presumption throughout the proceedings by weighing every word and proofing every representation. His accounting contained in the Brico defendants' claim is a veritable model. The general pleas of Refac's counsel to reduce fees and costs, and particularly those incurred post-dismissal, are rejected.

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Surjit Paul Singh Soni
35 N Lake Ave Ste 720
Pasadena, CA, 91101

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Posted by joshua Greene | April 17, 2008
joshua greene president of the milton h greene archives,inc
surjit, is excellent because of his perspective of life and his knowledge of the law. his approach, which is to evaluate a situation from all sides before deciding on the action. he has represented my company since 2000 and i have learned a great deal. he is excellent at explaining the law to his clients. he also has a business savvy marketing talent that i find to be rare in an attorney. i welcome his ideas and suggestions in business as well as in legal representation. he also has a great team that all have different specialties of the law which makes the firm an asset to my business and it's future. thanks to the soni law firm!
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Posted by Gary | April 17, 2008
President, Pacific Licensing
Surj Soni has been our counsel for intellectual property on our entertainment licensing business and was successful in defending our case before the Federal Courts because of his ability to not only think within the confines of the law, but to also challenge traditional thinking with a rational and logical approach to the issues. Surj Soni and all of the other lawyers on his team at the Soni Law Firm worked for years on our cases and never let up.
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Posted by Reuben | April 17, 2008
Chairman
I have no hesitation in recommending Surj. He is one of the brightest people I know and, in my experience, completely scrupulous. He has a good sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with, as well as being formidably competent.
Posted by tom | April 15, 2008
strategic legal thinker
Surjit is a rare counselor. He deals with legal matters sensibly and realistically. He has a very pragmatic approach to the area of intellectual property, which can be a confusing morass of laws varying significantly across legal jurisdictions. Surjit has the experience, knowledge, and good judgment —plus a sense of intellectual curiosity too.
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Posted by Loreley | April 11, 2008
President
The Soni Law Firm is a group of professionals that are committed to meeting their client’s expectations. Everyone on their team created a unique experience of helpfulness and commitment to us. Our case was initiated in California and our business is in New Jersey. They apprised us of our rights and never promised something they could not deliver. They worked around our schedule. They accommodated our small company by seeing to it that several employees were deposed in New Jersey because they understood the hardship and unnecessary expense that would be incurred if we were forced to leave a skeleton staff behind and travel to California. We were not alone. We had representation at every juncture of the case which we felt was invaluable. Every conversation was directed to reaching the end result of “winning” the case. We highly recommend The Soni Law Firm. Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout this long and trying ordeal!
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2008
President
Very reliable and gets the job done. Will not take NO for an answer. Very knowledgable and thorough with his work. Will leave no stone unturned.. get to every option available.
Posted by Jeff | April 8, 2008
Retired Business Owner
Mr. Soni defended my company and me, personally in two complicated intellectual property lawsuits with several claims of patent and trademark infringement. In both cases, all charges were dismissed and one of the plaintiff's patents was invalidated by the court. Intellectual property is probably the most complicated part of civil law and Mr. Soni proved he is an expert.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2008
President
Surjit helped us refine and clarify our consulting contracts. His help was valuable in protecting our intellectual property while providing our clients the value they expect for their investment. Clearly having knowhow in the IP arena, Surjit was able to respond to our requests quickly and professionally. We felt we have received good value for our costs and have established a relationship we could rely upon in the future.
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Posted by Dilip | April 8, 2008
Greatest lawyer ever had the pleasure to work with
If you are looking for an intellectual property attorney, look no further than Surj. His knowledge of the law, his ability to be able to explain cases to a lay-person and his court room demeanor are absolutely incredible. We have worked with many different lawyers in different matters and have never had the comfort level or security that we have when working with Surj. I highly recommend Surj and his team for any intellectual property matters you may have.
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Posted by harpal | April 8, 2008
President
Surjit is an excellent trial lawyer with an exceptional grasp of the copyright/trade law. He has a unique ability to see the various angles of a lawsuit and advises his client accordingly. One of his biggest strength is his attention to detail and his ability to anticipate the moves of the opposition well in advance.
Posted by Jim | April 8, 2008
Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Soni is a very bright, capable trial lawyer. He is a very experience, seasoned and practical litigator. He can handle very large and complex litigation matters involving numerous parties represented by "elite" firms where the stakes are high and also small matters on a budget. Mr. Soni represented our company in a complex IP litigation where we were a defendant accused of a parade of horrible things. At the end we prevailed recovering both our attorney fees and shared damages with plaintiffs. Outstanding job. I would not have any reservations about the size of his firm, they favor quality over quantity. Mr. Soni can and does know how to try cases not just paper them like many lawyers who call them selves litigators. I would highly recommend Mr. Soni.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 595-750 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Soni Law Firm
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner in Charge of Litigation Group
  • Sheldon & Mak
  • 1986 - 1998

