Art Law Institute | December 15, 2014

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Lawyers representing artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs need specialized legal education to stay sharp. Washington Lawyers for the Arts is here to help with our third annual Art Law Institute on December 15, 2014, at the Seattle office of Perkins Coie. Register now! Our full-day legal education seminar provides training on how the year’s cases impact your trademark and copyright practice, ethics, and more.

The morning starts with Mark Wittow, a partner at K&L Gates in Seattle. Mark will bring you up to date on developments in copyright law this year, and what these changes mean for your practice. Mark’s extensive background in intellectual property includes serving as chair of the Copyright Society of the US’s Pacific Northwest Chapter. He’s also an advisor in our Arts Legal Clinic, where he’s counseled hundreds of artists over the years on copyright and other issues.

Jim Vana, a partner at Perkins Coie, will discuss how 2014’s trademark law developments will affect your application and defense of trademarks. An engaging instructor and highly-regarded by his peers, Jim will prepare you to lead your clients into the new year. Jim is also a long-time volunteer at our Arts Legal Clinic, where he advises artists on trademarks and a variety of other topics. He’s well-known among our workshop audiences for his interactive presentations (which usually include candies at major-league velocities).

As artists work across borders, perspectives on international intellectual property laws are increasingly necessary. Rachel Buker, of Ironmark Law and Art & Artifice, has assembled a panel of attorneys on the forefront of these topics: Alison Ivey is an attorney at Vulcan, where she advises on the company’s art transactions. Lucas Michels, also with Ironmark Law and The IP Exporter, specializes in advising clients on international business and intellectual property law. Professor Margaret Chon is an accomplished researcher, instructor, author, and practitioner of intellectual property law in international venues. Together, the panelists will discuss international copyright, moral rights, and right of publicity issues, and highlight key differences across jurisdictions.

Todd Alberstone will dive deep into legal and policy issues around streaming media and streaming content. Todd spent 10 years as Associate General Counsel at streaming media pioneer RealNetworks, Inc., and has also served as general counsel to other technology companies. As a consultant, he advises early stage digital media, software, hardware, and other technology-based companies. Todd’s session will also touch on fair use, clearance, public performance and platform convergence issues, content and technology licensing, privacy, and consumer law issues.

Patent attorney Lisa Sternoff Feldman leads a session on design patents – what they are, why you might choose one over other intellectual property protections like trade dress, copyright, and utility patents. She’ll cover the practical aspects of the application process, and strategic considerations in analyzing how and when to apply for a design patent.

Of course, a year-end CLE isn’t complete without ethics. Threesa Milligan returns to the Art Law Institute with an interactive presentation on ethics. Using fairy tales and hypothetical situations drawn from the case files, Threesa will deepen your ethics know-how when working with artists. Threesa directs the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services division, and is an artist in her spare time.

Your registration fee covers these sessions, includes lunch, and 6.5 CLE credits (pending as this post). A select number of seats are reserved for non-attorney attendees who may be interested in these topics.

Past attendees give this event excellent marks for quality and content:

Great overview of year-end updates in copyright

well-paced program with a diversity of topics


Monday, December 15, 2014


8:30 am – 5 pm
check-in opens at 8 am


Perkins Coie LLP
1201 Third Ave, Suite 4900
Seattle WA 98101


$249 attorneys
$49 artists and others
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