Intellectual Property How-To Jam Session (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 7/31/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2014 webcast, Intellectual Property How-To Jam Session.

Recent legislative changes and court rulings have significantly altered the intellectual property law landscape. No lawyer can afford to avoid having at least a basic working knowledge of intellectual property. This seminar is designed to provide you with basic information every practicing lawyer needs to know about intellectual property protection in the United States, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. These specialized areas of the law show up both in expected situations, such as the sale of business assets where the brand name or product name is involved, and in unexpected situations such as the simple employment contract where companies are more frequently requiring employees to sign away all rights to any invention as part of their employment. The unwary attorney may overlook very important and far-reaching consequences to their clients, or in fact may not even be aware they are being overlooked until it is too late.

Our experienced attorneys will lead you through the topics in a general manner, enabling you to spot the primary issues and deal with them appropriately. The seminar is not designed to make you an Intellectual Property attorney: it is designed to make you a better attorney in whatever area you practice.


Intellectual Property How-To Jam Session
Introduction and Overview—Thomas M. Dunlap

  • What is IP?  Differences and overlap between Trademarks, Patents, and Copyright

Copyright—Antonio Vann

  • Registration rights
  • Post-registration: Licensing and litigation issues

Patents—Thomas Dunlap

  • What are they, what do they protect?
  • How the America Invents Act has changed patent prosecution rights
  • Patent disputes in brief; pitfalls to be avoided

Trade Secrets—Antonio Vann

  • The trade secret, and how your client keeps it protected
  • Why you may not want to apply for a patent for your client’s trade secret
  • Steps you and your client should take to enforce a theft of your client’s trade secrets

Trademarks—Thomas Dunlap

  • Selection: Selecting and preclearing trademarks.
  • Prosecution: Filing trademarks and getting it right, plus office actions
  • Registration: Disputes, policing and enforcement of trademarks

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Thomas M. Dunlap, DunlapWeaver / Leesburg
Tom Dunlap’s practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, commercial, business and government contracts disputes, litigation and transactions. He has authored numerous books, including Chapter 8 of the Virginia Lawyer’s Deskbook (Intellectual Property) (2013), IP Litigation for the Everyday Lawyer (2011), and Speaking Objections (2009).  In addition to the state and federal courts of DC, VA, and MD, he is a member of the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Circuit, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Supreme Court, where he presently has a case pending involving claims the False Claims Act (See United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co.).  Mr. Dunlap has been repeatedly named a Virginia SuperLawyer (top 2.5%), maintains an AVVO “Superb” rating (10.0), and has been named to various lists for litigation work such as the “Power 100” (Hollywood Reporter), “Top 12” (Northern Virginia Magazine), and Who’s Who in American Law.

Antonio Vann, DunlapWeaver / Leesburg
Antonio Vann’s practice focuses on global brand management, including trademark prosecution, search and opinions, oppositions, cancellations, copyright registration, licensing and Internet related issues. He represents both domestic and international clients in several industries.  His other practice areas include contracts, franchise, and bankruptcy law.  Mr. Vann graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, in 2009. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hampton University in 1999.

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