Intellectual Property

NAMM members have the unique opportunity to connect with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at both the NAMM Show and Summer NAMM and to learn ways to protect intellectual property (IP),  including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, domestically and abroad, particularly in China. The USPTO has been a strong supporter of NAMM for many years, hosting the USPTO Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) Booth at the NAMM Show, making presentations on IP "hot topics" and handling calls from NAMM members on its STOP Hotline, 1-866-999-HALT.  USPTO also supports NAMM members on specific IP preparation for trade shows in China and Russia.  Global Acting Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) Acting Director Susan Anthony leads the USPTO initiative with NAMM and has nearly 30 years’ experience and expertise in almost all facets of intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information please visit USPTO.

USPTO also hosts NAMM members at an annual IP Academy designed to support music products business leaders in understanding intellectual property issues and strategies for protecting IP globally.  The NAMM IP Academy takes place in Alexandria, Virginia during the spring. Please check back later in the year for more details or email Eric Ebel.

  • Intellectual Property (IP) Roundtables at The 2018 NAMM Show

    Policy Roundtable: Intelelctual Property (IP) Scenario
    Friday, January 26, 2018
    10 - 11 am
    Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Hall B Lobby

    Richard  Cole, deputy director of the International Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Susan Anthony, attorney-advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Join this small group discussion about the intellectual property protection process based on real-world IP scenarios; mock IP patent and trademark review featured. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

    Policy Roundtable: Mediating Intellectual Property (IP) Disputes and Mock Mediation Demo
    Friday, January 26, 2018
    11 - 12 pm
    Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Hall B Lobby

    Richard  Cole, deputy director of the International Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Susan Anthony, attorney-advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Small group discussion and mock mediation of a trademark dispute provides a hands-on experience of how mediation may be used to resolve IP disputes, save time and money, and maintain good business relationships. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

    Policy Roundtable: Global Intellectual Property (IP) Protection
    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    12 - 1 pm
    Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Hall B Lobby

    Richard  Cole, deputy director of the International Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Susan Anthony, attorney-advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Join this small group discussion on global intellectual property protection strategies covering patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright outside of the U.S.; bring your IP questions for real world answers. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

  • Listen to Audio Recordings of NAMM’s Issues and Advocacy Events at The 2017 NAMM Show

    NAMM presented unique learning opportunities during The 2017 NAMM Show. “Only at The NAMM Show” sessions presented information on issues that impact your business and celebrate and promote music education and music making opportunities for all people.

    Audio recordings are now available for the following issues and advocacy events: SupportMusic’s Coalition on Coalition Boot Camp and Forum; and Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance Roundtables. You can find links to session audio recordings, below.

    Music Education Advocacy

    SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions Boot Camp

    The NAMM Foundation partnered with Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Music Makes Us Nashville to inform and connect NAMM member advocate leaders with arts advocacy organizations in their states. 

    • State Level Advocacy: What’s Happening and What’s Next. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio recording.
    • ESSA Update. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording. Audio Recording.
    • Advocacy at the Grassroots. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.

    SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions Forum

    This interactive, strategic workshop provided tools, resources and best practice ideas for growing music education opportunities in attendees’ states. Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director, The NAMM Foundation. Facilitators: Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts (AFTA); Lynn Tuttle, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, National Association for Music Education (NAfME). 

    • AFTA Resources and How to Advance Arts-friendly Policies in Education. Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Audio Recording.
    • Federal Education Policy and ESSA. Lynn Tuttle, NAfME. Audio Recording.
    • Policy Work at the Local Level. Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us Nashville. Audio Recording.
    • Arts Education Partnership: Tools and Resources . Jane Best, Arts Education Partnership. Audio Recording.

     

    Regulatory Compliance

    Policy Forum, Import/Export, CITES Regulations: Audio Recording

    Policy forum with special focus on recent CITES regulations of all species of rosewood implemented Jan. 2, 2017.  Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Director of NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations. Panelists: Jim Goldberg, Goldberg, Goldberg Associates; Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras. 

