James Kipling, former Chief Legal Officer for the Kenner division of Hasbro, Inc., is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department focusing on the entertainment law industry. As Chief Legal Officer, Jim had responsibilities that included all IP protection and enforcement matters, and all license negotiation and documentation during a period when Kenner grew from $40 million to $650 million in annual sales. During his time at Kenner, he served as the sole or lead attorney in the negotiation of master licenses for major headline properties, including each of the two Star Wars Trilogies, the Disney Library, DC Comics Superheroes, the Marvel Universe, the National Football League teams and players, NASCAR and its principal Driver Teams, among many others.
As a member of Kenner’s executive staffs for each of the six company Presidents, Jim has a unique ability quickly to recognize high-value opportunities and risks, and to develop strategies for optimizing them, which his clients find invaluable. With more than 25 years of extensive corporate IP experience, he has negotiated more than 350 licensing agreements and technology transfers that have resulted in revenues now exceeding $7.5 billion.
Since entering private practice in 2001, Jim has represented both licensors and licensees in the toy and game industry, and the digital products development and publishing fields including digital gaming for console, web, handheld and social media platforms, in addition to manufacturers and service providers in other major industries.
Jim is nationally recognized as the leading IP attorney in private practice in matters concerning the licensing and merchandising of well-known entertainment, celebrity and sports properties. His experience and industry contacts at the highest levels are unmatched in the field.
His insightful IP and Licensing articles have appeared in every issue since 2001 of the leading trade journal, The LicensingBook, and are oft-cited as setting the standard for the advancement of industry practice.