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Pharmaceutical Brand Names: Navigating the PTO/FDA Rapids

The program will explore how pharmaceutical brand names were historically and are currently examined by the trademark offices in the US and internationally and how their criteria differ in important ways from those of the FDA, EMA, and other regulatory authorities who must also approve pharmaceutical brand names. We will discuss strategies for managing these different approaches and present a mock case study with audience participation to more fully explore the optimal practices for securing regulatory approval and legal protection for pharmaceutical brand names.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section, and the Trademark Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Thank You to the Following Host Sponsor:


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Live CLE Program with Networking Breakfast

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
4 Times Square, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036

2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

NYSBA Member: $50 | Non-Member: $100

FDC Section Member: $25
IP Section Member: $25

Agenda Topics

· How US trademark law works and the impact of same on pharmaceutical brand name clearance.
· How EU and Canadian trademark law works and the impact of same on pharmaceutical brand name clearance in contrast to US law.
· Issues that branding agencies consider when developing and market testing pharmaceutical brand names and how to avoid potential problems.

Program Moderator

David S. Weinstock, Esq.

Program Faculty

Nadine H. Jacobson, Esq. | Partner | Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
William T. Johnson | President | Brand Institute, Inc.
Laurence Rickles, Esq. | Chief Trademark Counsel | Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Welcome to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section 

More than 70 years ago, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section became one of the first sections to be formally organized by the New York State Bar Association. During the ensuing years, this group - the first organization in the country to be composed of in-house, law firm, government and trade association attorneys practicing food and drug law - has been a focal point for practitioners in this specialty. We welcome you to our expanded website! 

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