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COPYRIGHT INTEREST GROUP

The Copyright Interest Group is a forum for attorneys, academics and law students from across the ideological spectrum to learn about and debate the cutting-edge copyright issues affecting a wide-range of industries as well as the public. We host seminars on important legal developments as well as on topics related to the entertainment, technology, art and publishing worlds. We also hold regular calls for members of our Interest Group to discuss timely issues and recent events.

Please watch the IP Section’s Inevitable Disclosures e-newsletter for updates on upcoming programs. We are also looking for volunteers interested in organizing substantive programs, in writing on copyright topics or in organizing social events. We hope that you will join us and we welcome your ideas, your enthusiasm and your energy.

CHAIR: Chris Lockard – CLOCKARD@SALESFORCE.COM
VICE CHAIR: Francine D. Ward – INFO@FWARDATTORNEY.COM

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ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAW INTEREST GROUP

The Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group educates lawyers in the intellectual property law principles and the business and legal aspects of entertainment, media, and sports law, including the creation, protection, acquisition, and licensing of content, publicity rights, domain name protection, sponsorship and endorsement, union/guild issues, athlete eligibility issues, drug testing, NCAA rules compliance, league issues and antitrust, Title IX, and the creation, licensing, sale, and protection of multimedia content. The Interest Group serves various sectors of the entertainment and sports industries, including music, film, television, new media, legitimate theater, live performance, and literary publishing.

Our Group also plans to offer webinars during the summer and fall as follows: (1) Rise of the DJ/Producer: Best Practices for DJ/Producer Representation; (2) Trademark Law Issues Across the Entertainment Industries; (3) Monetization of Entertainment Media on Streaming Services; (4) From Contest to Content: Contests, Sweepstakes and User Generated Content; (5) Making Friends with Marketing; and (6) Social Media Issues in Entertainment and Sports Law.

If you are a member of the IP Section, you can join the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group at no additional charge by emailing your request to Vice Chair Dave Murphy at the address below. We welcome volunteers to submit topic ideas, help organize substantive programs, write on entertainment and sports law topics, and assist in organizing social events.

For further information, to submit a program idea, to volunteer, or to join the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group, please contact:

CHAIR: Sean Sullivan – SEANSULLIVAN@DWT.COM
VICE CHAIR: Dave Murphy – DMURPHY@KABAMINC.COM

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LICENSING INTEREST GROUP

The Licensing Interest Group (LIG) is a place for lawyers who draft a broad range of agreements to expand their skill sets and connect with other licensing attorneys. As part of this goal we put on a wide variety of educational webinars, including an upcoming program on working with University Technology Licensing Departments.

This section was removed to confirm with Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and the California Public Records Act. Unofficial Website: https://thelicensinglawyer.wordpress.com/

Unofficial email list: To join the unofficial email list, please email our Communications Manager at teri.karobonik@gmail.com

CHAIR: James C. Roberts III – JCR@GLOBALCAPLAW.COM
VICE CHAIR: John Pavolotsky – JOHN.PAVOLOTSKY@INTEL.COM

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LITIGATION INTEREST GROUP

The Litigation Interest Group spans all the substantive IP law issues, with a focus on advocacy and presentation of those issues before various administrative and judicial forums. We put on webinar programs either separately or in conjunction with other interest groups and confer from time to time on topics of general interest. Our last program addressed the Wonderful, Wacky World of Willfulness, presented by Robert Payne. Watch for announcements in the Inevitable Disclosures bi-monthly newsletter for upcoming programs.

CHAIR: Robert W. Payne – PAYNE@BOBPAYNE.COM
CO-CHAIR: Anne-Marie Dao – ADDAO@MINTZ.COM

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PATENT INTEREST GROUP

The Patent Interest Group (IG) provides both education for members of the State Bar Intellectual Property Section who work with patents. Notice of future educational programs will be provided in Inevitable Disclosures, a bi-monthly email newsletter provided from the State Bar IP Section. For further information, please contact one of our officers:

CHAIR: Thomas Ward – THOMASALLANWARD@GMAIL.COM
VICE-CHAIR: Sanjesh Sharma – SANJESH.SHARMA@AMO.ABBOTT.COM

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TRADEMARK INTEREST GROUP

The Trademark Interest Group presents regular webinars generally held on the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Dates and topics for upcoming CLE programs appear in the IP Section’s e-newsletter Inevitable Disclosures.

In the event you missed our very popular webinar "Trademark Application Challenges in Greater China" you can access it for CLE credit by going to www.calbar.org/online-cle and entering "China" and "trademark" in the search bar. This program was presented by Chloe Lee, the head of J. S. Gale & Co’s IP group in Hong Kong and includes very valuable practice tips on issues to consider when seeking trademark registration in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Also look for our most recent webinar "Growing Like a Weed: What do Cannabis, Trademarks, Ethics and Cash Have in Common?" by searching "cannabis" and "trademarks" at the above website.

If you would like to become more involved in the Trademark Interest Group, please e-mail your request to one of our officers listed below.

CHAIR: Peter Bromaghim – PETER_BROMAGHIM@BSTZ.COM
VICE CHAIR: Carole F. Barrett – CAROLE@BARRETTIPLAW.COM

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TRADE SECRETS INTEREST GROUP

This section was removed to confirm with Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and the California Public Records Act.

CHAIR: Angelique Kaounis – AKAOUNIS@GIBSONDUNN.COM
VICE CHAIR: Robert Milligan – RMILLIGAN@SEYFARTH.COM