Conferences and Special Events

International Legal Issues:
The Current Debate over the Immunity of Foreign Cultural Property from Suit in the U.S.

October 8, 2007 | 4:00 pm | Room 603

This program will present current issues concerning the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), which codified the restrictive theory of sovereign immunity providing that a foreign state and its agencies and instrumentalities have only limited immunity from suit in the United States. Particularly within the context of cases involving stolen or looted art, the FSIA has recently been subject to new and important interpretations of the statute that have had the apparent effect of broadening the circumstances in which a foreign sovereign may be held to account in a U.S. Court.  The panelists will discuss the text and legislative history of the FSIA, and survey recent cases affecting its application.  The program will concentrate specifically on the FSIA's impact in stolen art cases, where U.S. plaintiffs endeavor to recover stolen or looted art from foreign countries by filing suit in the U.S. The complex historical facts often involved in such cases offer a particularly interesting and unique context for the application of the FSIA.

Sponsored by:
The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
The National Parks Service

Third Annual Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

J. Thomas McCarthy on "Using Other People’s Trademarks"

October 25, 2007 | Room 603


Ordinary people, as well as businesses and entrepreneurs, use other people’s trademarks all the time – legally. But perceptions are skewed by continual emphasis on the power of intellectual property rights owners to exclude, rather than on people’s rights to use another’s trademarks. But clients ask lawyers every day: “Can I use this mark in this way?” Professor McCarthy will discuss the various ways that those other than the trademark owner can make proper and legal use of another’s marks. This involves looking at categories like non-confusing uses, fair uses and uses which do not dilute a famous mark.

Sponsored by:
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property