Tyler Marandola litigates complex intellectual property, technology, and commercial disputes in a wide-range of industries and technical areas. His representations include some of the world’s largest technology companies, as well as key players in the gaming, life sciences, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Tyler is committed to tireless and creative advocacy designed to achieve his clients’ business goals—whether inside or outside of the courtroom. Recently, he was part of a team that obtained—and defended on appeal—a complete summary judgment victory for a hospitality industry client accused of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Eleventh Circuit’s precedential opinion vindicated the client’s position against a plaintiff who claimed damages of hundreds of millions of dollars.
In addition to litigation and dispute resolution work, Tyler advises companies on strategies for obtaining, exploiting, and ultimately defending the intellectual property they need to succeed in their businesses. Both start-ups and established companies rely on Tyler’s advice to make legally and economically sound decisions about what to protect and how. That advice is always informed by Tyler’s broad-based industry experience and his deep understanding of intellectual property litigation. Tyler is also active in the leadership of The Copyright Society, and speaks and writes about a variety of intellectual property issues.
Tyler also maintains an active pro bono practice across a number of areas, with a particular focus on immigration work for asylum seekers. In 2020, Tyler was named an “Unsung Hero” by Pennsylvania’s Legal Intelligencer for his work in obtaining asylum for transgender migrants detained at the Texas border.
Prior to entering private practice, Tyler served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2013-2014, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Victor Ashrafi of the Superior Court of New Jersey – Appellate Division from 2012-2013.
Areas of Practice
Intellectual Property Litigation
Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Litigation
Technology and Brand Licensing
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012
- Seton Hall University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009
Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2023-present
- Associate, 2018-2022
Ballard Spahr LLP
- Associate, 2014-2018
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Mitchell S. Goldberg, 2013-2014
New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Victor Ashrafi, 2012-2013
Honors and Awards
- Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2023
- Managing IP Rising Star, 2022
- Named an "Unsung Hero" in The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards 2020
Victor Elias Photography v. ICE Portal. Obtained summary judgement in favor of client against claims of violations of the DMCA’s restrictions on removal or modification of copyright management information, for which the plaintiff alleged statutory damages of hundreds of millions of dollars. Successfully defended the zero-liability judgment on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, which issued a precedential decision affirming the district court’s order vindicating the client’s position.
CG Technology Development v. 888 Holdings. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for multi-national gaming client in patent litigation involving use of geolocation services to control access to different gaming configurations, such as free-to-play and real money wagering. The summary judgment decision ended the 12-patent case with no liability for the client.
The Phillies v. Harrison/Erickson, Inc. Represented Major League Baseball club as plaintiff seeking declaratory judgment that designers could not terminate assignment of copyright in the club’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. Case settled favorably after summary judgment ruling finding in favor of the client on key issues, ensuring the Phanatic’s continued presence in Philadelphia.
Nokia Corporation v. Slash7. Successfully defended and settled trademark opposition proceeding brought by Nokia against software start-up client that sought to register the mark NOKO.
Barrette Outdoor Living v. Iron World Manufacturing. Prosecuted claims of patent infringement on behalf of outdoor products manufacturer and retailer against competitor fencing company related to the competitor’s infringing use of hidden fastener racking technology. Case settled favorably after obtaining favorable Markman rulings.