Michael T. Smith has practiced in the intellectual property field since 2001, focusing his practice on all aspects of trademark law, including clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, and licensing. Mr. Smith’s practice also includes patent prosecution, litigation in federal district courts, and inter pates matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Smith’s litigation experience includes the representation of clients from a variety of industries, including media, technology, hospitality and manufacturing. He has lectured on the topic of trademark law to industry groups and the media and has been an adjunct lecturer of patent law and policy at West Virginia University’s College of Law.

Speaking Engagements

    Current Speaking Engagements

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    30

    BSKB to present at FICPI’s “Connect, Share & Grow” series

    FICPI’s “Connect, Share & Grow” Webinar Series.

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    Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Patent Law Institute 2020: Critical Issues & Best Practices

    PLI 2020: Live Webcast

    April 02 2020
  • New Trademark Developments and Rules in the U.S.P.T.O

    Trademark Day Sweden

    January 23 2020
  • Inter-Collegiate Licensing Association Winter Symposium

    ICLA Winter Symposium

    January 15 2020

Articles

  • July 24, 2020

    Washington, D.C. NFL Team Loses Race to the Trademark Office: Does it Matter?

    by Michael. T Smith | IPWatchDog

    In surveys throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, three possible replacement names have emerged as favorites among the fans: Warriors, Red Wolves, and Redtails. Armed with the knowledge of the name change and the relative popularity of the possible replacement names, two enterprising individuals have applied to obtain a federal trademark registration for the marks WARRIORS, WASHINGTON RED WOLVES, and WASHINGTON REDTAILS, respectively. Neither applicant appears to be connected to the owners of the Washington D.C. professional football team.

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  • May 11, 2020

    The Importance of Correctly Identifying Goods and Services

    by Michael T. Smith | World IP Review

    Trademark rights are acquired through use of a mark in commerce. Applicants must correctly identify

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