Three Winthrop & Weinstine Intellectual Property attorneys will speak at the 2017 Midwest IP Institute on September 28, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  Steve Baird will speak on “Trademark Registration and the First Amendment;” Tim Sitzmann will discuss “The Year in Trademark Law: Noteworthy Decisions and Their Impact on Your Practice.” Draeke Weseman will also speak at the Intistute, addressing “Strategies for Overcoming Descriptive, Geographic and Surname Refusals.”

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.

Draeke Weseman explains how Section 2(e) of the Lanham Act provides a number of possible roadblocks to registration of your client’s trademark. Learn what the Examining Attorney’s burden is for maintaining these types of refusals under Section 2(e) and gain valuable strategies for overcoming them.

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.

Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall # 370
3rd Floor, City Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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