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2017 Midwest IP Institute
Date:   Thursday, September 28, 2017
Location:  Minnesota CLE Conference Center
 600 Nicollet Mall # 370
 3rd Floor, City Center
 Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Intellectual Property attorney Steve Baird will speak on "Trademark Registration and the First Amendment" at the 2017 Midwest IP Institute on September 28, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. IP attorney Tim Sitzmann will also speak at the Intistute, discussing "The Year in Trademark Law: NoteworthyDecisions and Their Impact on Your Practice."

Steve Baird's session will focus on Matal v. Tam (formerly Lee v. Tam). In this case, the Supreme Court unanimously held by a vote of 8-to-0 that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act prohibiting the registration of trademarks that consist of or comprise matter which may disparage violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Learn about this landmark decision, striking down a 70-year old federal statute, and witness a dynamic discussion as one of Simon Tam's winning lawyers faces off against the Minnesota lawyer who was the architect of the legal theory behind the challenge to the Washington Redskins trademark registrations over the last quarter-century. The practical and legal implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Tam will be fully explored.

Tim Sitzmann will explore significant trademark decisions from the past year and their practical implications for in-house and outside counsel. The issues span the gamut from claims for attorney’s fees under the Lanham Act; ownership disputes; parodies and the fair use defense; and more.

The 2017 Midwest IP Institute will keep you on top of all the latest developments. From the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions (Halo Electronics, TC Heartland, Lexmark International, Tam and Apple v. Samsung) to other significant case law and legislative developments, you will be completely updated on topics critical to your IP practice. Guest speakers from across the country will join a faculty of talented IP lawyers from Minnesota to provide you with the most current guidance in all aspects of IP law, transactions and litigation.

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