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Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands: Separating the Useful and the Aesthetic for Copyright Protection
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The CSUSA Philadelphia Chapter is pleased to cosponsor this event of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Program 4:30pm-6:00pm, Reception 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Silverman 147
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
United States

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The Supreme Court will soon decide a case on an important copyright issue that has divided lower courts for the last several years: when and how the aesthetic features of a useful article become eligible for copyright protection. In Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, the question is centered around designs that are part of uniforms for cheerleaders, but the potential impact of this case will certainly be felt far more widely, as the Court attempts to resolve a complicated doctrinal issue for the future. Please join us for an in-depth panel discussion of this important case led by some of the country’s leading copyright scholars.



Shyam Balganesh
Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Jane Ginsburg
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia Law School

Peter Menell
Koret Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law

David Nimmer
Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP; Professor from Practice, UCLA School of Law

Jeffrey Vagle (Moderator)

Lecturer in Law and Executive Director, CTIC, University of Pennsylvania Law School


Public Interest/Nonprofit Attorneys Seeking CLE $30.00
Other Attorneys Seeking CLE $60.00
No CLE Credit FREE


This program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

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