Warner Bros. Attorney Janet Kobrin Dies at 72

Courtesy Warner Bros.

She most recently served as vp, senior intellectual property counsel and as head of the studio's trademark group.

Janet Kobrin, a corporate attorney for Warner Bros. since 1998, died Wednesday in Pasadena after a long illness, the studio said. She was 72.

Kobrin joined the Warner Bros. legal department in February 1998 and most recently served as vp, senior intellectual property counsel as well as head of the studio's trademark group. 

With the trademark group, she was responsible for management of the Warner Bros. trademark portfolio, worldwide, as well as the portfolios of Warner Bros.’ affiliated companies such as DC Comics.

In addition to portfolio management, Kobrin had responsibility for a wide range of legal services, such as clearance and risk assessment, providing opinions on trademark and copyright issues and ensuring that business projects were supported by secured trademark rights through augmentation of the trademark portfolios and maintenance of registrations for core properties.

“Janet was relied upon by our executives and lawyers to make important trademark decisions around the world for our crown jewel properties. She was a wonderful lawyer and great colleague, and we will greatly miss her," John Rogovin, executive vp and general counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment, said Friday in a statement.

Kobrin was a member of the International Trademark Association as well as the Copyright Society of the USA and the Los Angeles Copyright Society on whose boards of directors she has served in various capacities. She was honored as Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association in 2008 and as In-House Counsel of the Year by World Trademark Review in 2010.

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Kobrin received her B.A. from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. She taught at the University of Chicago’s private elementary school, then attended law school at UCLA and was chief articles editor of the UCLA Law Review.

After receiving her J.D. in 1984, Kobrin joined the Los Angeles office of Macdonald, Halsted & Laybourne as a litigation associate and remained with the firm through its merger with Baker & McKenzie. In 1992, she joined the firm of Small, Larkin & Kidde, first as an associate, then partner, where her practice included litigation and transactional work in the copyright, trademark and trade secrets areas.

Kobrin, an avid traveler who visited Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and, her favorite, Turkey, co-authored a series of children's books, including How the Sun Made a Promise and Kept It; The First Morning: An African Myth; The Summermaker: An Ojibway Indian Myth; and Coyote Goes Hunting for Fire: A Californian Indian Myth.

Survivors include her brother Michael and nephew Daniel.