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Friday, May 19 • 9:00am - 9:45am
5 Things Every Artist (and All Entrepreneurs) Should Know About The Law

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Whether it's the rounded corners of a smartphone, the color of a pill, or the marketing materials supporting such products, everything in today’s economy must appeal to consumers’ senses, which means that artistic content is playing an ever larger role in business. Unfortunately, many businesses are still operating on the original, outdated and dangerous file-sharing model, which assumes that everything on the Internet is free game, or the “I-hired-you-to-do-this-for-me” model, which assumes that the work of an independent contractor belongs to the hiring company.

If these scenarios sound familiar, this presentation is for you. Both artists and entrepreneurs will learn 5 tips for working within the law to add value to their businesses while avoiding distracting pitfalls. We’ll discuss the benefits of forming a business entity, how ownership of creative works is determined, types of intellectual property protection (trademarks, design patents, copyrights), online/digital rights, best practices for ensuring compliance with licensing terms, and how to address infringement.

We’ve packed a lot of information in this presentation, so drink a little extra caffeine and come with questions.

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Shireen Marshall

Patent Attorney, Elevated IP, LLC
Shireen Marshall, Ph.D. is the founder of Elevated IP, LLC, where she counsels a wide range of clients with respect to Intellectual Property law matters relating to patent, trademark and copyright issues. Shireen helps clients evaluate IP ownership opportunities, procure domestic... Read More →
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Dave Rein

Of Counsel, Erickson Kernell IP
Dave Rein provides creative solutions for mid-size and startup companies to acquire, maintain, monetize and protect their copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents with a focus on manufacturing technology, emerging technologies, architecture, visual arts, food processing... Read More →
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Jennifer Spencer

Artist and Entrepreneur, Jennifer Spencer Art
I create modern paintings that enliven the homes of interesting people & hearten contemporary commercial spaces.  Originals & prints are available for sale & licensing. Moved forward by an insatiable curiosity of life & learning, I've explored song writing, invented and patented... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am MDT