Ann C. Palma

Associate
P: 312.913.2118
F: 312.913.0002

Ann C. Palma is an associate with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Ms. Palma prepares patent applications, conducts legal research, and provides technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analyses, patent application preparation, and litigation matters in the chemical field.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Ms. Palma had professional experience at BP America, Inc. and Human Genome Sciences, Inc., and served as a research assistant at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Published Articles

Palma, A.C., Mohan, R.S. Iron(III) p-toluensulfonate catalyzed synthesis of homoallyl ethers from acetals and alehydes. Tetrahedron Letters. 2007. 48, 8665-8667.

Palma, A.C., Mohan, R.S. Environment friendly organic synthesis using bismuth compounds. An efficient method for carbonyl-ene reactions catalyzed by bismuth triflate. Tetrahedron Letters. 2005. 46, 7747-7750.

Publications

Summer 2014 (snippets)
Pandora Media, Inc., (“Pandora”), with over 250 million registered users and over 70% of the market share of Internet radio, is known as a leader in the digital music industry. In 2013 alone, Pandora streamed 16.7 billion hours of music, including stations that featured genres such as “Motown,” “Oldies,” “70s Folk,” and “Classic Rock.” While Pandora streams iconic songs from these genres, Pandora ceased paying royalties on songs recorded before February 15, 1972 (“pre-1972 sound recordings”), which are only protected by state copyright laws. In an effort to recoup unpaid royalties by Pandora, Capitol Records, LLC, among other record companies, sued Pandora under New York state law for copyright infringement, misappropriation, and unfair competition, leaving Pandora potentially liable for millions of dollars in damages. This article provides an overview of the Pandora case and summarizes some of the complexities of copyright protection of pre-1972 sound recordings.
Summer 2012 (snippets)

In 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) introduced the generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program to implement new Top-Level Domains into the Internet’s addressing system. To help explain the gTLD Program, this article highlights three important aspects of the Program, including: 1) background information on ICANN’s new gTLD Program and the evaluation process for applicants, 2) statistics from the first round of applications in the gTLD Program, and 3) mechanisms that rights holders may use to protect themselves (which ICANN labeled “Rights Protection Mechanisms”).

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