Catholic University law school Professor Elizabeth Winston spoke before the International Trademark Association's Board of Directors on March 4, as part of a panel titled “Academics and Intellectual Property Rights: Academics Tackle Intellectual Property's Successes, Challenges and the Future: From Theory to Practice.”
The panel was moderated by J. Scott Evans of Yahoo! Inc. Professor Christine Haight Farley of American University’s Washington College of Law and Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law Center served as co-panelists.
The professors discussed issues including enforcement of trademarks, protection of famous and well known marks, The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and internet policy issues.
The experts also shared their perspective on current successes and challenges in the intellectual property policy world and speculated about what intellectual property policy may look like in the future.
Hot intellectual property issues at the moment include enforcement of trademark rights by brand owners, education about counterfeiting, and trade dress/design patent rights, among others. Some of these issues are under examination by Congress, policy-makers, and by the media.
Professor Winston joined the faculty of the Columbus School of Law in 2006, having previously been director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and assistant professor of law at Whittier Law School. She currently teaches Contracts, Patent Law and Trademarks and Unfair Competition.