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When: March 8th
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: University of Colorado Law School - Wolf Law 207
2450 Kittredge Loop Dr
Boulder, Colorado  80309
United States
Contact: David Rein

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Careers in Intellectual Property Beyond Patent Law



Panel discussion with law students about careers in intellectual property beyond patent law.


Shirin Chahal counsels on a variety of general business issues for both startups and established small businesses. She practices in the areas of businesses formation, organization, and operation, and helps companies identify areas of potential liability to mitigate risks in their day-to-day business transactions. Her practice also provides ongoing general support, including advisement in areas of contract drafting and negotiation, commercial leases and real estate transactions, regulatory law, data privacy, and intellectual property.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Shirin worked in the entertainment and technology industries, including a talent booking agency, a major record label in Southern California, and a regional data center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She continues to offer her services to artists, musicians, designers, authors and other creative entrepreneurs.  She currently serves as a Co-Chair to the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Shirin concentrated her studies at the University of Colorado Law School on technology, privacy, and the protection of artists, designers, and independent business owners. She studied intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademark, and patent law, as well as Internet, telecommunications and technology law. She served as Articles Editor for the Colorado Technology Law Journal, where her student note regarding privacy on social networks was selected for publication. Finally, as a legal Research Assistant, Shirin contributed to several published law review articles and course books on the law of business entities.

In addition to her commitment to her clients, Shirin devotes much of her free time to her community through volunteering, pro bono, and non-profit work. She serves as a volunteer attorney for Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) and Boulder County Legal Services  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) and the Advisory Board for the Nederland EcoPass Improvement District.


Dave Ratner. Following a career in the music and entertainment management businesses as a tour manager, publicist, band manager and founder of his own management agency, Dave Ratner now specializes in entertainment, intellectual property, and business law.

Building on his music industry experience, Dave is an expert at band formation and separation agreements, management and agency deals, recording and distribution contracts, and all forms of licensing. Outside the realm of music, Dave works with all members of the creative community including filmmakers and video production companies, graphic designers and web services providers, authors, publishers, photographers, fashion designers, and anyone else who considers their work an art form. His clients are not just traditional artists but include creative individuals and entities in a variety of industries. Dave’s practice concentrates on advising both creative and general business clients on all aspects of intellectual property and business law.

Dave Ratner’s intellectual property expertise focuses on copyrights and trademarks, from registration and prosecution, to in-licensing and out-licensing, as well as negotiation of coexistence agreements and co-creator agreements, assignments and transfers, and all infringement issues. His work with business and entrepreneurial clients includes counseling and guidance on entity formation and structuring, capitalization, asset protection and exploitation, independent contractor and employment agreements, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation, collections, dispute resolution, and complex negotiations.

Dave Ratner has been one of 5280's Top Lawyers for Entertainment Law since the magazine began publishing its list of top lawyers. He has also been named both Client's Best and Barrister's Best Entertainment Lawyer by Law Week Colorado. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Denver College of Law, where he was president of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, an executive board editor of the Denver University Law Review, and a published author in both the Denver University Law Review and the University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, co-chair of the Entertainment & Sports Section of the Colorado Bar Association, chair of the Advisory Committee of Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, and a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Denver Class.


Dave Rein provides creative solutions for mid-size and startup companies to acquire, maintain, monetize and protect their copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents with a focus on manufacturing technology, emerging technologies, architecture, visual arts, food processing, and the energy industry.

His practice includes trademark prosecution and maintenance of trademark registrations as well as ExParte and Inter Partes practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  It also includes filing and prosecuting copyright registration applications before the United States Copyright Office, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and DMCA takedown notices.

He has extensive experience in litigating intellectual property issues throughout the country in federal court and in arbitration.  Dave’s litigation background provides a critical foundation in drafting and negotiating licenses, joint venture agreements, manufacturing agreements, assignments and other contracts involving intellectual property rights as he has an appreciation of the problems that arise with contract disputes.

He also teaches intellectual property as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Dean Whipple in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

He is active in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section serving as the chair of the Copyright Committee, member of the Trademark Litigation committee, board member of both the Books Board and Membership Board and as the former Vice-chair of the Copyright Division.  Dave is admitted to practice in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.


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