IP/Technology 2013 Update: Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret, and Unfair Competition Program

January 31, 2013
With the rapidly evolving case law, it may be challenging to ensure your company's intellectual property rights are protected. Please join us as we discuss the implications of significant cases from the past year, and help you anticipate trends for 2013.

Given the breadth of the landscape, our Los Angeles and San Francisco intellectual property lawyers focus one program on patent law, and the other is dedicated to copyright, trademark, and trade secret law.

Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret, and Unfair Competition Program:

Our experienced panel will review the significant cases and legal developments over the last year, including the application of the first sale doctrine to copyrighted goods manufactured outside the US (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), whether Aereo, Inc.'s online streaming television service constitutes an unauthorized public performance of protected content under the Copyright Act (WNET v. Aereo, Inc.), the legality of ad-skipping technology in satellite and cable transmissions (Fox v. Dish Network), the protectability of color marks (Christian Louboutin SA v. Yves Saint Laurent), keywords and the functionality doctrine (Rosetta Stone v. Google), and an update on ICANN's new gTLD program.

We will also address the interaction between trade secret law and social media, including the growing body of case law regarding the ownership of social media accounts, their ability to be protected under existing trade secret doctrines, and how companies can effectively use agreements with their employees to protect themselves given these and other recent developments in trade secret law.


John Ulin, Partner, focuses on copyright and trademark litigation and anti-counterfeiting strategy.

Jim Blackburn, Partner, focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.

Tracy Lane, Counsel, focuses on trade secret, unfair competition, complex contract, copyright and patent actions for technology companies.

Sarah Givan, Associate, focuses on trademark and copyright litigation.

Meet the Speakers

James S. Blackburn
Arnold & Porter
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