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\Midwest Regional Director Damian Porcari of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office will give the opening remarks while Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office Karyn A. Temple will provide an overview of music and copyright including the Music Modernization Act. Senior Copyright Counsel David Carson of the USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs will also share valuable insights on copyrights. In addition, a music forum will take place where industry leaders and attorneys will offer tips about copyrights useful to musicians, producers, and artists.


10:00 - 10:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Damian Porcari, Regional Director, Midwest Regional USPTO
10:10 - 10:50 a.m.

Overview of copyright and music including the Music Modernization Act

  • Karyn A. Temple – Acting Register, United States Copyright Office
10:50 - 11:05 a.m.

Copyright at the USPTO

  • David Carson, Senior Copyright Counsel, USPTO
11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Music Legal Forum

  • Moderator: Anna K. Robinson, Brooks Kushman
  • Joe Bellanca, Hertz Schram PC
  • Michael Everett Hall, Michael Everett Law PLLC
  • Howard Hertz, Hertz Schram, PC
12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Damian Porcari, Regional Director, Midwest Regional USPTO