Jane Ginsburg on “From Humor to Eternity: The Reciprocal Relationship of Copyright & Trademark Law”

When: April 5, 2016 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT - This event has passed

Professor Jane Ginsburg will address:

  • How the US copyright fair use doctrine has allowed US federal judges in trademarks cases to connect with their inner comic impulses.
  • The conflict between trademark law’s potentially eternal duration and copyright’s constitutionally mandated limited times, particularly in the context of visual characters such as Mickey Mouse.
  • The refashioning of trademark symbols into copyrighted characters.

Lunch will be provided, courtesy of K&L Gates.

1.0 WA CLE Credit Provided


Jane GinsburgJane Ginsberg is the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University Law School. Her detailed biography:

B.A., Chicago, 1976; M.A., Chicago, 1977; J.D., Harvard, 1980; D.E.A., Université de Paris II, 1985 (Fulbright grantee); Doctor of Law, Université de Paris II, 1995. Editor and note editor, Harvard Law Review. Law clerk to Judge John J. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1980-81. Spent three years in private practice before teaching. Co-director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, 1999-present. With Professor Sam Ricketson, she is the co-author of INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS: THE BERNE CONVENTION AND BEYOND (Oxford University Press 2005). Other books include FOUNDATIONS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Foundation press 2004), with Professor Robert P. Merges, and INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STORIES (Foundation Press 2005), with Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss. With Professor Dreyfuss she is also a Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute project on INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PRINCIPLES GOVERNING JURISDICTION, CHOICE OF LAW AND JUDGMENTS IN TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTES. Other publications include three casebooks: Legal Methods: Cases and Materials (Revised 2d edition 2003); Cases and Materials on Copyright (with Gorman, 6th ed., 2001, and 2005 Supplement); and Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (with Litman and Kevlin, 3rd ed., 2001, and 2005 Supplement), as well as a variety of law review articles. Has taught French and U.S. copyright law at several French universities, and held the Goodhart Visiting Chair of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge, 2004-05. Serves on the editorial boards of several intellectual property journals in the United States and abroad. Principal areas of interest are in intellectual property, comparative law, private international law, and legal methods.

A list of her publications is available here.


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Our thanks go out to Kate Spelman of Lane Powell and Zahr Said of University of Washington for helping to make this event possible.


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CLE Credit Details

1.0 WA CLE Credit Provided

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