IP Protection and Limitations for Fictional Characters: Trademark, Copyright, and Contract Rights
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide IP counsel on the legal protections available for fictional characters. The panel will discuss strategies for using copyright, trademark rights, and contract provisions to build equity in fictional characters. They will also discuss limitations on exclusive use and will offer best practices for protecting fictional characters.
- Fictional characters and the law
- Copyright protection for fictional characters
- Trademark protection for fictional characters
- Limitations for protection of fictional characters, such a fair use, First Amendment, and public domain
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What aspects of a fictional character are protected by copyright, and what can be protected with trademark law?
- How should the work of independent contractors be managed to result in protection for the character's owner?
- What limitations are there in protecting fictional characters under copyright law? Under trademark law?
- What best practices should counsel follow in advising clients about their exclusive rights and their ability to protect their creations of fictional characters?
Christina D. Frangiosa
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
Ms. Frangiosa counsels clients across various industries about IP and technology law. Her combined litigation and... | Read More
Ms. Frangiosa counsels clients across various industries about IP and technology law. Her combined litigation and transactional practice concentrates on copyright and trademark advisory services, counterfeiting, infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secrets, licensing, and policy development. Ms. Frangiosa’s experience ranges from educating clients about protecting their copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights, to negotiating agreements to protect these rights, and finally, to litigating and resolving their enforcement claims or defending against claims filed by others. She has appeared in state and federal courts on behalf of her clients and represents them in trademark applications filed with the USPTO and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB. Her clients have included advertising companies, authors, computer software developers, consulting firms, educational organizations, entertainment companies and personalities, and manufacturers, among others.Close
Amanda E. Schreyer
An experienced transactional lawyer, Ms. Schreyer focuses her practice on licensing and technology; intellectual... | Read More
An experienced transactional lawyer, Ms. Schreyer focuses her practice on licensing and technology; intellectual property; and privacy and data security. She represents a broad range of media, marketing and e-commerce clients, including media conglomerates and digital publishers; advertising and marketing agencies; video game and software developers; and authors, filmmakers, and creative entrepreneurs, in connection with a variety of transactional matters. Ms. Schreyer serves as an adjunct professor of Trademark Law at Suffolk University Law School, has been a guest lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law and at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and is a frequent speaker on social media, IP and data privacy at conferences around the country.Close