Intellectual Property Basics: How Do I Protect My Craft & My Brand?

Date: Saturday | April 6, 2019

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Basic Structure: 1 hour seminar, 30 minute Q&A lead by Stacy O. Stitham

Location: Mechanics’ Hall 519 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101

MCA & Mechanics’ Hall Members: $20
Non-Members: $30

Description: You’re well aware of how much time, thought, and energy you’ve invested in your studio practice and business, and are justifiably proud of the results! But how do you go about protecting your work from “copycats”? What can you do if you find your work being resold on eBay, or Amazon? What should you do if someone else claims your goods are not original, and you are violating their rights? This workshop will cover some basics of common intellectual property (IP) protection, and give an overview of considerations in seeking IP protection and enforcing IP claims.   

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning more about protecting the unique, or source-identifying, aspects of their works.

What will someone come away with from this lecture?: A better understanding of the resources – and limits – of IP protection, so as to better guard against potential future problems.

Speaker Bio: Stacy O. Stitham is a fifth-generation Maine attorney and a partner at Brann & Isaacson, in Lewiston, with a focus on intellectual property protection and litigation. While Stacy’s own artistic endeavors are limited to a fourth-grade art club comic strip featuring soldiers made of cheese, along with a smattering of short stories she’s written over the years, she is blessed with talented Maine artists in her extended family and is thrilled to be able to partner with the Maine Crafts Association to share her legal experience with our community.