AWC-SB It’s Mine! Right?? Attorneys Mike Velthoen Jim McDermott Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP intellectual property

March 6: It’s Mine! Right??? A Presentation About Intellectual Property

Communicators find protecting their intellectual property in a digitized world a challenge.

To shed light on these trials AWC-SB will sponsor a presentation It’s Mine! Right??  Attorneys Mike Velthoen and Jim McDermott of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP will discuss the intellectual property issues of copyrights and trademarks and how to protect your work from getting stolen.

Wednesday, March 6 , 5:30- 7:30
Antioch University Santa Barbara, Community Hall, 602 Anacapa Street
Free to AWC Member, $20 for Nonmembers

The presentation will cover:

  • What is a copyright?
  • What works are copyrightable?
  • If I make something for “Big Company,” who owns it?
  • Who really owns your website?
  • What are trade secrets, and why do they matter?
  • How do trademarks work? How do I protect them?
  • How does copyright work with social media (reposting blogs on Facebook or Tweeting)?

Michael A. Velthoen is the managing partner of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP. He maintains a diverse practice in all aspects of business litigation, with an emphasis on trade secret disputes, intellectual property and employment law. Among is accomplishments Michael helped resolve a complicated copyright/partnership claim on behalf of the developer of a popular computer software program. The Pacific Coast Business Times recently named him as a leading business attorney in the Tri-County region.

James Q. McDermott is an AV-rated attorney whose practice is primarily devoted to civil litigation with an emphasis on employment and business disputes. Jim received his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1997. As a law student, he served as an extern to the Honorable Spencer Williams in the Federal District Court in San Jose where he conducted research relating to an encryption software patent dispute. Jim has extensive experience with the American Arbitration Association involving employment and commercial arbitrations.

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