Tonya Evans (Widener University Commonwealth Law School) – Moderator
Darrell Mottley (Banner Witcoff)
Shontavia Johnson (Drake University Law School)
Kevin Jordan (JP Morgan Chase)
Summary – Our panelists will discuss a variety of hot topics and recent developments in patent, trademark, and trade secret law, including:
The internet of things as an emerging technology/industry, and related IP and regulatory issues
Intersection between the First Amendment and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act regarding registration of immoral, scandalous, or disparaging trademarks, including the impact of trademark cases
Overview of trade secret law and its viability as an alternative means of IP protection
CLE Info: The NBA IP Law Section is looking into obtaining CLE accreditation in the following jurisdictions: CA, GA, IL, NY, TX, and VA. For questions regarding CLE accreditation, please contact Bill Barrow (wbarrow[at]mayerbrown.com).
Cost: This webinar is free for NBA IP Law Section members and costs $30 (plus processing fees) for non-members.
On April 26 every year, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.
World IP Day is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous contribution that the creative industries make to our cultural heritage and development, from large-scale Hollywood productions to iconic works of visual art by individual creators. This year’s theme of Movies- A Global Passion, allows us to recognize the many screen writers, directors, producers, performers and behind the scenes technicians, who make the films we enjoy so magical.
– Karyn Temple Claggett, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Intellectual Property Watch reports that at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) diplomatic conference on 9-10 August in Swakopmund, Namibia, the protocol on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore was signed by nine states. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) applauded the effort. However, the move is not without controversy. IP Watch notes that “a United Nations report launched in January warned against the application of western legal and economic principles to collectively owned knowledge in traditional communities.” Click on the link for more information.