Inevitable Disclosures
January 31, 2017

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Interest Group Calls

February 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.

February 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.

Webinars

Webinar Replay: What Works for Women at Work – Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know to Fight Gender Bias

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.
Co-sponosored by the IP Section Licensing Interest Group and the Labor and Employment Section.

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Join us for a dynamic presentation led by Professor Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most cited experts on women and work, about her latest book – What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need To Know.

The presentation offers savvy advice, based on extensive research and interviews with 127 highly successful women, to help women navigate office politics and thrive in high-powered careers. Drawing on hundreds of published studies, Williams pinpoints the ways office politics are trickier for women than men, and even trickier for women of color, identifying four distinct patters of gender bias:

•  Women have to prove themselves over and over (“Prove-It-Again!”);

•  They must navigate a tightrope between being too masculine and too feminine (“Tightrope”);

•  Having children just compounds both problems (“Maternal Wall”); and

•  Gender bias against women often fuels conflicts among women (“Tug of War”).

This presentation provides specific strategies used by highly successful women at the top of their fields to navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias. Williams offers strategies beneficial to a wide range of women, be they timid or assertive, white or a woman of color, juggling a family or single, 20 or 60 years old. The result is a researched-based “how-to” manual for any woman trying to figure out what concrete steps she can take to advance her career and cope with bias. Please join us for an engaging discussion about the challenges women face in today’s workplace, and learn about data-driven strategies that will help women succeed.

Speaker:  Joan C. Williams

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.

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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

News

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 John.Buelter@calbar.ca.gov 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.

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