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Upcoming MCLE Programs and Meetings

The State Bar Of California Intellectual Property Presents The 2015 Trademark Office Comes to California

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles
REGISTER ONLINE - LA

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Merchants Exchange Building
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California Street
San Francisco
REGISTER ONLINE - SF

For more information, see Trademark Office Comes to California.

Webinar: My Kingdom For A Horse: Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes -- A Delicate Balance

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, Licensing Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Category: Intellectual Property Law Arbitration is highly regarded for its potential as an efficient and confidential alternative to protracted litigation. This program will note the fundamental elements of arbitration and explore its suitability as an option for various types of intellectual property disputes.

Speakers

  • Susan Barilich is a trial attorney and principal/founder of Susan Barilich, P.C., a law firm specializing in trial work with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, including simple/complex contract disputes, real estate matters, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, judgment collection, bankruptcy adversary proceedings and fraudulent transfers.
  • Greg Derin is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ADR Panels of the Independent Film and Television Alliance and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Greg assisted in teaching the Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation from 2004-2012.

Moderator

  • Erica Bristol

Webinar: Digital Assets After Death

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by Intellectual Property Law Section, Technology, Internet & Privacy Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

A review of tools and resources to guide you through the maze of what should be done with digital assets in the case of incapacity or death.

Speaker: Megan Yip, Megan started her practice as a fellow with the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging with a placement at Legal Aid of Marin, where she focused on expanding services provided to low-income older adults, consumer, housing and end of life planning issues. From 2011 to 2014, she worked at Twitter, Inc. on the Trust & Safety team focusing on site rules and policies addressing sensitive issues, including impersonation, online abuse and deceased users. Megan currently serves on the advisory board of the Sacred Dying Foundation where she helps facilitate their End of Life Education project.

Webinar: 70 Tools and Tips for the Courtroom: Advice from the Bench

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11 a.m. - 12 noon

Intellectual Property Law Section, Litigation Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Category: Intellectual Property Law An insider's view of what judges love and hate to see in their courtrooms will bew discussed.

Speaker: Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.) has over 11 years as a California Superior Court Judge sitting in Santa Clara County and over 34 years as a federal prosecutor and private lawyer devoted to complex civil litigation.

As a lawyer, Judge Kleinberg's extensive litigation practice included numerous complex cases involving commercial disputes, class actions, securities, antitrust and trade regulation, and intellectual property issues in state and federal courts.

Judge Kleinberg continued his work on complex civil cases while on the bench. His most recent judicial experience was as one of 18 Superior Court judges in California managing the Complex Civil Litigation Program.

Moderator: Anne-Marie Dao

Licensing Interest Group Teleconference

Presented by the Licensing Interest Group

Friday, April 10, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

To participate in the meeting, the dial-in number is (855) 520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.

Monthly “All Hands” Licensing IG conference call. We’ll have a quick update on a newer technology and the unique issues associated with it. We’ll also discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics. Please note: Our monthly calls are the 2nd Friday of every month.

Webinar: Advertising Law in the Digital Age - Part 2

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, Patent Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Regulatory insights. Each agency's representative will offer their perspective on advertising in the Internet and digital age. They will discuss relevant and current issues of concern to each agency in the areas of social media, mobile, and internet-based advertising. They will share enforcement priorities, challenges, and emerging issues. The following agencies will be represented:

a. CARU
b. California DOJ
c. FTC

Speakers:

  • Linda K. Badger has been an attorney with the FTC for over 25 years. While at the Commission, Linda has worked on matters involving both antitrust and consumer protection. Currently, she works in the Western Region, located in San Francisco, and specializes in the area of deceptive advertising. Linda was responsible for the FTC's recent settlements with Sony Computer Entertainment America and its advertising agency, Deutsch LA, for deceptive advertising of the PlayStation Vita, a handheld gaming console. Linda received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
  • Andra Dallas joined the Children's Advertising Review Unit as a staff attorney in September, 2008. She is responsible for evaluating child-directed advertising online, on television, in print and other types of media, collaborating with advertisers to ensure compliance with CARU's Guidelines, and writing case decisions.
  • Joanne McNabb is Director of Privacy Education and Policy, California Attorney General.

Moderator

  • Francine Ward, is a business & IP attorney with a focus on copyrights, trademarks, publishing & entertainment law issues, as well as social media legal issues. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine is admitted to practice in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. She is the vice chair of the IP Section's Copyright Interest Group.

Webinar: Care & Feeding of CEOs and Senior Execs by In-House Counsel

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, In-House Counsel

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Interacting and communicating with senior executives and CEOs are important skills for in-house counsel. This program will feature a discussion of best practices and tips for things such as making recommendations, communicating legal issues and risks, and effective ways to keep them informed on projects and litigation.

Speaker: David C. Milne Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Symmetry Surgical, a surgical instrument company. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Steak 'n Shake Company, and practiced employment law for private firms. Dave received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College (IN), and both a master's English Literature and JD from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Moderators:

  • Derrick Brent
  • Georgann Grunebach

Webinar: Advertising Law in the Digital Age - Part 3

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, Patent Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

The discussion will focus on promotional and advertising issues in social media (other than sweepstakes/contests) such as coupons, rebates, gift cards, "free" offers, endorsements, negative-options, dot.com disclosures, IP and right of publicity in social media content, etc.

Speakers:

  • Ed Chansky focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property (particularly development, selection, protection and licensing of trademarks worldwide) and advertising, sales promotion, and trade-regulation law, including charitable promotions, cause-related marketing, sweepstakes, contests, gift cards, eCommerce, substantiation of advertising claims, social gaming, social media, and all aspects of unfair or deceptive trade practices in a wide variety of industries.
  • Patrick Downes is a partner at Loeb and Loeb in San Francisco and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including consumer class actions brought by the FTC.

Moderator

  • Francine Ward, is a business & IP attorney with a focus on copyrights, trademarks, publishing & entertainment law issues, as well as social media legal issues. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine is admitted to practice in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. She is the vice chair of the IP Section's Copyright Interest Group.

Webinar: Current State of Dual Actor Infringement and Inducement of Infringement Patent Law: What you Need to Know to Plead and Litigate this Cause of Action

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, Patent Interest Group

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This program will discuss recent developments in dual actor infringement and inducement of infringement patent law. The Commil v. Cisco case pending before the Supreme Court will be discussed which addresses the question of whether a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid is a defense to induced infringement. The recent Federal Circuit case Promega v. Life Tech case will also be discussed which addressed the meaning of "induce" and "substantial portion of the components" as well as techniques for pleading and litigating this cause of action.

Speaker: Sarah Brooks is a shareholder in Stradling Yocca's Intellectual Property group. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Tufts University and worked as a laboratory research technician at the Children's Hospital Boston before attending law school at Tulane University. Ms. Brooks started her legal career at the intellectual property boutique of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto in New York. She is an experienced trial attorney and recently served as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement action on behalf of the patentee and secured a jury verdict of willful infringement against the competitor for its patent infringement and copyright infringement.

Moderator: Sanjesh is IP Counsel at Abbott Medical Optics, where she manages all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright matters for the company's Refractive and Laser Cataract Surgical Equipment portfolios. Since 2013, she has served as Vice Chair of the Patent Interest Group for the State Bar of California's IP Section.

Other News

News from the USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will host a public meeting to explore whether and how the Federal Government can facilitate the further development of a robust online licensing environment for copyrighted works, focusing specifically on the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship, interoperability among databases and systems used to identify owners of rights and terms of use, and a possible portal for linking to such databases and to licensing platforms.

The public meeting will be held on April 1, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information see http://bit.ly/1C2PaNU

Copyright Office Releases Comprehensive Music Licensing Study

On February 5, the U.S. Copyright Office released a 245-page landmark study proposing significant changes to the music licensing framework that are intended to "bring both clarity and relief to songwriters, artists, publishers, record labels, and digital delivery services." The report was issued in response to the widespread feeling among the entire music industry–from artists and publishers to labels and online music services–that the existing system is broken, although there is not agreement on how to fix it. It follows a series of roundtables and public comment period held by the Copyright Office last year.

According to the study, there is broad consensus that music creators should be fairly compensated, that the licensing process is too inefficient, that there is insufficient access to data about works and that royalty information should be more transparent. Among the Copyright Office's recommendations are proposals to extend the public performance right to terrestrial radio stations, bring pre-1972 sound recordings within the federal copyright law and reevaluate the role of performing rights organizations (and the consent decrees under which ASCAP and BMI operate). The report also proposes changing the compulsory licensing scheme (including allowing bundled licensing), establishing a uniform market-based rate setting standard, allowing owners of musical works to opt-out of compulsory licensing for interactive streaming and downloads, giving SoundExchange an expanded role, creating a public database of rights ownership data and providing greater transparency for song writers and recording artists in direct licensing deals. The study has no regulatory force, but serves as a recommendation to Congress on potential legislative changes. The full report is available at http://copyright.gov/docs/musiclicensingstudy/.

Hot News Story: Does Katy Perry Own Any Rights in Left Shark?

By Sam Gunning

Katy Perry's half-time show at the 2015 Superbowl was the most watched half-time show in history. Surprise stars were the back-up dancers, dancing in large shark costumes. Turns out sharks aren't always perfect when it comes to choreographed routines, which only added to the charm, and there has since been a wealth of internet memes of Left Shark.

