Google v. Oracle – Discussion of SCOTUS Decision

Timothy Armstrong, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Join us on June 22, 2021 for our next webinar, led by Professor Tim Armstrong of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Professor Armstrong will discuss the outcome and implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., decided on April 5, 2021. Reversing the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court found Google’s use of software code was fair use under copyright law. Professor Armstrong will discuss the decision and the implications of the fair use doctrine. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio.

Register here by June 18th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Timothy K. Armstrong is a Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he has taught since 2006. Professor Armstrong’s research and teaching specialties include United States, foreign, and international intellectual property law, particularly as they apply to computing and communications technologies.  Professor Armstrong holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. After law school, Professor Armstrong served for one year as a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced for ten years with the law firm of Howrey & Simon (later Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White) in Washington, D.C. Before joining the University of Cincinnati faculty, he served as Assistant Director of the Clinical Program in Cyberlaw for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. 

Sweepstakes, Contests, & Giveaways: Keeping Your Client’s Promotion Legal

Lori Krafte, Wood Herron & Evans L.L.P.

Join us on May 11, 2021 for our next webinar, led by Lori Krafte of Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. 

We’ve long seen promotions on the back of cereal boxes and other consumer packaged goods, but now there is hardly a type of business where we don’t see them, including B2B. 

But as great as they are for marketing, they can create real exposure if you aren’t careful.  When is your client’s promotion actually an illegal lottery?  When is it creating unacceptable infringement or false advertising risks?  What is required to comply with the law?  How do social media platforms affect the structure and rules of the promotion? 

We’ll go over the compliance basics and discuss the common pitfalls of sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio.  

Register here by May 7th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Lori Krafte is a Partner with Wood Herron & Evans. She also teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. 

Ms. Krafte counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other Internet law matters.  Ms. Krafte has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, Ohio Super Lawyers, Cincy Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA, and IP Stars. She holds a CIPP/US certification (Certified Information Privacy Professional – U.S.).

Enforcing Patents on Online Marketplaces

Timothy Ardizzone, PhD, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Join us on April 13, 2021 for our next webinar, led by Timothy Ardizzone, PhD, of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. 

Although online marketplaces like Amazon provide brands unprecedented growth opportunities, they also give a similar advantage to brand competitors and unauthorized sellers by offering an inexpensive and easy forum to market copycat, competitive, counterfeit, and grey market products. A well-developed patent portfolio allows brands to protect against competitors marketing copycat and competitive products that infringe their patent rights. Typically, brands enforce their patent against infringers through cease and desist letters and lawsuits. Due to the high costs associated with patent infringement lawsuits and the relative ease with which sellers can obtain and sell infringing products on marketplaces, litigation-based enforcement is cost prohibitive against most marketplace sellers. Fortunately, online marketplaces offer processes for asserting intellectual property rights directly with the marketplace. For example, Amazon offers three processes for addressing patent infringement on its marketplace, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When deciding which marketplace IP enforcement process to use, it helps to understand the pros and cons of each submission type. Dr. Ardizzone’s presentation will walk through the different pathways available to patent owners to enforce their rights on Amazon as well as on Walmart.com, eBay, and Alibaba. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio.  

Register here by April 9th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Timothy D. Ardizzone, PhD is of counsel in the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Vorys eControl, Dr. Ardizzone counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection and helps manufacturers and brands address the problems and harness the opportunities created by e-commerce and online marketplaces.  

Dr. Ardizzone’s practice focuses on designing and implementing efficient enforcement that utilize investigation, technology, and legal tools to identify and remove unauthorized sellers. Dr. Ardizzone develops these custom strategies and programs to assist his clients with their online distribution issues, including pricing, product diversion, counterfeit, patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, and unauthorized internet sales. In addition to his eControl practice experience, Dr. Ardizzone has over ten years of patent experience in biotech, chemical, and mechanical technologies, as well as experience in trademark preparation and prosecution, litigation, due diligence investigations, and contract preparation and negotiation. Dr. Ardizzone received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law., his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and his B.S. from Tulane University.