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Third Annual Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property


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WASHINGTON, DC - PROFESSOR J. THOMAS MCCARTHY, author of the leading treatise on trademark law, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, will present the Third Annual Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law Thursday October 25, 2007, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW room 603. A reception will be held at 5pm; the lecture begins at 6pm.
The lecture, sponsored by WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, will discuss “Using Other People’s Trademarks.” Ordinary people, as well as businesses and entrepreneurs, use other people’s trademarks all the time – legally. But perceptions are skewed by continual emphasis on the power of intellectual property rights owners to exclude, rather than on people’s rights to use another’s trademarks. But clients ask lawyers every day: “Can I use this mark in this way?” Professor McCarthy will discuss the various ways that those other than the trademark owner can make proper and legal use of another’s marks. This involves looking at categories like non-confusing uses, fair uses and uses which do not dilute a famous mark.
The lecture is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/finneganlecture.cfm or email iplecture@wcl.american.edu. The lecture will be webcast live and on demand at Webcast: www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/webcast.cfm.




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