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The Association of Intellectual Property Firms’ 2014 Annual Meeting will take place on September 28th - 30th at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C.

IP Boutiques at the Crossroads of Legal Expertise and Client Value  will provide attendees with a well-rounded conference focused on the latest legal and business management topics.  To view the program schedule, click here.

Note that I am on the Board of Directors of the AIPF® and I will be speaking on ‘Brand Your IP Firm.’

AIPF 2014 meeting info

On behalf of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual property law, I have been involved in helping to organize this webinar on February 13th at 1pm EST.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Tips: Motions for Summary Judgment webinar to feature TTAB Judge.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the ABA-IPL will present this webinar featuring an in depth discussion of summary judgment and related issues in disputes before the USPTO’s trademark appeal board. Featuring TTAB Judge Michael Adlin and Interlocutory Attorneys Cheryl Goodman and Cheryl Butler, the panel will cover a variety of topics related to Summary Judgment Motions, including procedures, discovery, and accelerated case resolution (ACR). The webinar will run from 1:00 -2:30 PM EST and qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours in 60-minute-hour states and 1.8 CLE hours in 50-minute-hour states.

Register Now at: : http://apps.americanbar.org/cle/programs/t14msj1.html Event Code: CET4MSJ.

American Bar Association

Erik Pelton to present webinar: Market Your Firm Like a Pro

Posted by ipelton on: December 4th, 2013

Market Your Firm Like a Pro

AIPF Brand of Excellence Presentation

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:30PM EST

As the marketplace for intellectual property services grows, is your boutique IP firm taking advantage of today’s marketing tools, and consistently connecting with a pipeline of potential clients? Erik Pelton grew his trademark practice from humble beginnings to a position of thought leadership representing hundreds of trademark applicants each year. This WebIPHour will discuss how to make time for marketing, and where to focus on your practice’s marketing efforts. Topics will include:

  • Websites
  • Social Media
  • Newsletters
  • Blogs

Erik Pelton is the founder of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC, a boutique trademark firm in Falls Church, Virginia. Prior to starting the firm, Erik worked for two years as an examiner at the USPTO. In more than 10 years of private practice, he has registered nearly 2,000 1,00 U.S. trademarks for clients, represented dozens of parties in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board disputes, and practiced before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also the creator of the Apptorney iPhone® application for intellectual prop erty attorneys.

SPACE IS LIMITED

COST TO PARTICIPATE
Fee Waived for AIPF Member Attorneys
Fee Waived for In House Counsel/Corporate Managers
$100 per Telephone Line for Non AIPF Member Practicing Attorneys PAY BY CREDIT CARD

*For membership information, please contact AIPF Executive Office at admin@aipf.com or 1.201.403.0927.

On Thursday 4/18/13, 4 pm EST, I will present an online

Faculty Focused Community Conversation for the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP)

Program details: This discussion with trademark attorney and former USPTO trademark examiner Erik Pelton will cover basic trademark principals as well as several topics with particular impact on those in higher education, such as ownership issues and overbroad assertions of trademark rights.

For more information about Center for Intellectual Property (CIP), please visit http://www.cipcommunity.org/

Here is a brief outline of some of the topics that will be addressed:

  • What is trademark protection?
    • Strong vs. weak trademark
    • Proper use
    • Registration
    • Infringement
  • Trademark issues and higher education
    • School logos and other marks
    • Re-branding (see: UC)
    • Interesting marks: mascots, class rings, and more
    • Ownership issues
    • joint ventures, contracts, etc.
  • Trademark bullying
    • What is it?
    • Penn Law School / Louis Vuitton
    • How it impacts the public
    • Avoiding backlash

I am proud to be one of the organizers for a new event that promises to be educational, exciting and unique. On April 24th, 2013, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the Intellectual Property Law committee of the American Bar Association will present the first ABA-IPL Trademark Day: Behind the Scenes at the USPTO. The program is sure to be valuable to both new and experienced trademark practitioners. The event will feature a live TTAB hearing, and presentations from USPTO senior staff including the Commissioner for Trademarks Deborah Cohn and Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Gerard F. Rodgers. 

Details from the ABA’s website:

On April 24, 2013, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, in conjunction with the USPTO, will host the inaugural ABA-IPL Trademark Day: Behind the Scenes at the USPTO. The program will take place at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The USPTO Operations Relating to Trademarks and Ex Parte Trademark Practice Committee and the USPTO Inter Partes Trademark Practice Committee invite you to join in on this exciting opportunity to learn more about the USPTO trademark operations up close and to network with USPTO officials.

The program will feature presentations from Trademark Office officials on topics such as electronic application filings, USPTO website tools, TTAB filings and procedures, and more, as well as a live TTAB hearing. Attendees will learn more about the examination process and the USPTO’s trademark operations. There will also be an opportunity for networking during lunch. Participants on behalf of the USPTO include Commissioner for Trademarks, Deborah Cohn, and Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Gerard F. Rogers.

Cost to attend is $50 ($30 for law students) including lunch, with 1.5 hours of CLE credits available.
Registration is now open.

Space is limited so be sure to register early!

If you have any questions, please let me know.