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Relevant Trademark Law


Where does trademark protection come from?

Trademarks are governed by both state and federal law. Originally, state common law provided the main source of protection for trademarks. However, in the late 1800s, the U.S. Congress enacted the first federal trademark law. Federal trademark law has since expanded, taking precedent over state common law, though the systems still coexist and often overlap. This video reviews common law trademarks and international considerations.

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Cecilia R. Dickson

Cecilia R. Dickson

The Webb Law Firm

· Partner, The Webb Law Firm, IP focused boutique of 50+ IP lawyers located in Pittsburgh, PA

· 15+ years of trademark specific experience, including, international filing strategies, prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement litigation and licensing

· Former president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association IP Law Section, the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association and the Q. Todd Dickinson Inn of Court

· Graduate of Harvard Law School

Christopher P. Sherwin

Christopher P. Sherwin

The Webb Law Firm

· Senior associate, The Webb Law Firm, IP focused boutique of 50+ IP lawyers located in Pittsburgh, PA

· 7+ years of trademark specific experience, including, advising on international filing strategies, prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement

· Works with domestic and international independent inventors, small business, and large corporations to manage and protect their IP assets, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights

· Graduate of Penn State University and WVU Law School

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