July 10, 2018

6th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day: Getting to Know the USPTO

6th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day:
Getting to Know the USPTO

Advanced Topics and Tips From the Experts + Live TTAB Hearing


September 20, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
USPTO Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Register Online
Trademark Day
8:30 am - 8:50 am Registration
8:50 am - 9:00 am Introduction/Welcome
9:00 am - 10:30 am I. Getting to Know the USPTO: Current Happenings and Future Directions
  1. Introduction
    Introductory remarks, general information about the Trademark Office including filings, structure overview, etc.

    Speaker: Commissioner for Trademarks, Mary Boney Denison
  2. Random Audits and Specimen Protest Pilot: Are you Ready?
    Hear about the process and procedure for the newly implemented random audit of registrations. Learn how the Technology Evolution Pilot can help with maintaining registrations where “evolving technology” has changed the manner or medium by which registered goods/services are now offered to consumers, and examples of what is considered “technology” under the Pilot. Learn about the specimen protest email pilot program and the criteria for use.

    Speaker: Montia Givens Pressey, Staff Attorney, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Policy, USPTO
10:00 am - 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am
  • Substantive Refusal Best Practices
    Hear tips from Managing Attorneys on how to draft a persuasive Response to Office Action or Request for Reconsideration after a Section 2(d), 2(e)(1) or other substantive refusal. Listen to what a USPTO examining attorney is looking for when reviewing a consent agreement filed in response to a Section 2(d) refusal.

    Panelists: Elizabeth Jackson, Supervisory Senior Attorney; Travis Wheatley, Supervisory Senior Attorney; Nicholas Coleman, Supervisory Senior Attorney, USPTO
  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Ethical Issues in Trademark Practice
    Listen to a discussion of ethics issues related to fraudulent specimens, non-US-licensed practitioners filing on behalf of third party applicants, fraudulent solicitation and signing trademark applications.

    Speaker: Matthew D. Asbell, John C. Heinbockel, Ladas & Parry, New York, NY
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch
    1:15 pm - 2:30 pm II. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Topics
    1. Introduction
      Introductory remarks, Board overview, and general information about TTAB, including filings, structure overview, and the status of implementation of streamlined cancellation proceedings.

      Speaker: Hon. Gerard F. Rogers, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge
    2. Advanced TTAB Topics and Best Practices
      Hear from TTAB judges and interlocutory attorneys on advanced topics for ex parte and inter partes proceedings.

      Speaker: To be announced, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO
    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Coffee Break
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm III. TTAB Hearing
    Proceeding No. – To be announced