Inevitable Disclosures
February 15, 2017


Interest Group Calls

March 1 Copyright Interest Group Call

Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m.

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

Monthly "All Hands" Copyright IG conference call. On this call, we will discuss current cases and developments in copyright law. Each month a presenter will lead the discussion.We will also discuss opportunities to write articles, coordinate webinars, speak on webinars, and participate in the IP section in other ways. Please note: Our monthly calls are the 1st Wednesday of every month.

March 10 Licensing Interest Group Call

Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m.

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

Monthly “All Hands” Licensing IG conference call. We’ll 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: Green Business: Advising Clients on Protecting and Enforcing Cannabis Brands

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12 noon - 1p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. Presented by the Litigation Interest Group.


This presentation will address two precedential decisions handed down by the TTAB in 2016, In re Morgan Brown, 119 USPQ2d 1350 (TTAB 2016) and In re JJ206, LLC, dba JuJu Joints, 120 USPQ2d 1568 (TTAB 2016).In Morgan Brown, the TTAB upheld the refusal of an application for HERBAL ACCESS for “retail store services featuring herbs” based on evidence on Applicant’s website and in Applicant’s specimen of use that the herbs in question were, as stated in Applicant’s advertising “Marijuana for the Masses.” Likewise, the Board in JuJu Joints upheld the refusal of POWERED BY JUJU and JUJU joints against an argument from the applicant that the goods were only being sold in states that had legalized marijuana. We will explore how these cases affect the strategies we give clients who are seeking trademark protection for cannabis-related goods and services, along with other cases showing the difficulties many companies face when attempting to actually enforce a cannabis-related trademark. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of practical ways to advise clients in this rapidly expanding enterprise, whether their objectives are local or national in scope.

Moderator: Kieran De Terra

Speakers: Jon Jekel and Dana B. Robinson


Copyright Office Extends Comment Period for Section 512 Study

The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice extending the deadlines for public comment in connection with the Office’s study on section 512 of Title 17. The Office requested additional public comments, as well as the submission of empirical research studies assessing issues related to the operation of section 512 on a quantitative or qualitative basis, on November 8, 2016. Public comments are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 21, 2017, and empirical research studies are now due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 22, 2017. Additional information, including instructions on how to submit a comment, is available here.

Call for Applications for New Matter Editors

Application deadline: June 2, 2017

New Matter is the quarterly official publication of the Intellectual Property Law Section. It is a journal of current comment and analysis of cases and issues vital to the use of intellectual property. The journal is sent free to members of the Intellectual Property Law Section. IP Section members volunteer for a variety of editor positions for a term of 1 year subject to reappointment. This is an opportunity to contribute to the legal profession and the public and a great opportunity to get more involved with the Section, network with colleagues, and work on an excellent publication.

If you are currently a member of the IP Section and are interested in being considered for an editorial position, please provide the following information to Section Coordinator John Buelter at no later than June 2, 2017;

1. a statement of interest setting forth the reason you want the position and why you should be selected for it;
2. a resume providing general information about your legal and publishing background;
3. a work product /writing sample;
4. letter(s) of recommendation (optional).

Copyright Office Initiates Study on the Moral Rights of Attribution and Integrity

The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to review how existing state and federal law protects the moral rights of attribution and integrity and whether any additional protection is advisable in this area. To support the congressional review of the nation’s copyright law and provide thorough assistance to Congress, the Office is seeking public input on a number of questions.

The Office published a Federal Register on January 23, 2017 soliciting written comments from the public. Instructions for submitting comments are available here. Comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 9, 2017. Reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 24, 2017. The Office may announce one or more public meetings, to take place after written comments are received, by separate notice in the future.

Third-Party Programs

USC Gould School of Law 2017 Intellectual Property Institute

Early Bird registration extended to Friday, February 17 for IP Section Members only. To obtain this discount, email

When:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Where:  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, CA
What:  Network with over 650 intellectual property professionals
Who:  National speakers on cutting edge patent, copyright and trademark issues:

  • Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman in a luncheon fireside chat.
  • Judge McKeown (9th Cir.) on Pushing the Limits of Intellectual Property Law.
  • Judges Raymond Chen (Fed. Cir.), Dalton (M.D. Fla.), Huff (S.D. Cal.) and Kronstadt (C.D. Cal.) with Judicial Perspectives on the New World of Intellectual Property.
  • Judges Dalton (M.D. Fla.), Fischer (W.D. Pa.), Huff (S.D. Cal.) and Schroeder (E.D. Tex.) on Managing the High Profile IP Case.
  • Judges Raymond Chen (Fed. Cir.) and Peter Chen (PTAB) on Inter Partes Review and the Increasing Role of the PTAB in Invalidity Litigation.
  • Professors Farley, Lemley, and Nimmer in the popular IP Year in Review.
  • Plus, top IP professionals discuss the latest issues relating to how European copyright developments are affecting U.S. businesses, enforcement and strategies against counterfeiters and diverters, how communications law issues affect copyright, protecting global brand and trademark value and much more!
  • 8.25 hours of MCLE credit and 7 hours of CPE credit for the March 21 Institute (plus additional credits for those attending the IP Remedies Roundtable and Workshop

See the full lineup of speakers and topics by clicking here.

For more information visit Contact the USC Gould Continuing Legal Education office with questions at (213) 821-3580 or

The Silicon Valley Branch of the Patent and Trademark Office Announces Free Upcoming Events

February 17, 2017, 4 PM – 6 PM
Fabrication and Innovation Series Kickoff
San Diego Public Library
Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca presents “IP Strategy is a Business Strategy” followed by a hands-on workshop on 3D-printing at Fab Lab San Diego.

March 3, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM
Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour
Silicon Valley USPTO
Tour of the Silicon Valley USPTO and its available resources to entrepreneurs and innovators.

March 14, 2017, 9 AM – 10 AM
Patent Quality Chat Webinar – Simulcast
Silicon Valley USPTO
Join us for a webinar viewing “Guest Chat: Trademarks and Quality.”

March 14, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM
Trademark Tuesday
Silicon Valley USPTO
Trademark Assistance Center provides trademark basics and answers questions via videoconference.

March 16, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM
Patent Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn”
Silicon Valley USPTO
Supervisory patent examiner helps inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session.

March 21, 2017, 1 PM – 3 PM
Hands-on Patent Search Workshop
Supervisory patent examiner provides hands-on patent search training using USPTO search tools.

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Cryptocurrencies - Evolving Regulatory Issues and Prospects for a Cashless Society

This presentation traces the origin and development of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, including emergence of cryptocurrency exchanges, virtual “wallets” and other kinds of supporting businesses. It describes the increasing flow of venture capital into the field and goes on to survey initiatives seeking to regulate cryptocurrencies, the opposition to such regulation, and how cryptocurrencies relate to the ongoing evolution of a new kind of cashless society.

1 participatory MCLE credit
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