News and Highlights


Guest Writer: “What’s In A Name? Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc”

by Cynthia M. Gayton, Esq.
© June 18, 2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) canceled six trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins. The plaintiffs in the case are five Native Americans who wanted to cancel registrations filed by, and issued to, the organization from 1967 and 1990. The 2-1 decision in Blackhorse, et al. [...]


WALA Summer Feelgood Story: Member Spotlight!

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra brings orchestrated video game music to a community ensemble setting. Drawing on the enthusiasm of local musicians, the WMGSO strives to draw new audiences to both video game music and orchestral concerts. Founded in summer 2012 and incorporated on Dec. 26, 2012 the group’s inaugural season began in August [...]


Welcome the New WALA Board President: John D. Mason, JD

Join WALA in welcoming John D. Mason, JD to the WALA Board Presidency! Longtime WALA Board member John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC and Mason Literary is the new President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the  Arts (WALA). He is an art, entertainment and intellectual property attorney, and [...]


DC Humanities Council Offers FREE Ambassador Series

WALA partner organization, the Washington, DC Humanities Council, proudly presents its public education Ambassadors Series. WALA representatives will be present for several of these key FREE dates and events open to the public. Please click the links for more detailed information. Be there!

DC Humanities Council Ambassadors Series: Defining Rights, Disseminating Knowledge 
MARCH 18 6:30-7:30pm
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Avenue, [...]


Less Than One Week Left To Register for “Lights on Paris!”

LIGHTS ON PARIS: Intellectual Property and Cultural Policies in the Digital Age
March 30, 2014 to April 04, 2014
Register by March Join California Lawyers for the Arts in France for this exciting international program including speakers from Google, Hermès International, and Novartis. Participants will receive timely updates on royalty collections, intellectual property practice and cultural policies [...]