Congratulations to the winners of the IP Vanguard Awards!

Inevitable Disclosures
August 17, 2015

Live Programs

Intellectual Property in Entertainment and Media

IP in Entertainment and MediaJoin us at the IP in Entertainment & Media full day conference, Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Panel highlight: Music Licensing Update. Eric Greenspan, Todd Brabec, and Jeff Brabec will discuss the world of digital music licensing and how it has changed practically all aspects of the music licensing business for both traditional and new media. Specific areas of discussion will be the negotiation, deal structure, and royalties for music use on television and radio, in feature films, advertising, video games, apps, streaming, and subscription services.The role of private negotiation, litigation, government agencies and Copyright Boards in the process will also be analyzed.This panel will provide concrete advice and information to any practitioner, whether they are involved in a company that uses music or an entity or individual that owns musical copyrights, or anyone that just wants to know how music is licensed in today's world.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. For the full schedule of events, see IP in Entertainment & Media.

State Bar of California Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

The State Bar of California returns to sunny Anaheim for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multiday showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it more affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees. September 14 is the deadline for the lowest fee.

More than 100 programs are planned for the Annual Meeting, including these from the IP Section:

  • Program 41: Lions, Tigers & Friends: Social Media Case Law Review
  • Program 66: Intellectual Property Law: Patent, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
  • Program 74: Navigating the Process: Best Practices in Clearing, Filing & Managing Trademarks
  • Program 75: Intellectual Property Law: Hot Topics in Data Protection
  • Program 86: Intellectual Property for Non-IP Attorneys: Spotting and Dealing With IP Issues

For more information, see The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.

Save the Date! The 2015 Intellectual Property Institute and the 7th Annual IP Vanguard Awards

Westin Mission HillsSave the Date! The 2015 Intellectual Property Institute and the 7th Annual IP Vanguard Awards will be held:

November 12- 13, 2015
Rancho Mirage

More information will be available in the near future at IP Institute.


Webinar: What’s the Deal? What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Intellectual Property Transactions

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the In-House Counsel Interest Group

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

Your client spends millions of dollars developing IP, or it may need to license critical third-party IP to keep its doors open and products flying off the shelves. Not fully and effectively identifying and addressing transactional issues could be financially disastrous. This presentation will provide an overview of general IP transaction issues, including non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and supply agreements.

Speaker Charlie O'Brien is the Chair of Cantor Colburn’s intellectual property transactional group, concentrating his practice on the exploitation, transfer, and licensing of technology, and IP rights through various IP related transactions. READ MORE

Webinar: Content and Control Online: Changes in Responsibility for Online Content

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the Technology, Internet & Privacy Interest Group

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

In the last year, numerous laws have been proposed or enacted, and cases have come through the courts, placing new restraints on online speech. Laws that regulate advertising for prostitution, restrict revenge porn, or establish a “right to be forgotten” may have admirable goals, but they have a significant impact on the intermediaries that host online content. Intermediaries are protected by the safe harbor of 47 USC § 230, but these new regulations affect § 230’s immunity in interesting and potentially dangerous ways.

Moderator: Hannah Poteat
Speaker: Eric Goldman


Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2015 IP Vanguard Awards!

The Executive Committee of the IP Law Section is pleased to honor outstanding legal professionals who are spearheading new developments in the world of intellectual property. The IP Vanguard Awards will be presented during a special Awards ceremony at the 2015 IP Institute, the flagship event of the Intellectual Property Law Section.

Join us at the 2015 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Institute on November 12-13 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. 2015 IP Institute information will be posted in the near future.

The 2015 honorees are:

Mei Lan StartIn-House Counsel

Mei-lan Stark
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Fox Entertainment Group, USA

Margaret McKeownJudiciary

Honorable M. Margaret McKeown
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Jonathan PinkPrivate Practice

Jonathan Pink
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Dan BurkAcademic or Public Policy

Dan L. Burk
Chancellor's Professor of Law
University of California , Irvine School of Law

Message from the Licensing Interest Group

Lawyers who draft dispute resolution provisions in their agreements will want to take a look at Delaware’s new “rapid arbitration” procedure, which recently went into effect. In principle, the procedure does what its name suggests: expedite dispute resolution. Consistent with Delaware’s approach to law, many, but not all, of the aspects of the procedure can be modified by law. However, both parties must be corporate entities and at least one must be a Delaware corporate entity. These new procedures should be popular not only because of the high number of corporations incorporated under Delaware law but also because of the flexibility available to structure dispute resolution under this new law. The text of the law, as well as commentary on the new procedure can be found HERE.

Copyright Office Calendar

Copyright Office Extends Period for Reply Comments in Notice of Inquiry Regarding Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works:  The Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadline for public reply comments that reply to initial comments submitted in connection with the Office’s April 24, 2015, Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works. Reply comments are now due on October 1, 2015.  For more information, please see

The Copyright Office is also still accepting comments on its Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Report.  The full report is available at The Notice of Inquiry is available Written comments are due on or before October 9, 2015.

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  A Closer Look at Section 1202 Litigation and the Developing Jurisprudence of Copyright Management Information by Austin Ray Phillips. One hour of MCLE credit can be obtained by answering a set of True/False questions.

Log on to the webiste for details. Watch for other MCLE credit available in future issues of New Matter.

Did You Know You Can Track Your CLE through Your State Bar Profile?

Log into your profile and click on CLE Summary and Tracking Tool. This summary reflects all in person and online participatory classes completed through the State Bar of California.

Note: Future releases will allow you to manually add courses completed through other providers.

Even if this summary reflects you have completed the required 25 hours of MCLE within your compliance period, you must still formally report compliance by submitting your MCLE compliance declaration through My State Bar Profile.

The New Trade Secret Treatise Is Available for Order

Members $115/Non-Members $155. Go HERE for a description, and HERE to order. You will need to click on Intellectual Property.


Inquiries about writing for New Matter, please contact

Online Catalog

Featured CLE Program from Our Catalog!

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

2015 Trademark Office Comes to California: From Dot Coms to "Not Coms": Protecting Marks, Enhancing Brands, Valuing and Transferring Rights

This program will cover the following topics:

How can you assist clients in estimating the value of domain names they want to buy or sell, and what are the key considerations in negotiating a transfer? How can you best guide clients through the new gTLD landscape to protect and enhance the value of their most important marks? Our panelists will offer practical advice and share strategies based on their extensive legal and industry experience in trademark protection, domain portfolio management, and digital marketing.

1 hour participatory MCLE credit
More Information 

For other Intellectual Property Law Section programs, see and select Intellectual Property Law Section.

Third Party Programs

AIPLA and USPTO Roadshow Coming to Santa Clara

The AIPLA, USPTO and High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara present a Roadshow Series program Enhancing Patent Quality and Conducting AIA Trials in Santa Clara on Monday, August 24, 2015.  Full program available here Register here:

Contact Us

We invite you to contact a member of the Executive Committee, or an Interest Group Officer. The IP Section has Interest Groups on:

Or contact the Editors of Inevitable Disclosure, Barbara Friedman and Aurelia Schultz.