The mission of Benesch’s Musical Equipment Makers, Distributors, and Publishers Industry Group is to provide industry expertise, great lawyering, and impeccable client service to manufacturers and distributors of musical equipment and music publishers.
Experience in the Music Industry
Benesch’s team includes lawyers with years of hands-on and “on the road” experience with major artists, touring companies, and sound companies. Our lawyers represent artists (from legacy artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd to leading contemporary artists like the Black Keys to baby bands), musical equipment manufacturers and other related consumer products companies, musical equipment distributors, major music publishers, music-related software companies, concert promotion companies, as well as music-related organizations such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Intellectual Property for Manufacturers and Distributors
Many of our attorneys have worked as scientists or engineers and others have taught law or authored publications that serve as important reference materials to the profession. We have experience with all forms of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Services we provide include drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, advising clients on patent and trademark infringement and validity matters, and conducting IP audits. In addition, Benesch’s team has experience in complex patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. We have also counseled clients regarding information technology and e-commerce matters, including drafting and negotiating software license agreements, preparing website-related agreements, and advising clients regarding data security breaches.
Private Equity for Manufacturers and Distributors
In addition to being one of the preeminent intellectual property law firms in the country, Benesch also has a nationally-recognized corporate law group that handles transactions nationwide, and globally, for our clients. This transactional work encompasses financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures. Benesch also has a robust private equity, corporate and finance practice with significant experience in private equity-infused transactions in the manufacturing and distribution space. We regularly represent manufacturers and distributors, including our private equity clients’ portfolio companies, in connection with add-on acquisitions and roll-ups, commercial and contract disputes, labor and general employment issues, real estate and environmental matters, and joint ventures and outsourcing arrangements.
From the Midwest to China
Benesch has offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Shanghai, White Plains, and Wilmington. Our Midwest base allows us to provide a competitive rate structure. Multiple offices allow us to serve clients throughout the United States, and beyond. Our China Group, with members resident in Cleveland and in Shanghai, provides vital guidance, counseling and advice to American companies sourcing work in China.
Outside General Counsel
We pride ourselves on working efficiently and in unison with the Office of General Counsel and the counsel’s legal staff. Benesch’s lawyers are familiar with, and sensitive to, the needs and requirements of in-house counsel.
A Client-Focused Team
Dedicated to fully understanding our clients, their businesses, and their industries, Benesch has developed client-focused teams. Benesch’s Musical Equipment Makers, Distributors, and Publishers Industry Group team includes an American Music Award winner, a Grammy Award nominee, a former U.S. patent examiner, outstanding IP prosecutors and litigators with both music and scientific experience, lawyers who have assisted manufacturers and distributors in all aspects of their business cycles, including solicitation of capital, acquisitions, and divestitures, and lawyers who are regularly named to The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists.