Law & Order

SEMA Show Seminar and Free Private Meetings to Protect Your Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Learn how to protect your intellectual property at trade shows and online in a one-hour seminar, Monday, November 3, 2014, before the SEMA Show starts.

Seminar: "Protecting Your Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights: The Experts Tell You How"
Monday, November 3, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center Room N252
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The specialty-aftermarket industry thrives on creativity. However, what is innovative may also be subject to imitators in the face of fierce competition in a global marketplace. To help safeguard your innovations and investments, a representative from the FBI and seasoned intellectual property attorneys will provide you with valuable insights in a one-hour seminar on protecting your patents, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and overseas.

Topics include: protecting your intellectual property at trade shows and online; understanding the difference between counterfeits, unlawful knock-offs and legal imitations; identifying fake merchandise; and working with Customs, FBI and other government agencies to seize pirated products and prevent illegal knock-offs. Time will also be allotted for your specific questions.

One-on-One Meetings
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

SEMA members also have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an intellectual property rights or antitrust attorney. Ask the experts your specific questions. Private meetings are available in 20-minute segments. Topics include:

  • Designing and implementing resale and minimum advertised price (MAP) programs.
  • Working with the FBI to stop criminal activity.
  • Distinguishing between counterfeit product, unlawful knock-offs and legal imitations.
  • Applying for federal patent, trademark or copyright protection.
  • Strategies for enforcing your rights in the United States and overseas.
  • New procedures for working with Customs and the local ports.

Don’t let this chance slip by! To schedule an appointment, contact Ashley Ailsworth at or 202-783-6007, ext. 19. Specify your area of interest when you schedule your appointment(s), so you can be paired with an attorney specializing in that discipline.