AIGA Business & Breakfast: Topic: Who Owns Your IP? 10 Ways to Control Your Rights

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7:30am - 10am EST Thursday, February 12 2009
Stevenson University, Greenspring Campus at the Pavilion
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Heather on Jan 12, 2009

Business & Breakfast
Topic: Who Owns Your IP? 10 Ways to Control Your Rights
Presented by Cynthia Blake Sanders of O B E R | K A L E R
February 12, 2008 7:30 AM (light breakfast provided)
Stevenson University -Greenspring Campus in the Pavilion

"IP" or intellectual property refers to certain intangible rights that arise from original creative efforts. IP rights are governed by copyright, trademark, patent and employment laws. IP may belong to the designer, her employer, a freelancer, the client or all of the parties involved. Graphic designers create and handle IP everyday. Discerning the appropriate IP owner or which IP rights are needed for a project are complex issues that may result in expensive disputes. Understand how IP is created, used and owned. Learn 10 easy strategies to control IP rights in your studio and use your IP as a powerful tool to build your business.

About the Speaker:

Cynthia Blake Sanders is an experienced intellectual property and media lawyer with a practice spanning copyright, trademark, fair use, licensing, advertising, and technology transfer issues. She represents publishers, advertisers, advertising agencies, filmmakers, record labels, producers, performing artists, visual artists, songwriters, authors, graphic designers, health care companies, colleges and universities, trade associations, and software developers.

A textile artist and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Cynthia is an active
member of Baltimore's arts community. She is a volunteer attorney and serves on the board of Maryland Lawyers for the Arts. She also serves on the boards of the Advertising Association of Baltimore (AAB), and the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Law where she teaches Entertainment and Sports Law.

Cynthia is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association's Intellectual Property and
Entertainment and Sports Law Sections. She earned her B.F.A from MICA in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1999.

Cynthia lives in the Roland Park community of Baltimore with her husband, artist D.S. Bakker and children Anna and John. Cynthia enjoys running, yoga and gardening.

Please register in advance as seating is limited, register at

AIGA members and Stevenson students*: (free, pre-registered)
Non-members - $10 registration
AIGA members - $5 at the door
Non-members - $15 at the door

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*(Stevenson Students should register by emailing Heather Mullally Joines at



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