Cole Schotz P.C.



David S. Gold
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6305 / C: 914-629-0308 / F: 201-678-6305
Legal Practice Assistant: Dawn Brea
T: 201-489-3000 ext. 5019


David S. Gold counsels artists and creative entrepreneurs including musicians and other performing artists, authors, fashion designers, photographers and graphic designers, as well as arts organizations, media and marketing companies, and other corporate entities in a variety of industries in connection with their intellectual capital. With a background in music and the arts, he understands both the incredible value of creativity and the unique challenges associated with that creativity in the modern digital marketplace.

Mr. Gold advises on the protection, enforcement and monetization of intellectual property including copyrights, trademarks, and patents, helping to leverage creativity in ways that make smart business sense. Known for offering practical solutions, Mr. Gold evaluates businesses and brands from a holistic standpoint, often going far beyond traditional legal advice to identify opportunities and risk that may not always be front of mind. Once a full picture is achieved and goals are set, Mr. Gold works with his clients to reach those goals in a streamlined and cost-effective manner.

IP infringement is a serious concern and can lead to lost revenue, lost opportunities, litigation, and irreparable damage to valuable brands and goodwill. Mr. Gold is an experienced litigator having enforced and defended rights afforded under federal and state laws including the United States Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the United States Trademark (Lanham) Act, and the United States Patent Act. He has successfully resolved disputes involving trade dress, trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation and publicity and privacy rights. Mr. Gold has also represented musicians and corporate clients in negotiations involving major performing rights organizations such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

In his broader civil and commercial litigation practice, Mr. Gold has successfully represented clients in state and federal court in matters concerning contracts, insurance disputes, claims of fraud, real estate disputes, employment law, property tax appeals, shareholder/partnership discord, professional liability, and commercial transactions.

Active in a host of industry organizations, Mr. Gold is a member and previous two-term Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is also a member of the Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He is a member of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court and has held numerous board positions including with the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NJVLA), Arts Horizons, and the New York Metropolitan Symphony, “Music With a Cause,” an organization he founded to draw attention to and support a variety of beneficial causes.

Mr. Gold graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, where he received distinction as the 2009 Myron S. Harkavy Scholar for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the 2008 Saul A. Wittes Scholar. He was the 2009 Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition Winner and a member of the Rutgers School of Law – Newark National Mock Trial Team. Mr. Gold was the Student Bar Association President (2008-2009), Production Editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter (2009-2010), and a member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the Intellectual Property Law Society.

Mr. Gold has held employment positions with the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Rockland Summer Institute of Orchestral and Chamber Music Studies. Over the years, Mr. Gold has also acted as an independent arts consultant to a variety of arts-related entities.

Mr. Gold received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.A. in performing arts administration from New York University. He is an avid double bass player, performing in various groups around the metropolitan area.


Rutgers Law School- Newark, J.D., 2010:
 Myron S. Harkavy Scholar (2009-2010), Saul A. Wittes Scholar (2008-2009), Student Bar Association President (2008-2009), 2009 Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition Winner
New York University, M.A., Performing Arts Administration, 2007Brown University, B.A., 2003: 2002
 Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistant Fellowship in Political Science

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 2010New York, 2011U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2010U.S District Court, Southern District of New York, 2011U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2013



Ninth Circuit Shapes High Bar for Copyright Dismissals

As published in: Bloomberg Law June 23, 2020

1st Cannabis Patent Fight May Soon Narrow Focus To Validity

As published in: Law360 February 6, 2020

Defense Preclusion At Issue In ‘Lucky' Trademark Tiff Before Supreme Court

As published in: Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property January 29, 2020

AI and Copyright Come Together in 'Absurd' US Complaint

As published in: Managing IP August 29, 2019

Federal Judge Allows Game-Changing Cannabis Patent Lawsuit to Move Forward

As published in: Cannabis Business Times June 12, 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Updates Hemp Mark Guidelines

As published in: Cannabis Business Times May 8, 2019

American Media Acquires TEN's Adventure Sports Magazines

As published in: FOLIO February 5, 2019

Wake Up Call: American Media, LLC

As published in: Bloomberg Big Law Business February 4, 2019

A Marijuana Product Patent Dispute Marks a First for the Judicial System

As published in: Law Week Colorado August 20, 2018

Colorado Cannabis Patent Lawsuit Will Be Worth Watching

As published in: Cannabis Business Times August 15, 2018

Copying Photo for Local Film Fest Site Didn't Infringe Copyright

As published in: Bloomberg BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal June 13, 2018

Website Fights Standard-Setting Groups for Right to Post Free Copies

As published in: Bloomberg BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal May 18, 2018

New Partners Yearbook 2018

As published in: New Jersey Law Journal March 8, 2018

Cole Schotz Starts Marijuana Practice, Anticipating Legalization in NJ

As published in: New Jersey Law Journal March 6, 2018

People in the News

As published in: The Legal Intelligencer January 8, 2018


Recent Events

Table Talk Live: Intellectual Property Considerations for Food Entrepreneurs (Hosted by Hudson Kitchen)
Attorney Speaking: David S. GoldJune 25, 2020
The Business Side of Art
Attorney Speaking: David S. GoldNovember 17, 2013
Appropriation Art and Fair Use, Rutgers School of Law
Attorney Speaking: David S. GoldSeptember 19, 2012



Music Licensing

The Licensing Journal December 2019

David S. Gold
Business Owners: Are You Streaming Music?

Intellectual Property Law October 2, 2019

David S. Gold
Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

Intellectual Property Law November 8, 2018

David S. Gold and Emily Park
Federal Circuit Upholds Home Field Advantage in Generic Drug Cases

IP Law Outlook March 28, 2016

David S. Gold
The 'Orphan Works' Dilemma: Where Do We Go From Here?

New Jersey Law Journal September 8, 2015

David S. Gold
Why The "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit Really Matters

IP Law Outlook March 11, 2015

David S. Gold
Is Your Body Copyright-Protectable?

IP Law Outlook July 8th, 2013

David S. Gold
Opening the Floodgates on Copyright Termination

New Jersey Law Journal January 21, 2013

Is There Any Way Home? A History and Analysis of the Legal Issues Surrounding the Repatriation of Artwork Displaced During the Holocaust

New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal Spring/Summer 2010


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