Ann’s intellectual property practice focuses on copyright and trademarks. She has represented clients in federal court as well as before the U.S. Copyright Office, the USPTO, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As an intellectual property attorney, Ann brings to bear a breadth of experience in a wide range of practice areas that few intellectual property attorneys can offer.
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Presupposing an understanding of basic copyright law, this course will explore how copyright has been used in recent years to protect a variety of interests not ordinarily viewed as “copyright interests.” The Patent and Copyright Clause in the U.S. Constitution (Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 8) gives Congress the power “[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Proceeding from its foundation in the Constitution, the time limited monopoly safeguarded by the copyright statutes has long been understood as a means of protecting a copyright owner’s economic interests and market exclusivity to promote creation of original works. But in recent years, copyright owners have asserted their copyrights to punish opponents, silence critics, erase facts, and shield privacy.
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Date: July 28, 2022
Ann Gleason | Summa PLLC
Ann’s intellectual property practice focuses on copyright and trademarks. She has represented clients in federal court as well as before the U.S. Copyright Office, the USPTO, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As an intellectual property attorney, Ann brings to bear a breadth of experience in a wide range of practice areas that few intellectual property attorneys can offer. Early in her career, Ann served as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Daniel A. Manion on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She spent many years in the courtroom prosecuting violent criminals as an Assistant District Attorney on the homicide team in Charlotte, North Carolina. In private practice, she represented clients in the healthcare industry and later the aviation industry before focusing her practice on intellectual property.
Ann has published articles on a variety of topics and, intermittently throughout her career, has worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and at Belmont Abbey College.
I. Commonly understood purpose of the Copyright Clause. | 2:00pm – 2:15pm
II. Using numerous recent cases and news stories, the presentation will reveal | 2:15pm – 2:30pm
III. How savvy copyright owners have begun to wield their copyrights in novel ways | 2:30pm – 2:45pm
IV. Dissecting the aspects of copyright law that make it an attractive weapon for plaintiffs and investigate the available defenses | 2:45pm – 3:00pm