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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:35 PM
LIVE ONLINE ONLY – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
In-Person Passholders – You may use your Pass to register for the live webcast at no charge.
IP experts from across the US will join local experts to share real-world advice and practice tips for tackling complex legal and business issues faced by in-house counsel. Topics include:
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction: The Critical Role of In-House Counsel in Protecting IP
– Austen Zuege, Course Chair
9:15 – 9:20 a.m.
9:20 – 10:05 a.m.
Trademarks and Brand Protection for In-House Counsel
Brands are important intangible assets in many industries, and this session will address how trademark law can offer protection for brands. Attendees will learn about what types of brand identifiers can serve as trademarks and trade dress, when and how to pursue trademark registration, as well as the “likelihood of confusion” standard used to assess trademark infringement claims.
– Felicia J. Boyd
10:05 – 10:10 a.m.
10:10 – 10:55 a.m.
7 Things In-House Counsel Must Know About Patents
Attendees will learn the most important considerations for protecting valuable inventions with patents. Understand when patents can come into play, the basics of patentability and pursuing patent protection, practical considerations for overseeing a patent portfolio, and more.
– Austen Zuege
10:55 – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Essentials of Copyright Law for In-House Counsel: Separating Myths from Facts
This session will address the fundamentals of copyright law as it pertains to in-house practice. Attendees will learn about practical considerations to ensure that a business owns relevant copyright interests and avoids copyright infringement. Some common myths and misconceptions about copyright law will also be debunked.
– Tricia Ann-Olson Zachary
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trade Secrets Snapshot
Protecting trade secrets and confidential information during COVID-19 is especially important with remote working becoming the norm. This session will give a quick overview of what your company should do to remain vigilant.
– David A. Prange
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
How In-House Counsel Responded to the Pandemic
COVID-19 brought uncertainty and lots of change. Learn what in-house counsel from different companies did to broker better communication, and how the IP world kept things from coming to a standstill even when the country was on lockdown.
– Felicia J. Boyd, Martha Engel & David A. Prange
– Austen Zuege (moderator)
1:15 – 1:20 p.m.
1:20 – 2:05 p.m.
Assignments of IP Rights, Electronic Signatures, and the Impact of the Pandemic
As companies continue to move to work-from-home situations in the wake of COVID-19, it has become more challenging to obtain signatures for formal documents needed to pursue, prosecute, enforce, and license patent rights and other types of IP. This session will discuss USTPO requirements, U.S. Federal and state laws surrounding electronic or digital execution of documents and the use of scanned or other electronic copies of executed documents. In addition, choice of law and preemption issues with regard to electronic and digital signatures will also be discussed.
– Cynthia C. Rosser
2:05 – 2:10 p.m.
2:10 – 2:55 p.m.
The Top IP Issues You Need to Know When Contracting
This session will discuss where to look for and how to protect IP, working with employees and independent contractors through IP assignments, the use of NDA’s and non-competes, different IP licenses, the transfer of IP rights in M&A, and much more!
– Dina Khaled
2:55 – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
An Update on the New CASE Act
The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (the CASE Act) was passed in December of 2020. Pursuing relief for copyright violations can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor and is often too expensive for small copyright holders and, where the claim is small, not cost-effective for larger parties. The CASE Act is designed to address this issue. This session will help you understand the nuances of the CASE Act, discuss exclusive jurisdiction by the federal courts, and explain what you need to know to save time and money for your organization.
– Andrew Coffman
3:45 – 3:50 p.m.
3:50 – 4:35 p.m.
How to Protect Your Company’s IP When Cease and Desist Letters Won’t Be Enough
You’ve protected your IP, registered a trademark, a copyright, but now you have infringers on the internet…we will introduce you to some mechanisms for policing and protecting your company’s intellectual property when a cease-and-desist letter won’t be enough. Increasingly, the infringement of rights on the Internet is carried out by parties outside the U.S., making demand letters or threats of a court action unpersuasive and alternative remedies the best, or sometimes, only option to stop the parties hiding behind their computer screens.
– Z. Peter Sawicki & Amanda M. Prose
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
There are no replays.
$245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate
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Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 standard CLE credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits.