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The USF School of Law McCarthy Institute and
Microsoft Corporation Symposium:
Trademark Law and Its Challenges
Hosted by Time Warner Inc.

Phone: (415) 422-5406
Fax: (415) 422-5719

Registration for this symposium is now closed. If you are interested in registering to view the live online stream, please contact davisa@usfca.edu.

The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Microsoft Corporation are pleased to announce their third annual joint symposium, hosted this year by Time Warner Inc.  This symposium brings together brand owners, trademark attorneys, and public policymakers to face off on today’s most pressing issues in trademark law.  The conference will take place at the 10 on the Park facilities in Time Warner Center in New York City on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

The conference will feature a luncheon keynote address by J. Thomas McCarthy, author of the renowned multi-volume treatise on trademarks and unfair competition, and a closing keynote address titled “Building and Maintaining a Brand Franchise: The Magic behind Harry Potter” presented by Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment. 

Additionally, the conference will include panels on social networking, ICANN’s gTLD program, the Protect IP Bill from U.S. and European perspectives, as well as a panel on the roles and responsibilities of intermediaries and rights holders. The event will conclude with an on-site networking cocktail party. 

We look forward to seeing you in New York in February. 

Professor David Franklyn, Director of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and director of the USF School of Law LLM program in intellectual property and technology law
Russell Pangborn, Associate General Counsel for Trademarks, Microsoft Corp.
Fabricio Vayra, Assistant General Counsel, Time Warner Inc.

Symposium Sponsors

  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Drinker, Biddle & Reath
  • Fish & Richardson
  • The International Trademark Association
  • Perkins Coie
  • Shapiro Cohen
  • MarkMonitor 
  • Unitalen


10 on the Park at Time Warner Center
One Time Warner Center (58th St. entrance)
New York, NY, 10019


The Empire Hotel
Le Parker Meridien
Hudson Hotel
Sheraton New York
Jumeirah Essex House
The PlazaTrump International Hotel & Tower

MCLE Credit (6 Units)

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 6 credit hours. The USF School of Law is an approved provider of MCLE and certifies that these activities conform to the standards approved for educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education. CLE accreditation for New York State is pending. To request financial aid, attorney must make a request to the USF School of Law CLE Administration Anita Ayers, at (415) 422-5406 or email at aayers@usfca.edu.

Registration Fees

  • General Registration (onsite or online streaming)  - $145
All proceeds benefit the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law.