Friday, October 19, 2007

TTAB Comes to Boston (October 26th): Revised Agenda

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there has been a change in the agenda for the TTAB seminar in Boston on October 26th. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will sit for one ex parte hearing: an appeal from a Section 2(d) refusal in In re Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., Serial No. 78579524 (briefs here). Rather than the planned inter partes argument, Judge Gerard Rogers will explain the new TTAB Rules, for which he served as the chief architect, and he will answer questions regarding same.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association and the Suffolk University Law School IP Concentration. The hearing will be preceded and followed by commentary and discussion from a panel of distinguished lawyers, as well as yours truly, on various TTAB topics. The program will run from approximately 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM, with a reception afterward. Further details may be found here.


Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Suffolk University Law School.
Andrew Beckerman-Rodau teaches Property Law, Patent Law and IP law. He is a patent attorney and Co-director of the IP Law Concentration at Suffolk Law School.

Pamela Chestek, Progress Software Corporation.
Pamela Chestek is Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property, responsible for all patent, trademark and copyright matters. She is also an adjunct professor at Western New England College School of Law, teaching trademark and unfair competition, and has authored scholarly articles on trademark law.

Julia Huston, Bromberg & Sunstein LLP.
Julia Huston is a partner and the co-chair of her firm's Trademark and Copyright Practice Groups. She focuses on intellectual property cases, including the litigation of trademark claims in federal courts and the TTAB, and is a frequent author and speaker on intellectual property topics.

Mark D. Robins, Nixon Peabody LLP.
Mark Robins is a partner focusing on intellectual property litigation, including trademark matters before the TTAB and the courts. He has published extensively and spoken frequently on trademark and other intellectual property subjects and is co-chair of the BPLA Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee.

Professor Jessica Silbey - Suffolk University Law School.
Jessica Silbey teaches Constitutional Law and IP Law. She was formerly a litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and clerked for both the U.S. District Court and the 1st Circuit in Boston.

John L. Welch, Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi, LLP
John L. Welch is Of Counsel to the firm, and practices intellectual property law in all its forms. He is co-chair of the BPLA Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee, is a frequent author and lecturer on TTAB topics, and is the founder and publisher of The TTABlog.


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