Headline Video Gamers

Conference On Gamer Technology Law

What: The Sixth Annual Two-Day Conference on Gamer Technology Law

When: March 31 – April 1, 2011

Where: Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, California (map) – Can also attend via Webcast.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

8:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am: Introduction and Overview

Seth J. Steinberg, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Digital Arts Law / San Francisco, CA

Russell G. Weiss, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morrison & Foerster LLP / Los Angeles, CA

8:45 am: Social Networking and Mobile Apps

New trends and impacts on traditional gaming 

Russell G. Weiss, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morrison & Foerster LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Reggie Davis, Esq., General Counsel
Zynga, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

Shawn Foust, Director of Business Development/General Counsel
Booyah, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

10:15 am: Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation
10:30 am: Special Address: Video Game Industry Growth
New opportunities meet new regulations 

Michael D. Gallagher, Esq., President and CEO
Entertainment Software Association / Washington, DC

11:00 am: U.S. Supreme Court’s Review of California’s Violent Video Games Law (Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA))
What is its impact? 

Katherine A. Fallow, Esq.
Jenner & Block LLP / Washington, DC

George L. Rose, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Public Policy Officer
Activision Blizzard / Santa Monica, CA

12:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm: Next Generation Systems
Peripherals to Xbox and PS3: The new Nintendo system; consoles meet cloud services 

Heidi Holman, Esq., Senior Attorney, Interactive Entertainment
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Eve Saltman, Esq., Vice President of Legal
OnLive, Inc. / Palo Alto, CA

2:45 pm: Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation
3:00 pm: Litigation Updates
Leading copyright and trademark-related cases 

Carole F. Barrett, Esq., Director
Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, P.C. / San Francisco, CA

Top 10 for other IP litigation: Leading cases from the past year or so including MGA vs Mattel and Viacom vs Google

William Sloan Coats, Esq.
Kaye Scholer LLP / Palo Alto, CA

4:15 pm: Labor/Employment Update: Developments In Misclassification Cases
Trade secrets and the Activision case 

Eric A. Tate, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

5:00 pm: Adjourn

Friday, April 01, 2011

8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
8:30 am: Introduction and Overview
8:45 am: Dealing with Patent Trolls and the Growing Importance of ITC Litigation
What do these trends mean for the gaming industry and where are they going? 

Seth J. Steinberg, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Digital Arts Law / San Francisco, CA

I. Neel Chatterjee, Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Menlo Park, CA

Mehran Arjomand, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Richard A. Medway, Esq., Director, Litigation
Nintendo of America, Inc. / Redmond, WA

Michael Edelman, Esq., Director of Litigation
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC / Foster City, CA

10:30 am: Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation
10:45 am: Sales and Marketing: Case Studies of Blockbusters
Sharon Scott Zezima, Esq, Vice President, Legal Affairs
Electronic Arts Inc. / Redwood City, CA 

Patricia Masai, Director, Interactive Games
Mattel, Inc. / El Segundo, CA

12:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm: Digital Distribution Update
How much progress has been made in the past year? What impact will trends in digital distribution have on the gaming industry? 

Marc Jackson, Founder & CEO
Seahorn Capital Group / Malibu, CA

Anthony Jacobson, Vice President Business Development
Atari Interactive / Los Angeles, CA

2:00 pm: Ongoing Operational Vigilence: Privacy, Online Safety and Dealing with Thieves
Mitigating security policy issues in interactive entertainment 

Aaron E. Kornblum, Esq, Director of Security Policy
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

2:45 pm: Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation
3:00 pm: Operational Vigilance (cont.): Monitoring for and Dealing with Infringement
Developing an effective rapid response strategy; tips for obtaining injunctions more quickly 

Robert W. Payne, Esq.
LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP / Monteray, CA

3:30 pm: Ethical Issues for Outside and In-House Lawyers
Representing the company without alienating your business contact or compromising the business relationship; negotiation tactics and ethical conduct; negotiation with the other side and unrepresented parties; protecting client confidences and secrets 

Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

4:30 pm: Evaluations and Adjourn

Cost: Standard Rate ($995.00), Government Rate ($665.00), Student/New to Job ($497.50) – Register here.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.