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 and is a seasoned trademark, copyright, and advertising lawyer with a combination of Big Law, in-house, and prior business management experience. Stacey has extensive experience managing large, global trademark portfolios in more than 150 countries for clients in diverse industries. Her firm’s focus is creatively assisting small and medium sized businesses navigate the legal landscape to create distinctive brands and differentiate their businesses in an ever-changing marketplace. Stacey regularly counsels clients on the clearance and adoption of new trademarks, develops strategic protection and enforcement programs through her extensive experience with trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting strategies, and grows portfolios by conducting IP due diligence matters. In addition, she is well-versed in drafting and negotiating licensing and other IP/advertising agreements necessary to protect, enforce, and commercialize brands.
Before going to law school, she was a brand manager and advertising director in the consumer-packaged goods industry, which gives her valuable insight into her clients’ businesses on a practical level.
Stacey has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer® for her outstanding knowledge and service in intellectual property law, a recognition and honor given to just 5% of the lawyers in Illinois. Since starting her law firm, she has educated over 1,800 lawyers on three continents on various IP topics, including: IP Law for the Corporate Lawyer, Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies, How to Conduct a Trademark Search, How to Respond to IP Infringement Through Online Platforms, and How to Be an Effective Practitioner at the USPTO.
In February 2020, Stacey realized a long awaited passion project and launched Trademarkabilities™, an online trademark academy for lawyers, with a single mission: to prepare lawyers to become efficient and effective trademark practitioners before the USPTO and be practice ready to help their clients.
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. In her spare time, she loves to play and watch tennis.
Both presenters were excellent. Loved it.
very interesting course!
Excellent presentation of information.
Good presenters and well organized.
Very effective and interesting overview of IP enforcement measures against counterfeiters.
The woman speaker was excellent.
Just what I wanted
Very interesting and well done
Excellent course! Would highly recommend.
Excellent presentation, on very important issue most atty's don't think about carefully.
Excellent and generous in practical experience.
Both presenters were well spoken and engaging. I liked that the class was an hour and a half rather than trying to force the discussion into the standard hour class.
This presentation is both educational and informational.
Timely presentation that really highlights key issues in U.S. China trade
excellent presentation -- clear with practical "how to" practice tips
Great talk about blockchain. As someone who works closely with cryptocurrencies, the presenters did a great job explaining the challenges facing the supply chain industry will face when incorporating blockchain technology. Very informative!
Both speakers were excellent and provided very helpful information on the topic.
Very good speakers. Knew the material and made it interesting.
I took 3.5 hours of CLE today and this course was by far the best, very interesting!
One of the best Lawline presentations I have seen!
Excellent presenters. They made what could have been a dry topic both entertaining and informative.
nice course and nice roundtable discussion