Thursday, December 6, 2012

Legal Industry Council Hosts Intellectual Property Hot Topics Panel

by John Osborn

On Tuesday, November 27, the Chamber's Legal Industry Council hosted a panel discussion titled "Intellectual Property Hot Topics Review" at the downtown offices of WilmerHale LLP. Forty attorneys attended the event, receiving 1.5 continuing legal education (CLE) credits. The audience included partners from major New York firms and in-house counsel from Fortune 500 companies.

I had the privilege of moderating the discussion, which included the following panelists:
  • David Manspeizer, a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department and member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group at WilmerHale LLP
  • William Tanenbaum, Chair of the Technology, Intellectual Property and Outsourcing Group at Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Richard Samson, Senior Counsel, The New York Times.
We opened the dialogue with Richard Samson discussing the difference between fair use and infringement in a copyright context, using case examples from The New York Times. Bill Tanenbaum moved the conversation to transactions, outsourcing, and the work for hire doctrine, which could assign, for example, the copyright for a software to the writer, even if the writer was hired by another person. David Manspeizer concluded the program by discussing how the new America Invents Act is changing patent law from a first-to-invent approach to first-to-file.

It was a pleasure to moderate the panel and to work with our newest Corporate Partner, WilmerHale. We are proud to produce excellent programming for a highly accomplished audience.


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