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Three Software Copyright Topics

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00


Deadline to Register: March 9, 2014
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Oracle America v. Google: This case, on appeal to the Federal Circuit, addresses the important issue of whether/when software interfaces are protected by copyright. The district court order reviews core cases in software copyright, and the judge teaches the Java programming language!

Google Books: The Google Books project has attempted to create a searchable database of over 30 million books. The publishing industry and writers’ groups have accused Google of copyright infringement. The litigation has called into question the limits of authors’ rights and fair use.

Copyright Trolls: While much has been made recently of patent trolls, there has been relatively little discussion on "creative" litigation concerning other types of intellectual property. Dan will discuss several situations where copyright owners have been accused of acting as a copyright troll by acquiring ownership in copyrighted works primarily for the purpose of suing infringers. Are these companies pursuing legitimate business opportunities, or are they abusing the copyright system?

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the CLE at Noon.

James C. (Chris) Evans is a patent lawyer and a partner with Beck & Tysver. Chris is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University, where his research focused on supercomputer simulations of geophysical fluid dynamics processes. His patent practice includes computer hardware and software, energy and environmental, simulations and modeling, and consumer and business electronics.

Allen J. Oh is a registered patent attorney with Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP, where he focuses his practice on patent procurement for electronic and computer-related inventions.

Dan Tysver is a partner at Beck & Tysver, focusing primarily on the areas of computer hardware, software, and consumer electronics. He assists clients in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, as well as patent strategy, patent licensing, and the creation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions. Dan is a frequent lecturer and author on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Carleton College, and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE credit applied | Event Code: 188713

Remote Participation:
Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate that you will attend by teleconference when registering. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent via e-mail on March 10.

Cost (includes lunch):
CTLS Member:  FREE
MSBA Member (but not CTLS member): $15
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

Deadline to Register: March 9, 2014
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