What You Can Expect at Trademark Year in Review at the Art Law Institute

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Guest Post by Jordan Rood, Vice-Chair of Washington Lawyers for the Arts board and Art Law Institute planning committee chair.

It goes without saying that trademarks represent a core aspect of intellectual property practice, but staying current with the very latest developments in the field can be a real challenge while juggling the day-to-day details of a full calendar. After long days in court, drafting documents, or handling any number of various client matters, keeping tabs on new cases from the all of the federal circuit courts, the TTAB, WIPO, or other sources is a tall order (but seriously, who has time for that?).

Fortunately, Jim Vana, a partner in Perkins Coie’s intellectual property group, and long-time Washington Lawyers for the Arts volunteer, has you covered. We are excited to have Jim back for his third Art Law Institute appearance, as he is an affable and experienced instructor, with a knack for surveying the year’s important trademark developments and distilling them into an accessible and entertaining presentation. Even better, beyond providing an entertaining digest of the year’s case law, usually with color pictures and delicious candy delivered with Felix-like speed and accuracy, Jim offers keen insight into trends and developments in trademark practice, discussing how these new developments may apply to your practice, whether you are a litigator, transactional attorney, or an artist looking to stay abreast of the most recent developments in intellectual property law.

Keeping you up to date on the cutting edge of arts-oriented IP practice is a central mission of the Arts Legal Institute, which is why in addition to Jim’s trademark review, you will also get the very latest developments in arts legal fundamentals with the 2014 copyright year in review and “Ethics in Wonderland” (you’ll have to come to find out) workshops. And in the other half of the Institute, you’ll move beyond fundamentals and hear fresh takes from highly-experienced practitioners on legal topics affecting artists, including presentations on the legal and policy issues surrounding streaming media, design patents, and a panel covering international intellectual property law.

Oh, and one more thing, it may seem like we are big fans of Jim here at WLA. It turns out, we like Jim so much, that we recently honored him with the Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award for his outstanding and dedicated service to the arts community. In addition to his prior board service, and numerous workshop presentations for WLA, Jim has served in our arts legal clinics for several years, providing practical solutions to legal issues faced by hundreds of artists. So in addition to getting caught up on all things trademark in 2014, please make sure to congratulate Jim on his well-deserved award, as well!

Jim Vana will present Trademark Year in Review at the Third Annual Art Law Institute, Monday, December 15, 2014. This all-day seminar includes presentations on copyright, trademark, international art law, ethics, streaming content, design patents, and more! Learn more and register now!