Public Meeting: Continuing Legal Education Programs on Trademark Policing Measures and Tactics
On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the USPTO will host a public meeting to discuss the feasibility of intellectual property associations providing continuing legal education programs focusing on trademark policing measures and tactics. The event will be held in the 10th Floor atrium conference room (10D31) of the Madison West building of the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. To attend the meeting, please send your name to TMFeedback@uspto.gov no later than c.o.b. Friday, November 25, with the subject line "public meeting."
The impetus for the discussion is the Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-146), which President Obama signed on March 17, 2010. In addition to making technical changes to the trademark statute, this legislation required the Department of Commerce (DOC), in consultation with the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, to study and report to Congress: (1) the extent to which small businesses may be harmed by abusive trademark enforcement tactics; and (2) the best use of Federal Government services to protect trademarks and prevent counterfeiting.
On April 27, 2011, the DOC transmitted the requisite report to Congress. The report included three recommendations, the second of which was to engage the private sector regarding continuing legal education programs focused on trademark policing measures and tactics. Accordingly, the USPTO is convening this public meeting of interested intellectual property associations and other interested stakeholders to discuss the possibility of creating private sector continuing legal education programs regarding the proper protection of trademark rights.