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Ethan Forrest helps clients solve novel and complex intellectual property, privacy, and technology problems, whether by litigation, counseling, or negotiation. He has a particular focus on copyright, trademark, and technology issues, as well as Internet privacy and security matters. He also assists media and entertainment clients with First Amendment and media law matters, including open records and defamation laws.

Mr. Forrest has litigated intellectual property and commercial cases in federal and state court, and has experience in trials, appeals, and government investigations. He has also published articles on copyright law, online privacy, and legal issues in the arts.

  • Trial counsel for Deere in one-week bench trial enforcing rights in green and yellow color trademark on agricultural equipment, resulting in judgment for Deere on both infringement and dilution claims and entry of injunction.The ruling was recognized by Law360 as one of the "Top 10 Trademark Rulings" of 2017.
  • Advises numerous technology companies, large and small, on innovative privacy and copyright issues.
  • Representation of a global pharmaceutical technology company in a trade secrets trial.
  • Representation of world’s largest family-owned alcoholic beverage company in an insurance coverage trial.
  • Advised a leading social media company on domain name and trademark issues.
  • Representation of a real estate development firm in an SEC investigation.

Pro Bono

  • Represent activists in challenging a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on First Amendment grounds.
  • Represent an investigative journalism nonprofit in intellectual property and publication issues.
  • Represent various nonprofits in copyright and trademark matters.
  • Advised a global non-profit on privacy issues in developing countries.

Previous Experience

  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Non-Resident Fellow (2012-2014)
  • BlurryEdge Strategies, Associate (2012)
  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Student Fellow (2009-2012)
  • Prof. John Henry Merryman, Research and Teaching Assistant, Art Law and Cultural Heritage Law (2010-2011)
  • AmeriCorps*VISTA (2007-2009)
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2015)
  • Gerald Gunther Prizes in Torts and Criminal Law