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Alt Legal WebinarModernize Your Approach to Trademarks: Understanding the Trademark Modernization Act

Alt Legal Team | February 15, 2021
2 min read

The Trademark Modernization Act was signed into law in December, and it makes significant changes to the United States Trademark Act of 1946, a.k.a. the Lanham Act.

Wonder how these changes will affect the prosecution and litigation practices of trademark firms, startups, and businesses? Rukayatu Tijani—a former federal judicial law clerk turned Intellectual Property Attorney and the found of Firm for the Culture—breaks down the new legislation to tell you what it means for you and your clients. Brand owners, trademark attorneys, and anyone interested in protecting their IP will not want to miss this event.

In this session, Rukayatu discusses:

  • How the Trademark Modernization Act effectively allows third parties to step into the shoes of the Examining Attorney during the trademark application process;
  • How the amendment to the Lanham Act is changing how trademark rights holders proceed before Federal Courts; and
  • How the Modernization Act helps third parties avoid costly and lengthy inter partes cancellation proceedings, including how the new process saves clients, businesses, and law firms time, expense, and stress.

You can download the presentation slides here and view the recording here (registration required).

You can download all of the webinar materials here.


  • Ruky’s article about the TMA.
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  • Here’s an explanation about Letters of Protest.
  • You can read more about the Post-Registration Audit Program here.
  • Here is a longer explanation of the Post-Registration Audit Program.
  • Read more about Alt Legal’s §2(d) Trademark Watch service here.

Speaker Bio:

Rukayatu Tijani, Founder of Firm for the Culture

Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani is the Founder, Creator, and Chief Esquire Officer of Firm for the Culture. Ruky founded the Firm for the Culture after years of serving as an intellectual property attorney in the Silicon Valley Office of the top litigation firm in the country. Firm for the Culture was borne out of Ruky’s passion for the law, social impact, social entrepreneurship, and strategically scaling to create sustainable change. Drawing on her extensive experience as an intellectual property attorney in the Silicon Valley office of the top litigation firm in the Country, Ruky provides extensive, detail-oriented and comprehensive trademark education, strategy, and application services to a host of social entrepreneurs and innovative founders at accessible flat-fee prices.

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