Are you a trademark paralegal looking to refine your skills? Are you newer to the field and interested in learning the fundamentals? Alt Legal’s Paralegal Trademark Course is for you!
The trademark world is as creative and unique as the brands it protects, and the same is true of trademark law. Prosecuting trademarks is not a one-and-done transaction, as each trademark has deadlines resulting from PTO issues, third-party infringement concerns, and ongoing renewal and use requirements. Trademark paralegals are instrumental to the ongoing management of trademarks throughout their lifecycle.
Alt Legal’s Trademark Paralegal Course is available on-demand and available to the IP community at no cost. Alt Legal is passionate about building a trademark community to support not only the trademark docketing needs of professionals, but also to provide a place where professionals can come to learn and network. This course is just one example of our community efforts.
Thanks to the experienced professionals who dedicated their time to share their knowledge, this course has everything you need to level up your trademark skills, including:
- The roles and responsibilities of a trademark paralegal
- Intellectual Property basics – including trademark, copyright, and patent law
- How to conduct trademark searches and prepare applications and other filings
- Best practices for IP docketing and preparing reports
- Maintaining and amending trademark filings
- Monitoring and enforcing trademarks
- Ethical obligations for nonlawyers
- Career development
Course ContentAlt Legal’s Trademark Paralegal Course includes eight sections, all of which are taught by professionals at law firms and in-house departments throughout the country. Each section contains a video lecture along with guided notes, resources, worksheets, and quizzes. You have unlimited, untimed access to the sessions so you can view them on your own schedule at a pace that is comfortable for you. You can also go back and review content anytime you want a refresher.
Section 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property is taught by Elyssa LeFevre Chayo, the CEO of Firm Forward and a former IP and trademark paralegal. During this section, you’ll learn key terms relating to IP, the fundamentals of the USPTO and software tools used in IP practice, the role of an IP paralegal, and more.
Section 2: Selecting + Preparing Trademark Applications is taught by Darshika Patel, an IP Paralegal at Uber. In this session, you’ll learn what makes a strong trademark, how to conduct different types of trademark searches, how to file a trademark application with the USPTO, and what happens during the lifecycle of a trademark.
Section 3: Docketing Trademarks is taught by Becky Summers, an IP Paralegal at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Seattle. In this section, you’ll learn about best practices for docketing trademark matters, generating various types of reports, communicating with clients and foreign counsel through docketing systems, and using docketing systems for matter management to keep yourself and those you support on task.
Section 4: After Applying for a Trademark is taught by Rachel Brenke, a strategic business consultant and intellectual property attorney at Eden Law. In this section, you'll learn about different types of Office Actions, how to respond to Office Actions, and how to utilize the TSDR to identify components of a trademark.
Section 5: After Registering a Trademark is taught by Shanice Scantlebury, a Global IP Paralegal for Michael Kors. In this section, you'll learn about acceptable specimens and proof of use for trademark renewals, updating trademark goods and services, licensing agreements between parties, and corresponding with clients.
Section 6: Monitoring & Enforcement of Trademarks is taught by Fiona Scott, a trademark paralegal with Amazon, who manages trademarks, copyrights, and domain names. This section covers why monitoring a trademark matters, how to monitor a trademark, how watch services aid in enforcement, and what options a person has when it comes to enforcing trademarks.
Section 7: Trademark Ethics for Nonlawyers is taught by Emil J. Ali, a partner at McCabe & Ali, LLP. This section will help you differentiate the ethical obligations of lawyers and nonlawyers in the legal profession as well as in practice before the USPTO. Learn about the tasks that nonlawyers can ethically complete and learn to distinguish them from those that are not permitted.
Section 8: Career Development is taught by Lindsey Corbin, a trademark paralegal and the owner of Delegate.Legal. This section covers how to build a strong resume as a trademark paralegal, including skills to pursue, professional organizations to join, and continuing legal education requirements and recommendations.
Course InstructionsThe video lectures range from 1.5-2 hours each, and we expect that it will take you around 5 hours to complete each section. You’ll want to spend time re-watching the lectures, taking notes, completing the worksheets and guided notes, and taking and reviewing the quizzes. Once you’ve watched the videos and completed the assignments for each section, you’ll have an opportunity to take a Chapter Quiz to test your knowledge. Answers and explanations are provided to help you learn from the quizzes as well.
Course SupportThe video lectures range from 1.5-2 hours each, and we expect that it will take you around 5 hours to complete each section. You’ll want to spend time re-watching the lectures, taking notes, completing the worksheets and guided notes, and taking and reviewing the quizzes. Once you’ve watched the videos and completed the assignments for each section, you’ll have an opportunity to take a Chapter Quiz to test your knowledge. Answers and explanations are provided to help you learn from the quizzes as well.
Our Director of Education, Bri Van Til, is available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.