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IPNY is a new series of public lectures from experts on contemporary issues of IP and innovation law and policy.

April 17

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Lester Pollack Colloquium Room
Furman Hall, 9th Floor  |  245 Sullivan Street

Join us for the inaugural IPNY, a new series of public lectures from experts on contemporary issues of IP and innovation law and policy.

For the first installment of IPNY, we welcome Richard Mendelson from Dickenson, Peatman & Fogerty, where he chairs DP&F's Wine Industry Group. Richard is an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use, intellectual property, business and administrative law issues. Over the past two decades, Richard has handled legal matters involving almost every aspect of the wine business, including liquor licensing, environmental challenges to vineyard development, grape purchase agreements, winery use permits, representation of winery clients before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, state and federal label approvals, distributor appointments and terminations, and import-export contracts.  Richard has a special expertise in geographical indications and has been responsible for obtaining recognition for some of the most well-known American Viticultural Areas.  He assisted the California legislature with the drafting of legislation to protect the world-famous Napa Valley geographical indication.

Richard will be joined by Professor Chris Sprigman, Engelberg Center Faculty Co-Director and co-author of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation, for a lively debate on the role of geographical indications.

The debate will be followed by a wine and cheese taste test.