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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
4:00 PMPDTBonus Session: Copyright Formalities as the Bane of African-American Artists from Blues to Hip-Hop

African-American music artists are the foundation for the American music industry, having created entire genres of music, from ragtime and blues to funk music and hip-hop. However, there has been a wide gulf between the creative contributions and innovations of black artists, and their entitlement to ownership and compensation under copyright law. In this talk, Professor Greene will explore the critical role of copyright formalities, such as registration, publication and copyright terminations in facilitating wealth transfers from artists and creators to non-creators like record labels and music publishing companies, with proposals for copyright reform that target the least advantaged in society.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:30 PMPDTDefining Progress: Metrics on Women and Diversity in Law Leadership

This panel will focus on the initiatives firms and companies are using to promote women and people of color into leadership positions. Representatives of Diversity Lab will discuss that organization’s origins and purpose, as well as share data from its recent "Blue Chip Survey" about various initiatives that improve leadership opportunities in the law for women and diverse attorneys. The panel is rounded out with in-house and outside counsel who have worked with Diversity Lab in promoting diversity in the law.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

1:40 PMPDTRedefining the Rules of the Game: Voices of Organizational Change Makers

From letter writing campaigns to proactive legislative efforts, various stakeholders will discuss meaningful ways to change corporate and law firm culture so that women and people of color gain leadership opportunities, equity, commensurate comp, lead counsel roles, etc. The panel discussion will include, among other things, the June 2019 letter lawmakers sent to Big Tech and the open letter to law firm partners from 170+ GCs pushing for greater diversity, as well as legislative efforts such as California’s law mandating that publicly-held companies headquartered in California have at least one female on its board of directors.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

3:00 PMPDTRedefining Your Future: Strategies to Build Your Brand

This panel will focus on creative and constructive ways in which women and people of color can market themselves to build their personal and professional brands (whether in-house or outside counsel) so that their talents, expertise and aptitudes can be seen, heard and positively leveraged.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
7:50 AMPDTLooking Over the Horizon for Patent Litigation

Join prominent Federal Circuit and District Judges as they share their views on where we are, where we are going, and what lies over the horizon for patent cases, including trials, damages, experts, the interplay with the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board proceedings, remedies for standard essential patents, statutory subject matter, and other issues. Learn the playbook for the future now. Questions for judges? Submit your questions in advance and we will share them anonymously with the judges before the Institute.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

9:30 AMPDTCopyright and Trademark Litigation: A View from the Bench

With nearly 8,000 copyright and trademark cases filed in federal district courts every year, who is better situated to comment on copyright and trademark litigation than the United States District Judges who preside over those cases? This panel of jurists will discuss current issues in copyright and trademark litigation and how they can be addressed effectively in the courtroom. Potential discussion topics include surviving a motion to dismiss, the use of expert evidence, standards for statutory damages, the work made for hire and fair use doctrines, as well establishing willfulness, the requirements for recovering an infringer’s profits and more.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

10:50 AMPDTIP Rights and Forced Technology Transfer in China: The Trade War Involving Intangibles

This panel will discuss the national security and economic implications of China’s trade regime and laws in the areas of intellectual property and technology transfer, including longstanding concerns about intellectual property theft, cyberattacks, forced technology transfer, foreign ownership restrictions, and China’s new Cybersecurity law that may impose restrictions on foreign company protection of data and communications. The panel will also address the impact of the January 15, 2020, Phase One trade deal between the U. S. and China in the foregoing areas and the current status of any changes to China’s foreign investment laws as relates to these areas.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

11:50 AMPDTHot Topics in Patent Litigation, Licensing and Transactions

This panel will focus on trending issues in patent litigation, patent licensing in light of the FTC decision against Qualcomm, litigation strategies in light of recent case law, and important issues in patent sales and valuations.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

11:50 AMPDTExploring the “Feud” Between Copyright and the Right of Publicity

What happens when famous athletes, performers and other celebrities appear in copyrighted works? How do their rights to protect their identities affect the rights of authors and copyright owners to create and protect copyrighted works? And how will new state legislation expanding the right of publicity affect the balance? This panel of legal experts from the worlds of sports and entertainment and leading scholars and litigators will address the interplay of copyright and the right of publicity, addressing such issues as when copyright preempts publicity rights, First Amendment protection in right of publicity cases, and the extent to which copyright and the right of publicity are useful vehicles to address a novel intellectual property challenges, including what to do about so-called “deep fakes.” Learn from them as they explore the ways in which these two areas of law compliment and conflict with one another.

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11:50 AMPDTA Survey of Surveys: Tips and Traps for Trademark Survey Evidence

The stakes are rising in trademark litigation, and the Internet has changed both the marketplace and means for conducting surveys. At this panel, you will learn the most current developments on surveys used for likelihood of confusion, dilution, fame, and secondary meaning. The panel will discuss key attributes of each survey, and tips for preparing and using a persuasive, defensible survey. The panel will also discuss how to avoid common or uncommon pitfalls that may devastate a survey.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

1:20 PMPDTKeynote Presentation: The Future of the Entertainment Industry

Charles H. Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), discusses the challenges and opportunities for the future of the entertainment Industry in an expanding global market.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

1:50 PMPDTThe Piper Will Lead Us To Reason: Current Developments In Music Copyright

Recent years have seen an explosion of developments in music copyright. A multitude of high profile music plagiarism cases have explored such issues as the extent to which various elements of songs are copyrightable, the standards for substantial similarity, the roles of courts and juries in deciding infringement and what may be considered in making that decision. This panel of experts from the worlds of music, film and copyright litigation and a leading musicologist, who has testified in several well-known cases, will explore these topics and others, including whether courts view music disputes differently than other copyright litigation and what the effect of recent legal proceedings has been on songwriters and others in the creative community. The panel will also discuss the Music Modernization Act, the Justice Department’s ongoing review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees and other emerging issues in this fast-moving area of copyright law.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

1:50 PMPDTThe Rise of Trade Secret Litigation

This panel will focus on the increased interest in trade secrets in the tech community, particularly in light of the uncertainty created by Section 101 jurisprudence and the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) in 2016, as well as recent trends in trade secret litigation and key decisions.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

1:50 PMPDTUnauthorized Use of Trademarks and Copyrights in Social Media and User-Generated Content: Where are the Boundaries and Who's Responsible?

Content sharing platforms such as social media attract visitors, publishers, and advertisers with convenient access to spontaneous and current content relevant to users’ interests. But with this comes the increased publication of unauthorized content protected by trademark and copyright. This panel will explore and discuss the challenges faced in this environment, including how intellectual property owners, content platforms, users, and courts are interpreting the boundaries, and who is to be held responsible for overstepping those limits.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/

3:00 PMPDTThe IP Year in Review: Patent Law, Trademark Law and Right of Publicity, Copyright Law

In this popular session, top scholars in patent, trademark and right of publicity, and copyright highlight and explain the most significant developments in IP law of the past year.

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute - https://cle.usc.edu/ip2020/