COVID-19: Trademark Modernization Act

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The COVID-19 relief and government spending bill entitled the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 signed into law on December 27, 2020, included significant new trademark provisions.

For trademark owners, the legislation incorporates the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020, H.R. 6196, likely the most significant trademark legislation since the Lanham Act’s enactment nearly 75 years ago. It will change trademark practice in multiple ways, including:

  • Providing a statutory rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm to benefit brand owners in trademark litigation; and
  • Creating new expungement and reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to more efficiently remove unused marks from the registry.

In this program, we will discuss what these key changes mean and their impact for trademark owners.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PT
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. MT
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

CLE Credit:

Texas: "This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hour.”

New York: “This transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.0 credit hour can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement.”

California: “This activity is approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 credit hour.”

Additional Resources:

Significant Changes to U.S. Trademark and Copyright Law Included in Latest Coronavirus Relief Legislation