IP and the Common Law at UPenn

Intellectual Property and the Common Law
Penn Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition
May 6-7, 2011

The aim of this symposium is to examine what the common law, understood as a method of rule-making and as a body of substantive law, can contribute to discussions about the structure and function of intellectual property. Because intellectual property is generally understood to be principally legislative in origin, discussions of intellectual property reform tend to gloss over the role of the judicial process in shaping the scope, nature, and coverage of various regimes. This symposium will attempt to analyze the extent to which common law techniques, rules, and concepts can and do influence the structure and substance of the various intellectual property regimes and the lessons that this holds for the future of intellectual property law and policy. The papers presented at the symposium will be published in an edited volume.


CFP: INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium

Call For Participants: Second Annual INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium

The International Trademark Association (“INTA”) is pleased to host the Second Annual Trademark Scholarship Symposium during the 133rd INTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The Symposium will take place on Monday, May 16, 2011 as part of INTA’s Academic Day, which features a series of programs of particular relevance to professors and students interested in trademark law and practice.

The Symposium is an opportunity for academic scholars from around the world (including full time and part time professors, graduates and post-graduate students) to participate in small group discussions of scholarly works-in-progress in the field of trademark law. In a workshop setting, each selected scholar will present his or her project, receive comments and have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with other academic scholars and accomplished trademark practitioners. The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for the presenters to further develop their scholarship project based upon the insights of peers and other trademark specialists.

Participants in the Symposium will also be able to attend other INTA Academic Day programs, including an Academic Forum all-professor panel, a trademark professor luncheon featuring presentations by a panel of leading in-house trademark counsel, a reception and other networking opportunities.

The Symposium is organized by the INTA Professor Task Force:

· David C. Berry, Professor of Law and Director, Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

· Signe H. Naeve, Associate Director, Law, Technology & Arts Group, University of Washington School of Law

· Barton Beebe, Professor of Law, New York University Law School

· Megan M. Carpenter, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

· Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Executive Professor of Law and Business, Northeastern University School of Law

· Antonio Selas, Professor of Law, Law School of Universidad Carlos III, Madrid Spain

On or before January 1, 2011, interested academic scholars should send an abstract (approximately 300 words) describing a current scholarship project for a paper on a topic in the field of trademark or unfair competition law, such as a matter of law, treaty, policy, proceeding or proposed reform, to Prof. David C. Berry at berryd@cooley.edu and Prof. Signe H. Naeve at SNaeve@uw.edu. The Task Force will then select a maximum of 12 projects to be presented at the Symposium, grouped into related topics or themes. Selections will be announced by February 1, 2011. For each selected project, a working draft of the paper to be presented must be submitted by April 1, 2011. Please direct any questions and requests for further information to Prof. Signe H. Naeve at SNaeve@uw.edu.

Practicing Entertainment Law at DePaul

The Grammy Foundation: The Entertainment Law Initiative &
DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT™)
Practicing Entertainment Law in the New Legal and Music Economy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3:00 – 5:00 pm

DePaul Center, Room 8005 & 8th Floor Atrium (Reception)
1 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604

The exclusive recording agreement remains the centerpiece of most music artists’ careers. But the landscape for exclusive recording contracts is changing: not only are the probabilities of a sustained career with a record company fewer than at the beginning of this century, but the terms of the recording agreement have become less artist friendly. In addition, declining music sales, coupled with the reduction of the purchase price of music altogether, has caused both parties to traditional “record deals” to scrutinize more closely contractual provisions. The panel will discuss the impact of the new economic realities in the music industry on artists and their lawyers and will explore the resulting changes in contract terms.

PRICE: $35
Free for currently enrolled law students
(Please present valid student ID at check-in)

To register, please email La Shon Malone at foundationevents@grammy.com.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider.
This program had been approved for 2 hours of CLE credit.


Ken Abdo (Moderator), Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg P.A.

Ken Abdo is a Vice President of the Lommen Abdo Law Firm and Co-Chair of the Entertainment Law Department. In over more than 20 years of practice, he has helped build the largest, most visible and successful entertainment law practice in the Midwest. Ken’s practice is limited to entertainment law, and his primary focus is on all music law transactions. He is a known artist advocate and leader within the national entertainment law community. He is a popular author and lecturer. A life-long multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and former disc jockey, Ken has a love and deep knowledge of music, music business and music law.

Peter Strand, Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover

Peter J. Strand is a partner at the entertainment, media and intellectual property law firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC in Chicago. His clients include content providers and content creators including media companies, television and radio broadcasters, authors, songwriters, recording artists, musicians, television and film writers, independent record labels, independent film producers and documentarians, publishing companies, and production companies in various transactional and litigation matters in the entertainment industry. In addition to contract preparation, analysis and negotiation, Mr. Strand assists clients with protecting and enforcing their copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, licensing or exploiting their creative works, acquiring and distributing content and selecting, securing and protecting product and service names.

Steve Sidman, Owner, The Sidman Law Group

Arti Rai at DePaul

The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT™)
cordially invites you to the

13th Annual Niro Haller & Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture & Luncheon

Innovation Policy in the Administrative State

Featuring Arti Rai
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law; Duke Law School

October 20, 2010
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
DePaul Club, 11th floor
DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

To register, please visit:
The fee for the luncheon and lecture is $25.

For DePaul students, faculty, and staff, the event is free, but registration is required. Students, faculty and staff should email Cecelia Story at cstory@depaul.edu to register.

Marybeth Peters at American University

The Sixth Annual Finnegan Lecture on IP: The 1976 Copyright Act: Prologue and Epilogue

American University
Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

Thursday Nov. 4, 2010
5:00pm Reception,
6:00pm Lecture

Featuring Marybeth Peters, United State Register of Copyrights and with comments from Jon Baumgarten, former General Counsel for the United States Copyright Office.

The Copyright Act of 1976 was a comprehensive statutory revision designed to reframe copyright law for decades to come. As the significance of copyright increases in the digital era, it becomes more important than ever to have a fuller understanding of how the 1976 Act originated and what it was designed to accomplish. Marybeth Peters, the current Register of Copyrights and a veteran of the revision process, will discuss pressures that fueled demands for a comprehensive reconsideration of the law and describe the role of the Copyright Office leading up to and away from the final legislation. She will offer reflections on why proponents sought fundamental changes to copyright and then consider to what extent those changes produces the sought-after results.

For more information, or to register go to: wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/Finnegan-2010