Navigating Trademark Practice Before the PTO 2006

Date February 23-34, 2005
New York City

Joseph R. Dreitler, Member in Frost Brown Todd's Intellectual Property Department and Chair of the Firm's Trademark and Copyright practice group, will be presenting at a seminar sponsored by the Practising Law Institute entitled, "Navigating Trademark Practice Before the PTO 2006:  From Filing Through the TTAB Hearing", on February 23-24, 2006 in New York City.

Why You Should Attend

A federal trademark or service mark registration can be a very valuable business asset. The Patent and Trademark Offices consider applications for registrations. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hears appeals when the Patent and Trademark Office refuses to register a mark and conducts contested proceedings between parties litigating the right to register a mark. Because these issues are often part of larger disputes regarding the right to use marks in both the conventional marketplace, as well as in e-commerce, a basic understanding of TTAB practice and procedure is an important part of the skills required of intellectual property lawyers in the new economy.

What You Will Learn

  • Overview of the U.S. trademark registration system
  • PTO and TTAB structure, jurisdiction and powers
  • Grounds for refusal of registration
  • Importance of product configurations and functionality
  • Importance of non-traditional marks
  • Acquired distinctiveness issues
  • Practical tips for trademark searching
  • Searching in light of the Madrid Protocol
  • Reason to search

Call (800) 260-4PLI or visit to register.