    Policy Roundtable, Import/Export, CITES Compliance Q&A: Audio Recording

    Jim Goldberg of Goldberg and Associates, League of American Orchestras vice president of advocacy Heather Noonan and Taylor Guitars legal counsel Ethna Piazza address NAMM member questions about CITES compliance and explain significant changes to international trade in instruments containing all species of rosewood.

     

    Intellectual Property

    Policy Roundtable, The IP Protection Process in the U.S.: Audio Recording

    Filing for domestic and international property protection can be expensive. This session explains how to take timely action to protect your intellectual property rights and develop an overall intellectual property protection strategy that is appropriate for your business. Facilitated by Susan Anthony, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney and Richard Cole, USPTO representative.

    Policy Roundtable, “Lawsuit Guitars” Fact vs. Myth: Audio Recording

    This session separated fact from fiction, and explored legal issues associated with high-quality copies of guitars, known as “lawsuit guitars.” Facilitator: Ron Bienstock, intellectual property attorney and partner Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. 

    Policy Roundtable, Intellectual Property Scenario: Audio Recording

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney Susan Anthony and USPTO representative Richard Cole facilitated a small group discussion with NAMM members about the intellectual property protection process by walking through real-world IP scenarios.

    Policy Roundtable, Global Intellectual Property Protection: Audio Recording

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney Susan Anthony and USPTO representative Richard Cole facilitated a small group discussion about IP protection, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright outside of the U.S. NAMM members learned to develop a global intellectual property protection strategy and discovered cost-effective ways to file for protection of patents and trademarks.

    Policy Roundtable, Intellectual Property, Music Publishing 101: Audio Recording

    This facilitated discussion covered basic copyright and income-stream issues for songwriters and musicians. Facilitator: Ron Bienstock, intellectual property attorney and partner Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC.

    Policy Roundtable, Intellectual Property, Mediating IP Disputes and Mock Mediation Demo: Audio Recording

    Presented in the form of a mock mediation of a trademark dispute, this entertaining session provided attendees with a deeper understanding of how mediation may be used to resolve disputes, save time and money, and maintain good business relationships. Facilitators: Susan Anthony, Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Richard Cole, Representative, USPTO; Tom Barton and James Cooper, Professors at the California Western School of Law; Ron Bienstock, Intellectual Property Attorney, Scarinci Hollenbeck; and Gerald Ishibashi, CEO of Stonebridge Productions.

    Policy Roundtable, Using Intellectual Property Tools to Brand a Music City: Audio Recording

    This session explored ways the music industry can work to create a “City Brand.” Presenters shared innovative examples from well-known music cities will highlight how to use intellectual property tools to brand your city as the next “Nashville!, Austin, or New York City! ” Facilitators: Dimiter Gantchev, Acting Director, Creative Industries Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); David Stopps, Representative, WIPO; and Jocelyn Kane, Executive Director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission.

    Policy Roundtable, Intellectual Property, Making a Living Through Streaming: Audio Recording

    Acting director of the Creative Industries Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dimiter Gantchev and WIPO representative David Stopps discussed ways artists can make money through streaming services, with focus on how a copyright-based income can be advantageous. Topics included division of revenue, performer equitable remuneration, the value of digital deals, digital transparency, and copyright data.

  • NAMM Members Share the Benefits of Attending Intellectual Property Forums

    Protecting and managing intellectual property (IP) can be confusing, and as a result many business owners have no idea where to start.  NAMM addresses this problem head-on by giving NAMM Members access to experts from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) who specialize in trademark, patent, and copyright protection.  

    At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, IP experts Susan Anthony and Richard Cole from the USPTO and Alan Datri consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization,  participated in a panel discussion moderated by NAMM Executive Director Mary Luehrsen.  Topics included the importance of securing global IP protection. USPTO Deputy Director of International Patent Legal Administration Richard Cole advised NAMM members to, “Understand that IP protection is territorial. If you have a U.S. patent you're covered. If you cross the ocean, you're not covered.” Cole continued, “Think early and act globally.”  

