Indiana University Bloomington

Recap: IP Practitioner-in-Residence Jason Blair (USPTO)

On Monday, September 10, the Center for Intellectual Property Research hosted our first IP Practitioner-in-Residence of the semester, Jason Blair, trademark examiner at the US Patent & Trademark Office.

At noon, Mr. Blair was joined by trademark attorneys Caitlin Byczko (Barnes & Thornburg) and Lindsey Szymczak (Meitus Gelbert Rose) for a lunchtime panel discussion. In addition to each offering a unique perspective into the world of practicing trademark law, Mr. Blair shared insights into the formation of the USPTO’s sound mark policy. The biggest takeway from the talk? If you encounter a problem with your trademark application, don’t be afraid to call the examiner and never be combative.

After the talk, Mr. Blair was available to meet with students interested in practicing trademark law.

Jason Blair has been the Chief Sounds Marks and Motion Marks Examiner at the USPTO since 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the USPTO’s policy towards non-traditional marks. Before he joined the USPTO in 2005, Mr. Blair was a IP contract attorney at Ice Miller in Indianapolis. He graduated from UCLA in 2000 and Miami Law in 2003.

Lindsey Szymczak is an intellectual property attorney with a focus on trademarks and copyrights. Lindsey works with musicians, authors, filmmakers, designers and other individual and corporate clients regarding a wide variety of intellectual property, contract and litigation issues.

Lindsey received her B.A. in Marketing and International Management from Butler University, and her J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2013. Lindsey gained previous legal experience operating her own law firm, working as an associate attorney at a creditor’s rights firm, and as a clerk in the General Counsel’s Office at Indiana University.

Caitlin Byczko is an associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, the Internet and Technology Law and Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Groups. Ms. Byczko focuses her practice on trademarks, copyright, and domain name issues.

Ms. Byczko earned her B.A. in political science, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky. She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.