Directors Tracy-Gene G. Durkin and Monica Riva Talley will be speaking at IPWatchdog's Annual Meeting 2020 in Dallax, TX on March 15-18, 2020. Tracy's panel is titled “Worldwide Design Rights: Strategic Use of Design Rights in the Era of Alice” and Monica's is titled "Trademark Strategy: fighting Knock-offs, Counterfeits & Brand Abuse." Descriptions of the two panels are below:
Worldwide Design Rights: Strategic Use of Design Rights in the Era of Alice
Day 3: March 17, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.
Design rights can also be an extremely useful tool in your intellectual property arsenal, particularly when you are attempting to create overlapping protection. This panel will summarize the various design-related legal rights that are available to build value. The panel will provide best practices for identifying when and how to interface with legal counsel when such rights might be available and provide case examples for protection strategies in different product segments. When and how to use the Hague Agreement, as well as design related litigation will also be discussed.
Trademark Strategy: Fighting Knock-offs, Counterfeits & Brand Abuse
Day 2: March 16, 2020 at 3:50 p.m.
Many companies are continually using design patents and trademarks to fight against knock-offs from entering the United States. Companies like Nike and Adidas, as well as professional sports leagues like the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association are constantly fighting what seems to be a losing battle when it comes to keeping counterfeits off Amazon and other online platforms. What are the primary considerations a brand owner must keep in mind? What are the best practices in the global fight against counterfeits?