Trademark Infringement on #SocialMedia

Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 11:45 - 1:00 Place: Bar Center, Third Floor, Room A

Address: 104 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303


The presentation will cover: (a) unique issues brand owners face in connection with social media; (b) social media sites reluctance to get involved in trademark disputes; (c) username squatting, as compared to cybersquatting; (d) trademark enforcement considerations that are unique to social media disputes; (e) use of social media posts/pages as evidence against defendants in infringement suits; (f) third party fair uses, including uses by fans, licensees, critics, unauthorized distributors, resellers, parodists, pranksters, and competitors; and (g) lessons that can be learned from copyright law with respect to contributory trademark infringement.  The presentation will include examples of the various topics from the media and from case law.  And in connection with the fair use discussion, the presentation will consider any parallels that can be drawn from cases involving domain name disputes from the 90s and 00s.

Once hour of CLE has been applied for, and lunch provided.

Derrick Stanley

Intellectual Property Law Section and ICLE

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