February 2, 2011
Fitch Even Partner John E. Lyhus will be serving as a judge for the 2011 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. The competition will be held on February 25 and 26, 2011, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago.
The competition was created as a means for law students to compete through oral and written advocacy in the nuanced field of cultural heritage law, which encompasses several disparate areas: protection of archaeological sites, preservation of historic structures and the built environment, preservation of and respect for both the tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage, the international market in art works and antiquities, and recovery of stolen art works.
Mr. Lyhus focuses his practice primarily in the areas of trademark litigation, trademark prosecution, and brand protection. He also represents clients in domain name dispute resolution, unfair competition, and copyright matters.
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