Joan Archer and Steve Horace Present to ABA Copyright Litigation Subcommittee


Lathrop Gage attorneys Joan Archer (Kansas City – IP Litigation) and Steve Horace (Boulder - IP Litigation) presented to the Copyright Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s IP Litigation Committee via teleconference on March 29. “The Battle Over Knockoffs – Pushing the Envelope for Copyright Protection of Fashion and Other Useful Articles” focused on protection of fashion designs and other useful articles and efforts to expand that protection.

Ms. Archer and Mr. Horace addressed the outcome of efforts to test the boundaries of current copyright standards for useful articles and the potential implications of pending legislation to expand the scope of protection.

Ms. Archer, who was named one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers, has extensive experience trying intellectual property matters, including trademark, patent, unfair competition, and copyright cases, as well as complex business litigation matters. Her practice also includes counseling clients on trademark and copyright disputes, prosecuting applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Mr. Horace handles complex commercial disputes and advises clients on intellectual property issues. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with special emphasis on trademark, trade dress, advertising and unfair competition issues. He has successfully prosecuted, defended and favorably resolved numerous cases involving claims of infringement, trade secret theft, deceptive trade practices and contractual disputes, including numerous injunction actions.

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