Category Archives: Speaking

LG Webinar Recording – The Trademark Modernization Act

Here’s the recording of the November 10, 2021 LG Webinar I conducted on the Trademark Modernization Act:

Today, on November 17, 2021, the USPTO issued its final rule setting forth the implementation plan, which varies somewhat from what was expected:

  • The implementation date of the Act is December 18, 2021 for most procedures, with the flexible response times for Office Action responses beginning on December 1, 2022;
  • The filing fee for an expungement or a re-examination petition was set at $400 per class

The final rule can be found at

Register for LG Webinar – How The Trademark Modernization Act will Affect Everyone

On November 10, 2021, at 12:00 PM, we invite you to attend an LG Webinar presented by Kevin Thompson entitled “How the Trademark Modernization Act Will Affect Everyone.” The Trademark Modernization Act was signed on December 27, 2020, and will be implemented by December 27, 2021. This 30-minute presentation will focus on the changes coming to trademark practice, and how brand owners should prepare. To register, visit

Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants

Here’s my presentation to the Chicago Bar Association on April 6, 2016 on “Disparaging Trademarks: The Skin-ny on The Slants.” In my talk, I explained how Section 2(a) works when the mark is considered disparaging of an identifiable group, how it was ruled unconstitutional in the recent en banc decision of the Federal Circuit in… Continue Reading

Slides from CBA Presentation on COPPA

Here are my slides from today’s presentation to the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyberlaw and Data Privacy Committee on the amendments effective July 1, 2013 to the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Slides – Thompson – COPPA Update [PDF] The FTC’s Final Rule can be found here- FTC Final Amended COPPA Rule [PDF] For more… Continue Reading

Trademarks and Domain Names Webinar Recording

The recording of my webinar on “Trademarks and Domain Names” has been posted to my Firm’s blog here – I covered the following topics: – Trademark Overview – Domain Name Overview – Domain Name Formats – Domain Names as Trademarks – Domain Names Including Trademarks – UDRP – ACPA – Cybersquatting and Typosquatting –… Continue Reading