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Fireside Chat: Practice Tips and Current Initiatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


With this program you will receive free access to the Licensing of Intellectual Property Excerpt provided by Law Journal Press
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Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

Corporate Counsel is honored to welcome Dan Vavonese to share his inside perspective on how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is working enhance the customer service experience, streamline the electronic application process, change fees, modify non-use cancellations and more.

This program was recorded on November 10th, 2016 as part of Corporate Counsel presents The 8th Annual IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Counsel Forum.

Provided By: ALM Events

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Enhancing the Customer Service Experience
  • E-Government Statistic
  • Why File TEAS Plus?
  • Fee Change
  • Proof of Use Pilot
  • Designing a US Nonuse Cancellation Procedure
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: November 10, 2016

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This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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Panelist Biographies

Vanessa A. Ignacio

Lowenstein Sandler

Vanessa’s practice blends science and art to prosecute and enforce trademarks for a diverse group of clients. While her advice to companies on the clearance, development, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks is scientifically precise, she has proven herself an effective and artful negotiator with trademark examiners.

Clients from industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and consumer goods benefit from Vanessa’s extensive experience in crafting successful trademark applications. Should an application be rejected, Vanessa has a stellar track record of overcoming agency objections with substantive responses that ultimately secure her clients’ marks.

Vanessa routinely manages trademark portfolios–from brand selection to clearance and registration to licensing, maintenance, and enforcement–and thousands of marks for hundreds of clients. Highly experienced in all aspects of enforcing brands online, she has an impeccable record of success in fighting off cybersquatters–third parties that illegally use marks on a website or in a domain name.

When it comes to confronting third parties that apply for marks that resemble her clients’, Vanessa has been equally successful in handling opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in managing contested proceedings in jurisdictions around the world.

While Vanessa’s proactive approach often helps clients avoid the delays and disruption of a court case, she also provides strategic counsel if litigation becomes necessary.

Dan Vavonese

Group Director, Trademark Examination
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dan Vavonese is a Group Director for the Trademark Law Offices. He has been with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1995, where he has also worked as a Trademark examining attorney, Senior supervisory attorney and Managing attorney. He has served as the Business Architect for Trademarks and has assisted in the planning and development of the Trademarks Next Generation examination system.

Dan received his B.S. in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo, and his J.D from University of Baltimore School of Law.

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