Industry Training with USPTO Highlights Trademark Challenges for Fashion

Fashion Trademarks

SGR Partner Scott Woldow is a member of INTA’s Government Officials Training Committee’s USPTO Subcommittee. Each year, INTA’s GOT Committee collaborates with the U.S. Intellectual Property Office (USPTO) on an Industry Training presentation for the USPTO’s examining attorneys and staff. The industry trainings provide a forum whereby an industry sector and an IP office come together to share information on the latest trends within the industry that may affect the examination of trademark applications. The trainings allow examiners to hear about common trademark challenges facing in-house counsel and the outside bar. The trainings establish a direct line of communication between the examiners and attorneys practicing before the trademark office in question.

The GOT Committee’s first training at the USPTO this year took place on July 18, and focused on the fashion and sportswear apparel industry. Approximately 450 people attended or viewed the presentation live online. The GOT Committee’s USPTO Subcommittee Co-Chair, Joan Kupersmith Larkin (Seyfarth Shaw, USA) organized the training along with subcommittee members and presented opening remarks. Subcommittee members Britt Anderson (K&L Gates, USA), Ami Bhatt (Take-Two Interactive, USA), Lindsey Corbin (Atlas Brands, USA), David Starr (Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, P.C., USA), and Scott Woldow (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, USA) were instrumental in securing the expert panel of speakers and developing a substantive presentation. Read more…

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