Richard Sigler has dealt with intellectual property issues throughout most of his professional career in the industry that has, arguably, the longest and the richest tradition of deference paid to intellectual property-entertainment.
Sigler has served his alma mater, USC Law School, as both Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law and Assistant to the Dean, on separate occasions. Employed by Warner Bros, NBC, Robert Altman's motion picture production and distribution company, 20th Century-Fox, Filmways as well as the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, Sigler also represented clients such as Time-Life Films, PolyGram Pictures and Dino de Laurentiis. In the 1980s, he served as VP/General Manager and VP Legal and Business Affairs at Hanna-Barbera Productions and later as Senior VP at Marvel Productions. In private practice, he has represented Mattel, Fisher-Price, KISS, Marvel Comics, HBO, MTM, among others.
Mr. Sigler is a sought-after lecturer for organizations like Beverly Hills Bar Association's Annual Update on the Law, Los Angeles Copyright Society, a legal columnist for Animation Magazine, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, ASIFA Hollywood (International Animation Society) and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- USC Law School, former Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law & Assistant to the Dean
- Handled IP issues for such clients as Time-Life Films, PolyGram Pictures and Dino de Laurentiis
- Has represented Mattel, HBO, MTM, Marvel Comics
- Lecturer for Beverly Hills Bar Association & Los Angeles Copyright Society
- USC Law School J.D., first in class for intellectual property
"In my many trips through various intellectual property industries, I am always surprised at how lax creation and protection of intellectual property is in industries where such property is the primary asset. There tends to be an attitude that if it does not exist on a pallet somewhere, it cannot be "property." Increasingly in this service economy we are developing, intellectual property will be the primary form of property for businesses. In conducting due diligence, many companies have not taken care of their ownership of intellectual property, have not solidified it enough to occupy their balance sheets, and have not taken the proper steps to protect their intellectual property. Beckett and Beckett has the team that can help you accomplish these goals in your company."
Law School: University of Southern California (U.S.C.), Juris Doctor (J.D.), Class standing: Fifth, Order of the Coif, Am. Jur. Awards (first in class):
Intellectual Property, Torts, Law, Language and Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, & Law, Competency and Control of the Mentally Ill
Cinema School: University of Southern California (U.S.C.), Courses in production; legal, business, and economic affairs; film history;
B.A. (with honors) in Political Science, minor in Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara