Owning the "Pitch": How Copyright, Misappropriation and Contracts Affect Creative Ideas

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 3-4:30 p.m.
University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Moot Court Room

Admission is free unless seeking CLE credit, call for details

This seminar explores legal issues raised when ideas are presented to a potential client or business partner. It covers situations such as pitching an idea for a new commercial or advertising campaign; a video or television show; a political strategy; a new business; a website design; and related creative projects that may or may not be shopped to multiple clients or put out to bid to multiple producers.

Copyright law does not extend to ideas or concepts, and if patent and trade secret do not apply, how does one protect the “Pitch”? The law of misappropriation of ideas and contract law might offer some protection in certain circumstances. We will explore these circumstances and legal theories, as well as practical tips in this area, with Peter Guffin, an intellectual property lawyer and partner at Pierce Atwood in Portland.

This seminar is hosted by the Center for Law & Innovation at the University of Maine School of Law. It is free of charge (except for attorneys seeking CLE credits) and open to the public, but seating is limited. We encourage attendance by anyone engaged in a creative enterprise where ideas, experience and know-how are the currency. This is not a seminar about patent law or inventions.

For more information and to register, contact Kathryn Masters at or call 228-8430.