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Mr. Max

Theodore C. Max

Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Theodore C. Max is a partner at global law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in New York, where he co-leads the firm's Fashion, Apparel and Beauty group. He focuses on intellectual property protection and litigation, advertising and media consultation and clearance, and transactional and licensing matters. Mr. Max combines his skill and experience as a trial attorney with his knowledge of copyright, trademark and intellectual property law in servicing the firm's diverse clientele. Mr. Max has counseled clients on and litigated numerous cases involving issues on the cutting edge of copyright and trademark law. He has assisted clients in identifying, protecting and preserving their intellectual property assets, including seeking registration of rights in the United States and internationally and taking action against infringements of copyrights, trademarks and trade dress. He also has experience developing and implementing anti-counterfeiting programs and pursuing civil and criminal enforcement remedies. Mr. Max has actively litigated intellectual property issues, as well as licensing and franchise disputes, and the rights of publicity and privacy. He successfully has represented clients in all types of civil litigation, including alternate dispute resolution proceedings and mediation, trials and appeals. He has counseled representatives of some of the world's finest designers of fashion apparel and accessories with respect to protecting and protecting as well as monetizing the value of their intellectual property. He also has extensive experience in litigating commercial disputes in New York state and federal courts. He has been recognized as an Intellectual Property Star by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015, a Leading Trademark Professional by World Trademark Review in 2015 and by Legal 500 with respect to Intellectual Property, Media and Advertising, Legal 500, and a New York Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers, 2008-2015. .

Mr. Max can be contacted at 212.653.8702 or tmax@sheppardmullin.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.