Trademark and Domain Name Developments (from Annual Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute 2017) (Online Seminar)

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MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
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Price: $70 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2020


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of one session from the September 2017 live seminar, 18th Annual Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute 2017.

John Farmer covers the latest trademark and domain name developments.

Topics covered include:

  • New USPTO actions to combat trademark registration deadwood
  • First Amendment developments: Disparaging marks, dirty words, and viewpoint discrimination
  • Is the use-in-commerce requirement for mark registration dead?
  • Consequences of failing to do mark-infringement watching and policing—recent cases.
  • Handling tricky issues in registering a mark related to software-as-a service
  • When does public misuse of a mark make it generic?




John B. Farmer, Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC / Richmond


John B. Farmer is a member of the Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC, an intellectual property (“IP”) boutique law firm in Richmond, Virginia.  He recently completed a three-year term as chairman of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He writes a monthly IP and technology law column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  He is listed in the top rank of Virginia IP attorneys by Chambers USA and listed for IP in Best Lawyers in America.  Mr. Farmer is a past chair of the IP Section of the Virginia State Bar.  He is a past president of the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association.  He graduated from the University of Virginia and its law school.  After graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Donald S. Russell, Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.

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