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Join us for this webcast as our expert panel of speakers discusses the issue presented in the case that will soon be considered by the Supreme Court: whether the addition by an online business of “.com” to a generic term creates a protectable trademark under the Lanham Act. 

The Counsel of Record for various amicus briefs submitted to the Court will discuss the issue and provide commentary about the arguments that will take place before the Court on May 4. This trademark case will be the first case that the Supreme Court will ever hear by phone.

Thad Chaloemtiarana

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, USA; Counsel of Record for .com Brand Owners as Amici Curiae for Respondent

Thad Chaloemtiarana is a partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson LLP.  He concentrates his practice on litigation and counseling in the areas of trademark and unfair competition law, copyright law and information technology law.  His experience includes both federal court litigation and transaction work, including negotiation and licensing of all kinds of intellectual property rights in a wide variety of areas. He manages, prosecutes and enforces the worldwide trademark portfolios for several international companies.

Mr. Chaloemtiarana has litigated cases involving trademark and trade dress infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising and unfair competition, dilution, unauthorized importation of gray market goods, copyright infringement, breach of contract, and domain name cybersquatting.  He also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating many types of transactions, including technology development, integration and licensing agreements; website development and hosting agreements; on-line content and branding agreements; and trademark license, manufacturing and distribution agreements.

Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves on Council for the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law, and he has been nominated to serve as Vice Chair of the Section commencing in August 2020,  He has served in several roles in the ABA IPL Section, including as Membership Officer, Chair of the Trademark Division, Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellows Program and a member of the Nominating Committee. For many years, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught a class on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law.  In 2010, Mr. Chaloemtiarana was recognized as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publisher of Chicago Lawyer and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Mr .Chaloemtiarana obtained his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Technical Editor for Harvard International Law Journal, and his B.A., with highest distinction and with honors, from Pennsylvania State University.

Larry Nodine

Ballard Spahr LLP, USA; Counsel of Record for the International Trademark Association as Amicus Curiae for Respondent

Lawrence K. Nodine is the Managing Partner of the firm's Atlanta office, a member of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and its former Practice Leader. Since 1983, Larry has served as lead counsel, including first chair trial counsel, on a wide variety of cases involving trademarks, copyrights, and patents. He has appeared in more than 300 cases in 23 jurisdictions across the United States. The many complex patent cases he has handled encompass such diverse technologies as biotechnology, electronic communications, electric meters, programming guides, vehicular telematics, pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial agents, hand-held electronic devices, commercial carpet and flooring systems, and avionics.

- Chairman of INTA Amicus U.S. Subcommittee for the 2018-19 term

- Counsel of record in for INTA’s amicus brief to SCOTUS

- Ballard Spahr, LLP. Managing Partner Atlanta Office and former head of IP Litigation Practice Group.

- Emory School of Law, Adjunct Professor for Internet Law

- WIPO Panelist for UDRP

Antonio Turco (Moderator)

CPST Intellectual Property, Canada; Chair of the INTA International Amicus Committee

Antonio is a founding partner of CPST Intellectual Property.  His practice focuses on litigation related to intellectual property rights, including disputes related to patents, copyright, trademarks, industrial designs and trade secrets.  He has represented clients in domain name disputes under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Antonio is involved in the management of intellectual property portfolios, including providing strategic advice, searching the availability of trademarks, the filing and prosecution of trademark and copyright applications in Canada, as well as trademark opposition and non-use proceedings. On the commercial side, he also assists clients in commercial transactions involving intellectual property and technology, such as financing and licensing.  Antonio has been recognized as a leading IP lawyer in Canada by various ranking publications.

Antonio currently serves as the chair of INTA’s International Amicus Committee


Rebecca Tushnet

Harvard Law School, USA; Counsel of Record for Trademark Scholars as Amici Curiae for Neither Party

Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law at Harvard Law School.  Her work focuses on copyright, trademark, and advertising law. Her blog,, is one of the top intellectual property blogs, and her writings may be found at  She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.

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05/07/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/07/2020
05/07/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/07/2020
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