DOUG BANIA

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Doug Bania NeviumDoug Bania – IP Valuation, Licensing and Damages Expert

Doug Bania is a founding principal of Nevium Intellectual Property Consultants. Nevium is an intellectual property consulting firm specializing in developing IP strategies, IP valuation and monetization as well as providing expert testimony related to IP damages and licensing customs and practices.

Doug Bania specializes in analyses for copyright and trademark infringement, publicity rights, social media and Internet infringement, defamation, marketing strategy analyses and royalty rate determinations. Doug Bania also provides valuations, monetization and management strategies for trademarks, publicity rights, domain names, Internet and social media assets, brand assets and copyrights for financial reporting, bankruptcy and transactional due diligence.

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Doug Bania is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), a Google Analytics Certified Individual (GAIQ) and is a committee member for the International Trademark Association (INTA) Internet Committee, the ICANN Compliance and Domain Name Industry Subcommittee and the American Bar Association (ABA), Copyright & Social Media Committee. Doug Bania has been the named expert for approximately 50 cases, deposed 12 times and has provided mediation testimony 3 times and trial testimony 4 times.

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Prior to founding Nevium, Doug Bania managed 100s of projects related to brands, intellectual property and the related intangible assets.  He has assisted clients in intellectual property matters related to acquisitions, litigation, bankruptcy, tax, estate, family and marital disputes, and licensing.

Doug Bania’s entertainment experience includes producing two award winning short films entitled: Boundaries and Passing Through.  Boundaries won Best Short at Kudzu Film Festival and Method Fest, the Bronze Award at the New York Expo, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Doug Bania – IP Expert Witness Experience

Doug Bania Blurred Lines Trial Testimony

Thelonious Sphere Monk, Jr. as Administrator of and on behalf of the Estate of Thelonious Sphere Monkvs. North Coast Brewing Co., Inc.; USDC Northern District of California; Case No. 17-cv-05015. Trademark and Right of Publicity Damages, Expert Report, Deposition, 2018

GOLO, LLC v. Zoco Productions; Mehmet Oz, M.D.; and Keri Glassman; USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Case No. 1:17-cv-08461-KBF. Unfair Competition and False Advertising, Expert Report, 2018

Big League Analysis, LLC vs. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, The United States Baseball Federation, Inc., and Noah Garden; Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York; Case No. 152702/2017.  Website, SEO Analysis, Internet Impressions, Visits and Damages, Expert Report, Mediation Testimony, 2018

Lauren Mountainv. Mehron, Inc.; Martin Melik; Michael Costello and Stephanie Costello, USDC Central District of California Western Division; Case No. 2:18-cv-00080-JAK-MRW.Copyright Damages, Expert Consulting, 2018

PS1, Inc., vs. TTL Automotive Enterprises, Inc., American Arbitration Association, Case No.: 01-17-0005-3284. Trade Dress, Expert report, 2018

North Carolina, Craven County, Jones County v. Beer Army, LLC, Dustin J. Canestorp, Beer Army Productions, LLC, and Ribeyes Steak House of New Bern 2, LLC and Bad Boy Foods, LLC. The General Court of Justice Superior Court Division; File No.: 15-CVS-1236. Trademark Damages, Expert report, 2018

Ghostbed, Inc.; and Werner Media Partners, LLC d/b/a/ Nature’s Sleep, LLC v. Casper Sleep, Inc.; Philip Krim; Red Antler, LLC; and ICS Inc.; Case No. 0:15-cv-62571. Website, SEO Analysis, Internet Website Traffic, Expert Reports, Deposition, 2018

Leandro Sorice vs. Trendy Butler, Inc. and Ali Najafian; Superior Court for the State of California County of Los Angeles; Case No. BC635770. Copyright Damages, Expert report, 2018

Colonel David Randolph Scott v. Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc., Sterling Jewelers, Inc. dba Kay Jewelers; Case No.: 17-cv-00436-NC; USDC Northern District of California San Jose Division. Right of Publicity, Expert report, 2018

Jones County v. Beer Army, LLC, Dustin J. Canestorp, Beer Army Productions, LLC, Ribeyes Steakhouse of New Bern 2, LLC and Bad Boy Foods, LLC; The General Court of Justice Superior Court Division File No.: 15-CVS-1236. State of North Carolina, County of Craven. Trademark, Expert Report, 2017

Heron Development Corporation v. Vacation Tours, Inc. d/b/a Vacation Store Miami, Media Insight Group, Inc., d/b/a Media Insight, Rosanna M. Mendez, and George A. Alvarez; Case No. 1:16-cv-20683; USDC Southern District of Florida Miami Division. Domain Names, SEO, Trademark and Internet Website Traffic, Expert Report, 2017

