December, 2014 - Partner Jeffrey A. Lindenbaum argued an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit involving the proper standard for determining whether a party has a bona fide intent to use a mark at the time it files a Section 1(b) application. Collen IP had earlier prevailed at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board when it successfully argued that a New York-based watch manufacturer did not establish it had a bona fide intent to use the trademark iWATCH. The watch manufacturer's appeal provided the Federal Circuit with an opportunity to consider, for the first time since the Lanham Act was amended in 1988, the proper standard for examining a party's bona fide intent.
October, 2014 - Following trial and final hearing, Collen IP prevailed at the Trademark Trial and Appeal and successfully opposed registration of the trademark SW:TCH. In its decision, the Board endorsed Collen IP's arguments that its client's mark was famous and entitled to a broad scope of protection. The Board concluded that the applicant's mark was likely to cause confusion, and sustained the Opposition under Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act. The case was litigated and argued by partner Jeffery A. Lindenbaum, with assistance from associate Kristen Mogavero.
November 20, 2014 – Attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer co-hosted an informational webinar for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) entitled “It Takes Two: Social Media Marketing and Legal Working Together.” Collen IP also contributed to the NRA’s national show in April and several blog posts on their “Manage My Restaurant” web series.
November 11-15, 2014 – Jess M. Collen and Jane F. Collen joined intellectual property professionals from around the world when attending the 2014 International Trademark Association (INTA) conference in Arizona. The annual Leadership Meeting featured informational sessions on social media scams, policy, privilege data security, and the effects of cultural changes on trademarks.
October 21, 2014 -- Partner Jess M. Collen was featured as a co-host of a Strafford live webinar entitled Structuring Trademark Consent Agreements, discussing the methods of overcoming common trademark conflicts and challenges. The 90-minute session included information on the pursuit and structure of successful agreements, followed by an interactive Q&A.
October 16-19, 2014 – Collen IP attended the Consulegis Autumn Conference in New York City. The successful semi-annual conference consisted of networking events, receptions, industry updates, and committee meetings. Consulegis is an international network of independent law firms across 45 countries and more than 150 cities. In attendance were Jess M. Collen, Jane F. Collen, Jeffrey Lindenbaum, Don Ranft, Joshua Paul, Kristen Mogavero, Tom Gulick, and Govinda Davis.
October 7-8, 2014 -- Partner Jess M. Collen appeared as a panelist at the two-day Discover Global Markets conference, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Deparement and the New York Distruct Export Council. The business forum focused on the expansion of businesses in Greater Chinese markets, including expert advice and information from the invited speakers as well as an in depth Q&A session following the presentations.
On June 12, 2014, partner Jeffrey Lindenbaum will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious Above the Bar Award for leading attorney under the age of 40. He was recognized as being a prominent and respected attorney in his field, active in his community offering pro-bono work, published in legal journals/newspapers, and promises to be a leading legal player in the years to come. The award is sponsored by the Westchester County Bar Association, Westchester County Business Journal, Pace University School of Law, Westchester Women's Bar Association, and Citrin Cooperman.
From May 10-14, 2014, five attorneys from the trademark prosecution and litigation departments at Collen IP will participate in Hong Kong at the annual INTA (International Trademark Association) conference. Joined by more than 8,500 intellectual property professionals from around the world, the meeting features continuing legal education, committee and client meetings. In attendance are Jeffrey Lindenbaum, Audra Kemp, Mitchell Radin, Jane F. Collen, and Jess M. Collen.