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Webinar: “Copyright Office Comes to California” Copyright Litigation and Registration – Day 2

April 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 2:20 pm

This program offers 2 participatory MCLE credit.

Litigation Hot Topics
Topics will include a discussion of recently issued Supreme Court decisions from the last and current term.

Break 12:30 PM – 12:40 PM

Registration Updates and Tips
Representatives from the Copyright Office will review the newly released Compendium update, highlight new group registration options (GRTX, GRUW, and GRAM), and explain common registration mistakes and how practitioners can avoid them.

Break 1:25 PM – 1:35 PM

Q&A with the USCO
In an interview format, Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University School of Law will address questions raised by California copyright practitioners with the Register and other Copyright Office representatives.

Speakers: Shira Perlmutter, Eric Goldman, Erik Bertin, Rob Kasunic, and Regan A. Smith

Moderator: Angus M. MacDonald and John R. Wierzbicki

Shira Perlmutter is the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office, appointed as of October 25, 2020.

Prior to her appointment, Perlmutter served as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Before that, she was the Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner, and worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on copyright and electronic commerce.

In 1995, she was appointed as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, and was also copyright consultant to the Clinton Administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure. Before that, she was a law professor at The Catholic University of America. She also practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and trademark counseling and litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on international intellectual property law and policy. Perlmutter received her AB from Harvard University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law in the Silicon Valley. He also co-directs the High Tech Law Institute and supervises the Privacy Law Certificate. He joined the Santa Clara Law faculty in 2006. His research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and advertising law topics, and he blogs on these topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog []. Managing IP magazine has twice named him to a shortlist of North American “IP Thought Leaders,” and he has been named an “IP Vanguard” by the California Lawyers Association IP Section.

Before joining the Santa Clara Law faculty, he was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before that, he practiced law for eight years in the Silicon Valley as General Counsel of and an Internet and technology transactions attorney at Cooley Godward LLP. Eric received his BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics/Business from UCLA in 1988. He received his JD from UCLA in 1994, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review, and concurrently received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Regan A. Smith is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective May 27, 2018. In her position as General Counsel, Smith provides legal guidance to the various divisions and programs of the Office, including the national registration and recordation systems, and she is frequently called upon by congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies for advice and assistance. She also has primary responsibility for the formation and promulgation of regulations and the adoption of legal positions governing policy matters and practices of the Copyright Office. Smith joined the Copyright Office in 2014 as assistant general counsel and advanced in 2015 to associate general counsel. She was named deputy general counsel in 2016. Before joining the Office, Smith spent several years in private practice in Chicago, where she represented a variety of clients in matters concerning copyright, technology, media, and related intellectual property issues. Smith earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She earned her BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.

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