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Academic Day (for Professors)
Monday, May 4



10:15 am–11:30 am 
CM03 A Moving Line? Exploring the Boundaries of Trademark Enforcement and Trademark Misuse
Intermediate Level

From the trademark office to the legal academy, and from legislatures to the courts, questions about the boundaries between vigorous trademark enforcement and improper overreaching have come to the forefront. Are famous brands and celebrities going too far? Are companies improperly trying to monopolize language, designs and other product attributes through trademark and trade dress claims? This year, the all-professor panel will consider the line between the responsibility for trademark enforcement and trademark misuse.
 
Moderator:
Irene Calboli, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Speakers:
Stacey Dogan, Boston University Law School (United States)
Hugh Hansen, Fordham University School of Law (United States)
Spyros Maniatis, Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
12:00 pm–1:45 pm
Sex, Drugs, and Motorcycle Clubs: Trademark Issues on the Edge
(Professor Luncheon - For full-time professors or by invitation only)

Companies in industries that are deemed by some as controversial face certain unique challenges in building a brand, registering a mark federally and enforcing it. Yet, should trademark law treat these businesses differently than other businesses? At this lunch, we will hear from attorneys with experience in representing the trademark interests of the Hells Angels bikers organization, companies in the cannabis industry and adult content in the digital media industry.

Moderator:
David Bell, Haynes and Boone LLP (United States)

Speakers:
Todd Alberstone, Alberstone Consulting (United States)
Fritz Clapp, Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, CyclePath Productions, Sonny Barger Productions (United States)
Shabnam Malek, Cobalt LLP (United States)
2:00 pm–3:15 pm 
Trademark Scholarship Symposium

The Symposium presents an opportunity for trademark scholars from around the world (including full-time and part-time professors, graduates and post-graduate students) to participate in small group discussions of scholarly works-in-progress. Each selected scholar will present their project in a workshop setting, receive comments, and then have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with other academic scholars and accomplished trademark practitioners.
           

SESSION I - TRACK ONE

Trademarks as Club Goods

Speakers:
Abraham Bell, Gideon Parchomovsky (United States)
Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law (United States)


The Story of Luxury Products and the (Broken) Promise of Superior Quality in a World of Prestige for the Masses

Speaker:
Irene Calboli, National University of Singapore (Singapore)/Marquette University Law School (United States)



SESSION I - TRACK TWO

What Can Harm the Reputation of a Trademark? A Critical Re-Evaluation of Dilution by Tarnishment

Speaker:
Michael Handler, The University of New South Wales (Australia)

Well-Known Trademarks under Trademark Licensing

Speaker:
Neil Wilkof, Dr. Eyal Bressler Ltd. (Israel)

3:30 pm–4:45 pm 
Trademark Scholarship Symposium
                     
SESSION II – TRACK ONE   
 
           
Willfulness

Speaker:

David Welkowitz, Whittier Law School (United States)



Policing the Cease-and-Desist Letter

Speaker:

Leah Chan Grinvald, Suffolk University School of Law (United States)


SESSION II – TRACK TWO     

           
Trademark Law as an Agency Problem

Speaker:

James Gibson, University of Richmond School of Law (United States)

 

Trademarking Everything? Why Brands Should Care About Limits on Trademark Rights

Speaker:

Lisa Ramsey, University of San Diego School of Law (United States)

5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Academic and Young Practitioner Happy Hour

Don’t miss this excellent networking opportunity for law and paralegal students and practitioners new to trademark law, as well as professors and adjunct professors. Enjoy a cocktail with colleagues while discussing interesting new trademark law developments.
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