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NALA has produced continuing education materials for paralegals for over 30 years. From the release of the first NALA Manual for Legal Assistants in the 70's, to today's web-based Advanced Paralegal Certification programs, NALA is dedicated to providing the best in CLE for all paralegals. 


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Intellectual Property
Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for non-members. Fees vary for courses presented in two parts.

The audio portion of the presentation is conducted via telephone conference call. This is a toll free call.

For groups, more than one participant per site, is $80 for one NALA member or $105 for one non-member registrant plus $45 for each additional person. Participants must register in order to receive Certificates of Attendance and CLE credit. Registrations of groups are handled through NALA Headquarters. Contact Mariah Williams at
mwilliams@nala.org.

CLE credit toward maintenance of the CP credential is available for completion of NALA Campus LIVE! programs. The maximum credit available is two hours per course.

For a list of the courses as in date order please click here.

Bobby T. Rimas
Friday, February 20, 2015
2 - 3:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3929

As we all know, the world wide web has changed how most do business and communicate, and intellectual property law is no exception.  This course will cover how legal teams today deal with copyright and trademark registrations, infringements, the internet, and how they often intersect within the legal landscape.  This course will also include tips for properly completing trademark and copyright searches and registrations, derivative works, domains, the importance of trademark classes, the dynamics of social media, and how certain legal team practices can work to your advantage.
 
Mr. Bobby T. Rimas is a paralegal specializing in intellectual property, employment, and immigration matters for a bank in Pasadena, California. Mr. Rimas is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at West Los Angeles College where he teaches within the Business Division.  Subjects taught include Introduction to Law & the Legal Profession, Legal Writing, Introduction to Civil Litigation, and Legal Research. In June 2014, Mr. Rimas began teaching at California State University, Los Angeles, College of Professional and Global Education as a part-time Associate Professor.

He is the Board Advisor of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association (LAPA) where he also serves as the LAPA Pro Bono & Community Services Chair.  Mr. Rimas served as LAPA's President from 2011 through 2013 as well as NALA Liaison, October Conference Chair, and Holiday Benefit Gala Co-Chair. In January 2009, he and the LAPA Holiday Benefit Gala Committee were recognized by a California Senator for their leadership and volunteerism. In April 2010, Mr. Rimas was given a certificate of "Congressional Recognition" from a U.S. Congressman for his role in raising scholarship monies in the capacity of Fundraising Director for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Pilipino Alumni Association.

As part of LAPA's 40th Anniversary celebration in December 2012, Mr. Rimas obtained a resolution from Los Angeles City Hall which recognized LAPA for its outstanding service and dedication to advance the paralegal profession and for raising funds for organizations that assist the underprivileged. Mr. Rimas is on the Advisory Boards of the University of La Verne's Legal Studies Department and West Los Angeles College's Paralegal Studies Program. His Bachelor's Degree is from UCLA and his Paralegal Certificate in Litigation/Corporations is from the UCLA Extension Attorney Assistant Training Program.
 
Christopher A. Holland, Attorney
Monday, March 9, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3940

This course will be directed to the various forms of protection over the internet, and it addressing the following issues:
A general review of the different types of intellectual property protection.
Patents
Trademarks
Copyrights
Trade Secrets
Domain names
How the internet helps establish and protect intellectual property rights.
How intellectual property rights are infringed on the internet.
What companies should do to proactively protect intellectual property rights.
The changes that are happening with the internet, and how to handle expansion of domain names.

By the end of this course, participants should be aware of the various intellectual property issues that their clients face via the internet and be able to help identify potential issues for their clients to address to practively protect their intellectual property and avoid infringement of others’ intellectual property.
 
Christopher A. Holland is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
 
He assists clients in developing value in their intellectual capital by identifying and protecting various forms of intellectual property. Mr. Holland assists clients in the protection of their inventions through the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He has represented clients in a variety of technologies, including inventions directed to electrical, electro-mechanical and mechanical subject matters.  Mr. Holland also aids clients in the selection of trademarks and service marks and the protection of those marks through registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Mr. Holland received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society. He earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1997. He additionally received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002.
 
Mr. Holland is a member of the Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee Bars, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is active in the International Trademark Association and the Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia State Bar.
 
Deborah Hampton
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Noon – 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3933

Preparing a trademark application is easy; making it acceptable to the Examining Attorney and getting a Notice of Publication can be extremely difficult. Please attend this session to learn all of the tips and tricks to prosecute your trademark application smoothly through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Are you tired of drafting responses to Office Actions, having to do yet another amendment to the identification of goods? Confused by the whole trademark prosecution process? This course will provide you with many of the tools necessary to successfully register your trademarks and shorten the time period to getting the coveted trademark registration symbol ®
 
Deborah A. Hampton began her career as a Paralegal in 1983 at a small firm in New York City and this year celebrates her 30th year in the  Intellectual Property field. Ms. Hampton’s specialty is managing trademark, patent, trade dress and copyright portfolios. She has extensive experience on the policies and practices of the U.S. Trademark Office relating to prosecuting applications and post-registration maintenance. She also has a complete and thorough knowledge of international statutes and policies and practices required to successfully register and protect intellectual property globally.

Ms. Hampton is very active with the International Trademark Association and has served on a number of committees since 1990. She is currently on the Young Practitioners Committee and she is  the Co-Chair for the 2014 INTA Trademark Administrators and Practitioners  Conference.  She recently completed a stint as a committee member on the Search Selection Committee to select the new CEO of the International Trademark Association.  Finally, Ms. Hampton was recently reappointed to a second term on the USPTO Trademark Public Advisory Committee.