Education

  • Univ of Miami SOL
  • J.D.
  • 1984
  • Univ of Toronto
  • B.Sc. (Hons)
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Armament Systems, inc. v. Shell Oil Company
  • Secured dismissal and $150,000 in sanctions
  • Bausch & Lomb v. Oasis Medical
  • Favorably Settled
  • Atlantic Mutual Ins. Co. v. J. Lamb, Inc.
  • Successful Appeal
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Associations

  • Southern California Defense Counsel
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Indian Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Litigation Section Programs Chair
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Complex Litigation Inn of Court
  • Founding Member & Master of Inn
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Litigation Section - Executive Committee Member
  • 1992 - 1995
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Business Law Advisory Committee
  • 1992 - 2008
  • Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Trial Practice - Advisory Committee
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter)
  • Director
  • 1992 - 1995
  • American Bar Association
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • 1991 - 2008
  • American Intellectual Property law Association
  • 1991 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Product Simulation and Functionality Subcommittee
  • 1991 - 1994
  • American Bar Association
  • International Trade Commission Subcommittee
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Licensing Executive Society
  • Technology Acquisition Committee
  • 1989 - 1994
  • The State Bar of California
  • Intellectual Property Section - Executive Committe Member
  • 1989 - 1992
  • United States Trademark Association
  • 1989 - 1999
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Director
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Pasadena Young Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1987 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Expression of Appreciation
  • Continuing Education of the Bar
  • 1994
  • Expression of Appreciation
  • 1994
  • Master of the Bench
  • The Los Angeles Complex Litigation American Inn of Court
  • 1993
  • In Appreciation
  • 1992
  • Appreciation Certificate
  • Board of Governors, The State Bar of California
  • 1992
  • Recognition by Federal Court 141 F.R.D. 281
  • United States District Court for the Central District of california
  • 1991
  • Dean's List
  • University of Miami SOL
  • 1983
  • Moot Court Board
  • University of Miami SOL
  • 1983
  • Dean's List
  • University of Miami SOL
  • 1982
  • Dean's List
  • University of Miami SOL
  • 1981
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Publications

  • "Proof in Competitive Business Litigation", CEB
  • Consulting Editor
  • 2008
  • "Competitive Business Practices," CEB
  • Consulting Editor
  • 2008
  • Business Law Reporter published by CEB
  • Intellectual Property Contributing Editor
  • 2008
  • "California Intellectual Property Handbook" Matthew Bender
  • Co-Author
  • 1998
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Trade Dress and Unfair Competition: Who Has the Rule Book?
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Malpractice Issues In Relation To International Business Transactions (Or Avoiding International Ineptness)
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Copyright Protection for Computer Software What Exactly is Protected?
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Trademark Infringement liability Gets Real Personal
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • The Supreme Court Puts In Its "Two Pesos" on Trade Dress
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Defining Fairness - A Year in Review
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Copyright Registrations: Easy To Get But Not Always Upheld
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • You Can Protect Distinctive Product Packaging
  • 1991
  • "NEW MATTER" Official Newsletter of the State Bar of California
  • Co-Editor
  • 1991
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Protection of Trade Dress
  • 1990
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • A Patent Infringement Suit that Backfired
  • 1989
  • Best's Review
  • Patently Offensive Claims
  • 1989
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Refac Learns a Tough Lesson
  • 1989
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Complex Patent Litigation Made More Complex
  • 1989
  • Trademark World
  • Trade Dress and Unfair Competition: What Are the Rules?
  • 1988
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Inconsistent 'Trade Dress' Decisions Create Confusion
  • 1987
  • California Civil Practice", Bancroft Whitney
  • Consulting Editor
  • N/A
  • "Civil Practice Before Trial" 3d Ed., CEB
  • Consulting Editor
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • New York Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Rights of Publicity
  • 2008
  • Matthew Bender & San Francisco Bar Association
  • Arbitrating and Mediating Intellectual Property and Complex Business Disputes
  • 1999
  • La Verne University School of Law
  • Intellectual Property Course
  • 1995
  • CEB
  • Trade Secrets
  • 1994
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Section
  • Malpractice Issues re: Intellectual Property in International Business Transactions
  • 1992
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • Trademark, Copyright, State Claims & Litigation
  • 1992
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Section
  • Avoiding Trade Dress and Product Configuration Infringement
  • 1991
  • European Studies Conference
  • Trade Dress, Packaging and Labeling
  • 1990
  • European Studies Conference
  • Emulation Without Infringing: The American Experience
  • 1990
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Surjit is an exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Surj has been involved in some of the most interesting and important recent copyright cases. He cares passionately about intellectual property, and keeps current on al new developments. And, he's a really nice guy to boot. "
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Pasadena Intellectual property Lawyer Surjit Paul Singh Soni
Surjit Paul Singh Soni
Intellectual property Attorney
Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 37 years
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