I have been practicing law in San Diego County for over thirty years. My practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music. We have prepared and filed over 500 U.S. trademark applications and we supervise international trademark portfolios for clients.
After a five-year association with the intellectual property law firm of Charmasson & Holz in San Diego, I joined Gary Martin to form Martin & Branfman and in early 1994 formed Branfman & Associates to focus on intellectual property and entertainment matters. Branfman & Associates became Branfman Law Group, P.C. in 2008.
I graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. I was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. I was Legal Chair of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy for approximately two decades and I am a member of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Section. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Music Foundation. I have lectured on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law for the State Bar of California and at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and on intellectual property and business law at Mira Costa College and The San Diego Career Center.
I was named a San Diego SuperLawyer® in intellectual property for four years running from 2007 through 2010 and was named a Top Attorney in intellectual property by the San Diego Daily Transcript for 2007 and 2009.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Intellectual Property||SuperLawyers - San Diego||2010|
|Top Attorney - Intellectual Property||San Diego Daily Transcript||2009|
|Intellectual Property||SuperLawyers - San Diego||2009|
|Intellectual Property||SuperLawyers - San Diego||2008|
|Top Attorney Intellectual Property||San Diego Daily Transcript||2007|
|Intellectual Property||SuperLawyers - San Diego||2007|
|Attorney||Martin & Branfman||1990 - 1993|
|Associate Attorney||Charmasson & Holz||1983 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Intellectual Property Section||Member||N/A|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Juris Doctorate||1978|
|The Business of Medical Cannabis||Intellectual Property Issues||2012|
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