The main objective of this course is to give students a basic understanding of trademark law and trademark prosecution and provide practical experience in responding to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) office actions. The student will also be introduced to the procedures for trademark clearance and learn practical tools for the effective advising and counseling of clients on trademark issues. Assignments will include creating or designing a trademark, performing a trademark search on the student’s mark, preparing a trademark availability opinion, preparing a federal trademark application on the student’s mark, and drafting responses to possible Office Actions which might be issued by the USPTO on the trademark application. There will be no text book. We will read cases assigned from the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO. The class will be a combination of lecture, group discussions, and practical exercises.
This is an elective course.
- Intellectual Property