Christopher Serbagi

Christopher Serbagi is an experienced litigator and intellectual property law practitioner, formerly employed by large international law firms and a prestigious intellectual property boutique in New York City. Mr. Serbagi practiced law at the intellectual property boutique Darby & Darby. He also spent seven years at international law firms Rogers & Wells and then Clifford Chance US, where he practiced intellectual property litigation, general commercial litigation, and trademark prosecution. Mr. Serbagi graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo School of Law, interned for a federal judge, and is an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo in legal writing and lawyering skills.

Mr. Serbagi has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters, including:

  • A landmark and highly publicized summary judgment decision over the rights to Marilyn Monroe’s image, enabling his clients to license iconic copyrighted photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by the late photographer Sam Shaw
  • Currently supervises and maintains the entire trademark portfolio for Forest Laboratories, Inc.
  • Supervised and successfully prosecuted the trademark portfolio for two international investment banks
  • Obtained trademark protection for a variety of large and small clients over the initial objections of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Successfully represented Grey Goose vodka brand against Belvedere vodka brand in a major trade dress litigation in federal court


David Marcus

David Marcus graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1995 and is currently an associate of the Serbagi Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Marcus practiced law as an entertainment attorney in the music industry for two years and spent seven years at Ronai& Ronai, LLP where he practiced civil litigation. Mr. Marcus has successfully litigated numerous general litigation and intellectual property disputes between large corporations in both federal and state court.

Of Counsel

Seth Akabas

Seth A. Akabas received a B.A., cum laude, from Princeton University and a Masters of Journalism and J.D. degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Akabas was formerly a Law Clerk to Judge David N. Edelstein, U.S. District Court, SDNY, and was associated with the law firms of O’Melveny & Myers and Spengler Carlson Gubar Brodsky & Frischling. He has represented issuers in public and private offerings of securities, buyers and sellers in LBO transactions and mergers, SBIC and other venture capital investors, borrowers and lenders in secured financing, software developers, and licensors and licensees of intellectual properties.

Elliot Furman

Elliot Furman is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has worked on a wide range of US and international patents for individual inventors, start-ups, large companies, and venture capital firms. His expertise in patent law is complemented by more than ten years of Silicon Valley engineering experience, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Elliot has a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office in patent cases.