The 2018 Midwest IP Institute hosted by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education will take place in Minneapolis, MN on September 27-28, 2018, and two Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys will speak during the event. The Midwest IP Institute provides extensive coverage of the critical issues you deal with every day in practice. The conference features a thorough IP curriculum – with a special focus on practical “how to” and “best practices” that counsel should know.

Trademark attorney Tim Sitzmann will speak on Thursday, September 27 on “The Year in Trademark Law: Noteworthy Decisions and Their Impact on Your Practice.” He and his co-presenters will discuss significant trademark decisions from the past year and their practical implications for in-house and outside counsel. Whether the cases involve restaurants, whiskey or rifle scopes, many of the cases involve in-depth discussion of affirmative defenses, from the First Amendment to laches, and fair use to functionality.

On Friday, September 28, trademark attorney Steve Baird will speak on “Trademark Survival Guidance for In-House Patent and IP Counsel.” This session is specifically designed for in-house patent and intellectual property counsel wanting to be more comfortable and effective handling or supervising trademark matters. Over the last quarter century intellectual property expertise has become more and more subspecialized. Yet, not all companies have dedicated in-house trademark counsel, so in-house patent counsel is often expected to have at least a working knowledge of the ever-changing trademark landscape. Steve and his co-presenters will teach you to apply valuable trademark knowledge to your day-to-day work, and will discuss the top six trademark tips that will improve and strengthen your trademark advice to business leaders and marketing professionals.

On Monday, October 29, 2018, intellectual property attorneys Tiffany Blofield and Brad Walz will present a “TTAB Update” webcast on the “Top 10 Decisions from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for 2017-18.” The webcast is hosted by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education as a special bonus for attendees to the 2018 Midwest IP Institute. Click here for more information.

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

September 27-28, 2018

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