IP Year in Review – 2022: Critical Copyright, Patent and Trademark Cases, Issues and Legislation [Webinar]

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2022 was an interesting year for IP – and you definitely want to make sure you are on top of all of the latest cases!

Join us for this webinar as four experienced IP professionals review highlights of the past year in Trademark, Copyright, and Patent law.

Presentations will focus on key case holdings as well as administrative and legislative developments, and a heads-up on still-pending cases to watch during the months ahead.

Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live. The recorded package, available in audio or video format and including seminar materials, will be available approximately two to three weeks after the live program ends.


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Thursday, January 26, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
(Including Break)

The cases/agenda below will be updated at the end of 2022. This list is as of Sept, 2022 and may change if there are any new developments/cases.

10:00 – 11:05 PST
12:00 – 1:05 CST
1:00 – 2:05 EST
Trademark Cases

  • New Challenges to Trademark Territoriality
  • Genericness Redefined
  • Implementing the Trademark Modernization Act
  • Upheaval in Trademark Office Filing Requirements and Procedures
  • Personal Names in Trademark and Right of publicity Cases
  • Failure to Function – College Names on clothing merely ornamental?
  • Ability to Function – THE is a protectable mark
  • Trade Dress Cases and Functionality
  • The First Amendment: What Is an Expressive Work?
  • Undecided Issues – Laches
  • New Risks – Willful Blindness in Infringement Demands; Forum Selection Clauses

11:05 – 11:15 PST
12:05 – 12:15 CST
2:05 – 2:15 EST

11:15 – 12:20 PST
1:15 – 2:20 CST
2:15 – 3:20 EST
Copyright Cases

  • Fair Use & Transformativeness: Warhol Found. v. Goldsmith
  • Registration Errors As Basis for Challenging Registration?: Unicolors v. H&M
  • Substantial Similarity Music Suits: “Dark Horse,” “Shake it Off,” etc.
  • Section 203 Copyright Termination Developments (Peretti v. Authentic Brands and more)
  • Image embedding cases and the state of the server test
  • Copyrightability of AI-created works
  • Metaverse and blockchain issues
  • Preemption: ML Genius Holdings, LLC v. Google LLC et al.
  • Copyright Claims Board begins hearing cases

12:20 – 12:25 PST
2:20 – 2:25 CST
3:20 – 3:25 EST

12:25 – 1:30 PST
2:25 – 3:30 CST
3:25 – 4:30 EST
Patent Cases
Notable patent cases from 2022:

  • Your expert witness better at least be a person having ordinary skill in the art
  • Estoppel expanded for Patent Trial and Appeal Board matters
  • Impact of contract forum-selection clauses on inter partes review
  • Induced infringement analysis restated by the Federal Circuit
  • Enablement on steroids after American Axle
  • Errors in prior art can sometimes be disregarded or corrected
  • Artificial intelligence and inventorship
  • Update on the recapture rule for claim amendments
  • Precedential opinions that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued in 2022




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January 26, 2023

10:00 – 1:30 PST
12:00 – 3:30 CST
1:00 – 4:30 EST

There will be two short breaks during the program.


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Nathaniel L. Bach, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

 A Los Angeles-based Manatt Entertainment partner, Nathaniel Bach maintains a national litigation and counseling practice that includes representing prominent clients in the media, entertainment and technology industries, including film and television studios and networks, record companies, musicians, music publishers, and journalists.

Nat’s broad practice spans contractual, intellectual property, First Amendment, fashion, brand-protection, telecommunications, class action, and cutting-edge metaverse, cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. He has represented clients in the financial industry in global regulatory and governmental investigations, and has played key roles in various other high-profile transactions and disputes.

Nat maintains an active pro bono practice. He successfully represented Dreamers to obtain a first-in-the-nation injunction blocking the Trump administration’s unlawful revocation of the DACA program. Nat also represented one of the first Dreamers unlawfully targeted by the Trump administration, obtaining (after arguing) an unprecedented preliminary injunction that barred ICE and USCIS from falsely calling his client a gang member. He has partnered with diverse legal services organizations including the ACLU of Southern California, Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek, Lawyers Without Borders and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Robert C. Cumbow, Esq.
Miller Nash LLP

Bob Cumbow counsels domestic and international businesses and entrepreneurs on intellectual property registration, agreements, licensing, due diligence, and protection for advertising, publishing, and internet issues. His practice includes matters relating to trademark search, clearance, prosecution, and policing; copyright and publicity right clearance; licenses, assignments, contracts, releases, and publishing agreements; alcoholic beverage branding, labeling and advertising; communications and media law; intellectual property dispute resolution; domain name disputes; advertising compliance; and promotional contests and sweepstakes.

His clients have included wineries, breweries, and distilleries; beverage and specialty food companies; telecommunication and wireless companies; news and entertainment media; computer hardware and software companies; video and board game developers; cannabis and cannabis-related businesses; advertising agencies; a major league baseball team; an international evangelist; artists, arts organizations, independent film makers, playwrights, authors, and musicians; and major international retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of books, appliances, clothing, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Bob has been a revered adjunct law professor for more than 20 years, teaching the foundations of IP law and sharing the passion for popular culture, language, and history that informs his practice, fuels his appreciation for client’s brands and creations, and enhances his ability to help clients protect their businesses.

Sarah E. Moses, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Sarah Moses is counsel in the Firm’s industry-leading Manatt Entertainment group and focuses her practice on a variety of complex litigation and commercial disputes. Her representative matters within the broader entertainment sector have included guiding a major talent agency in an antitrust action, representing a grunge band in a copyright and trademark dispute with a fashion designer, and counseling a sports agency in contract disputes with professional athletes.

A significant portion of Sarah’s practice is dedicated to white collar criminal defense work, representing high-net-worth individuals, politicians and companies in government investigations and prosecutions, and guiding companies through internal investigations. Her representative matters have included defending medical providers against health care fraud claims under the False Claims Act, representing employees in government investigations and administrative proceedings brought against an international banking institution, and defending politicians against public corruption charges.

Sarah has extensive hands-on experience researching and writing dispositive and other substantive motions in state and federal courts, and she works closely with clients to develop and manage case strategies. Sarah regularly serves as the primary advisor to clients on their most sensitive business matters.Her pro bono experience has included spearheading the representation of a transgender inmate in Arizona state prison, including a briefing and oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Sarah began her legal career as a judicial extern to the Honorable David J. Cowan, Los Angeles Superior Court.


Sean D. O Brien, Esq.
Miller Nash LLP

Sean O’Brien assists clients with obtaining, maintaining, and enforcing patent and trademark rights in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises and represents clients in opposition and cancelation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) as well as for post grant review and inter partes review patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In addition, Sean negotiates intellectual property agreements, including licenses, and he resolves patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes outside of litigation. Sean also asserts and defends intellectual property infringement matters through litigation. Before becoming a lawyer, Sean worked as a mechanical design engineer and project engineer at an aerospace company, where he designed, tested, and resolved manufacturing problems for antiskid brake control valves. He also worked in the automotive industry with door seal and wiring harness technologies, which included his first professional exposure to patent law. Sean’s undergraduate degree is in engineering, with a focus on fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Drawing on his prior broad experience, he aims to meet his client’s intellectual property goals in a candid, adept manner. Sean leads the firm’s intellectual property practice as well as its renewable energy team. 


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