Trademark Essentials for In-House Counsel: Best Practices for Managing the Most Common In-House Trademark Issues

Event Description

Most companies have one or more brands they are trying to protect from infringement, and many In-House Counsel are corporate generalists without the specific skillset required to weigh-in on this highly nuanced area of the law. However, as the attorney for the company, it’s never been more important to know how to identify these issues and be savvy about solutions.

 

There is always a natural tension between marketing and legal when it comes to matters of protecting the brand. Whether In-House Counsel has the assistance of outside counsel, it’s critical to learn the fundamentals of trademark law and brand protection, including the instances where rights of publicity and copyright rights are likely to pose a problem in most corporate environments. Armed with this knowledge, In-House Counsel will be able to protect the company’s brands and conserve outside counsel resources.

 

With that in mind, In-House Connect is pleased to feature Stacey C. Kalamaras of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC, who will present a dynamic presentation for In-House Counsel on the fundamentals of trademark law and related brand protection issues. The following topics (and more) will be addressed:

 

– What a trademark is, including the purpose and scope of trademark rights

– The different kinds of trademarks

– The strength and hierarchy of trademark rights

– The value of trademark rights

– The USPTO process

– How to properly use a trademark to retain its value

– When you might consider referring a matter to outside trademark counsel

– How to commercially exploit a trademark in licensing and other agreements

– How trademarks rights factor into the due diligence process when a company is bought or sold

 

In addition, Stacey will illustrate her presentation with some war stories to prove the importance of protecting and enforcing a company’s trademarks.

 

CLE Information

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: NY, CA, CO, PA, IL, TN, TX, OH, MN, NC, and VA.

 

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND.

 

This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

 

You will receive an event reminder message which will include a link to a CLE submission form and the written materials. If you do not receive the event reminder message please email Info@inhouseconnect.org.

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for general practitioners/corporate counsel generalists who are interested in developing a better understanding of how best to protect the company’s brands within the scope of intellectual property law.

 

Virtual Networking

After Audience Q&A, all are invited to engage in virtual networking (video cameras ON), where you can meet our speaker, ask questions and get advice, share best practices, and network with in-house counsel and legal professionals from all across North America!

 

Will this event be recorded?

This event will be recorded and posted within 15 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible, but you can watch the recording at 1.5x or 2x speed!

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference
• 12:00 pm -1:20 pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A
• 1:20 pm -1:45 pm ET: Virtual Networking via Breakout Rooms

Stacey C. Kalamaras is the founding partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC and is a seasoned trademark, copyright, and advertising lawyer with a combination of Big Law, in-house, and prior business management experience. Stacey has extensive experience managing large, global trademark portfolios in more than 150 countries for clients in diverse industries. Her firm’s focus is creatively assisting small and medium sized businesses navigate the legal landscape to create distinctive brands and differentiate their businesses in an ever-changing marketplace. Stacey regularly counsels clients on the clearance and adoption of new trademarks, develops strategic protection and enforcement programs through her extensive experience with trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting strategies, and grows portfolios by conducting IP due diligence matters. In addition, she is well-versed in drafting and negotiating licensing and other IP/advertising agreements as necessary to protect, enforce, and commercialize brands.

 

Before going to law school, she was a brand manager and advertising director in the consumer-packaged goods industry, which gives her valuable insight into her clients’ businesses on a practical level.

Stacey has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer® for the past three years for her outstanding knowledge and service in intellectual property law, a recognition and honor given to just 5% of the lawyers in Illinois, was profiled by The Top 100 Magazine as a top lawyer for 2020 and is ranked among World IP Forum’s 2021 list of 250 Powerful Women in IP. Since starting her law firm, she has educated over 4,000 lawyers on four continents on a variety of IP topics.

 

In February 2020, Stacey realized a long-awaited passion project and launched Trademarkabilities®, an online trademark academy for lawyers, with a single mission: to prepare lawyers to become confident and effective trademark practitioners before the USPTO and be practice ready to help their clients.

 

Stacey is a current member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and a past member of the editorial subcommittee of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of INTA. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Trademark Lawyer Magazine. In her spare time, she loves to play and watch tennis. She can be reached at info@klolegal.com with any questions.

