Professor of Law
Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law
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Thursday, November 2, 2023
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION
6:15 P.M. LECTURE
The Houston Club
910 Louisiana, Suite 4900 – Houston
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One Hour of CLE Credit
Victoria L. Schwartz, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, teaches and writes in the fields of intellectual property, copyright, entertainment, and privacy law. Her work has been selected for the prestigious Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, and awarded the competitive Dukeminier Award.
Professor Schwartz was the proud recipient of Pepperdine University’s 2017 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. She is currently teaching Intellectual Property as a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law.
Professor Schwartz joined the Pepperdine faculty from the University of Chicago Law School where she was a Bigelow Fellow. She previously worked at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, where her practice included intellectual property and entertainment law and she co-authored an article about areas of uncertainty in trademark law.
Professor Schwartz clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee. She graduated from Stanford University where she received a B.A. in Political Science with departmental honors and distinction, a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures with distinction, and a B.S. in Mathematics with distinction. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Selected Publications Include: Leveling up to a Reasonable Woman’s Expectation of Privacy, 93 U. Colo. L. Rev. 115 (2022); The Celebrity Stock Market, 52 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 2033 (2019); Corporate Privacy Failures Start at the Top, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 1693 (2016); Overcoming the Public-Private Divide in Privacy Analogies, 67 Hastings L. J. 143 (2015)
Virtual creations are increasingly life-like, leading to the recent phenomenon of social media influencers who appear to be real people, but in fact are CGI creations. Often these CGI creations even have endorsement deals with well-known brands. This poses numerous legal and ethical questions, including various intellectual property and entertainment law implications such as whether a virtual influencer can have a right of publicity? Issues of copyright and branding are also implicated when virtual influencers are not wholly original creations but instead borrowed from other content. Does the answer to any of these challenging questions change if the virtual influencer is created by a human creator versus created by artificial intelligence? This talk discusses the intellectual property and entertainment law implications and other legal/ethical implications for this growing area of virtual influencers.
2022 JAMES GIBSON, University of Richmond School of LawUncoupling Trademark & Reputation
2021 AMELIA SMITH RINEHART, West Virginia University College of Law
Navigating Multiplexed Technology Transfer
2020 JORGE L. CONTRERAS, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement: The Open COVID Pledge
2019 SARAH BURSTEIN, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Toward a Normative Theory of Design Patents
2018 TIMOTHY R. HOLBROOK, Emory University School of Law
3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement, and Its Implications
2017 JOHN R. THOMAS, Georgetown University Law Center
The End of Patent Medicines? Exploring the Rise of Regulatory Exclusivities
2016 DANIEL C.K. CHOW, The Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law
Trademark Squatting in China
2015 RUTH OKEDIJI, University of Minnesota Law School
Inventing Intellectual Property: Source Disclosure for Genetic Patent Rights?
2014 DENNIS D. CROUCH, University of Missouri School of Law
Clarifying Patent Scope
2013 ELIZABETH A. ROWE, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Intellectual Property and Information Control
2012 THE HONORABLE JIMMIE V. REYNA, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Immediate and Future Challenges
2011 ROBERT BRAUNEIS, George Washington University Law School
Trademark Infringement, Dilution, and the Decline in Sharing of Famous Brand Names
2010 JANE K. WINN, University of Washington School of Law
Information Security as a Governance Challenge
2009 GREGORY N. MANDEL, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Patently Nonobvious: The Impact of Hindsight Bias on Patent Decisions
2008 MARGO A. BAGLEY, University of Virginia School of Law
Illegal, Immoral, Unethical… Patentable? Issues in the Early Lives of Inventions
2007 CLARISA LONG, Columbia University School of Law
The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law
2006 JOHN F. DUFFY, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
The Invention of Invention: A History of Nonobviousness
2005 DAN L. BURK, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis
The Problem of Process in Biotechnology
2004 DAVID J. FRANKLYN, University of San Francisco School of Law
The Anti-Free Rider Principle in American Trademark Law
2003 WILLIAM F. LEE, Hale & Dorr LLP, Boston
Attorney-Client Privilege and Willful Infringement
2002 HON. PAUL MICHEL, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Predicting the Scope of Patent Protection: Construing Literal Claim Scope and Determining Available Equivalents
2001 YSOLDE GENDREAU, Université de Montreal, Quebec
The Exportation of Copyright Models: The Retransmission Right and the Internet
2000 JERRE B. SWANN, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta
Trademark Dilution for the Year 2000
1999 JOSEPH STRAUS, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich
Multinational Patent Enforcement: Problems and Solutions
1998 JOHN R. THOMAS, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Transnational Patent Litigation
1997 HON. NANCY LINCK, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
Patent Prosecution for the New Millennium
1995 DONALD S. CHISUM, CHISUM ON PATENTS
The Allocation of Decisional Responsibility Between Judge and Jury in Patent Trials
1994 JOHN PEGRAM, Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull & Hapgood LLP
Complexity and Cost in Patent Litigation
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