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On Demand

Securing IP in an App Launch

Practice Areas:
Intellectual Property Law
Marcy Sperry |  Alex Aron |  Nick Gladd
Course Levels:
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Sep 21, 2018

Course Description

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Course Description

The course provides an overview of the IP rights at issue in a software app and provides a roadmap to the protection of the relevant IP. In addition, the course offers tips on developing a strategic plan for IP protection in terms of how to protect each area of IP in an app from trademarks, copyrights, and patents to the use of NDAs. Finally, the course uses a real-world example of an app launch with the app LegalSpark to discuss practical considerations in IP protection and enforcement.


Course Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to identify key IP rights that require protection before launching an app; develop a strategic plan for protecting and enforcing key IP in launching an app.


Topics and Agenda

  • Mins. 1-5: Intro
  • Mins. 6-15: Overview of IP Protection Available for Apps
  • Mins. 16-20: NDA Discussion
  • Mins. 21-30: Trademark Clearance, Registration, and Benefits
  • Mins. 31-40: Copyright Protection for Software
  • Mins. 41-55: Patent Protection and Current Developments in Software Patents
  • Mins. 56-60: IP Ownership for Apps

CLE Credits

Mandatory CLE Credit

This program may be eligible for a total of 1 CLE credit(s) in a 60 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.

This program may be eligible for a total of 1.2 CLE credit(s) in a 50 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.




This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in California of which 0 are Legal Ethics, 0 are Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, 0 are Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence.


All courses are presumptively approved.  This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Georgia of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Illinois of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Professional Responsibility credit.


Select Counsel is an approved provider in the State of Pennsylvania. This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Pennsylvania of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE Credit(s) in Texas of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.

States Pending Approval

The following states are pending approval.


An application for MCLE credit is pending in Ohio.


An application for MCLE credit is pending in Washington.

Other MCLE Jurisdictions

Reciprocal States: The following jurisdictions allow reciprocity for courses approved in other MCLE jurisdictions:Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Self Reporting States: States that allow an attorney to apply or self-report CLE credit are: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Course Materials


Marcy Sperry's Profile

Marcy Sperry Related seminars and products: 1

Sperry IP Law LLC

Marcy's practice focuses on trademark clearance and registration, trademark enforcement, and IP litigation. Marcy’s trademark enforcement practice includes litigation in state and federal courts as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial & Appeal Board. Clients rely on Marcy to vigorously defend their domestic and international trademark portfolios in a vast array of industries, ranging from fashion, hotel, restaurant and hospitality to biotechnology and professional services. In addition to trademark enforcement, Marcy also represents clients in copyright counseling and enforcement, social media and related internet IP enforcement, and domain name disputes.


PRACTICE FOCUS: Intellectual Property
PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCE: King & Spalding | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
LAW SCHOOL: Emory University

Alex Aron's Profile

Alex Aron Related seminars and products: 1

Of Counsel

Sperry IP Law

Alex is an accomplished Intellectual Property attorney who has significant experience in trademark clearance, prosecution, and IP portfolio management. Her trademark experience includes conducting trademark searches and providing trademark availability opinions, prosecuting and maintaining trademark applications and registrations, and negotiating trademark coexistence agreements. In addition, Alex defends and enforces her clients trademarks and related IP through cease and desist letters, opposition and cancellation proceedings through US Trial and Appeal Board, and IP litigation. 

Nick Gladd's Profile

Nick Gladd Related seminars and products: 1

General Counsel

LegalSpark and TaxSlayer

Nick Gladd is the Chief Legal Officer for both LegalSpark and TaxSlayer, based in Augusta, Georgia.  Before going in-house, Nick was a private trial defense lawyer in South Carolina focusing on mass tort and product liability.   

MCLE Information for On-Demand

MCLE Information for On-Demand Seminars

General Information

Please note that Select Counsel delivers multiple on-demand courses. Please view a specific course program’s description page or marketing materials for information indicating the jurisdictions a specific program is eligible for credit.

Accreditation Information

Select Counsel applies for credit for most of it's on-demand seminars the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

Select Counsel is an approved accredited provider for in the states of California and Pennsylvania.  CLE credit is available for all Select Counsel courses. 

Please refer to the CLE credit tab to determine which states are approved and those that are pending.

Select Counsel does not seek direct accreditation in AL, AK, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GU, HI, IN, IA, ID,  KY, LA, MN, NE, ME, MO, MP, MS, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, NC, ND, OK, OR,  PR, RI, SC, TN, UT, VI, VA, VT, WI, WV and WY.  However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state. Meanwhile, most states allow for Course Approval Reciprocity or Attorney Submitted Applications for Accreditation.  Please see details below.

Course Approval Reciprocity

The following states allow attorneys to earn CLE credit through reciprocity from a course or course provider that meets the basic requirements for approval in that state.  States that allow reciprocity for courses approved in other jurisdictions are listed below.  Click any of the states  below for rules and regulations regarding reciprocity in that  below state.

Self-Reporting/Accreditation States

Select Counsel has not submitted applications in the states listed below.  Many states allow attorneys to submit a course for approval and/or self-report their attendance to the their MCLE Board if it has not been submitted by the sponsor of the course. Currently attorneys who participate in a Select Counsel course who want CLE for the states listed below need to apply/report directly with that state. However, if there is a high demand for a particular state during the registration process, Select Counsel will consider submitting an application for accreditation in that state.

  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia (for some select counsel programs, see the CLE Credit tab for additional information)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

At this time, Kansas requires the sponsor of all non-traditional format courses to submit the program application. (Kansas will not accept an application from an individual lawyer).


Please note that some states have accreditation fees. In addition, some states may not approve specific programs, formats, or topics for credit. This list is a general guide only. Specific information about your state accreditation requirements can be found on your state's regulator page. For contact state regulator contact information please visit the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association at

Certificates of Attendance and Tracking

For each on-demand seminar, Select Counsel will be tracking your attendance through participation codes that pop up during the presentation. Instructions on how to use these participation codes, along with information about how to retrieve your credit will be provided to you prior, during and after the completion of the program.


Upon completion of the course you will receive a either a state specific certificate of attendance for the courses that Select Counsel applied for or a Uniform Certificate of Attendance for states that have reciprocity or are self applying/reporting states.  


State by State reporting instructions will be included with each certificate of attendance. You will receive this information via email, as well as in a handout that can be accessed before, during and after the course in your customer account.

Participation Reporting

Select Counsel only applies for course approval in the following states: CA, IL, OH, TX, and WA and is an accredited provider in PA.  Select Counsel will report attendance in any of the above states (e.g. PA) that require the provider to report attendance.  For states that allow course approval reciprocity and/or that attorneys are self-reporting/applying, Select Counsel will guide you to the appropriate forms and governing bodies. All information about reporting credit to your state will be provided as a hand out prior, during and after the completion of the course.

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats.  Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules. For contact information, go to

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