Entrepreneur Media, Inc. v. Scott Smith; Domains by Proxy, LLC; GoDaddy.com, LLC and Karen Mix; Case No. CGC 13 530730. Domain Name, Expert Report, 2017

Jukin Media, Inc. v. QWorldstar, Inc. d/b/a Worldstar, Worldstar Hip Hop, Worldstar Candy; Case No. 2:16-cv-6800-JFW; USDC Central District of California. Copyright & Trademark Damages, Expert Report, 2017

Aardwolf Industries, LLC v. Abaco Machines USA, Inc. Ausavina Co. LTD, et. al.; Case No. 2:16-cv-01968-GW-JEM; Central District of California. Domain Name and SEO Analysis, Expert Report & Deposition, 2017

Winston Smith v. Chapter 4 Corp., “Supreme”; Blackrock Creative Management Company and DEAD KENNEDYS; USDC Central District of California, Case No. 2:16-cv-03910-GW-AS. Copyright Apportionment Damages, Expert Report & Deposition, 2017

Andre Khazraei vs. Christopher Brown, CBE Merchandising LLC, CBE Apparel LLC, Konfuzed LLC, Maxima Operating X LLC; USDC Central District of California, Case No. 2:16-cv-02341 SJO (JCx). Trademark, Licensing & Social Media Analysis, Expert Report & Mediation Testimony, 2017

IDX System Technology, Inc.  vs. Timothy Arasheben dba Cinoflex; TM Camera Solutions, LLC; Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC610537. Defamation Damages, Expert Consulting, 2017

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts v. Airbnb, Inc., Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Santa Barbara, Case No. 16CV02626. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report & Mediation Testimony, 2016

Pines International, Inc. v. Suja Life, LLC, USDC Southern District of California, Case No. 3:16-cv-00985-GPC-WVG. Trademark, Settlement Brief Testimony, 2016

Unicolors, Inc. v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.; Fashion Life Inc.; Jes Apparel, L.L.C., USDC Central District of California, Case No. 2:16-cv-00393-RGK-SS. Copyright, Expert Report, 2016

Christopher Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc.; Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Inc., USDC Central District of California, Case No. CV 15-04905 JFW (PLAx). Trademark, Expert Report, 2016

Timed Out, Inc. vs. Crazy Horse, Inc., Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco – Civic Center Courthouse, Case No. CGC-15-547904. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, 2016

Adobe Systems Incorporated v. A&S Electronics, Inc., dba Trustprice; Alan Z. Lin; et. al., USDC Northern District of California Oakland Courthouse, Case No. 4:15-cv-02288-SBA. Trademark & Copyright, Expert Report, 2016

Ronald Greenspan, D.D.S. v. Mary Polomares, Randolph F. Alexander, D.D.S., M.S. and Leslie Alexander, Superior Court of the State of California County of San Diego – Central Division, Case No. 37-2014-00029393-CU-DF-CTL. Defamation & SEO Analysis, Expert Report & Deposition, 2016

Nina Pham v. Texas Health Resources, Inc., District Court of Dallas County, Texas 68th Judicial District, Cause No. DC-15-02252. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report & Deposition, 2016

Adobe Systems Incorporated v. David Far, aka Davit Far, doing business as AllMacDirect, USDC Central District of California, Case No. CV15-06192 AB AJW. Trademark & Copyright, Expert Report & Deposition, 2016

Mark Spitz v. New Vitality LLC, NAC Marketing Company, Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles, Case No. SC121977. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Consulting, 2016

Global Tobacco, LLC vs. R.K. Co., dba Cigar Cartel, USDC Central District of California Western Division, Case No. 2:15-CV-05227. Trade Dress, Expert Report, 2016

Ryoo Dental, Inc. v. Thomas D. Han DMD, dba Beach Dental Care, USDC Central District of California, Southern Division, Case No. 8:15-cv-00308-JLS-RNB. Copyright & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, 2016

Joel Zimmerman p/k/a “deadmau5” and Ronica Holdings Limited vs. Play Records, Inc., Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court file No. CV-15-539129. Trademark and Copyright, Expert consulting, 2016

Reese Witherspoon v. Sears Holdings Management and Sears Brands LLC, et al., Case No. SC120883, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, West District. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, 2016

Reese Witherspoon v. LNT Acquisition LLC, et al., Case No. SC120883, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, West District. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, 2016

Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., et al., Case No. CV13-06004-JAK (AGRx), USDC, Central District of California, Western Division. Copyright & Social Media Analysis, Expert Report, Deposition and Trial Testimony 2015

Cynara Busch v. Jakov Dulcich and Sons, LLC, Sunlight International Sales, Inc. Case No. CIV 1404125, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Marin, Right of Publicity, Expert Consulting, 2015

