International Intellectual Property Disputes Arising Out of Las Vegas Trade Shows: The Important Role of Our Federal Court
April 2008

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada in Las Vegas serves an important role in cross-border intellectual property disputes. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas hosted more than 23,000 conventions in 2007, generating more than $8 billion in non-gaming revenue. Many of these conventions, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the World Shoe Association show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, and the MAGIC show, draw exhibitors from around the world. Intellectual Property disputes often arise in connection with Las Vegas trade shows when exhibitors display products that allegedly infringe the trademarks, patents, or other intellectual property rights of other exhibitors. These disputes frequently result in litigation in the District of Nevada, placing our federal court in the role of deciding international disputes over intellectual property.

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