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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Webinar

12:30 - 2:00 pm Eastern


Crossing the Line: When Trademarks and Free

Expression Converge … or Conflict

 Course Description:
Free expression issues are not new to trademark law. But, until recently, they have arisen mostly as a defense to infringement. Matal v. Tam, the 2017 landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down as viewpoint discrimination the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause, has brought the First Amendment front and center for trademark owners, users, and lawyers.
Just how important a role the First Amendment will play in trademark registration and protection is yet to be seen, but it is now clear that free expression protections reach beyond a defense to infringement claims. Our speakers will discuss Matal v. Tam, its direct effect on trademark registration, the Federal Circuit’s coming decision in In re Brunetti on the “immoral or scandalous” clause, and the possible fate of other statutory provisions. Our speakers also will cover areas of trademark law in which free expression has more traditionally played a role, including parody, fair use, and dilution.


Presented by: Bennett Evan Cooper of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Michael Fretwell of Laubscher, Spendlove & Laubscher, P.C.




Registration Fees Per Site:    
AIPLA Member 
General/Non-Member Rate
Single Site (1) $95 $195
2-10 Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.
$295 $350
11-20 Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.
$445 $495
21+ Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.
$595 $650
Registration includes:
  • For multiple-attendee sites, all participants must attend at the same location.
  • CLE certification/processing for applicable states.  Reference CLE Information below for complete details.  
  • Webinar materials, including complete CLE processing information, accessible 24-48 hours before webinar date.

Cancellation Policy: 
To get full refund, registrant must request refund 
five (5) days prior to live event. If less than five (5) days, registrant is transferred to product.
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AIPLA has sought CLE accreditation* in the following states for credit(s): 
*CLE accreditations updated upon receipt.

​Alabama 1.50 Louisiana​
​Alaska ​Maine ​1.50 ​Pennsylvania 1.50
​Arkansas ​Minnesota ​Rhode Island
​California 1.50
​South Carolina
​Texas 1.50
​Florida ​Nebraska
​Utah (self-study)
​Georgia 1.50
​Nevada ​Vermont 1.50
​Hawaii 1.50 ​New Jersey
​Idaho ​New Mexico
​New York
​West Virginia
​Indiana ​North Carolina
​North Dakota
​Wyoming 1.50
​Kansas ​Ohio
CLE Restrictions: 
ATTENTION attorneys in LouisianaOhioPennsylvania and Utah
These states mandate attorneys can only view a webinar independently at their own computer to receive CLE credit.  Multiple attendees prohibited.
ATTENTION attorneys in Arizona
Arizona does not certify courses or providers. Arizona lawyers are required to independently review AZ's regulations and make their own determination that it qualifies for credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply.  AIPLA will email an attendance affidavit to registrants requesting AZ CLE credit after the webinar.
ATTENTION attorneys in New Hampshire
New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance according to NH Supreme Court Rule 53.  The New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE) Board does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement.  AIPLA will email an attendance affidavit to registrants requesting NH CLE credit after the webinar.   


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