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Webinar: Trademark Registrations and the Alcohol Beverage Industry

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

Presented by the Trademark Interest Group.

The webinar will focus on issues concerning the registration of trademarks associated with the sale of various alcoholic beverages, as well as service marks regarding services involving the sale of alcoholic beverages. The webinar will assess the potential for consumer confusion, as well as issues regarding descriptiveness, geographic descriptiveness, genericness, trade dress, and consent agreements when seeking to register a mark used in connection with alcoholic beverages. The “something more” requirement in determining whether alcoholic beverages, on the one hand, and services that include the sale of alcoholic beverages, i.e., restaurant services, on the other, are related goods and services will also be addressed.

Moderator: Mary A. Harris

Katie McKnight is an Interlocutory Attorney with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). Prior to joining the TTAB, Ms. McKnight was in private practice in San Francisco with the law firms Harvey Siskind, Fenwick & West, and Novak Druce + Quigg. Ms. McKnight received a J.D. and Masters in Intellectual Property, Commerce & Technology from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Virginia.

Judge George C. Pologeorgis is an Administrative Trademark Judge (ATJ) with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mr. Pologeorgis began his career with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 1994 as a Trademark Examining Attorney. From 2003-2006, Mr. Pologeorgis was a staff attorney with the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training at the USPTO. From 2006 until his appointment as an ATJ in December 2015, Mr. Pologeorgis was an Interlocutory Attorney at the TTAB. Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Pologeorgis was in private practice in New York and Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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