ART LAW INSTITUTE- Monday, December 5, 2016

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We invite both lawyers and artists the opportunity to participate in a full day legal education semi-nar. Art Law Institute includes 4.5 CLE credits, and 1 CLE credit in ethics. Please arrive at 15 minutes prior to event. For directions please visit

Copyright | Trademark | Fair Use | Ethics | Publicity Rights

$300 attorneys / $50 artists & others LUNCH INCLUDED

Perkins Coie LLP

201 Third Ave, Suite 4900

Seattle WA 98101

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  • Trademark Year in Review 2016–Jim Vana, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Copyright Year in Review 2016–Mark Wittow, K&L Gates LLP
  • Publicity Rights Panel–Bob Cumbow, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Publicity Rights Panel–Mel Simburg, Simburg Ketter
  • Publicity Rights Panel–Eric Stahl, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Fair Use–Jeff Nelson, Cairncross & Hempelmann
  • Ethics–Threesa Milligan, Director of Pro Bono Services, KCBA



Bob C. Cumbow is a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Seattle office. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law—where he teaches Trademark Law and has taught Advertising Law, Copyright Law, and Arts Legal Clinic—and at the University of Washington Law School’s IP LLM program, where he teaches Right of Publicity Law. Bob has served on both the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section and the Editorial Board of the Washington State Bar Association, and as a board member for Washington Lawyers for the Arts. He began his legal practice at age 45 and was as scared and clueless as any 25-year-old associate. In his first few years of practice he saw the beginning of the Worldwide Web, negotiated one of the earliest domain name transfers (for a case of beer), filed the original trademark registration applications for, drafted a personal appearance license for the Mariner Moose, assisted in legal analysis of proposed artworks that now grace Safeco Field, and made one of the first website take-down demands—against a trademark infringer who turned out to be 11 years old.

Threesa Milligan is the Director of Pro Bono Services, the King County Bar Association’s pro bono legal aid program.  Threesa is a graduate of the University Of Washington School Of Law.  She was in private practice as a family law attorney until taking the position of Executive Director of Snohomish County Legal Services in 2001 where she remained until January of 2010 when she took on her current role at KCBA, the largest pro bono program in the state of Washington.  Threesa is Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Delivery Systems Committee.  Threesa helped develop the Washington State Pro Bono Council in 2012, bringing together the 17 Washington pro bono programs to give pro bono a voice in the state and promote collaboration among these very diverse programs. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council.  Threesa conducts annual trainings nationally for the ABA Center for Pro Bono, training new managers from all over the United States.  In her off-work hours, Threesa is a musician and fiber artist.

Jeff Nelson leads the IP team at Cairncross & Hempelmann. He currently serves as chair of the WLA Board and is a frequent speaker on a number of IP and arts law topics.

Mel Simburg helps businesses as an imaginative problem-solver and resourceful litigator. Mel has particular experience in the areas of international distribution, copyright and trademark protection, web contracts, technology and rights licensing and foreign investment. Because of his excellent communication skills and business litigation background, he is frequently asked to serve as an arbitrator or mediator. Mel is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel and the Commercial and Intellectual Property panels for the American Arbitration Association and serves on arbitration panels for ICDR, FINRA and other organizations as well.

Eric Stahl is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.  He primarily represents media and entertainment companies, advertisers, and other communications companies in intellectual property, commercial, and First Amendment matters. He represented the plaintiff in a case resulting in the largest reported award of copyright statutory damages, and has litigated numerous other infringement and contractual ownership claims involving music, motion pictures, photographs, and digital works. Eric advises clients on licensing matters, pre-publication review, public records access, and other content-related issues. He also represents studios and production companies in connection with the development and distribution of documentaries and other motion pictures and rights clearance issues.

Jim Vana provides a full range of counseling, prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement and dispute resolution services to clients in several different fields. He has developed particular skill in administrative trademark and domain name disputes, as well as copyright registration and registration of colors and other non-traditional trademarks. Jim is active in several industry associations and has served on the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter and as chair of several committees for the ABA Intellectual Property Section. Jim is a regular speaker on trademark and copyright matters, and has published several articles.

Mark Wittow, partner at K&L Gates LLP, focuses on intellectual property and technology transactions and counseling including the acquisition, development, marketing, licensing and distribution of computing devices, software and related services, other types of technology and media content, electronic commerce issues, and complex patent licensing and patent dispositions. Mark co-chairs the Northwest Chapter or the Copyright Law Society of the United States and is active in the leadership of the intellectual property law section of the American Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He is former chair of the ABA’s information technology division and its software, online trademarks and databases committees.