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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Geographic Certification Marks and Tequila: An Interesting Cocktail.

The International Intellectual Property Society is delighted to present “Geographic Certification Marks and Tequila: An Interesting Cocktail” presented by Michael Schwab and Marie Anne Mastrovito – on Wednesday, March 01, 2017.

The International Intellectual Property Society is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Marie Anne Mastrovito, Esq. and Michael Schwab, Esq. of Abelman, Frayne and Schwab will give a presentation on the protection of geographic certification marks in the alcoholic beverage field with a particular focus on their recent success in defending the registration of TEQUILA as a geographic certification mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Luxco, Inc. v. Consejo Regulador de Tequila, A.C., Opposition No. 91190827 (January 23, 2017).

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: TBD

CLE: Two (2.0) hours – New York and New Jersey

FEE: The meeting fee is $30 for non-members or you may become a member at this meeting and enjoy the benefits of membership for the entire season (though June 2017) by completing the membership form and submitting the September 2016 – June 2017 annual fee of $100 ($25 for law students). Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card at the meeting or pay by credit card here.

Non-IIPS Members may pay in advance by using this link to “pay now”

RSVP: Please RSVP at this this link no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Please do not RSVP via email.

About our March presenters

Michael Schwab

Mike is a partner at Abelman, Frayne & Schwab. He handles all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets and advertising matters and has developed a particular expertise in providing global counseling to clients in the alcoholic beverage field offering guidance about federal, state, local and international regulatory compliance, international and domestic distribution agreements, federal alcoholic beverage label approval and state brand registration, advertising compliance and trade practices.

Marie Anne Mastrovito

Marie Anne is a partner at Abelman, Frayne & Schwab specializing in U.S. trademark matters, including, trademark searching and clearance, prosecution of U.S Trademark applications, and ex parte appeals, Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Marie Anne was formerly an Examining Attorney with the U.S. Trademark Office. In addition to representing the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (aka, the Tequila Regulatory Commission), Marie Anne has represented clients in a wide variety of fields including, alcoholic beverages, automotive, electronics, medical, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements.

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