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Richard Justin Greenstone

Trademark application Attorney at Emeryville, CA

5.0   2 reviews
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  • State Years
    California - CA 38 years
    Washington - WA 42 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1981
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trademark application
    Prosecute trademark applications for clients including large portfolios of applications.

    42 years, 500 cases

  2. Entertainment
    Represent and advise clients in the motion picture, television, music, publishing and the arts.

    42 years, 500 cases

  3. Copyright application
    Advise clients on copyright issues and registrations.

    42 years, 500 cases

  4. Copyright infringement

  5. Trademark infringement

  6. Business
    Partnership and corporation issues.

    42 years


Richard J. Greenstone is admitted to practice law in California and before United States District Courts in both the Central District and Northern District of California and the Western District of Washington. His office is in San Francisco, California. Richard is a member of the American Bar Association (including the Section on Intellectual Property as well as the Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries), and the California Copyright Conference; he was elected to membership in the Los Angeles Copyright Society in 1990. In that same year, Richard was awarded an av rating (highest rating available representing legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory on recommendation of attorney colleagues.

Richard’s areas of practice within the computer and entertainment industries include copyright, trademark, trade secret, publishing, advertising, unfair competition, arts and general business law. Richard frequently practices before the United States Copyright Office in registration and recordation matters and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in registration, opposition and cancellation actions. Richard has handled the registration of all types of subject matter including computer programs subject to litigation or containing trade secrets. Richard also consults to many law firms on copyright and trademark matters; he has acted as an expert witness for other attorneys engaged in copyright litigation. Richard has directed a wide variety of transactions including the acquisition, sale or publishing of computer software (including appropriate assignments and source code escrows), the licensing of all types of intellectual properties, employment agreements within the computer and entertainment industries, the acquisition of manuscripts and life story rights for motion pictures and television including attendant options and appropriate assignments, screen writer agreements, publishing agreements for fiction and non-fiction, agreements for publication of articles in magazines, advertising agency agreements, graphic artists agreements, synchronization and master use licenses, recording contracts, music publishing, music promotion, transfers of intellectual property (exclusive, nonexclusive and as security for loans) and advisory letters to clients outlining legal strategies with an emphasis on preventive law. Richard frequently lectures on these subjects.

In 1991 Richard was lead counsel in the acquisition of two major software companies on behalf of one of his software clients. In that same year Richard negotiated a major bundling deal on behalf of one of his clients with Microsoft Corporation. Richard also supervised several major distribution deals for clients with overseas software distributors. In that same year Richard also was lead counsel in the sale of a hit game show to the Telemundo Broadcasting network. Since then Richard has negotiated other agreements with Microsoft Corporation, Corel Corporation, Samsung and other major multinational corporations.

In 1995 Richard acted as Director of Legal Affairs for Starwave Corporation in Bellevue, Washington, where he advised the corporation on intellectual property, corporate, publishing and human resources law. Starwave Corporation’s products include the CD-ROMs Eastwood and Sting: All The Time, and the online services ESPNET SportsZone, Mr. Showbiz, Outside Online and Family Planet.

Richard is former Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association, reaching 6,000 attorneys and law libraries in the United States and abroad, and now acts as Publications Chair for the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. In 1996 Richard was appointed to the American Bar Association Technology Council which assists the ABA Coordinating Commission on Legal Technology. Since 1987 Richard has edited over one hundred articles for substance, content and style while making editorial, budget and art decisions affecting Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. In his capacity as Editor-in-Chief Richard serves on the Governing Committee of the Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports In dustries and is an elected Governing Committee member in his own right. In 1993-94 Richard supervised the redesign of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer and is currently editing an anthology of the collected works of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer scheduled for publication in 1996. In 1994 Richard organized the plenary session for the Forum Committee’s annual meeting covering multimedia law. Richard is also editing Jim Talbott’s new book on multimedia law and practice to be published by Clark Boardman Callaghan. To date, Richard has authored over ten articles on various aspects of copyright and trademark law, publishing, entertainment, unfair competition and the law of ideas as well as book reviews. After publication of his highly acclaimed article on the colorization of black and white motion pictures, “A Coat of Paint on the Past? Impediments to Distribution of Colorized Black and White Motion Pictures,” Richard presented a paper on that topic before the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. His articles have appeared in The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the Entertainment Law Reporter, The Los Angeles Daily Journal and Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook.

Richard is the author of a HyperCard stack on the Copyright Act of 1976. This computer program received national distribution on various bulletin board systems and databases. In 1990 it was chosen by the Boston Computer Society for inclusion on its CD-ROM of best Macintosh software.

