Karen Wetherell Davis practices in the areas of intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret, publicity rights, and related rights), media, licensing, and entertainment/arts law. She works with a wide range of clients including service and content providers, entertainment companies, production and media companies, Internet and software developers, and artists. Ms. Davis’ practice includes transactional work (e.g., drafting and negotiating contracts, trademark prosecution and clearance, and intellectual property and media industry advice) and dispute resolution (e.g., national and international trademark and copyright disputes, infringement claims, and transactional disputes).
She is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Syracuse University, summa cum laude. Ms. Davis is a frequent speaker on entertainment/arts and intellectual property legal issues in the Pacific Northwest. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University – Vancouver (Digital Copyright Law), Seattle University Law School (Copyright Law; Entertainment Law), and Seattle Central Community College (Media Law). She was active in the drafting and passage of Washington’s Personality Rights Act, enacted in 1998.
Ms. Davis has served as the Chair of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations’ Intellectual Property Sections. She is the past Vice President of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is a member of and has been on the Board of Washington Lawyers for the Arts.
Karen is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon.
Representative Presentation History
WSU Vancouver – Adjunct Professor, Digital Copyright Law (2004)
Seattle University Law School – Adjunct Professor, Copyright Law and Entertainment Law (1997-99)
Seattle Central Community College – Adjunct Professor, Media Law (1996-97)
Speeches, Presentations and Seminars
Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Review CLE: “Copyright Updates and Changes from 2013”, February 2014. Tigard, OR.
Concordia University School of Management Entrepreneurial Finance Class: “Intellectual Property Issues” (Guest Speaker), 2013 and 2014. Portland, OR.
Lewis & Clark Law School Small Business Legal Clinic: “Intellectual Property Basics” (Guest Speaker), October 2012. Portland, OR.
Cascade Writers: “Contracts and Copyrights”, July 2012. Vancouver, WA.
Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section; Intellectual Property Law, What Every Young Lawyer Should Know: “Copyright Law Essentials”, September 2011. Portland, OR.
Clark County Bar Association Intellectual Property 101: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?; “Copyrights and Washington Personality Rights”, July 2011. Vancouver, WA.
Oregon Law Institute Entertainment, Media and Marketing Law CLE: “Entertainment Media Primer”, June 2009. Portland, OR.
Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Year in Review CLE: “Copyright Legislative Developments”, March 2008. Portland, OR.
3rd Pacific NW Arts and Entertainment Symposium: Co-Chair, Moderator on “Local Filmmaking Issues”, May 2006. Vancouver, WA.
Pacific NW Kitchen and Bath Association: “Copyright Issues for Designers”, March 2006. Portland, OR.
Washington Lawyers for the Arts Seminar: “Trademark Issues for Artists”, November 2004. Vancouver, WA.
2nd Annual Pacific NW Arts Symposium: Co-Chair and Presenter on “Ethical Issues in the Entertainment Industries”, October 2004. Seattle, WA.
Willamette Writers’ Conference: “Copyright Issues for Writers”, August 2004. Portland, OR.
1st Annual Pacific NW Arts Symposium: Creator, Co-Chair and Presenter on “Publicity Rights”, October 2003. Vancouver, WA.
Oregon State Bar CLE: “That’s Entertainment: Filmmaking in the Northwest”, August 2003. Portland, OR.
NWLA Music Law Seminar: “Music Publishing and Master Use Licenses,” June 2003. Portland, OR.
Northwest Publishing Association: “Work for Hire and Copyright”, May 2003. Portland, OR.
Oregon State Bar Association, Intellectual Property CLE: “Essentials of U.S. Copyright Law”, April 2003. Portland, OR.
Sixth Annual Intellectual Property Institute, sponsored by WSBA: “Fundamentals of U.S. Copyright Law,” March 2001. Seattle, WA.
Washington Lawyers for the Arts: “‘Do I Own It?’-Work for Hire & Copyright Ownership,” June 2000. Seattle, WA.
Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Institute, sponsored by WSBA: “Advanced Issues and Significant Updates in Copyright Law,” March 2000. Seattle, WA.
Seattle Central Community College, Media Law Class: “Motion Picture Agreements and Business Issues,” (Guest Lecturer), 1998-2000. Seattle, WA.
Fourth Annual Intellectual Property Institute, sponsored by WSBA: “Internet Issues: Current Corporate Concerns”, March 1999. Seattle, WA.
First Annual Intellectual Property Institute, sponsored by WSBA: “Navigating the Maze of Fair Use in a Developing Context,” March 1998. Seattle, WA.
Graphic Artists Guild: “Work for Hire, Copyright, and Contracts,” April 1998. Seattle, WA.
University of Washington Extension Class: “Intellectual Property in Multimedia” (Guest Speaker), 1997-99. Seattle, WA.
University of Washington Intellectual Property CLE: “Federal Trademark Applications”, September 1996. Seattle, WA.