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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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LIVE! 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.

Christopher A. Holland, Attorney
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3843

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.
 
Intellectual Property: What Every Paralegal Should Know
J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Noon – 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3796

This presentation gives the participants the information they need to confidently identify and distinguish a patent issue from a copyright, a trade secret from a trademark and much more. It enables participants to understand the scope and limits of each form of intellectual property protection and the time and cost involved to obtain them. Further, it provides participants with a strategy for them to share with their firms to use to help their clients protect their intellectual property from start to finish.
 
John Nevin Shaffer, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University and was admitted to the Texas and U.S. Patent Bars in 1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002 and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Law specialist.

As a registered patent attorney, Nevin may practice patent law in all fifty states. Nevin is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Texas and Florida Supreme Courts, and all lesser Texas and Florida courts. He is also licensed in Alabama. He has published articles and written a book, Protect Your Great Ideas for Free!, on intellectual property law and is a professional speaker. He regularly conducts lectures and seminars on the subject at local universities, businesses and professional associations. Nevin has prosecuted applications for a variety of electrical and mechanical devices, including computer software applications, semi-conductor devices, and sophisticated measuring devices. He has also successfully litigated patent, trademark, and copyright infringement actions, including presenting the winning oral argument at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a patent infringement case.

Nevin is AV rated and a member of the Texas and Florida Bar Associations and the Escambia Santa Rosa County Bar Association. He is a past president of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association. Nevin is a Vietnam veteran and spent six years in the Navy as an engineering officer and instructor. His last sea duty was as engineering and executive officer of a patrol gunboat. He is a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy.
 
J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Noon – 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3861

Forget Legal Zoom: What you really need to know about patent prosecution. Where it starts, what is actually required, what are the different types of patents and what do they cover, what is the important part of a utility patent, what are good claims and what are bad claims, and what are your chances of getting a patent.  These and other delicious details will be provided in this comprehensive over view of the patent prosecution process!
 
John Nevin Shaffer, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University and was admitted to the Texas and U.S. Patent Bars in 1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002 and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Law specialist.

As a registered patent attorney, Nevin may practice patent law in all fifty states. Nevin is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Texas and Florida Supreme Courts, and all lesser Texas and Florida courts. He is also licensed in Alabama. He has published articles and written a book, Protect Your Great Ideas for Free!, on intellectual property law and is a professional speaker. He regularly conducts lectures and seminars on the subject at local universities, businesses and professional associations. Nevin has prosecuted applications for a variety of electrical and mechanical devices, including computer software applications, semi-conductor devices, and sophisticated measuring devices. He has also successfully litigated patent, trademark, and copyright infringement actions, including presenting the winning oral argument at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a patent infringement case.

Nevin is AV rated and a member of the Texas and Florida Bar Associations and the Escambia Santa Rosa County Bar Association. He is a past president of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association. Nevin is a Vietnam veteran and spent six years in the Navy as an engineering officer and instructor. His last sea duty was as engineering and executive officer of a patrol gunboat. He is a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy.
 
Trademark Prosecution
Deborah Hampton
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Noon – 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3826

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.