September 7th, 2008 by Benjamin Duranske
The SL Bar Association is offering a free California CLE seminar in Second Life Tuesday, September 9 at 12:00 Noon, Pacific, at the Association’s in-world headquarters (SLURL). The seminar will focus on trademarks, and will be presented by SLBA President-Elect Stephen Wu (SL’s ‘Legal Writer’).
From the seminar description:
Three-dimensional virtual worlds such as Second Life are already being used for both business and pleasure, and their use in business, communications and e-commerce is projected to grow. Virtual worlds often provide users tools to create and market their own “in-world” content. Trademark infringement is rampant in Second Life. Mr. Wu will discuss the risks posed to trademark owners by widespread infringement, and how a failure to police their marks may cause them to lose their valuable trademark rights. He will also discuss the issues raised by trademark use and infringement in virtual worlds generally, including issues applicable to clients faced with infringement of their own trademarks and to those accused of infringing the trademarks of others.
About the presenter:
Stephen Wu is a partner in the Silicon Valley law firm Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP, and is Secretary of the American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law. He advises clients concerning e-discovery, electronic records retention, digital evidence, and legal matters relating to information security, privacy, and ecommerce. His litigation practice also includes trademark infringement, other intellectual property, and general commercial litigation matters.
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