Meet the Arbitrator

George L. Graff
Briarcliff Manor, NY

Arbitrator. For more than 45 years, Mr. Graff has mediated, arbitrated and acted as lead counsel in numerous arbitrations, mediations, lawsuits, ITC investigations and appeals involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, software and technology licensing, trademarks and related antitrust and commercial issues, including semiconductor design and manufacturing, software development, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, medical and dental devices, optical lenses, telecommunications, fiber optics, automotive components, apparel, travel services, internet services, and investment banking. He has also assisted parties in the negotiation of intellectual property and technology licenses and acquisitions in a wide variety of fields.

Experience. Following his graduation from law school in 1967, Mr. Graff served for three years as law clerk to Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, Chief Judge of the State of New York. He entered private practice in 1970 as an associate at Nickerson, Kramer, Lowenstein, Nessen, and Kamin (now Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, and Frankel). In February of 1974, he joined Milgrim, Thomajan and Jacobs, P.C, to concentrate on intellectual property and technology litigation, becoming a member of that firm one year later. In August of 1992, he was part of a group that was recruited by Paul, Hastings Janofsky and Walker to form an intellectual property litigation group at that firm, where remained until his retirement from private practice in January of 2009. Since that time he has been self- employed as a neutral arbitrator and mediator.

Mr. Graff currently serves on the national mediation panel for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the mediation panel for the United States International Trade Commission, the National Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, the Technology Panel of Neutrals, Entertainment Panel, Health Care Panel and International Patent Commission of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and the Tech List of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.

In addition to his work as a neutral and representing private clients, Mr. Graff, represented the American Bar Association as advisor to the drafting committee of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), which establishes a nationwide legislative framework for licensing of software and electronic databases. Mr. Graff also represented the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) as an amicus curiae in numerous appeals before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in cases involving major issues of intellectual property law, including the Supreme Court briefs in Bilski v. Kappos, Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega, S.A., Stanford v. Roche and Kirtsaeng v. Wiley.

Education. Mr. Graff graduated Columbia College in New York with an AB in 1962. After two years of active duty as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, He attended Columbia University School of Law, where he was named as a Harlan Fiske Scholar for three consecutive years and served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. He received his J.D. Columbia, magna cum laude, in 1967.

Author/presenter. Mr. Graff has spoken at numerous seminars and symposia on matters relating to intellectual property, licensing and alternative dispute resolution, including programs at Yale Law School, Fordham Law School, the Gould USC School of Law, the ABA, the Practicing Law Institute, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Association For Conflict Resolution Greater New York Chapter (“ACRGNY”). His publications include: “Trade Secrets and Other Avenues for Protection of Advanced Technology,” 20 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 875 2010. "The Enforceability of Open-Source Licenses," BRIGHT IDEAS, Winter 2004; "Will Federal Court Ruling Torpedo the Submarine Patent," WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION, April 30, 2004; "The Evolution of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act," COMPUTER LAW ASSOCIATION BULLETIN, July 1999; "Proposed Act Sets Uniform Rules for Computer Information Transactions," Washington Legal Foundation, July 9, 1999; "Computer Code, Electronic Licensing Agreements," CALIFORNIA LAW BUSINESS, June 7, 1999; "Computer Works Gain New GATT Protection," THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, March 6, 1995; "Proposed Licensing Amendments to Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code," ABA BULLETIN OF LAW, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, October 1994; "Cross-Examining Experts in Computer-Related Cases," THE COMPUTER LAWYER, August 1993.

Recognition. Mr. Graff is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is included in the List of the World’s Leading Technology Arbitrators and Mediators of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center. He is a charter member of the New York Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators and a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.  He has also served as vice chair of the Amicus Committee of the IPO, as a member of the Council of the ABA section on science and technology and as chairman of the State Legislation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has been recognized as a leading U.S. intellectual property attorney in several publications, including The Legal 500, SuperLawyers, and Who’s Who in American Law.

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