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Monday, May 14 • 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Bands and Brands: Trademark Protection in the Music Business

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The latest installment of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series will give attendees an opportunity to interact with — hear from and ask questions of — advocates and influencers who are currently tackling the following tough topics facing their clients and industry partners. 4 CLE credits have been applied for. Proper event sign-in instructions must be followed in order to receive credits. 

A band is a business, and that band’s name is its brand. It is how fans can be certain whose music they just heard on the radio, whose track they are streaming, whose merchandise they are purchasing, or whose concert is coming to town. Disputes between bands with identical or similar names are common. This crash course panel will cover:

  1. Choosing the most “trademarkable” name
  2. Performing initial clearance research and evaluating likelihood of confusion with existing band names
  3. Common law trademark rights for unregistered marks
  4. The process of obtaining a federal trademark registration, including special requirements for musical artists
  5. How songwriters can benefit from trademark (hint: you can’t copyright a song title!)

Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover

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Daniel Novick

Trademark & Entertainment Lawyer, Novick Law PLLC
Daniel Novick is a trademark & entertainment lawyer who represents entertainment and entrepreneurial clients worldwide in matters related to business development, trademark registration & protection, and contract negotiations – with a particular focus on music, digital media, and... Read More →

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Jonah Grossbardt

Attorney, Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
Jonah Grossbardt is an attorney at Schneider Rothman IP Law Group located in Los Angeles.  He began his legal career in New York City at a firm that specialized in entertainment, securities, intellectual property and business litigation. After practicing law for over five years... Read More →
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Charles Lew

Managing Partner, The Lew Firm
Charles Lew is a Los Angeles based attorney that specializes in helping startup companies get and stay on the right track. He has been practicing law since 2003 and has launched over 100 startup companies across the nation. Lew is the owner of Stout Burgers and Beers, Huckleberry... Read More →
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Louis Smoller

Of Counsel, Schlackman Intellectual Property Law, PLLC
Louis Smoller is an intellectual property, commercial, entertainment, and media attorney.  His practice involves both transactional and litigation services, where he has represented a wide variety of content creators, new media entrepreneurs, and other creative industry professionals... Read More →
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Lauren Spahn

Associate Attorney, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Lauren Spahn is an Associate Attorney of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP., where she represents the legal and business interests of recording artists, songwriters, publishers, promoters, producers, managers, agents, executives, record labels, networks, banks, and other... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm CDT
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