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Event Title:  Kernochan Center Symposium, "Secondary Liability for Trademark Infringement on the Internet"
NYS CLE Credit Program
Date:   Nov 8, 2013
Time:   9:00AM - 5:15PM ET

Columbia Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall, Lobby Level, Room 104
435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


The Internet has contributed to a dramatic increase in trademark infringement.  The difficulty of seeking out online infringers, however, complicates the process of bringing a direct infringement claim.  As a result, stakeholders have resorted to secondary trademark liability, predicated on the role played by online intermediaries in expanding the reach of the alleged direct infringers.  Our 2013 Symposium will explore the contours of secondary liability for trademark infringement online from domestic and international perspectives.  In the morning, we will look at the law of secondary liability in the US, Europe, and the Far East, and discuss the complex international dimensions of online trademark infringement cases.  The afternoon will be devoted to proposals for a secondary liability regime that would better secure the rights of trademark owners without interfering with the Internet marketplace.

9:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice
N.B. CLE Sign-out from Morning Session will close at 1:00 pm

June Besek, Executive Director and Yafit Lev-Aretz, IP Fellow
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School
9:15 A.M. – 10:05 A.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.0, Areas of Professional Practice
Keynote Address: The International Landscape - Secondary Liability for Online Trademark Infringement
Graeme Dinwoodie, Keynote Speaker
Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford
10:05 A.M. – 10:25 A.M. BREAK
10:25 A.M. – 11:45 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.5, Areas of Professional Practice
Secondary Liability for Trademark Infringement On the Internet in the US, the EU, and the Far East Rochelle Dreyfuss, Moderator
Pauline Newman Professor of Law and Co-director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law
US: Stacey Dogan
Law Alumni Scholar, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
EU: Annette Kur
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Germany
Far East: Du Ying
Professor of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics, China
11:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 0.5, Areas of Professional Practice
International Choice of Law in Trademark Disputes Susy Frankel, Moderator
Faculty of Law, Victoria University Wellington; Global Research Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, New York University School of Law
Edouard Treppoz
Director of the Institute of Art and Cultural Law, University of Lyon; Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
12:15 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. Q&A Based on Morning Sessions
12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. LUNCH
Lenfest Cafe, 3rd Floor
1:45 P.M. – 5:05 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice
N.B. CLE Sign-in for Afternoon Session re-opens at 1:30 pm

1:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.5, Areas of Professional Practice
Secondary Liability Regimes for Trademark Infringement Online
  • Imposing a Duty of Care on Internet Intermediaries, e.g., Technology providers (hosts; search engines); advertisers and advertising-placement services, and financial intermediaries (credit cards; PayPal)
  • Keeping the Status Quo with the guidance of DMCA-inspired common law, the eCommerce Directive, etc.
Barton Beebe, Moderator
Professor of Law, New York University
Wendy Larson
Pirkey Barber PLLC
Tom Rubin
Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel, Microsoft
3:00 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. BREAK
3:20 P.M. – 5:05 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 2.0, Areas of Professional Practice
Commentators on proposals presented, and Q&A Period Jane Ginsburg, Moderator
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia Law School
Irene Calboli
Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Miquel Peguera
Professor of Law, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona
Amy Cotton
Office of International Relations, United States Patent and Tradmark Office
Bruce Rich
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Robert Weigel
Gibson Dunn LLP
5:05 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.
Closing Remarks
Pippa Loengard
Assistant Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School
5:15 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Reception: Case Lounge, 7th Floor

Please note that all rates are "per person" and, as flat fees, cannot be prorated according to attendance. There is a required attendance fee of $30.00 per person. Reduced rates are available for attorneys and persons who are serving in public interest organizations (including government, academic, and non- and not-for profit organizations) or are experiencing financial hardship. A reduced rate is also extended to currently enrolled students of institutions other than Columbia Law School.
Professional/Private Practice: $30
Public Interest/Nonprofit/Academia/Government: $15
Current Students: Gratis. All students must register, however, and must email Cindy Tangorra on November 7th to confirm their attendance.
Hardship Scholarship:
A limited number of financial hardship scholarships will be available on a case-by-case basis to interested attorneys and persons in need. Scholarship applications should detail in a few sentences the basis of the applicant's need and the background to his or her interest. Applications should be directed to Cindy Tangorra, Kenochan Center Program Coordinator, no later than November 1st.

Please preregister to attend. Confirmed reservations are transferrable. Kindly notify Megan Savage of cancellations or transfers as soon as possible and no later than the close of preregistration at 5pm on November 4th.
CLS Cancellation Policy

Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live transitional and non-transitional CLE program will provide in aggregate a maximum of six and a half (6.5) credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. CLE credit is awarded only for full attendance of the Morning Program and/or the Afternoon Program in their entirety; both the Morning Program and the Afternoon Program consist of two sessions each. Attorneys attending only part of a Program are not eligible for partial credit for it, although they are most welcome to attend it. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Symposium registers. Please note that there will be separate registers for the Morning Program and for the Afternoon Program, with sign-out and sign-in required for the Lunch Break. On sign-out, both in the morning and in the afternoon or otherwise on departure, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Symposium. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.

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