Trademark Pipeline Program

A way forward for women and minorities in the trademark industry.

diversity within the Trademark Profession

The Trademark Pipeline Program (TPP) aims to improve the representation of women and minorities within the trademark profession.

By challenging the prevailing statistic that only 1.8% of Black attorneys are engaged in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, we aim to foster a more inclusive and diverse landscape in trademark law.
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Braxton Davis, ESQ
Executive Director, NCPP

About the Program

At the heart of TPP lies a communal ethos, advocating for the leveraging of shared experiences to craft compelling and influential arguments before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This philosophy, we believe, redounds to the benefit of our diverse range of clients, regardless of their size or stature.

In the course of the program, we delve into the nitty-gritty of trademark practice, covering essential subject matters such as understanding the basics of a Trademark and proficiently filing a Trademark at the USPTO. We also offer insights into handling Office Actions pertaining to ‘Descriptiveness’ and ‘Likelihood of Confusion’, as well as guidance on Searching and Clearing Marks at the USPTO.

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Why We Do What We Do

The Benefits of
Diversity in the
Patent Industry

We believe increasing diversity within the patent profession is important for several compelling reasons:

A diverse patent profession promotes equity and inclusion by ensuring that opportunities are accessible to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, regardless of gender or ethnicity. This is not only fair but also essential for a just and inclusive society.

Diverse teams bring a broader spectrum of perspectives and experiences to the table.

By increasing the number of women and minorities in the patent profession, this aim ensures that the legal field more accurately reflects the broader population. This representation is vital in promoting trust and confidence in the legal system.

In an increasingly globalized world, diversity in the patent profession can provide a better understanding of international markets and the legal intricacies involved, which can be valuable for businesses and inventors with international interests.

Companies and clients are increasingly seeking diverse legal representation. A more diverse patent profession can give firms a competitive edge in attracting a broader client base.

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