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Copyright and Trademark Basics for Consultants - Dinner Meeting

Being a successful consultant or small business owner requires a basic understanding of the law pertaining to copyright and trademark. You can lose important legal rights by failing to address these legal issues in your contract language with your clients, and it's critical to avoid infringing on the copyright and trademark rights of other business entities. Attorney Jonathan Sweet, a frequent speaker to PATCA on contracts issues, returns to cover the following topics:


  • Matters Protected
  • Originality Requirement
  • Protection of Expression Rather than Ideas
  • Elements for Infringement
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Defenses


  • Basis for trademark protection
  • Trademark dilution
  • Federal trademark infringement
  • Likelihood of confusion
  • Secondary meaning doctrine
  • Abandonment of a trademark
  • "In commerce" analysis
  • Federal unfair competition
  • Common-law unfair competition
  • State statutory grounds
  • Fair Use defense
  • Other defenses

Bring your ideas and questions to enhance the value of the presentation. Jonathan will survey the attendees to focus on the above topics that are most pertinent to them. We look forward to your participation.


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REGISTRATION: Late registration and walk-Ins welcome.

COSTS: $20 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, $25 Guests of Members, and $25 for First-Time Attendees

MENU: pasta with meat sauce/chicken parmigiana or pasta with marinara sauce/eggplant parmigiana. Both options will include bread, salad, beverage, and dessert.

As menu is catered, we will try to accomodate as much as possible your meal preference for late registration and walk-ins.


Speaker Bio

Jonathan J. Sweet, represents business clients on litigation and transactional matters. He is the author of two books on the subjects of contracts and avoiding litigation, and he has taught law courses at the Lincoln Law School of San Jose, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of San Francisco (USF). He is also available to act as a mediator, arbitrator to resolve disputes.



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