Markwins Beauty Products, Inc. v. Krystal Ball Productions, Inc. and Fergie Duhamel, Arbitration, Pasadena, CA. Right of Publicity, Expert Report, 2015

Stone Creek, Inc. v. Omnia Italian Design, Inc., Case No. 2:13-cv-00688-NVW, USDC, District of Arizona. Trademark & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, Deposition and Trial Testimony 2015

Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., dba Free People; Century 21 Department Stores, LLC, Case No. CV14-1029 SJO (VBK) USDC, Central District of California, Copyright, Expert Report, Trial Testimony 2015

Matthew C. Morin v. Cindy Marabito, Case No. RG14747850, California Superior Court, Alameda County. Defamation, Expert Consulting, 2015

Richard Guthrie v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-00195-WDQ, United States District Court, District of Maryland. Copyright, Expert Consulting, 2015

Scott Ehredt v. Medieval Knights, LLC, JAMS Arbitration No. 1220047549, Right of Publicity, Expert Report 2015

Radix Textile, Inc. v. Anthropologie, Inc., Case No. CV14-04272-BRO (Ex), USDC, Central District of California. Copyright, Expert Report 2015

Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., dba, Free People, Case No. 2:14-cv-03217-R-AGR, USDC, Central District of California, Copyright, Expert Report 2014

The Pond Guy, Inc. et al. v. Aquascape Designs, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-13229-NGE-DRG, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan. Trademark & SEO Analysis, Expert Report, Deposition and Trial Testimony 2014

Reese Witherspoon v. Marketing Advantages International, Inc., et al., Case No. SC120883, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, West District. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Consulting 2014

Amini Innovation Corporation vs. McFerran Home Furnishings, Inc., Case No. CV13-06496-RSWL(SSx), USDC, Central District of California. Trade Dress and Copyright, Expert Report 2014

Bruce L. Lamb, dba Lamb Productions U-Tile It Videos v. Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., Case No. 3:13-cv-00390-JAH-BLM, USDC, Southern District of California. Copyright, Expert Consulting 2014

One Beacon Insurance Company v. National Casualty Company, Case No. CV 06342-550-JC, USDC, Central District of California. Copyright, Expert Opinion 2014

Star Fabrics, Inc. vs. Joyce Leslie, Inc., N.Y. Invasion Inc., Myletex International, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-02771-CAS, USDC, Central District of California – Western Division. Copyright, Expert Report 2014

Jason Olive vs. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., Case No. BC482686, Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles. Right of Publicity, Expert Consulting 2014

Cengage Learning, Inc., et al. United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York. Copyright, Expert Opinion and Rebuttal Opinion regarding valuation of higher education textbook copyrights on behalf of the Second Lien Indenture Trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Cengage Learning, Inc., et al. 2014

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts v. DGWB Advertising and Communications, United States District Court, Central District of California. Right of Publicity & SEO Analysis, Expert Report and Deposition 2013

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., v. Wilson Sporting Goods, 4:12-cv-01204-01204, United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri. Trademark, Expert Opinion 2013

United Fabrics International, Inc. vs. G-III Apparel Group, LTD; dba Wilsons Leather; Mcklein Company, LLC, United States District Court, Central District of California. Copyright, Expert Report 2013

Brady Industries, LLC v. Waxie’s Enterprises, Inc., 2:12-cv-00777-PMP-VCF, United States District Court, District of Nevada.  Copyright & SEO Analysis, Expert Report & Deposition 2013

Rebel Media, No Good Entertainment v. Jay Vir, No Good Digital; CV12-04602-R-JC, United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division.  Trademark & YouTube SEO Analysis, Expert Opinion 2013

Marona Photography, Inc. v. Los Altos Boots, Wild West Boots.  12-CV-00163-WYD-MJW, United States District Court for the District of Colorado.  Copyright, Expert Report 2012

Ricky D. Ross v. William Leonard Roberts, II; CV10-4528-PA (RZx), The United States District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division – Los Angeles.  Right of Publicity, Rebuttal Opinion 2012

L.A. Printex Industries, Inc. v. Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc., et al.; CV09-3978 DSF (AJWx), United States District Court, Central District of California.   Copyright, Expert Report 2011

John Frederick Dryer, et al. v. National Football League; 0:09-cv-02182-PAM-AJB, United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  Right of Publicity, Expert Opinion 2009

Doug Bania – Education and Certification

Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ); 2017
Certified Licensing Professional (CLP); 2011
San Diego State University; Masters, Television, Film, New Media Production; 2000
San Francisco State University; Bachelor of Arts, Cinema; 1997

