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A veteran of the publishing industry, he focuses his IP practice on copyright matters. Mitch also is a frequent writer and speaker on copyright issues.
Before he became an intellectual property attorney, Mitch spent 14 years in the book publishing industry. He has also been a freelance writer for nearly four decades.
Consequently a significant focus of his practice is in the realm of copyright matters. Mitch understands these issues from the client’s perspective because he has both been a publisher and writer himself.
Specifically, Mitch has helped clients with such copyright and publishing-related issues as:
Mitch’s practice also includes advising clients with respect to trademark matters, including registration, enforcement, licensing, brand strategy and the resolution of disputes. Mitch is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Mitch is an avid collector of 19th-century Southern pottery and 20-century production pottery as well as vintage group photographs and wooden postcards. He is the author of two books related to these hobbies:
Magnificent Obsessions: Twenty Remarkable Collectors in Pursuit of Their Dreams and Bauer: Classic American Pottery.
View Mitch Tuchman's “Legal Issues for Writers,” from the 2013 North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference.
"The Powder Room is on the Left," Business Alabama, September, 2013
“Insider Publishing Tips: Negotiating Your Publishing Agreement,” South Carolina Book Festival, May 18, 2013.
“House Plan Copyright Questions Answered,” Design Lines, , May 13, 2013.
“Lawsuit: What’s in a Design?” Professional Builder, April 2013.
“Consumers 1, Publisher 0 in Recent Supreme Court Copyright Decision,” WCSR client alert, April 2, 2013; reprinted at Lexology, April 3, 2013.
“Not Coming to a Theater near You,” Georgia IP Litigation Blog, March 1, 2013; reprinted at Lexology, March, 1, 2013; expanded and republished at Law360.com, March 25, 2013.
“A Look At 4th Circ.'s Take On Architectural Copyrights,” Law360.com, February 11, 2013.
“Copyright Year in Review,” Intellectual Property Law Section , North Carolina Bar Association CLE, March 2011.
“U.S. Copyright Office Permits Circumvention of Technological Measures Controlling Access to Certain Copyrighted Works,” Lexology, August. 2, 2010. “Copyright Legislation Update: H.R. 2601, Public Domain Enhancement Act,” IP Links, June 2004.
“Supremely Wilde,” Smithsonian Magazine, May 2004.
“Judge Leval’s Transformation Standard: Can It Really Distinguish Foul from Fair?” Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Fall 2003.
“Kelly v. Arriva Soft: The More Things Change…,” Southeast TechWire, August 13, 2002; reprinted in IP Links, November 2002.
“The Case for Registration of Copyright: Optional or Not?” IP Links, February 2002.
“Inauthentic Works of Art: Why Bridgeman May Ultimately Be Irrelevant to Art Museums,” Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts, Spring 2001.
Also Bauer: Classic American Pottery (Chronicle Books, 1995); Magnificent Obsessions: Twenty Remarkable Collectors in Pursuit of Their Dreams (Chronicle Books, 1994); Painters Painting (with Emile de Antonio) (Abbeville, 1984); and articles in The Boston Phoenix, Chicago-Sun-Times, Esquire, Film Comment, House & Garden, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Republic, Omni, Oui, Penthouse, Playboy, The Village Voice and others.
Trademark and Copyright
Intellectual Property Transactions
Food Beverage and Agriculture
Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1999; Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1999; Summer Associate, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, 2000.
Head of Publications, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983-1998; Senior Editor, Acting Director, Oral History Program, UCLA, 1981-1983; Editor, CBS, 1980-1981; Associate Editor, East/West Network, 1978-1979; Freelance Editor and Freelance Writer, 1973-Present.