The Trademark Pipeline Program (TPP), spearheaded by the National Council of Patent Practicum (NCPP), is an initiative designed to enhance the representation of women and minorities within the trademark profession.
Creating an equitable and inclusive pipeline for the trademark profession
By challenging the prevailing statistic that only 1.8% of Black attorneys are engaged in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, we aim to foster a more inclusive and diverse landscape in trademark law.
This limited-term program delves deep into the tenets of the Lanham Act of 1946, better known as the Trademark Act, engaging participants in thoughtful discourse about the policy underpinning the legislation. We explore the multidimensional use of trademarks, emphasizing their utility not only as shields from infringement but also as potent tools for promoting social justice and maintaining the sustainability of social impact initiatives.
At the heart of TPP lies a communal ethos, advocating for the leveraging of shared experiences to craft compelling and influential arguments before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This philosophy, we believe, redounds to the benefit of our diverse range of clients, regardless of their size or stature.
In the course of the program, we delve into the nitty-gritty of trademark practice, covering essential subject matters such as understanding the basics of a Trademark and proficiently filing a Trademark at the USPTO. We also offer insights into handling Office Actions pertaining to 'Descriptiveness' and 'Likelihood of Confusion', as well as guidance on Searching and Clearing Marks at the USPTO.
Through this immersive and practical approach, TPP is committed to cultivating a new generation of trademark practitioners who are as diverse as they are competent, and who are ready to make their mark on the profession while embodying the principles of social justice and equality.