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The U.S. Supreme Court in March 2015 has delivered a significant decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. The Court affirms that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) rulings on the likelihood of confusion of trademarks may have a binding, preclusive effect on later Federal Court trademark infringement proceedings so long as the ordinary elements of issue preclusion are met, and the usages adjudicated by the TTAB are materially the same as those before a district court.
This case could substantially impact not only trademark enforcement strategies, but also the clearance of trademarks and prosecution strategies before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will review the B&B Hardware v. Hargis case and will explain the significance and possible repercussions of the rulings and how brand owners can safeguard their trademarks in the future. Speakers will also provide best practices in developing and implementing effective trademark protection strategies to protect against infringement.
Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Rulings
Preclusive Effect: An Overview
Coverage and Limitation
U.S. Trademark Application
Likelihood of Confusion
Changes and Implications for Practitioners
Risks and Pitfalls in Trademarks
Infringement Mitigation Strategies
To view the webcast go to this link: https://youtu.be/aVox4JrSIkw
To learn more about the webcast please visit our website: http://theknowledgegroup.org