Ronald D. Coleman to Speak at the McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium 2017

Ronald D. Coleman, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, will be a speaker at the upcoming McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium: Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2017. Part of the Archer team that appeared before the United States Supreme Court this January when it heard arguments in the historic free-speech and trademarks case Lee. v. Tam, Mr. Coleman will be speaking on Trademark Disparagement and the First Amendment, which were the issues before the high court in that case. Other topics being presented include International Trademark Law Updates, Empirical Issues in Trademark Law, and Latest Developments in gTLDs.

The McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium is an annual event, which brings together brand owners, trademark attorneys and public policymakers to face off on current, pressing issues in trademark law. The Institute partners with the heads of industry, government and legal practice to present this cutting-edge, annual symposium. Co-sponsored with Microsoft Corp., the conference will take place in the Amazon Corporate Conference Center in Seattle, Washington on Friday, February 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law is a premier trademark law institute. The Institute serves as the center of the University of San Francisco’s intellectual property and technology program and is devoted to advancing knowledge about trademark law around the globe.

Leading-edge involvement in trademark law and policy has been Mr. Coleman’s own “trademark” for decades. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading trademark professionals by World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000, Mr. Coleman is an experienced veteran of the enforcement side of trademark representation, having successfully represented some of the world’s leading luxury brands in enforcement programs and litigation, as well as advocated in the halls of Congress on behalf of trademark and brand owners on issues relating to legislative changes to secondary liability. Mr. Coleman has also made his mark representing paradigm-breaking Internet businesses in their successful efforts to resist the illegitimate use of trademark-based claims as a form of competition or to stifle free speech and criticism on the Internet. A leader in social media for lawyers, his blog about copyright, trademark and free speech, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®, has, since its inception in 2005, become one of the most influential publications in IP law. The firm’s intellectual property attorneys have been recognized by leading legal publications and rankings.

Mr. Coleman’s appearance at the McCarthy Institute will be as part of a panel that includes a sitting judge in the U.S. Patent Office’s Trademark Trials and Appeals Board, lawyers from Microsoft and Amazon, and Professor Thomas McCarthy, the leading commentator and author of the definitive treatise on trademark law, for whom the Institute is named. The panel’s subject of disparagement and free speech reached prominence as a result of the retroactive cancellation of the Washington Redskin’s trademark on the ground of disparagement, as well as the appeal by Simon Shiao Tam of the PTO’s refusal to register his trademark, THE SLANTS, as the name of Mr. Tam’s Asian-American rock band. Mr. Coleman has represented Mr. Tam from the time Mr. Tam filed his application to register his trademark through argument of Mr. Tam’s appeal of the PTO decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc. That court ruled in Mr. Tam’s favor in an historic decision in December of 2015, which struck the statutory ban on registration of “disparaging” trademarks as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The PTO appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court, where Archer partner John Connell, head of the firm’s appellate practice group, argued Mr. Tam’s case. Archer’s Tam appellate team, consisting of Mr. Coleman, Mr. Connell and Joel MacMull, received Managing Intellectual Property’s 2016 North America Award for their work on Mr. Tam’s behalf, which acknowledged the far-reaching implications of the case for the expansion of commercial free speech rights.

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