013: Francine Ward

On this episode, we have San Francisco, CA attorney Francine Ward. Francine’s practice focuses on business law and intellectual property law, with a focus on copyright and trademark law, publishing rights and publishing contracts, entertainment contracts, and social media law. Francine is currently Of Counsel to Monty White LLP. Francine can be reached at info@fwardattorney.com…

Copyright Battles Over The Internet Of Things (IoT) [ABA Landslide Cross-Post]

At this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the Internet of Things took over the show floors—pushing aside 3D printers and pulling ears away from Sony’s hi-res audio initiative. The Internet of Things, or IoT abbreviated, is all about leveraging wireless technologies to enhance the interoperability of objects and items that consumers interact with on a daily basis. Single-use coffee pods, cars, smoke detectors, power outlets, light bulbs, and more have all been transformed to communicate both with each other on a local level and across networks miles apart.

#IPLSpring CLE Preview: The Blonde, the Red Shoe, the Round-Cornered Rectangles: Debating the Frontiers of Trade Dress Law

With trade dress being a hot topic in the news recently, you know the 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, VA would have an entire CLE session devoted to the topic! “The Blonde, the Red Shoe, the Round-Cornered Rectangles: Debating the Frontiers of Trade Dress Law” CLE session will take place on Thursday, April 4th, from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM in Salons I and II of the Arlington Ballroom.

#IPLSpring CLE Preview: From the Inside Looking Out: An In-House Counsel Perspective on US International Trade Commission Investigations

Credit: U.S. International Trade CommissionWait! Don’t leave! One of the capstone CLE events of the 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, VA this year covers the topic of Section 337 investigations. The CLE session will take place on Friday, April 5th, from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM in Salon IV of the Arlington Ballroom. Plus, the program is eligible for ethics credit!

Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 is used most often in the area of intellectual property to prohibit the unfair methods of competition or other unfair acts in the importation of goods into the United States. Claims include allegations of patent infringement and trademark infringement by imported goods.

#IPLSpring CLE Preview: Copyright: Copyright Infringement in Patent Prosecution: Might Your Firm Be the Next Litigation Target?

We are less than a week away from the ABA’s 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, VA! There will be over 30 Continuing Legal Education credit sessions, some eligible for ethics credit, in addition to multiple networking events. I will be covering one of the sessions on Copyright called “Copyright Infringement in Patent Prosecution: Might Your Firm Be the Next Litigation Target?” at 8:30 AM in the Arlington Salons 5 and 6.