    The panel acknowledged that knowing where to start with the IP protection process can be overwhelming, which led USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy Director Susan Anthony to suggest NAMM members, “Take a needs analysis” first.” Then, “Map it out and have a battle plan.” Anthony warned, “It’s a war out there.”  

    Earlier during the forum, NAMM Members shared reports from the Third Annual NAMM IP Academy held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA in April 2015. "You'll learn to do a patent search. All the tools are there [at the academy]. Now I know what to ask... and can strategize,” said Connie Reeves, of Taff Optical. NAMM Board Member and Co-founder of Cannonball Musical Instruments Sheryl Laukat nodded in agreement and affirmed the lasting benefits of attending the IP Academy as well as IP Forums and Roundtables.

    Jon Miller of Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C. added that he benefitted from sessions on trademarking around the world, as well as discussions on patents. He urged IP Forum attendees to save the date for the next IP Academy, reminding them that this is a free benefit offered to NAMM Members. He urged everyone to remember that, “design patents are protective tools.”

    For more information on upcoming IP-related events, contact Eric Ebel.

  • Third Annual NAMM-USPTO IP Academy

    NAMM Members have the opportunity to participate in a free, two-day Intellectual Property (IP) Academy April 8 & 9, 2015, at the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia.  The program is designed by GIPA Acting Director Susan Anthony  to help attendees identify and protect IP, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, domestically and abroad. 

    Susan Anthony has 30 years of experience in intellectual property protection and enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, and speakers will include intellectual property experts from the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as guest speakers from the private sector.    

    Due to requests from NAMM Members, a second day has been added to the 2015 NAMM-USPTO IP Academy.

    NAMM Members will have the unparalleled opportunity to shape the program agenda to meet their needs and will be asked to send in their questions and concerns about IP to clairek@namm.org.  Academy attorneys will answer these questions at the event and also will use them in developing additional materials to assist NAMM Members in protecting their IP. 

    Third Annual NAMM-USPTO IP Academy
    at USPTO Headquarters
    April 8 &9, 2015

     

  • NAMM Members Gathering at Issues Forum During NAMM Show-Tap Into Issues Updates and Resources Provided at Links Below

    Intellectual Property (IP) Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show

    Music product creators, innovators, fabricators, business owners and managers concerned about securing and protecting intellectual property vital to business attended the Intellectual Property  (IP) Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show. Download and listen to the session.

    The panel was moderated by Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM. Panelists included USPTO staff:

    Jonathan Miller, Greenblum & Bernstein, PLLC

    Susan Anthony, Attorney-Advisor, US Patent and Trademark Office

    Ronald Bienstock, Bienstock & Michael, P.C.

    Affordable Healthcare Town Hall @ The 2014 NAMM Show

    Participants who anticipate changes in employer health insurance requirements and options as they impact small to moderate sized businesses under the federal Affordable Care Act, attended the Affordable Healthcare Town Hall @ The 2014 NAMM Show.  Download and listen to the session.

    The panel was hosted by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations, and moderated by Jim Goldberg, Founder of Goldberg Associates.  Speaker present:

    Neil Trautwein, Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel at the National Retail Federation

    RMM Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show

    Those seeking inspiration to connect with their communities and transform their businesses to be hubs for all to make music, attended the RMM Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show.  Download and listen to the session.

    The panel was moderated by Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM. Panelists included Directors from, "Songwriting With Soldiers,” a program that builds wholeness and community for military service men and women.

    Darden Smith, Founder and Creative Director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers

    Mary Judd, Executive Director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers

    Import-Export Forum

    Participants seeking more information on Import-Export topics including: Prop 65 compliance, Musical instrument passport for international travel, and Lacey Act and CITES compliance updates, attended NAMM's Import-Export Forum @ The 2014 NAMM Show.  Download and listen to the session.

    The panel was moderated by Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM. Panelists included the Founder of Goldberg Associations, and the President at Harris/Ragan Management Group:

    Jim Goldberg, Founder of Goldberg Associations

    Godfrey Harris, President at Harris/Ragan Management Group

    If you are interested in updates from Forums@NAMM, please indicate the topic(s) you are interested in and send an email to Jessica Cortez, jessicac@namm.org.