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More and more attorneys with business, family, estate, probate or general practices are encountering intellectual property issues.  Without a proper understanding of those issues and their solutions you run the risk of missing opportunities to provide your clients with the best and most comprehensive representation possible, as well as causing significant problems for your client and yourself.  Issues can run the gamut of trademark, trade secret, tradename, copyright, patent and even employment and separation issues.  This special program is designed to provide attorneys who do not routinely practice in the intellectual property arena basic knowledge on how to spot intellectual property issues and how to protect your clients’ business and intellectual property.  You’ll get authoritative and understandable guidance on the steps you need to take to make sure your clients are protected – even from themselves. 

As an added bonus, this program includes both an hour of ethics and an hour of mental health/substance abuse content.

If you represent individual entrepreneurs, inventors, writers or artists, franchise holders, employers, small or medium-sized business concerns, family businesses, estates, handle marital litigation where business assets are at issue, or anyone whose ideas may become a source of business or revenue, this is a program you shouldn’t miss!
This seminar is a basic to intermediate level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m.
 Creation of Intellectual Property
Daniel Schlue, Black Mccuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA Canton, Ohio
This overview will address a number of issues including: creation, enforceability, scope, and duration.

9:20 a.m.  Identifying an Invention
Nathaniel Quirk, Burr & Forman LLP
This overview of patent law will focus on the process of identifying an invention through obtaining an enforceable patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.                                   

9:40 a.m. Trademark Creation and Overview
Daniel Schlue, Black Mccuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA
A presentation on how trademarks are created, what a trademark must always be associated with, and the legal test for trademark infringement.

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.
 Fundamentals of Patent Claiming
Nathaniel Quirk, Burr & Forman LLP
This presentation will focus on the fundamentals of patent claims and the scope of protection offered by the claims of a patent.

10:35 a.m. Copyright Protection Basics
Daniel Schlue, Black Mccuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA
This overview will include an explanation of how copyrights are immediately created and why it is a good idea to register works with the U.S. Copyright Office

10:55 a.m. Obtaining an Enforceable Patent              
Nathaniel Quirk, Burr & Forman LLP

11:15 a.m.  Do’s and Don’ts for Inventions and Trade Secrets
Doug Lineberry, Burr & Forman LLP
This presentation will instruct attorneys how to counsel clients to avoid common and oft-times harmful actions that degrade intellectual property rights. We will discuss the need for utmost confidence until a strategic decision is made whether to file a patent or keep an invention a trade secret.

11:35 a.m. Intellectual Property Intersection with Employment Practices
Fred Manning, Fisher & Phillips LLP 
A presentation focused on the common intersections between intellectual property and employment/commercial law, including proper employee polices regarding trade secret and confidential information exposure, treatment of key employees, and effective and enforceable use of restrictive covenants. The presentation will also cover reasonable protections for trade secrets an employer should use to ensure protection of intellectual property.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m.
 Do’s and Don’ts for Trademarks and Copyrights
Doug Lineberry, Burr & Forman LLP
A discussion featuring common issues with trademark filings that result in wasted funds or the triggering of cease and desist actions. Further, we will discuss best practices for invention development and research and development processes.

1:45 p.m.  What’s Trending in the World of Ethics? 
D. Nichole Davis, SC Bar Risk Management Director
An overview of succession planning, conflicts of interest, communication, 2019 ethics advisory opinions, and rule changes.

2:45 p.m.  Take Good Care:  Lawyer Wellness as the Foundation of Professionalism
Beth Padgett, SC Bar Lawyers Helping Lawyers Co-Director

3:45 p.m.  Adjourn

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    SC Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    81 Mary Street Room M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    University Center - Greenville
    225 S. Pleasantburg Drive , Greenville, SC 29607