Intellectual Property Law Section

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 6.50 (Professional Practice 5.50, Ethics 1.00)
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.

8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Chair/Program Chair

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Ethical Issues in Your New Media Practice (1.0 Credit in Ethics) 
The ethical obligations of outside counsel in advising clients with respect to emerging social media.  A discussion on evolving ethical rules and best practices for attorneys in social media, as well as emerging liability concerns and predictions.

Anthony LoCicero, Esq.
Amster Rothstein

Theo Nittis
Principal, Gemini Risk Partners, LLC

John Reed
Marketing Consultant, RainBDM

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Entertainment and New Media (1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice)
Hollywood stars, sports teams and leagues are prolific trademark and copyright/media rights holders. The rise of new media platforms and formats is accompanied by new IP protection challenges, e.g., clearance, enforcement, monitoring, obtaining rights.

Danielle E. Maggiacomo, Esq. (Moderator) 
Frankfurt Kurnit 

Catherine Farrelly, Esq.
Frankfurt Kurnit

Jemar Daniel, Esq.
Vice President and Senior Counsel, Business Legal Affairs, Viacom

Sacha Tarrant, Esq.
Director, Digital Rights Strategy and Enforcement, NBA

Deborah Robinson, Esq.
VP & Sr. Counsel Anti-Piracy, Viacom

Adrian D. Stubbs, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel, CBS Television

Matthew Winterroth, Esq.
VP & Intellectual Property Counsel, WWE

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Advertising, Social Media and the FTC (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice) 
Impact on how the FTC is changing the way brand owners market in the various new media channels, e.g., influencers, claim substantiation, etc.  

Barry Benjamin, Esq.
Kilpatrick Townsend LLP

Nur-ul Haq, Esq.
VP & Counsel, Tech & Kids Compliance, Viacom

Ann Gorfinkle, Esq.
VP, Standards and Practices for Nickelodeon, Viacom

Rebecca Leigh Griffith Esq.
Senior Counsel, Unilever United States, Inc.

12:50 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch                        

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.  The Media-Content Deal (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Do’s and Don’ts for Parties to a New Media Deal. The panel will take us through the important aspects of a typical deal between companies like Amazon and Content Providers.

Marc Lieberstein, Esq. (Moderator)
Kilpatrick Townsend, LLP 

David Stonehill, Esq.
SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Global Digital & New Media, Viacom

Rick Baker, Esq.
SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Content Distribution, Viacom

Jill Greenwald, Esq.
Assistant Chief Counsel, ABC Division of Disney Corporation

Richard Eisert, Esq.
Davis & Gilbert LLP

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Privacy and the Internet of Things (IoT) (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
The IoT is now in our homes, on the streets, and on your person as new smart appliances, city-sensors, and wearable tech.  This rise of “smart” devices in our homes and on our person, has raised significant and growing data privacy concerns related not only to social media, but also the devices we use to stay connected with the world.

This privacy focused panel will discuss the GDPR and upcoming U.S. state data privacy laws (e.g., California Consumer Privacy Act, A.B. 375).  How privacy and consumer protection laws intersect with the rise of ever present IoT “smart devices” in our homes or on our person, including data gathering, storage, and use issues for devices like Alexa, Cortana, smart TV's, smart watches.

Leonie Huang, Esq. (Moderator)
Holland & Knight 

Mark Melodia, Esq.
Partner, Holland & Knight

Jessica Lee, Esq.
Partner, Loeb & Loeb

Anthony Ford, Esq.
Senior Data Privacy Counsel, Medidata Solutions, Inc.

Manas Mohapatra, Esq.
Chief Privacy Officer at Viacom

3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.  Break

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Patents in the New Media (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
A discussion on patents covering new media technology and understanding patent opportunities and pitfalls with content delivery.

Douglas A. Miro, Esq. (Moderator)
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP 

Charles Macedo, Esq.
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP 

Richard P. Zemsky
Chief Operating Officer, AIMeCast, LLC

Tuesday , January 15, 2019

12:50 - 1:45pm

2nd Floor, Regent


Join the Intellectual Property Law Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section at their offsite joint reception.