Richard, born in 1955 in Pasadena, California, attended the University of Oregon where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a minor in art history. He attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, where he graduated in 1981. While at Gonzaga University Richard served on the staff of the Gonzaga Canadian-American Law Journal; he also interned at the Legal Services Corporation practicing constitutional and poverty law. 

Richard began his post-law school career working for the firms of Woeppel & Hoover in Spokane and Cantor & Weinshenk in Sherman Oaks, California. Richard opened his own law firm in 1985. His practice grew from its inception attracting authors, programmers, actors, directors, photographers, production companies, publishing houses and art galleries from the worlds of entertainment and computers.

A sampling of Richard Greenstone’s clients can be seen on the representative clients page of his web site.

Contact Richard

Richard J. Greenstone Attorneys & Counselors at Law
5885 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA, 94608


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  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contract negotiations
Unfortunately, most corporations and their procurement departments are fond of using template contracts that favor themselves and don't necessarily apply well to specialized service providers. Mr. Greenstone was extremely helpful in reviewing, analyzing, negotiating, drafting and finalizing a contract between a client and myself that was both mutually acceptable and may indeed be used for future client engagements. Mr. greenstone was also very timely and fair with his billing. I definitely will be using his services in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney and Good Person
I had a trademark issue and Richard was very responsive to my inquiry. He seemed genuinely interested in my concerns and offered sound, logical and honest feedback on the matter. I would be happy to engage with him further if need-be, and I recommend him to others as well.


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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal/Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Richard J. Greenstone, San Francisco
  • 1996 - Present
  • Director of Legal Affairs
  • Starwave Corporation
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Principal/Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Richard J. Greenstone
  • 1985 - 1994


  • Univ of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • Gonzaga Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - 2008
  • Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Member
  • 1986 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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  • The Licensing Journal
  • The Look of a License
  • 2001
  • The Licensing Journal
  • An Introduction to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
  • 2001
  • The Licensing Journal
  • The Difference Between COPA, COPPA and Copa Cabana
  • 2001
  • Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • Book Review of Copyright Law and Practice
  • 1997
  • Eighth Annual Southern Regional Entertainment & Sports Law Seminar
  • The Weak Link
  • 1996
  • Software Publishers Association Newsletter
  • Why a Contract
  • 1994
  • The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • Book Reivew of Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices
  • 1992
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Book Review of By the Book: Legal ABCs for the Printed Word
  • 1990
  • The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • Book Review of Covering All the Bases: A Comprehensive Research Guide to Sports Law and Law of Professional and Amateur Sports
  • 1989
  • The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • Book Review of International Copyright Law and Practice
  • 1989
  • Richard J. Greenstone
  • Copyright Act of 1976 Hypertext Program
  • 1988
  • The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • Book Review of 1986 Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook
  • 1987
  • The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
  • It's Not Sufficiently Novel, Held the Judge
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting
  • Young Lawyer Law Student Orientation: Your Questions Answered
  • 2010
  • Beat the Clock CLE Seminars
  • Trademark Registration Practice
  • 2009
  • Section 2257 Requirements
  • Section 2257 Record Keeping Requirements for Adult Entertainment Producers
  • 2008
  • Beat the Clock 2008 MCLE Course
  • Trademark Licensing
  • 2008
  • Annual Meeting of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Entertainment and Sports Law
  • 2008
  • Annual Meeting of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Entertainment and Sports Law
  • 2008
  • Overview of Internet Domain Name Law: Trademark Registration and Litigation Issues
  • Internet Domain Name Law
  • 2000
  • Southern Regional Entertainment & Sports Law Conference
  • Internet Linking
  • 1996
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Mid-Winter Meeting
  • Colorization of Black and White Motion Pictures
  • 1987
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Richard to be a superb entertainment and trademark lawyer. His reputation as a first-rate attorney is well-founded. He is a dedicated and meticulous professional and a very warm and congenial person. Anyone who faces issues relating to the arts or intellectual property would be well-served by Richard. I highly recommend him."
Trademark application Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent, prompt work. Easy to collaborate with and does great work. I would recommend Richard unconditionally. I refer all of my trademark matters to Richard for resolution."
Trademark application Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Greenstone has a solid reputation in Northern California for trademark, copyright and entertainment and media law. He has always been straightforward and helpful to me and the people I have referred. I highly value his judgment."

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Emeryville Trademark application Lawyer Richard Justin Greenstone
Richard Justin Greenstone
Trademark application Attorney
Emeryville, CA
Licensed for 42 years
Virtual consultation available