For nearly three decades, Mr. Ross has represented corporate and individual clients in numerous high profile, sophisticated intellectual property matters relating to business transactions and commercial litigation. He works with clients to develop intellectual property strategies, including strategies for the procurement, licensing and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Mr. Ross also advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to internet law and social media, including issues concerning rights of privacy, rights of publicity and defamation. Mr. Ross is also an experienced and well-known trial lawyer. He has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in high-stakes patent and intellectual property litigation involving companies in a wide array of industries, from pharmaceutical and biotechnology to media and entertainment.  Mr. Ross routinely handles trademark and copyright matters for clients in the  fashion, music, media, entertainment, computer and software industries. Although he focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property, Mr. Ross has also served as trial counsel in complex securities, RICO, lender liability, antitrust cases, and he has extensive experience representing corporate executives and other individuals in white collar criminal defense matters, often relating to intellectual property.

Mr. Ross also has frequently been called upon to advise clients regarding the risks and benefits of proposed mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, particularly as such transactions involve transfers and licensing of intellectual property rights.  Mr. Ross is also recognized as an expert on disputes relating to the attorney-client privilege and work product immunity, and he has been counsel of record in landmark decisions in this area. More recently, Mr. Ross has advised domestic and international clients concerning how to successfully and efficiently address the challenges and burdens imposed by electronic discovery and social media, including the use of social media postings as evidence in complex litigation. Mr. Ross has published frequently in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, media and internet law, and the attorney-client privilege.

Mr. Ross has long been a proponent for using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for efficient resolution of complex business disputes, at both the trial and appellate levels. Further, given the economic realities and costs of conducting complex intellectual property and commercial litigation, Mr. Ross encourages his clients from the earliest stages of litigation to attempt to aggressively pursue settlement. By the same token, Mr. Ross has long advocated aggressive use of the pre-trial discovery process to improve his clients’ likelihood of success at trial, and in recent years he has focused extensively on how to use emerging technologies to make the pre-trial discovery process more efficient and cost-effective.

Mr. Ross has appeared in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, the District of Colorado and the Northern District of California, and he has argued appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Second and Fifth Circuits, as well as State Courts in New York.

Prior to joining Barton LLP, Mr. Ross was a shareholder with Budd Larner and practiced at Clifford Chance and Sullivan and Cromwell.


Key Capabilities

  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark and Copyright Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Industry Experience

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical
  • Oncology
  • Nuclear Power
  • Computer and Software
  • Entertainment and Music
  • Fashion
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Securities and Investment Banking

Quotes, News & Publications

  • “Supreme Court Changes Rules for Patent Claim Construction — Does This Mean That Markman Will Soon Be Overturned?”  IP Litigator. (March/April 2015)
  • Maurice N. Ross quoted in “Aereo’s Online TV Service Violates Copyright Law, High Court Rules.” Westlaw Journal. (July 2, 2014)

Speeches, Panels, & Presentations

      • ConnectMore Conference. Stamford, CT. (May 2014).

Awards & Honors

      • Thurgood A Marshall Award of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for Pro Bono representation of Death Row inmates