5:45pm - 8:30pm

Bill's Bar & Burger Rockefeller Center
16 W 51st St at 5th
New York, NY 10019

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.

Save the Date - April 5, 2019 -Emerging Trends in Intellectual Property and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

Location: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
               450 Lexington Avenue
                New York, NY, 10017

The legal profession is buzzing with talk of transformative innovations that are reshaping business and legal practices. This program will provide an in-depth look at blockchain and advances in artificial intelligence to assist legal practitioners navigate and shape the changing landscape.

Appropriate for both new associates and seasoned practitioners, this program will provide an overview of fast growing emerging technologies in the blockchain and artificial intelligence space, related key legal updates pertinent to core IP practices, and practical advice for advising clients on these new technologies. The ethics component offers 2 CLE Ethics Credits, with a panel focused on ethical considerations related to information gathering and evolving technologies.

More datails and registration information coming soon!

IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions 

Recording now available!

Total Credits: 6.5 (Professional Practice 2.0, Skills 3.0, Ethics 1.5) 

IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions, presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, was held November 10, 2015.

Topics include:

  • Considering the deal
  • Asset review
  • Licenses
  • Drafting representations and warranties, indemnification obligations
  • Preparation of IP schedules, assignment and other IP-related documents
  • Ethical considerations

NYSBA Member price: $215 | Non-Member Price: $325
Intellectual Property Law Section Member Price: $125
Not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


(recorded November 10, 2015)

Recording Now Available!

Total Credits: 7.0 MCLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics credit

The Future Of Intellectual Property, presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, was held November 10, 2016.

Topics include:

-Intellectual Property Rights in a Post-BREXIT World

-What You Need to Know About the New Defend Trade Secrets Act

-Venturing Forward: Issues Facing Start-Up Companies

-Ethical Considerations in Data Security and Protection

T-he USPTO Today and Tomorrow

-Beyond the Second Screen

NYSBA Member Price: $150
NON-Member Price: $235.00

Not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


(recorded November 10, 2016)

Recording Now Available!

Total Credits: 7.0 (5.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice and 1.5 Credits in Ethics)

Around the Edges of IP, presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, was held November 9, 2017

Topics Include:

-Taxation of Intellectual Property Rights

-Complexities of IP in Bankruptcy

-What IP Practitioners Should Know about Estate Planning and Administration of Intellectual Property and Digital Assets: Advising Clients and Spotting the Issues

-The Business of IP – Monetization and Securitization of IP Assets

-Who Is My Client and How Do They Know That?: Navigating Conflicts of Interest in IP Transactions

-To Franchise, or Not To Franchise, That is the Question: What You Need To Know in the US and Latin America About Franchising and Intellectual Property

IP Section Member Price: $150
NYSBA Member Price: $233.31
NON-Member Price: $350.00

Not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


(recorded November 9, 2017)

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association introduces members of our Association to the interesting and growing areas of law which make up Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and Internet intellectual property law issues. We provide educational programs, other activities and invite the participation of attorneys, law students and non-lawyer members of the business community. We invite our members to take advantage of substantive legal research through our Law Watch search results, to discuss issues and ideas in our discussion groups, and to participate fully in the e-community of the site.

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The Intellectual Property Law Section extends its gratitude to the following for their significant sponsorship over the past year:

Brooks Brothers
Cahn Litigation Services
Davis & Gilbert LLP
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
FTI Consulting
Hiscock & Barclay LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend
Stout Risius Ross

Micro Strategies
NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy
Park IP Translations
Physique 57
Pryor Cashman LLP
Reckitt Benckiser
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark
Tory Burch

Bright Ideas

The Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter (Bright Ideas) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues in intellectual property law, including social media, patents, copyrights and trademarks. Also included are recent cases and updates on Section programs and events. Bright Ideas is published three times per year by the Intellectual Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Intellectual Property Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way to well-seasoned and experienced attorneys in the Intellectual Property field. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

The Community is private for Intellectual Property Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $30/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Corporate Counsel members can search the site or identify other members.    

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