Most people don’t give a second thought to buying a knock off or fake luxury handbag or clothing item. Did you know that counterfeit goods are the world’s largest industry or that it’s a multi-billion-dollar illegal industry that has created a substantial drain on the global economy? Counterfeiting has crowded out billions in legitimate economic activity and has facilitated an underground economy that deprives many governments of revenues, dislocates hundreds of thousands of legitimate jobs, and exposes consumers to dangerous and ineffective products. From an intellectual property perspective, counterfeit goods cost intellectual property rights holders millions of dollars, not only in lost revenue, but also in enforcement costs and lost reputation damages.
This program, taught by Stacey C. Kalamaras, Founding Partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC in Chicago, Illinois, and Timothy Trainer, President of Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C. in Washington, DC, will examine the ugly truth about the underbelly of counterfeit goods. Attorneys will learn best practices for how large brand owners are protecting their brands from counterfeiters and the creative strategies some use to fight back against counterfeiters when enforcing their brands globally, including a special discussion of online marketplace reporting for platforms such as eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba. We will examine recent counterfeit seizures from around the world and, lastly, how technology, specifically blockchain, plays a role in the future of anti-counterfeiting efforts.
Timothy Trainer is the founder of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C. in Washington, DC. Previously, he was an attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Customs Service. He is a past president of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, where he was involved in numerous international intellectual property initiatives, including those with Interpol and the U.N.’s Economic Commission for Europe. He has taught at American University’s Washington College of Law and, since 2000, has been a cleared advisor serving on the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce’s Industry-Trade Advisory Committee on IP. He has co-authored Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights for all of its 13 annual editions (2006-2018).
Stacey C. Kalamaras is the founding partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC. Stacey brings extensive big law experience to the firm, having started her career in Washington, DC, close to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and more recently to Chicago, Illinois where she worked for one the world’s largest law firms, managing global trademark portfolios in diverse industries around the world. What makes Stacey truly unique is that prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for more than a decade as a marketing and advertising executive in the consumer-packaged goods industry. This unusual combination of business and legal experience allows her to quickly establish herself as a trusted business adviser with her clients.
Stacey has significant experience with trademark and copyright clearance, registration of trademarks in more than 120 countries, assisting clients with global enforcement of their trademarks, including filing and defending opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and developing anti-counterfeiting strategies for her clients on a global basis. She also has experience with the enforcement of trademarks on the Internet under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. To assist clients in leveraging their trademarks, she has negotiated and drafted all types of licenses, sponsorship, joint promotion, influencer, and vendor agreements that affect brands. She assists clients with a range of copyright issues, including registration of copyrights and work-for-hire issues. To protect her clients’ brands, she counsels regarding the adoption of advertising slogans and claim substantiation, false advertising claims, rights of publicity claims, and sweepstakes and promotions programs.
Stacey is a current member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and a past member of the editorial subcommittee of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of INTA. She speaks frequently on counterfeit goods protection strategies.
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