Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
As an artist or person working in a creative field, it's important to understand the law as it relates to your work. An understanding of the fundamentals of intellectual property law will help you to protect your work and avoid disputes with others. Perhaps you've attended seminars in the past where the issues were too complex and you felt lost? Or perhaps you just haven't given it much thought until now? In either case, this workshop is for you.
Regina Culbert and Jim Vana will explain the differences between copyrights, trademarks and patents. You'll learn about copyright and trademark registration, including the benefits of registration and the costs. You'll also learn about who owns the copyright in a work created by more than one person and in works created in the course of employment.
Do you ever use someone else's work? Gina and Jim will teach you how to decide when it is acceptable to use another person's work, and how much of it can be used. And, when people or company logos show up in your work, you should know how to acquire appropriate releases. Have you ever felt that someone else has used your work inappropriately or without permission? You'll learn the basics of copyright infringement: when you think someone has stolen from you, or when you're accused of infringing someone else's copyright.
Bring your questions - this is an excellent introductory seminar for all artists, and for attorneys whose clients include artists.
Regina Vogel Culbert has over twenty years of intellectual property litigation experience, and has handled a wide variety of business disputes involving copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent infringement and unfair competition. She has also litigated disputes involving website design, domain name disputes, rights of publicity, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and claims involving allegations of antitrust. Gina also counsels clients on copyright, the use of photographs and other media on the Internet, trademark rights, protection of confidential business information, website content including privacy policies and end-user license agreements, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements and other written contract issues. Gina is a member of the firm of Merchant and Gould, where she represents and counsels individual artists, writers and small business owners.
Jim Vana has over twenty years of experience in trademarks and copyright law. Jim has developed particular expertise in administrative trademark and domain name disputes, as well as copyright registration and registration of colors and other non-traditional trademarks. He has represented sculptors, software companies, clothing companies, and a wide variety of other clients in trademark, copyright, domain name and right of publicity matters. Jim has authored several publications on trademark and copyright matters and has served on the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter and as chair of several committees for the ABA Intellectual Property Section. Jim is a partner at Perkins Coie, where and he provides a full range of intellectual property counseling, prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement and dispute resolution services to clients in several different fields.
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