2021 Trademark Boot Camp (TMBC)

August 30 to September 2, 2021


Online - Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 for about 4.5 hours each day between 12:00pm-6pm EST.


990 Minutes of CLE


Fee: Members: $395 / Non-Members $795 Students $55

The Eleventh Annual Trademark Boot Camp is a comprehensive online CLE program designed for new practitioners and others interested in learning the basics of trademark practice. Topics include; trademark clearance, pre-filing considerations, trademark prosecution, international trademark filing strategies, disputes, including trademark investigations, cease-and-desist campaigns, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) practice, and an introduction to trademark litigation.

Participants will participate in two hands-on workshops taught by experienced trademark practitioners: (1) ordering and analyzing search reports and preparing clearance opinions and (2) responding effectively to Office Actions. Representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will serve as instructors for the Office Action response workshop, and another workshop will feature a panel of TTAB Judges and/or Interlocutory Attorneys.

This program offers a total of 990 minutes of CLE including 90 minutes of ethics.

This live, multi-day webinar runs from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 for about 4.5 hours each day between 12:00pm-6pm ET. 


Monday Afternoon, Aug. 30

Pre-Filing Considerations
12:00-1:15 pm: Trademarks 101
Christine Farley, American University, Washington College of Law

1:45-2:45: Developing a Filing Strategy
Monica Riva Talley, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

3:15-4:15: The Application Process
Jennifer Fraser, 
Dykema Gossett PLLC

Overview of International Trademark Basics
4:45 – 5:45: International Filing basics
Kate Dayton, Fross Zelnick Lehman & Zissu, P.C.
Jonathan Gelchinsky, Pierce Atwood, LLP

Tuesday Afternoon, Aug. 31

Hands-on Training:

12:00-2:00:   Ordering trademark clearance search reports; analyzing search reports; preparing opinions
Richard C. Gilmore, Maschoff Brennan Gilmore Israelsen & Wright 
Kelu Sullivan, Kelly IP, LLP

2:30-4:30:  Responding effectively to Office Actions
Jeremy Blackowicz, Day Pitney LLP
Jonathan Gelchinsky, Pierce Atwood LLP
Xheneta Ademi, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Lydia Betzer, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Wednesday Afternoon, Sept. 1

Dispute Counseling and Strategies
12:00-1:00: Cease and Desist Campaigns
Danae Robinson &
Erik Combs, Pirkey Barber PLLC

TTAB Practice & Procedure
1:30-1:35: Intro to TTAB Practice
Jeremy Blackowicz, Day Pitney LLP

1:35 – 2:30: Ex Parte Appeals
Anna King, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

3:00-4:30: Oppositions & Cancellations / Ethics
Clint Taylor &
Jason Joyal, Kelly IP, LLP

Dispute Counseling and Strategies
5:00-5:45: Dispute Investigations
Joel Beres, Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Thursday afternoon, Sept. 2

Board Practice Tips & Pitfalls 
12:00-2:00: TTAB Practice & Pitfalls
Wendy Cohen, TTAB Interlocutory Attorney 
Michael Adlin, TTAB Administrative Trademark Judge
Jim Donoian (Moderator), McCarter & English, LLP

Dispute Counseling and Strategies
2:30-3:30: Consent & Co-Existence Agreements
Michael Antonucci, Fross Zelnick

4:00-5:00: USDC Litigation
Brian Darville, 
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

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