Legal Ethics for In-House Attorneys Handling Copyright, Trademark & Advertising Matters




March 11, 2020 12:30PM–1:30PM


While carrying out their responsibilities, attorneys must always take their ethical duties into account. Matters relating to copyright, trademark and advertising law give rise to some special ethical considerations. A misstep can result in consequences that can be detrimental not only to the attorney, but to the client as well.

In this 60-minute webinar, designed for in-house counsel, you will learn how to spot ethical issues to protect yourself and your company from potentially irreversible consequences.

Topics to Be Discussed

  • What is the import of an oath accompanying a filing with the Patent and Trademark Office, and who at the company should sign it?
  • What are the rules of the road for investigating your adversaries?
  • In any given circumstance, who exactly is “the client”?
  • What can your non-lawyer staff members do when working on legal matters for the company – and what should they not do?
  • What ethical considerations must companies keep in mind when negotiating settlement of advertising-related competitor suits and class actions?

We will explore the answers to these and other important ethical questions to consider the next time a copyright, trademark or advertising issue pops up in your practice.



This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of one credit hours, which can be applied toward the Ethics and Professionalism requirement. Please contact us for details.