Roundtable on Intellectual Property and Trade Shows - Webcast

***Please note time change for Silicon Valley USPTO viewing***

Trade shows can provide opportunities for both the willful and unintentional infringement of intellectual property (IP) rights. The transient nature of these events presents challenges for rights holders to discover the infringement, take action against it, or, in some cases, even determine against whom to assert their legal rights.

Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO office in San Jose to view a webcast from USPTO headquarters of a public roundtable to discuss approaches, strategies, and effective practices for addressing the kinds of infringement that most often occur at trade fairs and shows, including the infringement of copyrights, designs, patents, and trademarks.  Parts of the program may be recorded from earlier sessions.  Topics to be explored will include:

  • how U.S. government agencies and the courts can be used effectively when IP rights are infringed at a trade show,
  • legal measures and strategies available to rights holders before, during, and after a trade show,
  • recent and anticipated trends and challenges faced by rights holders and trade show operators.

In addition, speakers—who will represent academia, civil and criminal litigation practice, rights holder and industry associations, and the U.S. government—will offer their insights, along with case studies and legal strategies that have been successfully employed to remove allegedly infringing goods from a trade show venue.

Federal Register Notice:

Additional details about the meeting appear in the Federal Register Notice (link is external), published on September 14, 2017.


The meeting is open to members of the public to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by October 17, 2017.

Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a Federal facility. Attendees are required to present a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to security screening.