Linda Zirkelbach has extensive experience representing clients in a range of intellectual property (IP) matters, with a focus on leading IP enforcement actions for major companies, publishing law, strategic IP counselling and clearance work, digital media and rights issues, and trademark strategy and disputes. Linda regularly counsels clients on complex copyright and trademark issues; litigates in the areas of copyright and trademark; negotiates and drafts copyright and trademark license agreements, publishing agreements, and other IP agreements; and reviews and clears publications and other productions prior to launch. Linda spent more than nine years as in-house counsel and, having been a client herself, prides herself on being strategic, practical, and clear in her advice. She has particularly deep experience in digital or on-line infringement and anti-piracy (with significant experience in complex DMCA issues). Linda's primary areas of focus are based on her significant experience as in-house counsel. After beginning her career as a Venable associate, she was then vice president, legal affairs, for the Recording Industry Association of America, where she was actively involved in high-profile copyright litigation for the major U.S. record companies. She later became vice president and general counsel of a leading publishing and media company and handled not only all intellectual property issues, but also a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial matters and strategic business matters.
Linda has represented clients in a range of industries, including music, book and magazine publishing, entertainment, software, digital media, alcoholic beverage and restaurant services, trade associations and nonprofits, university/higher education, and consumer goods. Linda has represented clients before federal courts across the country, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the U.S. Copyright Office.
She also recently served as the general counsel and a board member to Women in Technology.