PIPG to Host International Trademark Symposium

Penn Intellectual Property Group's second annual symposium, to be held on Wednesday, April 1st, is titled "Trademark Law in a Global Economy." We are interested in exploring modern issues in trademark law that have arisen as a result of the globalization of businesses and the rise of the Internet. Specific panel topics are (1) trademark use in virtual environments, and (2) trademark protection in a globalized world (discussing the trademark problems businesses face as they attempt to expand globally, as well as the increasing importance of the Internet for global IP law).

The symposium will be held on the Penn Law campus in Philadelphia, and will run from approximately 10:00am - 3:00pm.

PIPG would like to thank Jones Day for its generous support.

The full schedule is as follows:

10:00: Check-in and breakfast

10:30-12:00: Panel 1
“Trademark Use in Virtual Environments”
Moderator: Prof. Christopher Yoo
• Bryce Coughlin, Steptoe & Johnson
• Kevin Goldstein, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
• James Grimmelmann, New York Law School
• Sharon Marsh, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

12:00-12:30: Lunch

12:30-1:15: Bret Parker, VP, Chief Trademark & Copyright Counsel, and Asst. GC, Wyeth
"View from the Corporate Frontline: Practical Thoughts on the Benefits and Pitfalls for Brand Owners in the Global Online World"

1:15-1:30: Break

1:30-3:00: Panel 2
“Trademark Protection in a Globalized World”
Moderator: The Hon. Kent Jordan
• Glenn Gundersen, Dechert
• Marcia Paul, Davis Wright Tremaine
• Jef Pearlman, Public Knowledge
• Martin Schwimmer, Moses & Singer
• Peter Vogl, Jones Day

If you are a practicing attorney or a law student and you would like to attend, please contact me at karenac@law.upenn.edu. There are 3.5 CLE credits available for this event.