International Panel discussion on "Non-Traditional Trademarks" (AIPF)

By the end of September 2014, Dr. Klopmeier was invited to participate in a panel discussion on "Non-Traditional Trademarks" as part of the AIPF Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 


AIPF Panel 2014


AIPF (The Association of Intellectual Property Firms) is an international association of lawfirms and patent attorney firms which are focussed on the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law.

During the Annual Conference 2014, the treatment of  non-traditional trademarks in different jurisdictions was discussed a lot. It turned out that in particular in the USA as well as in the EU and Australia one almost cannot speak about non-traditional trademarks anymore because some of these jurisdictions have several decades of experience with different forms of trademarks. As opposed to this, Canada and Japan are currently enlarging their trademark diversity. During the discussion many experiences were exchanged, and it will be interesting to see how these new forms of trademarks will develop in Japan and Canada.

The following persons participated in the panel discussion:

  • Catherine Bergeron, Robic LLP, Canada
  • Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia
  • Tatsuya Sawada, SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys, Japan
  • Lynn Jordan,  Kelly IP, USA
  • Dr. Felix Klopmeier, Lang & Rahmann, Germany

A summary of the discussion may be retrieved here.