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Legal Updates: All You Need to Know about IP, Trademark, Copyrights, and Prop 65

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| $30

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Join us to discuss the importance of proactively securing trademarks and copyrights for your business, learn all about Proposition 65, and get all your questions answered!

Many companies, especially new ones, find themselves reacting only after discovering that another business was first to use their trademark, or after finding out that the photographer they hired actually owns the photos’ copyright. Ms. Kearns discusses how to get on top of protecting a business’s most important assets – intellectual property.

Ms. Kearns will also give an overview on California’s Proposition 65. That law requires businesses selling products in California to warn consumers if their products contain a certain amount of any of 900 listed chemicals. Many businesses are simply unaware of this law, or mistakenly believe they are exempt, and find themselves on the other side of an expensive lawsuit. Ms. Kearns discusses what businesses need to know about this law.

We will cover key considerations including:

• What trademarks and copyrights protect
• Trademarks versus copyrights
• Trademark and copyrights clearance, registration and enforcement
• Copyright ownership and works made for hire
• DMCA take down notices
• Proposition 65 requirements, compliance and exemptions
• Proposition 65 product audit

About our Presenter:

Anne Kearns, Esq. has over 20 years of legal experience focusing on intellectual property and commercial litigation and consulting. She has represented companies ranging from start-ups, to fashion retailers, to multi-national companies. She helps businesses grow and protect their brand with copyright and trademark protection, consults on e-commerce legal compliance, and drafts and negotiates all types of commercial contracts. Ms. Kearns also has significant experience with California’s Proposition 65 – the law that requires businesses to warn about chemicals in their products.

Ms. Kearns also has business experience. In 2015, she started her own online women’s clothing brand. It required many hats, including obtaining a manufacturing license, sourcing raw materials, hiring pattern makers, models, and photographers, creating a website, and engaging in social media marketing.

Anne Kearns combines her 20-plus years of lawyering and start-up experience to help entrepreneurs and established businesses protect their intellectual property and grow their business.



March 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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