Advisory: Congressman Johnson Holding Hearing on Threats to Trademark System

July 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, July 18 at 9 a.m., Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, will hold a hearing on “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to the Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses.”

WHO: Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) along with subcommittee members;


First panel: Honorable Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office;

Second panel: Jeanne Fromer, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, New York University |Peter M. Brody, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP | Joseph Cammiso, President, Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council |Robert Barchiesi, President, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition |Rebecca Mond, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, The Toy Association;

WHAT: Trademarks are the foundation of a successful commercial marketplace.  Trademarks allow companies to identify their goods and services, and they ensure that consumers know whose product they are buying.  Today’s hearing will consider emerging issues that threaten the integrity of the trademark system, including whether there are enough available trademarks for new businesses and new applicants, the rise in counterfeit goods that misappropriate trademarks being sold through online platforms, and ensuring that trademark owners can effectively vindicate their rights in court.

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9 AM;

WHERE: Rayburn 2141;


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