Bella Karakis Practice Description: Bella Karakis manages worldwide trademark portfolios for clients in various industries, including food and beverages, restaurant, nutritional, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, entertainment, fashion and apparel, consumer and luxury goods. She conducts global trademark clearance projects and advises clients on trademark clearance, registration, licensing, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement, and including counseling clients on complex trademark filing programs, global trademark clearance, and domestic and international opposition and infringement actions, and including counseling on domain name registration and recovery.
Ms. Karakis negotiates and drafts assignments, licenses, coexistence and other commercial agreements. She advises clients on international trademark, copyright, unfair competition issues, including the EU Community Trademark, International Registrations under the Madrid Protocol, the Paris and Berne Conventions. She counsels domestic clients on protection against imported gray market goods and records trademark registrations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Ms. Karakis develops strategies for acquiring, enforcing and assigning intellectual property rights and coordinates international trademark litigation and multi-country conflicts. She also advises clients on related IP transactional issues in the context of IP portfolio audits, due diligence for acquisitions or divestitures, and agreements for related corporate IP transactions.
New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
Moral Rights: French, United States and Soviet Compliance with Article 6bis of the Berne Convention, 5 Touro Law Review, Volume 9-3, Spring 1993
Bella Karakis manages worldwide trademark portfolios for clients in various industries, including food and beverages, restaurant, nutritional, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, entertainment, fashion and apparel, consumer and luxury goods. She conducts global trademark clearance projects and advises clients on trademark clearance, registration, licensing, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement, and including counseling clients on complex trademark filing programs, global trademark clearance, and domestic and international opposition and infringement actions, and including counseling on domain name registration and recovery.
Ira S. Katz
T: (212) 537-6714
Mr. Katz heads our immigration litigation practice, representing asylum seekers, clients in removal and deportation proceedings and those seeking waivers, as well as clients in many family based immigration matters.
In addition, Mr. Katz represents international business clients based in Israel and other countries with matters including, commercial arbitrations, immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions and EB-5 investment green cards.
Mr. Katz has also been at the forefront of Green Law. He has assisted numerous green technology start-ups in areas ranging from wind and solar power to carbon trading aggregators with their transactional needs, as well as with the complex government and international laws and regulations that apply to them.
Mr. Katz represents budding green-tech entrepreneurs; a private green incubator, as well as green-tech software developers and organic farmers.
Formerly, Mr. Katz was general counsel to a global hi-tech company, and before that, a senior attorney at an Israeli law firm representing primarily hi-tech NASDAQ and OTCBB listed companies in Israel and the U.S. Mr. Katz has also served as international counsel to an aviation company and as chief legal officer and a member of the board of an OTC medical/dental device manufacturer. He has represented government's in commercial transactions and commercial disputes.
With over twenty years of experience, Mr. Katz's practice encompasses both immigration litigation and broad areas of corporate, finance, commercial transactions and licensing on behalf of a wide range of hi-tech, bio-tech, industrial, energy, and commercial enterprises and hi-worth individuals in the U.S., Israel and Europe, including government entities, publicly and privately held corporations and start-up ventures.
Mr. Katz's unique understanding of corporate, securities and immigration law has been used in assisting NASDAQ companies in structuring mergers & acquistions and relocations from both a business and an immigration law perspective.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
City University of New York - Queens College
Connecticut Bar Association;
Israeli Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Zila Katz is an attorney who was born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents. As head of the immigration department she has a special understanding of immigrants' needs. Ms. Katz has over 14 years of legal experience in various areas of law with the last eight years devoted exclusively to the practice of immigration law.
Ms. Katz has a high success rate in obtaining countless business immigration visas and she has special expertise in achieving immigration visas for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability: artists, entertainers, technology, computer, athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs and educators.
With extensive experience in employment based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, Ms. Katz provides answers for effective relocation plans and providing creative solutions for the legal transfer of employees abroad. She handles complex and awkward immigration dilemmas and resolves these issues, providing opportunities for individuals to realize their dream of residing and working in the US legally.
Touro Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (Dean's List)
City University of New York- Queens College
American Immigration Lawyers Association