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Thursday, May 13, 2021
|12:00–12:15 p.m.||Welcome and Introductions|
Peter J. Henein, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto, ON
|12:15–1:15 p.m.||Eliminating Racial Disparities and Bias in the Justice System|
Justice Alan Page (Ret.), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, member of the NFL Hall of Fame, and Co-Founder of the Page Education Foundation will discuss ways we help eliminate racial disparity and bias in our justice system.
Hon. Alan C. Page (Ret.), Co-Founder, Page Education Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
|1:25–2:25 p.m.||Copyright Formalities as the Bane of African-American Artists from Blues to Hip-Hop|
African-American music artists have a deep foundation within the American music industry, having created entire genres of music, including ragtime, blues, 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. Professor Kevin G. Greene will discuss 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, as well as proposals for copyright reform that target the least advantages in society.
Kevin J. Greene, Professor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
|2:35–3:35 p.m.||The Future is Now: "Reasonable Measures" to Protect Trade Secrets, and the Technical Tools You Need to Know About|
The IP and Cyber Law Committees join together to examine what constitutes reasonable measures to protect trade secrets and the technological tools that can be employed to prevent the theft of those trade secrets. We will learn about the steps you can take to protect your client’s sensitive information, and to detect when it is being accessed and by whom in order to prevent its theft.
Rachael L. Rodman, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Columbus, OH
|3:45–4:45 p.m.||Intellectual Property Committee Meeting|
Open to all
|4:45–5:45 p.m.||Networking Reception|
Friday, May 14, 2021
|12:00–12:10 p.m.||Welcome and Introductions|
G. Warren Bleeker, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Glendale, CA
|12:10–1:10 p.m.||New Strategies for Avoiding and Defending Patent Infringement Lawsuits|
Patent law continues to morph according to both legal and market changes. This presentation will delve into both the challenges and opportunities in this arena. Professor Crouch will focus on (1) litigation before the PTAB; (2) failure to state a claim in patent cases; (3) trade secrets and prior user rights; and (4) competing without infringing.
Dennis D. Crouch, University of Missouri Law School, Colombia, MO
|1:20–2:20 p.m.||Culture and Copyright: Musical Challenges to Judicial Reasoning|
Copyright law reflects cultural biases about appropriate forms of music production and reuse and the role of notation. Professor Arewa looks at the history of musical notation (or lack thereof) relating to rhythm and timbre and how cultural bias has affected the development of copyright jurisprudence as it relates to African American music.
Olufunmilayo Arewa, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
|2:30–3:30 p.m.||Why Your Trademark Survey Is Almost Always Wrong|
General wisdom demands survey evidence in trademark infringement cases. But, how reliable is your survey? Bill Miller from General Mills will discuss the pitfalls of trademark surveys and why they so rarely provide an accurate reflection of consumer impressions.
William (Bill) Miller, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
|3:30–4:30 p.m.||Networking Reception|