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Spelman Joins Lane Powell’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group

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Katherine C. Spelman has joined Lane Powell as a Shareholder in the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. She was previously a Partner with K&L Gates LLP and a Founding Partner of Cobalt LLP.

Spelman has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent matters, both nationally and internationally, and has a special focus on media, licensing and mass digitization issues. Spelman advises and counsels clients on the development, production, sale and defense of work related to emerging content distribution strategies and challenges, special issues in news reporting including repurposing content, and firewall and paywall configuration in light of changes in the fair use defense.

Spelman is a frequent speaker on the progress of emerging copyright and digital publishing issues, and has advised authors, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, and internet service providers on the new language and provisions of the changed, global distribution environment. She has represented large digital publishing companies in international distribution agreements as well as represented developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online transmissions, storytelling, expression and art.

Additionally, Spelman has experience assisting clients with Open Source licensing issues, including Open Source integrated licenses, audits, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, and compliance negotiations. Spelman also helps clients design independent holding companies in the U.S. and in offshore intellectual property asset management. She has experience with intellectual property asset audits, and has assisted companies in proactive and reactive Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reporting requirements.

Spelman received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A. in Classics and Latin from the University of Michigan. She also earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolutions from Pepperdine University.