STC.UNM, The University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development office, hosts its 2017 Spring Seminar Series, featuring “Protection and use of creative materials: copyright rights and wrongs” with Charles Valauskas.

The talk takes place in the auditorium, on Wednesday, April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. The seminars, held at UNM Science & Technology Park, are free and open to the public and UNM community, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Charles Valauskas
Charles Valauskas

Valauskas will discuss how a copyright work can be developed, including by acquiring some of the text, images, and data from different sources and the ownership consequences of such creative efforts. He will also identity the protection that copyright provides an owner.

The other issues that will be covered include:

  • What is in the public domain
  • What protection is accorded data
  • When and how images containing pictures of people can be used
  • Comparison of copyright to the protection afforded by patent law, trademark law, trade secret law, and the right of publicity

Valauskas is legal counsel to universities, research foundations, publishers, artists, software developers, and business ventures involved in the development and commercialization of a variety of new technologies.

He is a member of the American Bar Association’s University Intellectual Property Law Committee. He’s also on the Advisory Board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics and has authored books, chapters of books, and articles on intellectual property related topics. He has appeared on the BBC World Series and in articles published in a variety of popular publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Valauskas received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Chicago), his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law.

The UNM Science & Technology Park is located at 800 Bradbury Dr. SE, on UNM’s South Campus. The talk will be held in the Auditorium, Building 800.

To register, visit 2017 Spring Seminar Series, or call 505-272-7900 or email Amber Ortega at