Doug Bania – Associations and Memberships

Licensing Executives Society (LES)
LES San Diego Chapter Chair (2013 – 2014)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Trademark Association (INTA) Internet Committee (2016 -2019 terms)
ICANN Compliance and Domain Name Industry Subcommittee (2016 -2019 terms)
American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Intellectual Property Law
American Bar Association (ABA), Copyright & Social Media Committee

Doug Bania – Publications and Presentations

“Apportionment Models: Valuing the Contribution of Intangible Property and Assets in Disputes” A Special Series Webinar on New Economic Damages.  Business Valuation Resources (BVR), 2018

“Using Internet Analytic Tools for Valuation and Damages Calculations in Internet IP Infringement and Defamation Cases” published as a chapter in The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages book by Business Valuation Resources (BVR), 2018

“Profit Apportionment in Intellectual Property Infringement Damages Calculations published as a chapter in The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages book by Business Valuation Resources (BVR), 2018

The Florida Bar Business Law Section, 9th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium. Panel on the Blurred Lines trial – Speaking as the copyright damages and apportionment expert. St. Pete Beach, FL, April 2018

“Proving Infringement in Online Trademark Disputes” Luncheon Table Topic at the 140th Annual International Trademark Association (INTA) Meeting, Seattle, WA May 2018

“Building Brands and Maximizing Value” Workshop Session to be presented at the Licensing Executive Society (LES) 2017 Spring Meeting entitled Stronger Economies Through Licensing, Washington, DC, May 2017

Blurred Lines – Music Industry Damage Calculations” Panel Session presented at SXSW, Austin, TX, March 2017

“Non-Traditional Marks and the Traditional Practice” Luncheon Table Topic for the International Trademark Association (INTA), San Diego, CA, February 2017

“Misuses of IP Over the Internet: Searching for Value.” Business Valuation Resources (BVR) Special Series Webinar: The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, July 2016

“The Use of Analytic Tools for Valuation and Damages Calculations in Internet IP Infringement and Defamation Cases” published as a chapter in The Comprehensive Guide to Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages book by Business Valuation Resources (BVR), 2016

“Brand Valuation and Techniques” presented at the Conference on Brand Valuation; University of New Hampshire School of Law and The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Concord, New Hampshire, April 2016

“Valuation and Damages Calculations in Cases Involving Internet IP Infringement and Defamation.” NACVA Webinar Series, April 2016

“Brand Due Diligence: Tools and Techniques for Supporting Successful Brand Driven Transactions” Luncheon Table Topic at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2016

“Employing Internet and Social Media Analytical Tools in Valuation and Damages Calculations” Featured Presenter at the NACVA and the CTI’s 2016 Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, June 2016

Apportioning Copyright Damages: The Case of Blurred Lines” published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 10, No. 12, 2015

“Intellectual Property Valuation: Methodologies and Case Studies” presented at the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), San Diego Chapter meeting, San Diego, 2015

“Blurred Lines or Fuzzy Math: How Did They Come Up with $7.3 Million or was it $5.3 Million? – Damage Calculations in the Music Industry, New York State Bar – Entertainment Business Law Seminar in Association with CMJ Music Marathon, New York, 2015

“Valuation and Damages Calculations in Cases Involving Internet IP Infringement and Defamation” presented at the NACVA and the CTI’s Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2015

“Internet Analytic Tools for Brand Valuation, Damages and Defamation” Round Table presented at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2015

“How to Calculate Damages for Internet and Social Media Infringement” presented at the 36th Annual BAA/PMA Marketing Law Conference, Chicago, 2014

“Calculating Damages from Internet IP Infringement and Defamation” presented at the Internet Law Leadership Summit, Las Vegas, 2014

“Estimating and Managing the Economic Impact of Brand Disparagement” published in the World Trademark Review, 2014

“Copyright Valuation and Damages: Different Tools for Different Challenges” presented to The State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2013

“SFIA Legal Task Force Series: Intellectual Property Litigation & Valuation” presented to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association members, 2013

“Key Concepts in Intellectual Property Valuation” CLE presented to various law firms, 2012

“Intellectual Property Valuation,” CLE presented to various law firms, 2011

“Valuing Your Brand for Sale or Securitization”, presented to LIMA members, 2011

“Valuing the Intangible: Where to Start? The Full Family of Intellectual Property and Other Intangibles,” CLE presented to various law firms, 2010

“Valuation, Licensing, Damages and Expert Witnesses,” CLE presented to various law firms, 2009

“Brand Leverage and Valuation” presented to Wilmington Trust, 2008

“Deceptive Product Endorsement: Unauthorized Use of a Celebrity’s Name and Likeness,” published in Total Licensing Magazine, 2006