Two Latham teams were recognized for getting a summary judgment win for multinational telecom company Telefónica in a busted deal suit involving the client’s operations in Costa Rica, and for securing an important early win for OpenAI in a proposed copyright class action brought by Sarah Silverman and other authors.
Sy Damle is a partner in the Copyright Practice of the Litigation & Trial Department. A former software engineer, Mr. Damle specializes in high technology matters, including those involving computer systems and networks and artificial intelligence. He is also an accomplished music lawyer.
Mr. Damle represents large and small technology and new media companies, including leading streaming services, software companies, and online commerce platforms, in high-stakes trials. He also represents companies and trade organizations in regulatory proceedings before the US Copyright Office and Copyright Royalty Board.
Mr. Damle is regularly called upon by private industry and government agencies to advise on cutting edge issues of law and technology. He has testified before Congress and the US Copyright Office on issues around generative artificial intelligence and copyright law.
Mr. Damle joined Latham after serving as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the US Copyright Office. In this role, he was responsible for the agency’s litigation, regulatory, and other legal work. Previously, he served as a litigator in the US Department of Justice, focusing on IP, administrative law, and constitutional matters.
Mr. Damle teaches copyright law at George Washington University, and is an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright Law project. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Children’s Museum.
Mr. Damle earned his JD from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class. He served as a clerk for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Damle also holds systems engineering and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.