Intellectual Property Mini Conference ’17

Session 1:

Welcome Remarks
Saturday, 11/04/17
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Copyright Law for Artists, Writers, Musicians, & Performers: Lecturers provide a detailed explanation of the parameters of Copyright law, including the rights of a copyright, length of protection, types of copyrightable works, and infringement.
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Presenters:
Shaunette Stokes, Managing Partner, Stokes Law Group
Edward L. Timberlake Jr., Trademark and Copyright Lawyer, Forrest Firm, P.C.
Moderator:
Marcus Shields, Assistant Public Defender, State of North Carolina

Cryptocurrency and CybersecurityLecturers discuss topical issues in online security for web-based transactions, identify current issues in cryptocurrency, and the legal based implications of utilizing cryptocurrency in online business transactions.
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Presenters:
Matthew Cordell, Senior Information Technology Legal Counsel, VF Corporation
Katherine Bosken, Deputy Commissioner of Banks for Legal Affairs, North Carolina Office of Commissioner of Banks
Padowithz Alce, Senior Associate/Patent Attorney, Schox Patent Group
Moderator:
De’Von L. Carter, Founder, CarTek Consulting, LLC

Inventorship & Patent Requirements for Science & Technology: Lecturers discuss requirements for obtaining a patent on inventions involving science and technology and the changes to the patent laws under the American Invents Act.
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Presenters:
Mimi Afshar, Clinical Professor of Patents and Director of IP Clinics, North Carolina Central University School Law
Keith D. Hutchinson, Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer
Moderator:
Philip L. Weinstein, Associate Patent Attorney, Myers Bigel, P.A

Trademarks & Branding for Business Owners: Lecturers discuss the federal and state requirements for obtaining a trademark and how trademarks laws support business branding and provide commercial advantages.
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Presenters:
Vedia Jones-Richardson, Principal, Olive and Olive, P.A.
Adrienne L. Meddock, Assistant Dean for the Evening Program and Professor of Law, NCCU School of Law
Angela L. Wilson, Senior Trademark Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
Moderator:
Malik Edwards, Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School Law

Session 2:

Start-ups in the Trenches: Funding & Commercializing Your BusinessLecturers will offer practical business and legal tips for obtaining funding start-ups. Lecturers will also discuss the legal implications of raising venture capital and investment funds for start-ups.
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Presenters:
Dr. Undi Hoffler, Director, Research Compliance & Technology Transfer, North Carolina Central University
La-Tasha L. Best-Gaddy, University Program Specialist/Small Business and Technology Development Center Business Counselor, North Carolina Central University
Kathryn James, Program Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Monetizing Your Copyright: Music & Art Licensing: The lecturers discuss the legal options and their experiences licensing music and art works.
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Presenters:
Vedia Jones-Richardson, Principal, Olive and Olive, P.A. , Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Dr. Cicely Mitchell, President & Co-Founder, Art of Cool Project
Moderator:
Chanel Patrick, Compliance Specialist, American CyberSystems Grouup

Patents, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The lecturers describe and identify steps to taking an invention from a concept to market and and the possible roadblocks new inventors may face.
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Presenters:
Dr. Hortense Dodo, Scientist, Inventor, and President & CEO, IngateyGen, LLC.
Deirdre Beasley, Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Dr. Jalaal Hayes, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research Chemist and Educator, Delaware State University
Robert Wilson, Financial Advisor, Wilson Insight
Moderator:
Todd J. Clark, Professor of Law, NCCU School of Law

Variety Entertainment Performance
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Choir Medley
Prof. Lenora Helm Hammonds, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

“Guns of Ava” Monologue
Prof. Brenda Womble, NCCU Theatre Students

“Black Lives”
Dr. Stephanie Asabi, NCCU Theatre Students

“Chasing the Light”
Prof. Kristi Johnson, NCCU Dance Students

“Fashion is Evolutionary Art”
Dr. Darlene Eberhardt-Burke, NCCU Apparel & Textiles Students

“Jazz + Copyright”
Prof. Robert Trowers, NCCU Jazz Combo

Closing Remarks
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