Partner James Hastings will be a co-presenter on a Strafford webinar taking place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The webinar, titled "Trademark Infringement: Structuring Opinions of Counsel," will be a live 90-minute CLE webinar followed by an interactive Q&A session.
This CLE course will provide IP counsel with an analysis of the role of opinions in the defense of trademark infringement claims and the potential use of opinions of counsel. The panel will discuss the issue of waiver of the attorney-client privilege and provide best practices for developing opinions of counsel.
Opinions of counsel play a significant role in determining the best trademark options for a company. Offensively, they are important in determining whether a third party may be infringing the claims of one of the company’s marks. Defensively, opinions can be used to determine whether the company accused of infringing a third party's intellectual property rights can continue business activities without facing infringement litigation.
Opinions of counsel are traditionally a first line of defense in the event of trademark infringement claims. Opinions of counsel provide valuable advice and suggestions for options to reduce the risks of infringement. However, asserting the defense can put the attorney advice at issue and result in waiver of the attorney-client privilege.
Listen as the authoritative panel of trademark attorneys examines the standard for trademark infringement claims and the use of opinions of counsel. The panel will discuss the issue of waiver of the attorney-client privilege and provide best practices for structuring and using opinions of counsel.