Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Ethics

Intellectual Property Law Forum 2021: Taking IP Law Back to the Future (Full 2-Day Registration)


**Registration has closed. Please email CLE@tnbar.org if you need assistance.**

A great inventor once said, “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Dr. Emmett Brown’s statement has never been truer. The past year’s pandemic has led to increasing reliance on technology for interactions with others. For attorneys, this has meant a transition to not just working from home but also to taking depositions and attending hearings over videoconference. For inventors and artists, this has meant newfound profitability in emerging technologies, from invention by artificial intelligence to auctioning artwork as non-fungible tokens. Over two separate days, April 15 and April 22, this live virtual program will examine the effects of this technological evolution by examining developments in the law of patentable subject matter, local patent rules and venue, ethical obligations in a virtual world, the IP of NFTs, the Trademark Modernization Act, and copyright protection for useful articles.


  • 12:45 p.m. CT: “Where’s Doc When You Need Him? Searching for a Delorean to Save Your Patent from Section 101” by Nathan North
  • 1:45 p.m. CT: “Great Scott!: Conflicting Local Patent Rules in the Wake of TC Heartland and How They Impact Patent Litigation Strategies” by Kevin Christopher
  • 2:45 p.m. CT: BREAK
  • 3 p.m. CT: “Counselor, You're Muted”: Maintaining Professionalism and Ethics in a Post-COVID Practice” by Dominic Rota and Mark Kilgore
  • Virtual Happy Hour: Immediately Following the Program


  • 12:45 p.m. CT: "Great Scott! Is your creative work too utilitarian for copyright protection?" by Professor Loren Mulraine 
  • 1:45 p.m. CT: “Well, Doc, we made it past 2020 - Trademark Update 2021” by Adelee Traylor and Brande Boyd
  • 2:45 p.m. CT: BREAK
  • 3 p.m. CT: “NFTs - Why would anyone pay $200,000 for a Non-Fungible Crypto Token for a video clip of LeBron James dunking a basketball?” by AJ Bahou
  • Virtual Happy Hour: Immediately Following the Program


In an effort to provide flexibility for attendees, the TBA is offering various registration options:


This virtual event will be live on Zoom. This program is intended for those who can watch it live. If you are unable to attend this live program, recordings of the sessions will be made available to purchase in the course catalog at a later date. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature. The email associated with your TBA CLE account will be the email that receives the link to join the Zoom Webinar. Since this is a live virtual program, it will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m. CT on both Thursday, April 15 and Thursday, April 22. 

Please Note: You must register for this event prior to 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, April 15 to receive the link to join the Zoom Webinar. If you need help registering late, please email CLE@tnbar.org

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