Essentials of Intellectual Property (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the May 2018 webcast, Essentials of Intellectual Property.

Course Benefits

Copyrights, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Trademarks in two hours

  • Gain a working knowledge of IP law, and the ability to spot issues
  • Learn how IP may be a factor in any type of case
  • Understand the situations when you can handle the IP issue, or when you need help

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.

Introduction and Overview

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


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


  • 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

  • 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


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




Thomas M. Dunlap, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Vienna
Antonio Vann, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Leesburg

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