Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2022 (On Demand 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: 08/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2022 webcast, Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2022.

Course Outline

  • 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 are discussed along with the best practices for handling them

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 are permitted. This program provides an update on the most important recent developments in trademark and examines 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 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?
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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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