On February 8 and 9, 2018, several attorneys from the newly-expanded Intellectual Property Practice Group of Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (“FBFK”) spoke on various topics at the 31st Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course in Houston.  The Advanced IP Law Course, co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, focuses on the most important current issues in the U.S. and international intellectual property law and attracts some of the top IP legal talents from Texas and across the country.

John M. Cone, an IP Attorney in FBFK’s Plano Office with well over forty (40) years of IP experience in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, presented on “Industrial Design & Trade Dress.”  Mr. Cone’s presentation included an overview of potential protection of industrial designs and trade dress in the United States, the European Union, China, and under the Hague Agreement.  Among other topics, he discussed the seminal “London Taxi” and “Kit Kat” cases from the U.K.

Keelin Hargadon, an IP Attorney who joined FBFK as part of the Firm’s recent expansion in Houston, presented a “Trademark Update” on recent developments in U.S. trademark law.  Ms. Hargadon discussed a variety of topics, including recent Federal Circuit and Supreme Court decisions involving trademarks and the First Amendment, extraterritorial application of the Lanham Act, and the USPTO’s new Diversion Pilot Program.

Kelly J. Kubasta, an IP Shareholder and IP Practice Group Leader in FBFK’s Plano Office, co-presented “My Client’s Dead – Now What?” by focusing on probate law and community property issues as they relate to issued patents and pending patent applications.  Of particular interest to the attendees of the course was a discussion of the potential intersection of patent law and community property.

FBFK and its attorneys were honored by the opportunity to participate in the Advanced IP Law Course.  Additionally, the fact that three separate IP attorneys with FBFK were invited to present at such a prestigious event is indicative of the recently-expanded breadth and depth of IP experience provided by the substantial growth in FBFK’s Plano, Houston, and Silicon Valley offices.