Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2022

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Friday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fees: Live on Site: $159
Webcast: $159
Telephone: $179


Why Attend?

  • Explore the latest developments in trademark law, including the Trademark Modernization Act
  • For trademark novices, the discussion of each new development covers the background on that area of trademark law
  • For more experienced trademark practitioners, important facets of the latest developments will be discussed along with the best practices for handling them
  • BONUS: For no extra charge, an assortment of box lunches will be provided to those attending in person at the Bobzien-Gaither Education Center on October 21!

The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 amends the Lanham Act and has made significant changes to practice protocols at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), especially in regard to the kinds of applications that will be permitted. This program will provide an update on the most important recent developments in trademark and will examine the significant details and best practices while providing practice pointers for handling these changes in the law.

Join us for this essential program taught by John Farmer, an intellectual property attorney with over 30 years of experience in trademark law. Mr. Farmer has taught an annual update on recent developments in trademark law for Virginia CLE® for over 15 years.

Topics will include recent administrative developments at the USPTO that will affect your practice and expert evaluation of the Trademark Modernization Act and other trending topics, including answers to the following questions:

  • Do mark-infringement settlements that limit online advertising violate antitrust law?
  • Does the First Amendment protect referencing public figures in trademark registrations?
  • When are trademark rights overridden by First Amendment free-speech protection?
  • Are social media influencers liable for mark infringement if they promote infringing products or services?


The Bobzien-Gaither Education Center in Richmond/Innsbrook is our new state-of-the-art facility designed with your safety in mind. It features a Centurion air filtration system, which quickly and effectively eliminates viruses and bacteria. Additionally, the facility is thoroughly cleaned before each seminar, and face masks and hand sanitizer will be available.


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(Last updated March 2, 2022)


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Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

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Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (October 21) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2022
1:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Richmond begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



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 served 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. Mr. Farmer is listed in the top rank of Virginia IP attorneys by Chambers USA and listed for IP in Best Lawyers in America. He 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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