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Intellectual Property & Law Technology Section, Second Lunch Talk Meeting

“Hawaii's New Publicity Rights Statute”

Join us for a discussion of Hawaii's new publicity rights law with Bill Meyer, Mark Bernstein, and George Darby, Honolulu intellectual property attorneys instrumental in its drafting. Mr. Meyer was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1979 and is a partner and entertainment lawyer with Dwyer Schraff Meyer Grant & Green. Mr. Bernstein, admitted in 1980, concentrates in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Darby, admitted in 1986, is a patent attorney with offices in Hawaii and the Carolinas focusing on technology transfer and licensing. Mr. Darby, serving as pro bono counsel for OHA, was the author of the Bill.

Info: Free, pizza will be served

Sponsor: Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section of HSBA

RSVP: By email to Recommended but not required.

Chapter 482P, H.R.S., became effective July 15, 2009, over Governor Lingle's veto. The law's stated purpose is to "confirm the existence of a property right in the commercial use of a person's name, voice, signature, or likeness known as the right of publicity. The right of publicity protects a person, his or her successors-in-interest, assignees or other transferees or licensees, from the unauthorized appropriation of the person's name, voice, signature, likeness, or other commercially valuable attributes in connection with the sale, marketing, advertising, or packaging of goods and/or services. While protecting the 'right of publicity', this [law] provides exemptions from the need for authorization with respect to certain important, legitimate, and/or constitutionally protected activities."

See the full text of Act 28 of the 2009 special session here:

Wed Feb 17, 2010 12pm – 1pm Hawaii Time
Goodsill firm, Alii Place, 1099 Alakea St, 20th floor (map)