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Trademark Law

The Trademark Law Committee serves as the coordinating committee for AIPLA committees which deal with all aspects of trademark law. Through its own members and subcommittees, as well as through the other AIPLA trademark committees which it coordinates, this committee considers the laws and treaties of the United States concerning trademarks, trade names and unfair competition involving trade identity; the operations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in trademark matters; the common law and State statutes concerning trademarks and trade names, and related unfair competition law; the laws of other countries concerning trademarks, trade names and unfair competition which may affect the business of U.S. companies, and coordinates with the International of Foreign Law Committee with regard thereto; and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors in regard thereto.

Check out our Committee Documents for committee reports and project lists for ways to get involved.  We also have a newsletter that is the Content + Branding Gazette.  If you are not receiving this through the listserv, please email us.

Trademark Internet Law Committee

The Trademark Internet Committee monitors and reports on significant developments concerning trademarks and the internet. The committee focuses on the domain name administration system. The committee represents AIPLA's interests as a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and participates in various ICANN-related working groups, working closely with AIPLA's Executive Director. We also monitor and may become involved in internet-focused legislation that affects trademark owners. Other areas of interest include UDRP domain name dispute decisions and relevant case law developments.

​Trademark Litigation Committee

The Trademark Litigation Committee considers the statutes, rules, regulations, and decisional law relating to or arising from litigation in federal and state courts in the United States that involves trademarks, trade names, or unfair competition affecting trade identity, as well as statutes, rules, regulations, and decisional law relating to or arising from such litigation in forums outside the U.S. that may affect U.S. companies, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors in regard thereto.

Trademark Treaties and International Law Committee

The Trademark Treaties and International Law Committee considers the treaties of the United States and foreign countries and intergovernmental organizations, and the statutes, rules, regulations, and judicial decisions of foreign countries and intergovernmental organizations, as they relate to trademarks, trade names, and unfair competition which may affect the business of U.S. companies. The committee coordinates its activities with the other trademark-related standing committees, the International and Foreign Law Committee, and the International Education Committee.

Trademark-Relations with the USPTO

The Trademark-Relations with the USPTO committee considers issues relating to the operations of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and its reviewing courts, of concern to the profession, trademark owners, and the public as they relate to inter partes proceedings involving trademarks. It also considers issues relating to the operations of the Examination Division of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and ex parte appeals to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. It considers issues related to searching clearance, registrability, use, and transactions involving trademarks. ​​​​​​​​​