Traphagen Law PLLC Intellectual Property for Business, Media, and the Arts


Mark Traphagen

Contact  (202) 349-4172

                 E-Mail Mark

Bar Admission  District of Columbia

                           New York State

                           U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Education         J.D., University of Denver College of Law

                          B.A. University of Dayton

Practice Areas  Trademark and Unfair Competition
                           Domain Names and Non-Traditional Identifiers

                           Trademark and Copyright Licensing and Transactions
                           Media Production Agreements and Releases

Mark Traphagen counsels and represents clients in trademark, copyright, unfair competition, licensing, and related fields of law. His clients include established companies, emerging businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals in creative and brand-intensive fields, such as entertainment, professional sports, and food and beverage.


Mark’s practice includes counseling, transactions, and disputes. His engagements have included resolving conflicting copyright and trademark claims in a musical work, protecting trademarks for a professional sports team, managing trademark strategy for an online sports and entertainment network, standardizing new media production agreements for a cable television channel, and negotiating worldwide character rights licensing for a major music publisher.


Mark has been a participant in copyright law and policy initiatives, including the diplomatic conference establishing the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty, Congressional enactment of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Conference on Fair Use (CONFU), and the Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit (ACCORD).


Mark has taught U.S. copyright law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and international trademark and copyright law at the George Washington University Law School and the American University Washington College of Law.  He is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and past counsel to Street Law, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization promoting civil society and understanding of law in the U.S. and  other countries.