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Electronic Documents and Intellectual Property: Ownership of Work Product Presenters: Art Schwartz, NSPE General Counsel, and Ronald Leaders, Buckley & Leaders

Description:Increasing use of computers, software and other technologies in professional practice is rapidly expanding the boundaries of legal issues, copyright, technology licensing and trade secrets that can be effectively used to protect valuable intellectual assets. Increased use of e-mail requires careful application of risk management practices and guidelines on proper use to avoid increased liability.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand how to use copyright protections and provide excellent protection against infringement or inappropriate use of a design professional's intellectual property by clients, competitors and third parties.

2. Learn how to effectively respond to client demands for ownership of intellectual property.

3. Implement a detailed checklist of e-mail best practices to minimize liability and increase productivity through more efficient use of electronic communications.

Art Schwartz is Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for the National Society of Professional Engineers for the past twenty years. He serves as staff to the NSPE Board of Ethical Review and is a frequent speaker and author on many topics of interest to professional engineers.

Ronald R. Leaders is a principal in the law firm of Buckley & Leaders in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Leaders holds Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Masters of Science in Metallurgy degrees from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctor from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Leaders has provided general counsel, risk management, construction contract and dispute prevention services to designers, owners, contractors, lenders and insurers. Mr. Leaders has certifications in arbitration, mediation and negotiation from the American Arbitration Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Harvard Project on Negotiations, and Disputes Review Board Foundation.




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