This seminar is directed primarily to students interested in gaining real-world trademark experience through reviewing and engaging in client counseling, search analysis, trademark application and prosecution processes on behalf of a fictional client. The focus is on learning substantive and procedural aspects of practice before the Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and on developing counseling and strategic analysis skills. Regular writing assignments will include preparation of trademark applications, responses to Office Actions, analyzing the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, and drafting settlement and coexistence agreements. Students will also engage in goal setting at the outset of the course, and have the opportunity to re-review an early assignment in light of the progression of their skill building. The course also features guest lectures from practicing trademark attorneys, whether in a law firm or an in-house role.
Prerequisite: Intellectual Property Survey