U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar

March 16 - 20, 2015
Metropolitan Washington, DC

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Who Should Attend?

  • Attorneys, agents, paralegals and trademark administrators wanting to develop a thorough understanding of U.S. trademark practice.
  • Advertising agency employees who are interested in properly using trademarks in advertising copy and advising their clients about selection and proper use of trademarks.
  • U.S. attorneys in general practice and corporate general counsel who need to keep up to date with the many changes that are occurring in the area of U.S. trademark law.
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Trademarks: From Filing to Litigation

The U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar will provide a broad range of information starting with a brief review of the basics of U.S. Trademark Law and continuing on to explore advanced topics such as inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and litigation. The seminar will provide the type of practical training that cannot be obtained from normal legal texts and includes, wherever possible, real-life examples. In addition, questions and open discussion among the participants are encouraged.

In addition to the academic component of the seminar, BSKB strives to help our non-U.S. participants experience, enjoy and appreciate the American way of life and culture. Likewise our U.S. participants have a chance to explore the Washington, DC area and learn about the cultures of their non-U.S. classmates. Many friendships and business relationships are made during the course of the seminar that last long after the seminar concludes.

General Information

Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday. A welcoming reception will be held after the first day of classes on the evening of March 16. The seminar will also include a tour of the Trademark Section of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as a closing banquet.

Since attendance is limited, anyone who wishes to attend should register as soon as possible. Registrations are due by March 1, 2015 , and preference in registration will be given to BSKB clients and perspective clients. The cost for the 2015 Seminar is $1,250. This includes all lecture materials and the text book, lunches, and social events.

BSKB is arranging a group rate for participants at a nearby hotel. Upon registering for the seminar, you will receive further information regarding housing options.

Topics Covered

Fundamentals of Copyright Law
  • Creation and Maintenance of Trademark Rights
  • Conducting Trademark Searches
  • Categories and Strength of Marks
  • Proper Use and Promotion of a Trademark
  • Confusion Between Marks
  • Preparation of a Trademark Application
  • Prosecution Before the Trademark Examiner
    • Ex Parte Procedures
    • Substantive Admendments to Applications
  • Special Procedures for Intent to Use Applications
    • Amendments to Allege Use
    • Statement of Use Requirements
  • Preparation of Declarations
  • Madrid Protocol
  • Strategies for Avoiding Common Pitfalls
After Registration Procedures
  • Section 8 and/or 15 Declarations
  • Renewal Applications
  • Policing a Trademark
Advanced Topics
  • Practice Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Licensing and Assignment of Trademark Rights
  • Inter Partes Matters
    • Opposition Proceedings
    • Cancellation Proceedings
    • Interference Proceedings
    • Concurrent Use Proceedings
    • Negotiation of Settlements in Inter Partes Cases
  • Litigation
    • Procedure in U.S. Courts
    • Substantive Issues in Trademark Cases
  • Developing and Protecting Trade Dress

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This one-week U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of U.S. trademark practice. Beginning with introductory lectures on the U.S. trademark system, the topics become more complex throughout the week. Our knowledgeable lecturers draw from years of experience in the trademark field and focus on real life case examples. Since attendance is limited, we recommend that you register as soon as possible to reserve your space. Preference in registration will be given to BSKB clients.

Registration for this seminar is now closed. Please contact us if you have any questions or need to make changes to your registration.