Title:
Trademark Essentials for In-House Counsel

Time:
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Stacey C. Kalamaras is the founding partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC and is a seasoned trademark, copyright, and advertising lawyer with a combination of Big Law, in-house, and prior business management experience. Stacey has extensive experience managing large, global trademark portfolios in more than 150 countries for clients in diverse industries. Her firm’s focus is creatively assisting small and medium sized businesses navigate the legal landscape to create distinctive brands and differentiate their businesses in an ever-changing marketplace. Stacey regularly counsels clients on the clearance and adoption of new trademarks, develops strategic protection and enforcement programs through her extensive experience with trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting strategies, and grows portfolios by conducting IP due diligence matters. In addition, she is well-versed in drafting and negotiating licensing and other IP/advertising agreements as necessary to protect, enforce, and commercialize brands.

 

Before going to law school, she was a brand manager and advertising director in the consumer-packaged goods industry, which gives her valuable insight into her clients’ businesses on a practical level.

Stacey has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer® for the past three years for her outstanding knowledge and service in intellectual property law, a recognition and honor given to just 5% of the lawyers in Illinois, was profiled by The Top 100 Magazine as a top lawyer for 2020 and is ranked among World IP Forum’s 2021 list of 250 Powerful Women in IP. Since starting her law firm, she has educated over 4,000 lawyers on four continents on a variety of IP topics.

 

In February 2020, Stacey realized a long-awaited passion project and launched Trademarkabilities®, an online trademark academy for lawyers, with a single mission: to prepare lawyers to become confident and effective trademark practitioners before the USPTO and be practice ready to help their clients.

 

Stacey is a current member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and a past member of the editorial subcommittee of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of INTA. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Trademark Lawyer Magazine. In her spare time, she loves to play and watch tennis. She can be reached at info@klolegal.com with any questions.

Title:
Trademark Essentials for In-House Counsel

Time:
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Trademark Essentials for In-House Counsel: Best Practices for Managing the Most Common In-House Trademark Issues

About the Event

Most companies have one or more brands they are trying to protect from infringement, and many In-House Counsel are corporate generalists without the specific skillset required to weigh-in on this highly nuanced area of the law. However, as the attorney for the company, it’s never been more important to know how to identify these issues and be savvy about solutions.

 

There is always a natural tension between marketing and legal when it comes to matters of protecting the brand. Whether In-House Counsel has the assistance of outside counsel, it’s critical to learn the fundamentals of trademark law and brand protection, including the instances where rights of publicity and copyright rights are likely to pose a problem in most corporate environments. Armed with this knowledge, In-House Counsel will be able to protect the company’s brands and conserve outside counsel resources.

 

With that in mind, In-House Connect is pleased to feature Stacey C. Kalamaras of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC, who will present a dynamic presentation for In-House Counsel on the fundamentals of trademark law and related brand protection issues. The following topics (and more) will be addressed:

 

– What a trademark is, including the purpose and scope of trademark rights

– The different kinds of trademarks

– The strength and hierarchy of trademark rights

– The value of trademark rights

– The USPTO process

– How to properly use a trademark to retain its value

– When you might consider referring a matter to outside trademark counsel

– How to commercially exploit a trademark in licensing and other agreements

– How trademarks rights factor into the due diligence process when a company is bought or sold

 

In addition, Stacey will illustrate her presentation with some war stories to prove the importance of protecting and enforcing a company’s trademarks.

 

CLE Information

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: NY, CA, CO, PA, IL, TN, TX, OH, MN, NC, and VA.

 

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND.

 

This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

 

You will receive an event reminder message which will include a link to a CLE submission form and the written materials. If you do not receive the event reminder message please email Info@inhouseconnect.org.

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for general practitioners/corporate counsel generalists who are interested in developing a better understanding of how best to protect the company’s brands within the scope of intellectual property law.

 

Virtual Networking

After Audience Q&A, all are invited to engage in virtual networking (video cameras ON), where you can meet our speaker, ask questions and get advice, share best practices, and network with in-house counsel and legal professionals from all across North America!

 

Will this event be recorded?

This event will be recorded and posted within 15 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible, but you can watch the recording at 1.5x or 2x speed!

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference
• 12:00 pm -1:20 pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A
• 1:20 pm -1:45 pm ET: Virtual Networking via Breakout Rooms

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