H&J attorney Mick Spence will present on the NBI Video Webcast — Intellectual Property: Start to Finish

Program Description

From Laws to Registration to Agreements to Infringement Disputes

Are you looking to build your understanding of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets? In this comprehensive program, attorneys with years of experience in intellectual property law will share their insights so you can learn how to protect and enforce clients’ intellectual property rights – or defend against claims. Obtain practical, real-world instruction you can put to use right away – register today!

Course Content

  1. COPYRIGHT LAW – From Creation through Litigation
  2. TRADEMARKS: Searching, Applying, Renewing, and Enforcing
  4. PATENTS: Searching, Applying and Protecting
  5. Ethics


RUSSELL “MICK” SPENCE wields years of experience working with artists, entertainers, media figures and athletes, as well as entrepreneurs and organizations in the creative realm. As a partner at Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC and member of the intellectual property, art, entertainment, media and sports law practices, he assists individuals and entities of all sizes on issues including copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets & right of publicity/privacy; software licenses, software as a service agreement, software and application development agreements, equipment leases, equipment maintenance agreements, confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, consulting agreements, and terms of service/terms of use agreements; asset acquisitions, licensing and protection; complex, multi-party litigation, including class-actions; commercial disputes of all varieties; estate counsel & probate litigation. Mr. Spence’s extensive litigation experience involves entertainment assets, businesses, talent and their careers. His commercial litigation experience includes shareholder and partnership disputes, infringement actions, class actions, trade secret protection, fraud, unfair competition and even estate or probate disputes. Mr. Spence was named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy® organization), the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, the Forum of Entertainment and Sports Industries of the ABA, and the Art & Entertainment Section of the MSBA, serving as its chairperson. Mr. Spence was twice elected as president of the Minnesota Music Academy, where he produced the Minnesota Music Awards. He was appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to serve and advise on the Minneapolis Arts Commission. He taught college courses in copyright, music publishing and contract law and frequently speaks and writes on business and legal issues including the evolving entertainment industry and litigation developments. Mr. Spence earned his undergraduate degree from University of Southern California in Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

BENJAMIN C. ARMITAGE is a shareholder and president of Billion & Armitage in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He practices intellectual property law in the cleantech and chemical arts. Mr. Armitage has experience in a wide variety of other disciplines, including many that cross with chemistry. He counsels clients on patent procurement, licensing, infringement and all areas of business that intersect with intellectual property issues. He has experience in instrumentation/device development, biofuels, biomass conversion, fuel cells, batteries, medical devices, software, process manufacturing, plastics, green building materials, animal nutrition, nanotechnology and sensor technology. In addition, Mr. Armitage has drafted a number of patent applications for sporting goods, including baseball equipment, hunting products, mouthguards and golf equipment. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in chemistry from Central College; and his M.S. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa, conducting research within an interdisciplinary group developing non-invasive detection devices for medical applications. Mr. Armitage earned his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. He is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Armitage is currently serving as co-chair for CEEM (Chemicals, Energy, Environmental and Materials) Sector of LES, and as programming lead of IUGI (Industry-University-Government Interface) Sector of LES. He is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

CHAD J. HINTZ is an attorney in the law firm of Burke & Thomas, PLLP, in Arden Hills. He practices in the areas of professional liability, professional ethics, insurance, appellate practice, and personal injury. For more than ten years, Mr. Hintz has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to defending legal and medical professionals in malpractice litigation and administrative matters before the various licensing boards. In addition to practicing law at Burke & Thomas, PLLP, he has served as an adjunct appellate professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 2005. Mr. Hintz also served two terms on the Ramsey County Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, investigating ethics complaints against attorneys. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Hintz is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.

KENNETH L. KUNKLE concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law matters. Over the twenty years he has been admitted to practice, he has assisted individuals and businesses doing business across the country, and on six continents (including Antarctica). Mr. Kunkle represents trademark owners before the U.S. Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the before various domain name arbitration panels. He has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Mr. Kunkle is a current member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.