Apr 09 – CSUSA Copyright


The Sweet Smell of Copyright Protection


Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, NYC

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 6 – 8 pm

Food and Refreshments will be served.

** See below for payment and mailing information **

For over thirty years, European courts have debated whether manufactured fragrances may be considered expressive works of authorship eligible for copyright protection.  European court decisions have been extremely inconsistent which has prompted passionate commentary by those in favor and against extending copyright protection.  Both sides of the heated issue will be presented at a panel discussion co-hosted by the IIPS and the Copyright Society.   You are invited to participate in a lively discourse, The Sweet Smell of Copyright Protection, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.   Refreshments will be served.   Professor Derek Bambauer will moderate the discussion in which Tobias Cohen Jehoram, a Partner of the Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, will present arguments in favor of copyright protection for manufactured fragrances and Dr. Charles Cronin will present argument against such protection.   Ms. Victoria Frolova, Editor and Writer for Bois de Jasmin, will contribute the perfumer’s point of view to the discussion.


Dr. Charles Cronin is a visiting fellow at Yale Law School, where he is working with Yale Libraries to create an interactive online resource that will assist librarians in resolving copyright questions.   Dr. Cronin has earned a Masters and PhD. in Musicology from Stamford and a Masters in Information Systems from Berkeley.  In addition, Dr. Cronin was awarded a J.D. from American University.  He wrote an article for J. Copyright Society, Winter, 2008 edition, on fragrance and copyright.   Dr. Cronin is now working on a companion piece on copyright protection for gardens and similarly unpredictable creative endeavors.


Tobias Cohen Jehoram successfully represented l’Oréal before the Netherlands’ Supreme Court in defending its copyrights, and has been involved in most of the landmark IP cases decided by that court in the past five years.  He lectures on IP law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and is the author of the leading handbook on Benelux and Community Trademark law, published in fall 2008.  He is an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and has advanced Dutch intellectual property law through his work for the Association Literaire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI).


Professor Derek Bambauer teaches Internet law and intellectual property at Brooklyn Law School. A former principal systems engineer at Lotus Development Corp. (part of IBM), Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Bambauer is one of the authors of Info/Law and has published widely on many topics, including articles on intellectual property in the Alabama Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and Information Technology and International Development. He holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College.


Ms. Victoria Frolova has collected and studied the essential oils and synthetic materials necessary for perfumes both as a chemist as well as a historian.   She has collected a large library of vintage fragrances.  Her website, www.boisdejasmin.com, serves as a publication on perfumery, including reviews, essays on aroma-materials, summaries of perfume history, and interviews with industry professionals.   Since May 2007, she has been employed by International Flavors & Fragrances.


The fee for IIPS members is $55.00 and for non-members is $75.00.  Admission for law school students is $10.  The nominal $60 annual membership dues fee may be enclosed with the membership application.  Membership entitles you to attend other regular meetings during the September 2008 – September 2009 year at no charge.  If you would like to reserve your space and/or pay at the door, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Frederick J. Dorchak at fdorchak@collardroe.com


As with IIPS programs in general, NY CLE credit will be offered.  This seminar will provide one (1) nontransitional CLE credit.  Mail the meeting payment to The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 352 7th Ave., Suite 739, NY, NY 10001, fax # (212) 354-2847, by April 15, 2009.  Mail the Membership Form with annual dues only to Harris Wolin at Myers Wolin, LLC, 100 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ 07960.


We look forward to seeing you and invite suggestions for additional programs of interest.


Frederick J. Dorchak

IIPS President

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