Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2023

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Friday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fees: Live on Site: $159
Webcast: $159
Telephone: $179


Why Attend?

  • Learn about the latest and most important developments in trademark law
  • For trademark novices, the discussion of each new development will include background on how that area of trademark law works
  • For experienced trademark practitioners, essential facets of the latest developments will be discussed along with accompanying best practices for handling them

Trademark law evolves rapidly. Providing an update on the most important developments in trademark law occurring over the past year, this year’s program will examine the effects of recent Supreme Court decisions, recent case law developments in the USPTO’s classification of trademarks, and how to avoid some trademark application pitfalls.

For trademark-law novices, within each development, the program will provide background concerning that area of trademark law. For experienced trademark-law practitioners, each development will examine the important details of the development and best practices and practice pointers for handling it.

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

Topics will include:

  • Recent USPTO administrative developments that affect your practice
  • Supreme Court
    • Redrawing liability lines for trademark infringement, protected parodies, artistic expression, and free-speech protection
    • The extent to which U.S. trademark law governs action outside the U.S.
  • Shifting USPTO sands, recent case law developments in:
    • What does NOT constitute a trademark
    • What is merely a descriptive or generic term
    • Using third-party trademark registrations to bolster your case
  • Application pitfalls
    • Claiming broad goods/services without due diligence can bite you
    • New consequences of changing your tune on when you first used your trademark
  • When your older similar trademark registrations sometimes can help you secure newer ones
  • Quick hits on other important developments
  • Big cases to watch


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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Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
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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 6) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Recent Developments in Trademark Law 2023
1:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Richmond/Innsbrook 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.

Mr. Farmer 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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