2019 Intellectual Property Alumni-Student Reception

This year’s event was a great success—bringing alumni and students together for productive and meaningful conversations on Intellectual Property. Both the Intellectual Property Law Society and the IP Law Center would like to thank Robert Gunther for hosting the event at WilmerHale in an absolutely beautiful venue. We look forward to conducting this event for many years to come and to its becoming an annual fixture where students in Intellectual Property can gain meaningful insights and connections with distinguished alumni in the field.

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Michelle Johnson ’05 director of production legal at the television, global-based format, and digital production company Embassy Row.

Michelle Johnson ’05 director of production legal at the television, global-based format, and digital production company Embassy Row.

Johnson’s career in entertainment has taken her from MTV to ABC, where she provided counsel on Good Morning America, The Chew, and The View, to her current role handling a range of business and legal affairs for industry-acclaimed shows, including Watch What Happens Live, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. “My work at Embassy Row is fast-paced and mentally stimulating, which are two essentials for me to be fulfilled in my professional life,” says Johnson. “On any given day, I might handle First Amendment matters, close the terms of a construction contract, negotiate an on-camera appearance, and draft a music licensing agreement.” The idea for the alumni group, she explains, grew out of a desire to connect with other St. John’s Law graduates who share her enthusiasm for this special line of work.

“I started with contact information for about seven alumni in the industry,” Johnson says. “With help from fellow alumni like Christina Kim Constantine ’13, director of legal affairs at Bustle, and Joseph Delerme ’10, a business and legal affairs attorney at Monami Entertainment, in less than a year, the group has grown to over 45 participants. I believe that, as word spreads, many more alumni will join us.”

2019 St. John's Intellectual Property Colloquium

The St. John’s Intellectual Property Colloquium is a visiting speaker series in that provides students with an opportunity to hone their critical and analytical skills through deep engagement with cutting-edge legal scholarship, presented by the authors themselves. This year’s lineup of visiting speakers will cover topics including the use of indigenous traditional knowledge in patent applications, the patentability of improvements to healthcare technologies, the origins of European copyright in the medieval Catholic Church, trademark norms in the craft beer industry, the scope of design patent rights, and the rollout of the new Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.

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Colleen Signorelli '19 takes first place in the inaugural Video Game Bar Association Writing Competition

Advised by Professor Jeremy Sheff, founding director of the Law School’s Intellectual property Law Center, she completed her note, "Augmenting Our Reality: The (Un)Official Strategy Guide to Providing First Amendment Protection for Players and Designers of Location-Based Augmented Reality Video Games,” for publication in the February 2019 issue of the St. John’s Law Review. In it, Signorelli analyzes First Amendment constraints on municipalities that attempt to regulate the playing of location-based augmented reality video games on public property.

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Professor Eva Subotnik Moderates Panel at 19th Century Law & Art Conference

In late March 2018, Professor Eva Subotnik moderated a panel at the interdisciplinary conference, “Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Nineteenth Century,” held at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, near Wilmington, Delaware, in partnership with LARCA (Laboratoire de recherche sur les cultures anglophones), Université Paris Diderot and with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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St. John's Intellectual Property Law Center Welcomes Newest Honors Program Scholars

The IPLC is home to the Intellectual Property Honors Program. Selected entering St. John’s Law students who plan to pursue IP practice receive an annual tuition stipend of $10,000 to fund their studies, individualized career development support, and special opportunities to engage in academic endeavors related to their field of interest.

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Roundtable: The Right of Publicity in New York

The New York State Legislature is currently considering significant changes to the provisions of the Civil Rights Law governing New York’s right of publicity. The IPLC and the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) invite you to a roundtable discussion of the history of New York’s right of publicity and the details of the proposed bill—A8155/S5857—with experts from practice, the academy, and the legislature.

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Professor Subotnik Presents at Plenary at IP Scholars Contest

On August 11, 2017, Professor Eva Subotnik presented her work-in-progress on the evolving nature of photography as a profession in the digital age, co-authored with Professor Jessica Silbey, of Northeastern University School of Law, and Professor Peter DiCola, of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, at the closing plenary panel of this year’s IP Scholars Conference (IPSC) at Cardozo School of Law.

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The Intellectual Property Honors Program

The IPLC is home to the Intellectual Property Honors Program. Under its auspices, selected entering St. John’s Law students who plan to pursue intellectual property practice receive an annual tuition stipend of $10,000 to fund their studies, as well as special opportunities to engage in academic endeavors related to their field of interest for their full three years at the Law School.

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