Emilio Nicolas Moderates Panel on the New CASE Act and Copyright Claims Board

May 20, 2021 | Speaking Engagements

The recently enacted Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) creates a small claims court for resolving certain copyright disputes and directs the U.S. Copyright Office to establish a three-member Copyright Claims Board (CCB) to preside over such claims. The CCB is set to start hearing claims by the end of this year.

During a one-hour virtual roundtable hosted by the ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, Jackson Walker partner Emilio Nicolas moderated a discussion titled “The CASE Act: What You Need to Know About the New Copyright Small Claims Board.” Emilio was joined by panelists Mary Ellen Roy and Andrew Coffman of Phelps Dunbar LLP as they reviewed key provisions of the CASE Act and addressed a number of questions raised by the new legislation, including:

  • how the CCB will operate;
  • the CCB’s authority to award damages and other relief; and
  • whether the new tribunal is constitutional.

For more information about the CASE Act and the CCB, view the Copyright Office’s CASE Act page.

Emilio Nicolas headshot 700x700Meet Emilio

Emilio B. Nicolas is an intellectual property and entertainment law attorney in Jackson Walker’s Austin office. His practice includes entertainment, media, technology, and intellectual property litigation and transactional work, with a particular emphasis on copyright, trademark, and privacy law. Outside of his practice, Emilio co-chairs the Firm’s Entertainment, Digital, & Sports group and is a member and life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member and Co-Chair of the Copyrights Subcommittee for the ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, and a past Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.

For questions related to the CASE Act and copyright cases, contact Emilio at enicolas@jw.com. Additional insights on the creation of the CASE Act can be found in the following Jackson Walker articles: