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Intellectual Property Law

Updates and events from the Intellectual Property Law Section

Our flagship program is coming back in 2020. Look for additional information and details on our website, our social media platforms, and in Inevitable Disclosures in the months to come Read more
We’re excited to invite you to the bi-annual IP in Entertainment and Media conference! This conference will cover cutting-edge legal issues in the entertainment and media industries. Panel topics include fair use in film and television, eSports contracts and representation, handling user-generated content, copyright termination/recapture, MCLE “competence” credit focused on legal practice in the film industry and more. Read more
A newly effective California labor statute is already sending an unwanted disruption through the entertainment industry. In September of 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB5 into law, requiring employers to preemptively treat workers as employees rather than independent contractors. The aim of the legislation was to prevent large corporations (such as Uber and Lyft) from avoiding proper employment classification for their drivers or "gig' workers. However, in drafting AB 5, the California Legislature seemingly forgot about the progenitor of the term "gig" work; the actors, singers, dancers, crew and other entertainment professionals who regularly utilize loan-out companies to provide their work.  Read more
The Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is seeking interested members to apply for appointment to the Editorial Board of the Section's print publication New Matter. The positions to be appointed are Associate Production Editor and Associate Acquisitions Editor. Read more
As the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) transitions from its effective date to its rapidly approaching enforcement date, businesses in California, the rest of the U.S., and elsewhere continue to grapple with this complicated new law as it relates to cookies and other advertising-related practices occurring on their digital properties. Read more
This follow-up to the Cannabis Interest Group’s introductory webinar will provide a deeper examination of how the complex web of federal and state laws pertaining to trademarks, service marks, and trade dress are being utilized by the legal cannabis industry in the U.S. (with a focus on California businesses and entrepreneurs).  Time permitting, this webinar will also address some related trademark licensing and litigation issues.   Read more
You are able to download or stream our podcasts from the episode links below, or by way of Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, PocketCast, Google Play Music, or your preferred podcast player.  Please remember to rate and review us, subscribe, and add to your playlist, where available. We appreciate your listening to Intangible Assets. In this episode, I’ll be talking to Professor Lisa Ramsey. Lisa is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas… Read more
Join us on May 29, 2020 for the 2020 IP in Entertainment and Media Conference in Los Angeles. Read more
The speaker will discuss the best ways to introduce and improve the probative value of trial evidence. Tips will be shared on specific types of evidence, including discovery responses, discovery depositions, Internet materials, official records and third-party uses. The utility of evidentiary objections and best ways to prove fame will also be addressed. Read more
The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed DavidGooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks organization. Read more

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