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Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 11:00am (EST)
WALA Trademark Basics
Are you interested in learning more about trademarks?
What exactly are trademarks?
What is their function?
How can you use your trademark?
What’s the difference between a registered and unregistered trademark?
What is a service mark?
Can you register a sound, smell, color?
Come to this session and bring your questions!
Presentation and Q & A with:
Mariessa Terrell, Trademark Examining Attorney (USPTO), WALA Board Member
Trademark Examining Attorney, Mariessa Terrell began her trademark law career at the USPTO in 2000. After her departure from the USPTO, Mariessa worked as a solo trademark practitioner; in-house trademark attorney consultant for Lockheed Martin and Leidos Corporations; and trademark and fashion law professor at her alma mater Howard University School of Law (HUSL). In 2015, Mariessa was recruited to manage the USPTO Trademark Law Clinic at HUSL and was instrumental in helping to develop a Patent Clinic at HUSL in 2019.
Mariessa returned to the USPTO in 2020 and currently works as a trademark attorney advisor in the office of Trademarks Customer Outreach where she conceptualizes and delivers to experienced practitioners educational content on advanced trademark topics. She earned her J.D from Howard University School of Law; her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in New York City; and is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations. In her spare time, Mariessa volunteers with the High Tea Society, a life skills program for DC girls.