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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:27 pm

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

BBC Asks Whether Threat of Copyright Lawsuits Stifles Musicians

Last week BBC News published an article titled “Is the threat of a copyright lawsuit stifling music?” discussing music experts’ advice that artists refrain from mentioning publicly the music that has inspired them following a U.S. jury verdict that ROBIN THICKE’S and PHARRELL WILLIAM’S “Blurred Lines” copied MARVIN GAYE’S “Got to Give it Up.”

Photographer Sues P&G for Copyright Infringement

Today Cincinnati.com reported that photographer ANNETTEE NAVARRO sued Procter & Gamble for copyright infringement, claiming the company used her photographs on packaging for Jergens, John Frieda, CoverGirl, Olay, and other products beyond the terms of their license agreements.

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THIS WEEK ON IPO’S IP CHAT CHANNEL — WINNING ATTORNEY FEES: WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T

Tune in to the IP Chat Channel this Thursday, 20 July, at 2p.m. ET for Winning Attorney Fees: What Works, What Doesn’t. It has been three years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Octane Fitness made it easier for parties in patent litigation to recover attorney fees. Today, litigants request fees more frequently, and judges grant those requests at a higher rate.

But the path to winning fees isn’t straightforward. Our panel of litigators – D. CLAY HOLLOWAY (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), LIONEL LAVENUE (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP), and ROBERT PALMERSHEIM (Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP) – all have firsthand experience of patent litigation fee fights. They will discuss issues including:

• How to choose between a Rule 11 sanction or a Section 285 fee award when both may be attainable;
• How to handle the delicate matter of disclosing billable hours and hourly fees, particularly in joint defense groups;
• Is there a best time to request fees?; and
• What are the routes to collecting fees from a non-practicing entity that is using a corporate veil to shield assets?

IP Chat Channel webinars are recorded and available on our website after the live webinars. CLE granted in many states.

IPO 2017 ANNUAL MEETING COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS

Earn up to 12-14 CLE credits at the IPO 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. Concurrent committee CLE presentations are being offered on Monday, 18 September. The committees include: Asian Practice; Copyright Law & Anti-Piracy; Corporate IP Management; European Practice; IP Licensing; Industrial Designs; International Patent Law & Practice; and Litigation. To view the session descriptions and speakers, refer to page 5 in the brochure. For more information or to register, visit www.ipo.org/am2017.