Trademark Law Superstars and the Road to INTA

by Mike Mintz on May 9, 2011 · 1 comment


With the International Trademark Association’s (“INTA”) 2011 annual meeting happening next week, we wanted to focus on trademark law. With our community about to hit the 45,000 mark you would think it’s hard to make a big difference. Well you’re wrong.

Here are three trademark law lawyers and members of Connected, who we think stand out from the rest because of their significant and consistent contributions to the community, whether through webinars, blog posts, or podcasts. Their expertise and generosity is only matched by their approachability.  That is why we proudly present our theme this week to honor their efforts: Trademark Law Superstars.

We hope that in highlighting their work you will take the time to get to know them better and even reach out to connect with them.

Note: some of the downloadable content listed below is only available to signed in members of Connected and belong to the group The Connected Collection (all member requests for access will be granted). If you are not yet a member of Connected you can sign up for free by visiting this link.

Ron Coleman, Partner at Goetz Fitzpatrick

When I first met Ron Coleman in the summer of 2006, I had no idea that he was a famous blawger or a cartoon (see to your left). I was in my third year of a four-year evening law school program, and Ron was running his own firm with another partner at the time. We spoke for a while about all things IP, and as most small law opportunities in NJ for a guy without a degree yet went, I wouldn’t be earning any income that summer if I took the position he was willing to create for me. I opted to keep my full-time gig at LexisNexis (editing legal treatise at the time), and we remained in contact. Five years later I get to read Ron’s posts every few days on Connected. We even recorded a podcast together about COICA, that crazy Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act bouncing around Congress right now. Signed in members can listen to the podcast here by requesting access to The Connected Collection (all member requests will be approved).

You can also read Ron’s blog, Likelihood of Confusion, by visiting this link (his Connected version is called “Likelihood of Dilution”).


Anne Gilson Lalonde, Author of the authoritative trademark treatise, Gilson on Trademarks

Anne is the author of Gilson on Trademarks and has worked on the treatise since 1999. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School after serving as Book Review Editor of the Michigan Law Review. She practiced at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group before her two-year judicial clerkship with Judge Norma Holloway Johnson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Illinois and District of Columbia bars and the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

When I asked here to do a webinar for Connected back in December 2010, she decided to take on one of the most elusive concepts in trademark law: functionality or aesthetic functionality. Her presentation went one to answer questions such as “can the owner of an incontestable trademark registration for round beach towels prevent others from selling their own circular sun-tanning apparatuses?” and “does this same logic hold true for the producers of purple sandpaper, folding chairs, orange-flavored antidepressants, or virtual yellow lines marking first downs in a football game?” Always pushing the boundaries and asking the tough questions, Anne’s presentation was one of our most intellectually stimulating talks last year.  Signed in members can download her webinar slide deck here by requesting access to The Connected Collection (all member requests will be approved).


John McKeown, Partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Few members are as dedicated, consistent, or insightful as John. He posts regularly on all things IP with a deep insight to Canadian laws and developments. You can read many of his posts in the Intellectual Property group, and listen to our latest Connected Lawcast to hear his thoughts on why Canada is a good destination for those looking to establish a trademark internationally.

At the end of this month John returns to the lawcast to discuss developments in gTLDs (top level domain names) that will affect how we do business on the web from branding to SEO. Besides a lawcast, John will be writing on this topic and producing a mini-guide for members with one of the top gTLD experts in the US. Stay tuned for more details.

Throughout this week we will continue to highlight the great work by these individuals, as well as by our featured firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. It’s all part of our Trademark Law Superstars week.



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Trademark Attorney wrote onOctober 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Enjoyed the post – these three definitely deserve the recognition :)


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