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The MSBA's Computer and Technology Law Section Presents:


"Protecting Your Trademarks in the Domain Name Big Bang"

As the universe of internet domain names explodes from the current 22 generic top level domain names (gTLDs) to include over 1,400 new extensions, brand owners face multiple challenges and opportunities, including using a “Trademark Clearinghouse” slated to open in October. This session will explore:

• “digital archery” and other unpredictable and occasionally humorous highlights of the application process;
• how brand owners can use the Clearinghouse to help protect their brands;
• some of the most hotly-contested and most promising gTLDs;
• internationalized (non-Latin script) gTLDs that will interest those with international operations or customers; and
• available dispute mechanisms both for gTLDs and for second-level domain names.

Come hear from attorneys who represent multiple new gTLD applicants on the latest developments in this rapidly expanding universe (no particle physics background required).


Jamie Nafziger, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Jamie Nafziger is a partner in the Trademark, Copyright and Brand Management group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. She also co-chairs the firm’s Privacy and Social Media practice group. Ms. Nafziger has over a decade of experience in legal issues surrounding domain names, having represented a successful gTLD applicant in the first expansion round in 2000 and most recently, several applicants in the current round. She has handled almost as many sunrise period applications as she has seen sunrises.

Mark Wagner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
An associate at Dorsey & Whitney, Mark Wagner’s law practice includes intellectual property litigation, advice work, trademark prosecution, domain name matters, and IP transactions. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
Event Code: 172628



Date:   Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., follow by lunch and CLE at Noon.


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Computer & Technology Law Section Members):  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Join the Section and attend the CLE for FREE (must be current MSBA members. Section membership is good through June 30, 2013):  $30.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate this option when you register or contact Tram Nguyen by October 5. Teleconferencing information will be emailed on October 8.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336