NYIPLA: Hot topics and a generic presentation

This Thursday is the hot summer half-day of sizzling CLE: The “Hot Topics in Intellectual Property” extravaganza at the New York Intellectual Property Association. And I will be presenting on the problem of how to square “incontestable” trademark registration privileges with a defense of genericness to a claim of infringement.

New York Intellectual Property Law Association - Hot Topics In Intellectual Property, July 18 2019

If it’s “incontestable,” how can you defend against the validity of the trademark? Well, if it’s generic, how is it a trademark? Pieces of paper with gold seals on them don’t make trademarks.

If this sounds familiar, yes, I have written about this hot topic before, in this post. And I have litigated it, too (that litigation is still in progress). So I will not use up what few ideas I may have left on the matter, or I’ll have to change my mind about by Thursday.

Here is the rest of the program:

HOT TOPICS IN IP LAW - KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LESLEY FAIR, FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION - NY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION

Anyway, there’s still time to register, and the gala event will take place at the lovely Princeton Club at 15 West 43rd Street. What could be nicer than Manhattan in July?

Besides Washington DC in July, I mean?

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