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Copyright Law in the Real World of the Design Professional

March 14, 2024 | 10 - 11 am

Virtual Event


Join Anthony S. Potter, Esq., and Niamh Drury, Esq., of Offit Kurman for a comprehensive introduction to current copyright law and the safeguarding of intellectual property essential for design professionals. Participants will gain valuable insights into how architects can mitigate various risks inherent in any project.

Get answers to the questions critical to protecting your work:

  • What constitutes a similar building?
  • Can minor modifications prevent copyright infringement?
  • Is innocent infringement a viable defense?
  • Does displaying/or not displaying a copyright notice impact protection?
  • What is the optimal timeline for copyright registration?
  • How can you determine if plans are available for use?
  • Do you possess the most effective insurance against copyright infringement?

Learning objectives

  • Review basic principles of Copyright Law and contract-based control and transfer of intellectual property rights.
  • Discuss conduct that constitutes infringement of intellectual property to avoid infringing conduct.
  • Explain how the Copyright Act and protections found in AIA Contract Documents may be used to guard against improper use of documents, which expands liability.
  • Analyze how Copyright Act may be used to prevent failures by clients to pay for services.


Anthony Potter

Anthony S. Potter, Esq.
Principal Attorney and Chair of Construction Law Practice Group, Offit Kurman

Anthony Potter is a Principal attorney and the Chair of Offit Kurman’s Construction Law Practice Group and is a resident of the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office. Anthony focuses his practice on counseling architects, engineers, design-build entities, owners and other businesses involved in construction contracting, commercial and construction litigation, administrative law and professional licensing matters. He also focuses his practice on state administrative law and government contracting.

Anthony serves as general counsel to AIA Pennsylvania, special counsel to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, Counsel to the Structural Engineers Association of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Advisory Board for the Structural Design & Construction Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Programs.

Niamh Drury
Associate, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Offit Kurman

Niamh Drury is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, representing clients in the corporate, tech, e-commerce, book publishing, music, entertainment, modeling, higher education and food and beverage industries. Niamh’s practice focuses on a wide range of intellectual property matters, focusing on the clearing and licensing of copyright, trademark, and name, image and likeness/ NIL rights. She also represents a broad range of clients in the registration, enforcement and defense of trademarks and copyrights.

Additionally, Niamh routinely works on mergers and acquisitions/ M&A deals and has experience in transactional real estate work as well as litigation matters involving a range of product liability and personal injury issues.