September 17, 2014

ABA sections to host webinar on Redskins, disparaging trademark rejections

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2014 — The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and the ABA Center for Professional Development are cosponsoring a webinar titled, “The Redskins: Disparaging Trademark Rejections at the USPTO” on Sept.16.

Webinar, sponsored by the ABA
Section of Intellectual Property Law
and ABA Center for Professional Development

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Program highlight:

Panelists Anna Elizabeth Raimer, Christine Farley, Jesse A. Witten, Linda A. Kuczma and Ronald D. Coleman will discuss:

  • Historical treatment of scandalous and disparaging matter in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and federal courts;
  • Comparison of  the TTAB decision concerning The Washington Redskins with how the Board has treated other trademarks in recent cases, including "The Slants" and "Stop the Islamization of America";
  • Provide tips and future strategies for refusals and proceedings involving Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act.

Raimer, an associate with Jones Day in Houston, will moderate the panel of experts. Kuczma is a judge with the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board, United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va.; Farley is a professor at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.; Witten is an attorney with Drinker Biddle in Washington, D.C.; and Coleman is a Commercial Litigator with Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP in New York.

For a complete overview of the program agenda, please click here.

For media access to the program, please contact Robert Robinson at This event is free and open to members of the press.


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