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IABC Cleveland Sponsors January 19 Lunch Program on Protecting Intellectual Property
Dec 28, 2011 (09:12 AM EST)

Who owns the work? How can we protect our creations? #iabccleIP

CLEVELAND, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding the legal issues related to protection of intellectual property is critical for every communications practitioner. That's why Sharon Toerek, intellectual property attorney, Partner of the Cleveland Firm Licata & Toerek and president of the American Advertising Federation of Cleveland, will be discussing issues like ownership of creative work, plagiarism problems, and copyright and trademark rights in a presentation hosted by International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland. The It's All You've Got: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property program – #iabccleIP – will be on Thursday, January 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at The City Club, 850 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, with opportunities for networking. The presentation will begin at noon. Cost to IABC members is $23; to non-members, $32; and $14 for members and non-members in transition and students. Register online at

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The presentation will provide up-to-date advice relevant for business communicators and advertising and marketing professionals who work either in-house or for agencies.  

Toerek's practice at Licata & Toerek focuses on protection of creative assets for clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries. She provides legal counsel on legal issues faced by those industries including copyright and content protection, licensing of creative content, trademark and brand protection matters, agency service contracts, advertising compliance, and direct marketing regulations.

In the communications industry, Toerek is a recognized author and educator to numerous advertising and communications industries organizations, advertising agencies, and in-house marketing teams, and has created and presented numerous training sessions to industry professionals that enable them to recognize legal issues and protect their valuable work and rights.

She has chaired the Intellectual Property Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, and has conducted numerous presentations on intellectual property and advertising law topics before the Cleveland Bar Association, American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cleveland, the Independent Practitioner's Group, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Akron, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Council of Small Enterprises (COSE).

Toerek is a graduate of Cleveland State University and earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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