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DIY Musician: Trademark Registration 101 for Musicians

February 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


DIY Musician: Making Your Mark in the Music Business – Trademark Registration 101 for Musicians
Supported by CD Baby
Presented by Michelle Wahl, Swanson, Martin & Bell

Bands and other musical artists, interested in learning more about how to obtain nationwide protection of your goods and/or services via a federal trademark registration? Then join me on Tuesday, February 28th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 2112 for “Making Your Mark in the Music Business – Trademark Registration 101 for Musicians.”

Topics of discussion will include the following:

  • Do I qualify for federal trademark registration?
  • How do I file my application?
  • Who is the “owner” of the mark?
  • What is meant by “goods and services:
  • What is my filing basis?
  • What qualifies as a “specimen” for “in-use applications”
  • Can I register the title of one song?
  • Can I register my band name?
  • What happens post-application?
  • Who helps me protect my rights?

Michelle is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and is licensed in Illinois and Indiana state and federal courts. With a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property, Michelle is the Vice Chair of the firm’s Entertainment and Media Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group. Her copyright and trademark practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution and related transactions, including performing trademark availability searches and providing advisory opinions, as well as preparing and filing trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and copyright registrations with the United States Copyright Office. Michelle also assists with the oversight of the firm’s extensive trademark docket and conducts required monitoring and maintenance of clients’ trademark portfolios, as well as provides clients with corporate counseling and innovative corporate solutions to address their respective needs.

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