Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. et al v. RDR Books et al

Filing 25

DECLARATION of Jeremy N. Williams in Support re: 22 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction.. Document filed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., J. K. Rowling. (Cendali, Dale)

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. et al v. RDR Books et al Doc. 25 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -------------------------------------- X WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. and J.K. ROWLING, Plaintiffs, -againstRDR BOOKS and DOES 1-10, Defendants. -------------------------------------- X Case No. 07-CV-9667 (RPP) DECLARATION OF JEREMY N. WILLIAMS IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION I, Jeremy N. Williams, declare and state as follows: 1. I am a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ("Warner Bros."), one of the plaintiffs in this action. In this role, I am familiar with the records supporting Warner Bros.' rights in the Harry Potter properties and with the intellectual property protection programs that Warner Bros. applies to them. Except for the facts stated on information and belief, all of the facts set forth herein are known to me personally, and if called as a witness, I could and would testify competently thereto. 2. In my capacity as Deputy General Counsel, I head the intellectual property legal department at Warner Bros., which consists of five attorneys and numerous paralegals and support staff. The role of the intellectual property department is to protect Warner Bros.' trademark and copyright assets. Dockets.Justia.com Warner Bros.' Rights 3. Pursuant to an agreement with author J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. owns the exclusive film rights to the Harry Potter series. Each of the Harry Potter films has been registered with the United States Copyright Office, including, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Serial No. PA0001063646; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Serial No. PA0001105748; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Serial No. PA0001222542; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Serial No. PA0001279121; and The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Serial No. PA0001355547. 4. Warner Bros. is the exclusive distributor, worldwide, of these films. In addition, the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is scheduled for a worldwide release in November, 2008 and production of the seventh, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is confirmed, but a release date has not yet been set. Warner Bros. also engages in the licensing of the Harry Potter Films, including clips and images from the films. 5. Also pursuant to an agreement with Ms. Rowling, Warner Bros. owns trademark rights in Harry Potter and Harry Potter-related designations in connection with its film rights and ancillary merchandising projects (collectively, the "Harry Potter Marks"). Warner Bros. has received registrations for numerous Harry Potter Marks around the world, including in the United States. Warner Bros. has the following federal trademark registrations for HARRY POTTER: Registration Nos. 2,457,302; 2,683,060; 2,685,932; 2,506,166; 2,506,165; 2,530,755; 2,574,410; 2,526,111; 2,497,083; 2,479,341; 2,450,788; 2,450,787; 2,525,908; 2,493,484; 2,568,098; 2,568,097. Warner Bros. also has numerous other registrations and applications covering various other HARRY POTTER-formative marks.

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