The course will present the basics of federal and state trademark law for every lawyer. The roadmap will guide the attorney through the process of helping a client choose a trademark, properly identifying the type of protection available, preparing and filing the application, if appropriate, and completing the registration. We will look at common reasons that applications are rejected and strategies for overcoming those rejections. We will learn about the “radio test.”
The program will also look at special cases such as offensive and scandalous trademarks, trademarks associated with famous people as well as trademarks associated with marijuana and hemp-derived products. For the attorney who is interested in trademark litigation, we will review the various types of actions such as oppositions, cancellations and appeals heard initially at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) as well as infringement litigation in federal and state court. We will explore not just causes of action but available defenses.
Pat Werschulz is an intellectual property lawyer and a registered patent attorney with many years of industrial experience in product development and manufacturing. Prior to entering law practice, Pat was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, holding positions from bench chemist to Research Director.
She chose intellectual property law, as a second career because of a long-held fascination with patents and trademarks. After spending decades in the pharmaceutical industry working with patents, either researching for submission in new patent applications or developing a non-infringing alternate to a competitor’s patent, she wanted to help others file their own applications.
Pat’s patent practice has not been limited to just life sciences, but also includes a wide range of industrial consumer products. She has helped clients obtain patents in a wide range of art, from clothing to automobile parts, from baby accessories to sporting equipment.
Ms. Werschulz received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Chatham College of Pittsburgh, her M.B.A from Fordham University and her J.D from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Ms. Werschulz has a history of academic excellence, receiving the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law at Rutgers, the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Fordham, graduating with the highest G.P.A. in her class and the American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major as an undergraduate.
Excellent presentation of content and look forward to other talks from her.
The presenter was very knowledgeable and she made the material understandable even for attorneys that don't practice in the area of IP.
Best course so far.
Very informative and great delivery
Nice mix of principles and practice.
Excellent presenter. Good pace, well spoken, knowledgeable!
The examples were incredibly helpful for understanding the concepts. This was an exceptionally useful and entertaining course.
Excellent presentation...great summary of TM issues and process
Great practical advice and explanation.
One of the best general TM classes I've taken!
Very detailed. An excellent introduction to the subject.
I found this class extremely interesting and helpful. I have only done a handful of trademarks, but I was pleased to know almost all issues covered. Comprehensive overview, the use of cases was illustrative, there were plenty of jumping-off points for further research, and I appreciated the coverage of defenses. The handouts are also great and I plan on actually using them. Excellent in general.
Excellent presentation and ber informative
Just fantastic.....as a presenter her ability to wade in and address question was fantastic.
Excellent presenter... Packed with information. Very well done.
A good intro and overview.
Very informative and appreciated the examples
This was a great program - good overview and great examples. Very enjoyable.
Best one I've watched so far