STEVEN L. KRONGOLD
BUSINESS LITIGATION ATTORNEY
My civil trial practice is based in Orange County, California, where I specialize in Business Litigation in state and federal courts. I was a partner in the Trial and Intellectual Property Groups of Arter & Hadden, LLP, a large, national law firm, where I represented Fortune 500 companies.
I currently prosecute or defend intellectual property rights and related claims involving unfair business practices. I have represented hundreds of clients in disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement, cybersquatting (domain name disputes), invasion of privacy, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities and investment fraud, libel and defamation, and other business torts.
Several of my cases were appealed, resulting published opinions. These cases include my representation of Leslie Kelly, a nature photographer. The case tested the limits of the fair use defense under the Copyright Act for Internet search engines that crawled the Web and displayed both thumbnail and full-size images of copyrighted material. Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 77 F.Supp.2d 1116, aff’d in part, 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2003).
I was also one of the first attorneys to file suit to decide whether online gamers own the virtual goods they create. Blacksnow Interactive vs. Mythic Entertainment, Case No. 02–CV–00112-GLT (C.D. Cal. 2002).
I have published a number of articles on intellectual property, such as: Copyright Protection on the Internet, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (September 2000 Newsletter); Peer-to-Peer Technology, Intellectual Property Today (June 2001; Vol. 8, No. 6); U.S. e-tailers Find Implementing E-SIGN Difficult, World e-Business Law Report (August 28, 2001); Ninth Circuit Rules That Displaying Full-Size Images on Web Site Constitutes Violation of U.S. Copyright Laws, New Matter, State Bar of California IP Section (Spring 2002; Vol. 27, No. 1); Copyright/Internet Law Updates, Arter & Hadden, LLP (2002-2003).
COURT ADMISSION AND JURISDICTION
I am admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.
I was born and raised in Southern California, received my J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, and B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A.
Mr. Krongold worked on a number of high profile matters, such as the Lincoln Savings Securities Fraud Class Action against Charles H. Keating, Jr., the Orange County bankruptcy litigation against Robert L. Citron, and numerous fraud prosecutions brought by the U.S. Attorneys Office and the Orange County District Attorneys Office. Mr. Krongold has experience with federal agency cases brought by the FTC, SEC and CFTC. He has successfully handled a number of sensitive trade secret misappropriation cases involving the alleged theft of designs, drawings, and sales data.