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Date(s) - Tue 05/18/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The trademark register in the United States is a use-based register. To help ensure the trademark register remains a reliable reflection of marks in use in commerce, the USPTO randomly audits registration maintenance filings through its Post-Registration Audit Program.

Come join the SFIPLA for a lunchtime CLE program featuring Senior Supervisory Attorney for the Office of Trademark Quality and Review and Training, and the Post-Registration Audit Program Manager at the USPTO, Montia Pressey. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the program and will also gain practical tips that can help brand owners prepare for an audit. Time will be set aside at the end for Questions and Answers moderated by Austin Phillips, SFIPLA Trademark Practice Chair.


Montia Pressey is a Senior Supervisory Attorney in the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training (OTQRT) and the manager of the Post Registration Audit Program.

Montia first joined the USPTO in 1995 as an examining attorney. She left the Office for several years to work as an associate with Finnegan Henderson et al in Washington, D.C. where her practice focused on trademark prosecution, client counseling, and providing advice in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Since returning to the Office in 2004, Montia has worked in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Examination Policy as a petitions attorney, a legal liaison to the Post Registration Division, and a Senior Staff Attorney in OTQRT.

Montia received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Date:  Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time:  12pm-1pm

Place:  ZOOM (login credential details to be provided prior to program meeting date)

Cost:    FREE




The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association is an approved provider of California MCLE credit, and certifies that the above activity meets the requirements for one hour of participatory credit.


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