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WEBCAST: Scandalous Marks on Brunetti’s One-Year Anniversary: The Decision’s Impact and the PTO’s Commonplace Words Doctrine

Date(s):
June 24, 2020
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Credit: 0 Credit Hours

Registration is now closed. If you missed this program, it will be available in our On-Demand Library on Monday, June 29th.
 

Please note: This program has been rescheduled from May 20, 2020.

The program will explore the impact of Iancu v. Brunetti, which held it unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause to bar registration of trademarks under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act deemed “scandalous” or “immoral.” Speaker John R. Sommer, Brunetti’s SCOTUS counsel, will provide first-hand insights into the case and, his experience, one year later, as he continues to address subsequent refusals of Mr. Brunetti’s applications for “FUCT” and other marks.  Speaker Megan Carpenter, Dean and Professor at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, and an internationally known academic expert on intellectual property, and its role in entrepreneurship, branding, and the arts, will provide further insights.  They will examine the USPTO’s new response – refusing scandalous marks on the novel ground that “commonplace words” must be refused – and the implications for brand owners whose mark is a common word, such as APPLE or UNITED.  The speakers will also consider whether it follows from Brunetti that other provisions of the trademark statute are unconstitutional and will delve into developments on scandalous refusals internationally.
 
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Sponsored by: Trademark Committee of the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Community
Communities of Interest: D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community; D.C. Bar Law Student Community
Cosponsoring: California Lawyers Association; The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC); San Diego County Bar Association; University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law; Virginia State Bar IP Section

Webcast registrants will receive access information by logging into the D.C. Bar website. You will need a headset or working computer speakers to hear the audio portion of the presentation.

Speakers:
  • Megan Carpenter, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • John R. Sommer, Esq., Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Stussy, Inc. and Private Counsel
  • Belinda J. Scrimenti, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP (Moderator)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
$0 D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law/Related Community Member
$0 D.C. Bar AEMS Law Community Member 
$0 D.C. Bar Law Student Community Member
$10 Government/Non-Profit
$10 Cosponsor Member
$15 D.C. Bar Member
$30 Non-Member
$95 Group Webcast, up to 20 registrants - only offered during the early bird period
$150 Group Webcast, over 20 registrants - only offered during the early bird period

REGULAR REGISTRATION *After June 19, 2020
$10 D.C. Bar Law Student Community Member
$15 D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law/Related Community Member
$15 D.C. Bar AEMS Law Community Member
$20 Government/Non-Profit
$20 Cosponsor Member
$25 D.C. Bar Member
$40 Non-Member
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John Sommer, Esq., Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Stussy, Inc. and Private Counsel

Megan Carpenter, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Belinda Scrimenti, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP (Moderator)

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