CLE Preview: “Athletes, Teams, and Leagues—IP Issues Year in Review”

By Ashley A. Mapp (@MappingtheCity)

First published on tumblr_inline_nl5hojJScm1rq3un7 Law Student Action Group ABA IPL

With all of the recent legal developments in the sports industry including last year’s rulings on O’Bannon v. NCAA and Dryer v. National Football League and University of Arkansas’s trademarked cheer, publicity rights and trademarks are becoming more prominent in the sports arena.

“Athletes, Teams, and Leagues—IP Issues Year in Review” is already promising to be an interesting blend of law, sports, and culture. “Coming off the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, our NFL speaker (Dolores F. DiBella) wants our panel to be the best attended panel in the history of the ABA IPL Annual Meeting quipped Moderator Len Glickman. “Private practitioners, in-house counsel, and law students” will experience topics that are “sexy [and] cutting edge” he continued. The discussion will include athletes’ video game rights, protections beyond sports team’s logos, and more.

The panelists include Roberta S. Bren of Oblon, Jenifer deWolf Paine of Proskauer, Dolores F. DiBella of the NFL, and Kelli Sager of Davis Wright Tremaine.


  • Len Glickman (@lenglickman), Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (@casselsbrock), Toronto, Canada


  • Roberta S. Bren, Partner, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP (@Oblon_IP), Alexandria, VA
  • Jenifer deWolf Paine, Senior Counsel, Proskauer (@proskauer), New York, NY
  • Dolores F. DiBella, Counsel, National Football League (@nfl), New York, NY
  • Kelli Sager, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (@DWTLaw), Los Angeles, CA.

If you can’t make it to the 29th Annual ABA Intellectual Property Law Section Spring Conference this year, you can still follow all the action by following the tweets and blog entries of the ABA-IPL’s Law Student Reporters, who will be covering all the events of the Conference on Twitter. You do not have to sign up for Twitter to follow the Law Student Reports. Just bookmark and revisit the link from ___ to follow all the action.

The “Athletes, Teams, and Leagues—IP Issues Year in Review” CLE program will be covered by Ashley Mapp, a first-year law student at Florida International University.
Photo Credit: Flickr/ Parker Anderson


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