Capitalizing on its popularity, Fernando Sosa began selling 3D-printed versions of Left Shark, but has since received a cease-and-desist letter from Perry's lawyers at Greenberg Traurig LLP. In response, www.shapeways.com removed his articles from its site. Perry's lawyers claim she did not consent to the use of her copyrighted work and intellectual property. Writing to Sosa they claim that the "unauthorized display and sale of this product infringes [Perry's] exclusive rights in numerous ways, including, but not limited to, infringement of [Perry's] exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and distribute its [sic] copyrighted images."

Law Professor Chris Sprigman does not agree and is representing Sosa. He has questioned why the costume would in fact be copyrightable, arguing that "federal courts and the United States Copyright Office have made clear that costumes are generally not copyrightable" and Perry's lawyers have not made any arguments as to why this costume would be. In addition, to the extent there is a copyright in Left Shark, it is not clear that Perry herself, rather than some other party owns it. Perry has admitted in interviews that the NFL, and not she, had the final say on all details of the show, including the costumes. Sprigman claims if anyone has legal claims to Left Shark, it's likely the NFL.

It remains to be seen whether Perry will "just drop this thing" and "back off" as requested by Sprigman. At time of going to press, Left Shark himself has refused all calls for an interview.

The New Trade Secret Treatise Is Available for Order

The new Trade Secret Treatise is available for order!  The IP Section proudly announces publication of the Third Edition of its practice guide “Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California.”  This twenty-seven chapter treatise provides a comprehensive review and analysis of California trade secret law.  Written by California practitioners, this treatise explains the fundamentals and intricacies of California trade secret law.  The treatise is a resource for anyone working with trade secrets in litigation or providing counsel on trade secret issues.  The Third Edition includes two new chapters on digital forensics and the pursuit of trade secret claims at the International Trade Commission, as well as a model non-disclosure agreement and protective order.  The new edition also provides updates of the recent case developments in the trade secret law since the 2nd Edition.

Members $115/Non-Members $155. Order here: http://bit.ly/1HDi20P. If you have any trouble with that link, go HERE and click on Intellectual Property.

One Hour MCLE Is Available in the Latest Issue of New Matter

Self-Study CLE Tests One hour of MCLE is available in the current issue of New Matter, the State Bar IP Section's quarterly magazine.

For the Summer issue, you can earn credit for the article The Next Battle Over FRAND: The Definition of FRAND Terms and Multi-Level Licensing by Karl D. Belgum One hour of MCLE credit can be obtained by answering a set of True/False questions.

Log on to the webiste www.calbar.org/self-study for details. Watch for other MCLE credit available in future issues of New Matter.

WRITERS WANTED for New Matter

 New Matter invites you to write and submit original articles on current issues relating to intellectual property, such as reasoned opinion, practice tips, or  scholarly analysis.

New Matter is looking for articles between 1500-6000 words.  Please contact the Acquisitions Editor, Amanda Nye anye@lawyersatlargellc.com for more details.

For more information, please contact our editorial staff at newmatterjournal@yahoo.com.

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Did You Miss One of Our Webinars or Self-Study Tests?Online CLE

Listen to Intellectual Property Law Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Choose from more than a hundred hours of IP-related programs, and hundreds of other official State Bar of California MCLE programs.

For more information, see www.calbar.org/online-cle and select Intellectual Property Law Section.

Featured CLE Program from Our Catalog!

Did you miss this program? It's available in our online catalog for CLE credit!

Characters: Intellectual Property and Other Protection Issues

New media and other cutting edge developments have presented significant consequences for characters. This program will address the legal protections afforded to characters, copyrights, trademarks and rights of publicity. Learn how the legal analysis is affected by the historical or fictional nature of characters, and understand the legal issues presented by the creation, exploitation and enforcement of rights in characters.

1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics; $35
More Information

Listen to Intellectual Property Law Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Choose from more than a hundred hours of IP-related programs, and hundreds of other official State Bar of California MCLE programs.

Regulating the Disruption Economy: Tech Startups as Regulatory Reformers

Friday, March 20, 2015, UC Hastings College of the Law

The UC Hastings Science & Technology Law and Business Law Journals will be co-hosting a symposium entitled, "Regulating the Disruption Economy: Tech Startups as Regulatory Reformers" on Friday, March 20th along with the Institute for Innovation Law. The symposium will focus on the interaction between startup companies and regulators. Examples include the evolving regulatory status of virtual currencies and sharing economy companies.The event will be offering continuing legal education (MCLE) credit for attorneys and will feature.

Did You Know You Can Beef Up Your Member Record on the State Bar's Website?

Were you aware of the feature on the State Bar's website that allows you to add a photo and otherwise expand your State Bar profile?

Using a secure link within My State Bar Profile, attorneys may add information to their public record to include area(s) of practice, any additional language(s) spoken, their law firm's website address and a photo.

To get started, log in to My State Bar Profile, and click on the “Expanded Profile” link.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

Contact Us

Intellectual Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
IP@calbar.ca.gov
415-538-2375
415-538-2368 fax