Congress made the most significant changes to trademark law in decades as part of the bipartisan coronavirus relief bill. The changes, currently scheduled to go into effect at the end of 2021, are intended to streamline USPTO procedures to remove fraudulent applications and unused registrations from the registry; restore the rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm in trademark cases; and provide new tools for challenging filings.
Key topics to be discussed:
Changes in trademark prosecution
Cancellations and Ex parte proceedings
Letters of Protest
Date: July 8, 2022
Amanda Wilcox | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Amanda Wilcox is a partner in Taft’s Cleveland office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, and litigation. Amanda manages and enforces international trademark portfolios for major brands, including international clearance searches, legal opinions relating to trademark use and registrability, procurement of trademark registrations worldwide, design and implementation of worldwide trademark watches and enforcement strategies.
Elizabeth Baumhart | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Elizabeth Baumhart is a trademark and copyright attorney in Taft’s Indianapolis office. She has extensive experience in the prosecution of trademark and copyright applications, drafting of intellectual property agreements, enforcement of client’s rights, including online enforcement, and litigation in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
I. Introduction | 2:00pm – 2:05pm
II. Program | 2:05pm – 2:50pm
1. Changes in trademark prosecution
2. Cancellations and Ex parte proceedings
3. Letters of Protest