The statute that keeps on giving

PTO15_LongBannerV2I am grateful for a break in the Section 2(a) action long enough that I could sneak in some blogging about another topic this week.  Apropos that post’s nostalgic subject, it even generated some old-fashioned comments-section debate about fair use with me on the unaccustomed side of things before breaking developments returned us to our monotonously scheduled programming.

Stephen Baird
Steve Baird: Unlikely to be Confused.

Yes… the thing about Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act — have you heard about that one? — is that, much like whatever it was Yogi Berra was talking about, it’s not over till it’s over.  And it is most assuredly not over.

And neither are the disparaging, immoral and scandalous panels.  So I’d be remiss not to use this space to invite readers to the Intellectual Property Owners Association 25th Annual Conference on USPTO Law & Practice, or “PTO Day,” on March 10, 2015.  Because of my involvement in a certain appeal relating to that law, I will be participating in just such a panel at that conference.

Join LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® (we are one and the same) along with my friend (and past Minnesota CLE host),über-trademark-blogger Stephen Baird (got logrolling?); Jesse Witten — with whom I have also been, um, impaneled recently; and Cynthia Lynch of the PTO in an afternoon session on the trademark track.

John Welch:  Inherently Distinctive
John Welch: Inherently Distinctive

Other friendly mustachioed faces will include that of John “Keeping Tabs on the TTAB®” Welch, who will be presenting, with characteristic wit and grace on recent trademark case law earlier in the day.  Who better?

So don’t be pokey about it!  The program is here, if for some reason you need to know more; click here to register.

UPDATE:  See below for my CLE supplement distributed to attendees.  Much of it will appear familiar to readers of the blog, in substance if not quite in tone.

UPDATE:  Excellent analysis on our little piece of it by Tamlin Basin of BNA.

Ron Coleman

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