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Thursday, November 11 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Combustion, Exhaustion, and the Law: Intellectual Property and the Automobile

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Every car is a treasure trove of intellectual property.  Improvements on batteries and transmissions are the stuff of patents, and new logo designs and even ornamentation are protectable as trademarks.  Copyright long has offered protection for owner manuals and advertising, and increasingly it is the reliable protection for software operating systems as well as stored music files to entertain passengers.  Intellectual property law is crucial for the business enterprise of building a new car and bringing it to market.  The law can also shape some decisions that museums and collectors confront as they restore, document, and display their historic and modern artifacts.  This presentation will be an opportunity to deconstruct the automobile and identify how IP issues might create constraints and opportunity.  It will also follow the lifecycle of the car as it transitions into a museum piece – converting IP law from enforceable rights of ownership into beneficial rights of use.  For curators as well as collectors, this presentation can reveal the surprising scope of intellectual property and offer some practical guidance.

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Dr. Kenneth Crews

Gipson Hoffman & Pancione
Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international intellectual property consultant based in Los Angeles with the firm of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione. His work centers on copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property needs for diverse clients, including major... Read More →

Thursday November 11, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Revs Institute - Main

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