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Friday, March 29 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Comic Book Law School: The ABC of Intellectual Property

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It's among the buzziest of buzz words, a focal point for many international trade agreements, and a highly sought-after commodity in Hollywood-they're talking about IP (intellectual property), and the fact that IP is the focus of so much attention should make clear that understanding what it is exactly, and just how to get it, keep it, and monetize it is a vital part of any creator's tool chest. As technology continues to provide more and more channels for distributing content, it has never been easier to get creative works in front of audiences, or for those audience members to "borrow" (or outright steal) those very same works. But given a legal system that is struggling to keep up with the newest technological advances, and a legislature too preoccupied with other agenda items to keep the laws ahead of the curve, there are also more pitfalls than ever to navigate your way through on the road to success. So to avoid accidentally giving away your next big idea, or having it taken from you, consider that a little education will go a long way to helping you get and keep a firm grip on your IP. To that end, WonderCon welcomes back noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, to discuss the do's and don'ts for protecting your intellectual capital. Attendees are invited to join an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. Copyright and Trademark laws, starting with the basics on the ownership and protection of ideas, a brief overview of copyright and trademark rights, including for works of authorship, characters, and names, as well as the registration process for each, and (time permitting) a brief discussion on why written agreements are good, and not all lawyers bring bad news. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. intellectual property systems. PleaseNote: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. However, the seminar is presented for information and entertainment purposes only, and the information presented and opinions expressed at the seminars do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.].

Friday March 29, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 210