April 2010 Meeting – IP Issues in Business Transactions

IP Issues in Business Transactions

Date: April 13, 2010

Description: Intellectual property is increasingly becoming a focal point in various business transactions including mergers & acquisitions, private equity deals, venture capital and securitization. The business lawyer must become IP savvy and involve IP specialists at an early point to ensure that IP is transferred properly, is free from liens and, in some cases, to determine the strength or enforceability of intellectual property. The IP specialist may also provide input on the deal documents to the extent the provisions of those documents affect IP ownership and transfer. IP specialists, in turn, must learn to understand the mechanics and goals of the transaction so as to properly advise corporate counsel as to these matters. This panel will examine and discuss the role of the IP professional in a business transaction, and will touch on the various issues to be examined when preparing and executing a deal. The panel will examine issues related to intellectual property due diligence, chain of title, warranties/covenants related to IP, inter-party licensing issues, as well as touch on the different types of transactions and what role IP may play in those transactions. Panelists will provide expertise covering patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright, and will include perspectives from both in-house and outside counsel.

Panel Discussion including:

Courtney Laginess (Keating Muething and Klekamp)
Daniel Nesbitt (Hasse & Nesbitt)
Margaret Lawson (Taft)

Location: The Cincinnatian Hotel – 601 Vine Street Cincinnati

LUNCH: Lunch is Included with Registration

CLE: 1 hour Ohio (applied for)

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

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January 2010 Meeting – Internet Advertising

Internet Advertising

Date: Tuesday January 12, 2010

Location: The Westin Cincinnati 21 E. 5th Street    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 United States


The Guardian reported that the UK reached a watershed mark of the advertisers spending more on internet advertising than on television advertising in September 2009 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/sep/30/internet-biggest-uk-advertising-sector).  As the US approaches this watershed, new legal issues will develop as  the  issues introduced just a few years ago continue to mature.   Recent cases and issues that will be covered include:

*  First Amendment/Copyright/Trademark issues as advertisers become more and more creative with online content and as user-generated content becomes even more the norm.   Viacom Intl, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., et al., No. 06-02103 (S.D.N.Y.).

*  Contractual issues as social media networks begin the tighten the terms of service [TOS] for using those platforms .  See, Facebook TOS.

*  ISP liability for trademark infringment  – See, Tiffany v. eBay, 576 F. Supp. 2d 463, 2008 WL 2755787 (No. 04 Civ. 4607) (S.D.N.Y. , July 14, 2008).  and Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. Akanoc Solutions, Inc., No. C07-03952 (N.D. Cal.).

Our featured speaker this month is Jill Meyer, a member in the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd.  Jill Meyer concentrates her practice on counseling and litigating advertising & media law issues. Ms. Meyer represents a wide variety of clients – corporations, advertising agencies, and media outlets – on an array of issues, including advertising review and clearance, sweepstakes and promotions, viral marketing and interactive media, compliance with COPPA and FTC requirements for advertising and websites, intellectual property, right of publicity, advertising-related litigation and regulatory challenges. She also represents media clients in all aspects of First Amendment and newsroom-related matters, including pre-publication/pre-broadcast review, issues related to access to courtrooms, public meetings and public documents, and defamation and privacy related litigation.

$20 for Members (includes Lunch and 1 Hr Ohio CLE)

$30 Non-Member with CLE

$20 Non-Member without CLE

$15 Students and Full-Time Academics