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Table Topics

The Annual Meeting offers 235 moderated discussions for groups of ten people on a wide variety of timely and important issues. Network with your colleagues and enjoy a meal in the process. Participation in the conversation is encouraged and you should plan on joining the discussion.

Given the strong demand, there is a limit of two Table Topics per person for the entire meeting. Pre-registration for these events is encouraged. Tickets cost US $50 per Table Topic. Any remaining Table Topics tickets will be sold onsite at the Registration Desk, and are nonrefundable.

Table Topics are not eligible for CLE credit or CPD points.


 Saturday May 4


 Sunday May 5


 Monday May 6


 Tuesday May 7


 Wednesday May 8



Wednesday, May 8
Breakfast Table Topics
8:00 am–10:00 am

TW01 Considerations for Trademark Investigations Before Initiating Court or Trademark Office Actions
Luis Acuna, Acuna Legal (Costa Rica)
TW02 ADR Boot Camp: What You Need to Know
David Aylen, Gowlings International Inc. (Russian Federation)
TW03 Everything You Wanted to Know (and more!) About INTA Committee Involvement
Rudy Gaines, Marksmen (United States)
TW04 Current Developments on Protection of Slogans and Trade Dress Around Latin America
Luana Leticia Brazileiro, PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay, Inc. (United States)
TW05 Life After a UDRP Decision: Defending Domain Name Arbitration Rulings in National Courts
Mark Chizhenok, Ivanov, Makarov & Partners (Russian Federation)
TW06 Expert Witness Evidence: "Hot-Tubbing" Scenarios, Opportunities and Risks
Ruth Corbin, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada)
TW07 Trademark Rights on the Cloud: Cloud Computing and Protecting Trademarks
Jorge Espinosa, Espinosa | Trueba PL (United States)
TW08 The Pan-American Trademark Convention: Important Exceptions to Territoriality
Christine Farley, American University Washington College of Law (United States)
TW09 Navigating Through Nontraditional Trademarks and Industrial Design to Protect Fashion Designs
Ashlee Froese, Gilbert's LLP (Canada)
TW10 Ambush Marketing: How to Survive Without Specific Legislation
Daniel Hasik, Hasik, Winski & Partners (Poland)
TW11 Social Media and IP Concerns in China
Aggie Liu, Rouse & Co. International (China) 
TW12 USPTO and TTAB Office Practice, Trends and Tips from a Former Examining Attorney
Jennifer Hetu, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (United States)
TW13 Arguing Similarity of Trademarks and Likelihood of Confusion in Japan and Other Territories
Takeshi Hironaka, TMI Associates (Japan)
TW14 Industrial Designs and Cumulative Protection in Mexican and Latin American Legislation
Pilar Lopez, Rios Abogados, S.C. (Mexico)
TW15 Sound Marks: Where Do We Go From Here?
Robert A. MacDonald, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Canada)
TW16 The Seven Dirty Words You Can't Register as a Trademark: Scandalous and Immoral Matters
Alina S. Morris, Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (United States)
TW17 Non-Use Trademark Cancellation Under the Rule of Andean Decision 486
Micaela Mujica, Barreda Moller (Peru)
TW18 Trademark Infringement after Meta Tags and Sponsored Links: Organic Search Results and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Jason Nardiello, Locke Lord LLP (United States)
TW19 CTM Distinctiveness Citations: What Can Be Done to Avoid and Overcome These?
Peter Gustav Olson, MAQS Law Firm (Denmark)
TW20 Interface Between IPR and Competition Law: A Perspective from a Developing Region
Mamta Rani, Inttl Advocare (India)
TW21 Tips on Prosecuting a Trademark Application at the USPTO
Michael Baird, United States Patent and Trademark Office (United States)
Robert Lorenzo, United States Patent and Trademark Office (United States)
TW22 Building a Litigation Strategy: Planning, Research and Asking the Right Questions
Joel B. Smith, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (United Kingdom)
TW23 Nontraditional Proofs of Use of Marks in Forfeiture Actions
Rafaela Walter Carneiro, Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira (Brazil)
TW24 Where the Lanham Act and the Patent Act Collide—Trade Dress and Design Patents
Meredith M. Wilkes, Jones Day (United States)
TW25 Responsible Enforcement: How to Not Be Perceived as a Trademark Bully
Anne Yates, Parks IP Law LLC (United States)
TW26 Trademark Blogging: How It Is Done and Its Effect on the Profession
Neil J. Wilkof, Dr. Eyal Bressler Ltd. (Israel)

Wednesday, May 8
Luncheon Table Topics
1:15 pm–3:15 pm

TW50 The Use of Unique Internet Tools in Trademark Matters
Dan Adin, Adin-Liss Law Offices (Israel)
TW51 Resolving Trademark Disputes in the New gTLDs
Keith Barritt, Fish & Richardson P.C. (United States)
TW52 How to Make the Best of INTA Annual Meetings
Gad Adam Benett, Ben-Ami & Associates (Israel)
TW53 Interface Between Designs, Trademarks and Copyrights and Clearance and Protection of 3D Trademarks
Christian Bolduc, Smart & Biggar Fetherstonhaugh (Canada)
TW54 Considerations, Hints and Pitfalls of Multi-Country Filing Programs
Jason Garcia, Novak Druce + Quigg LLP (United States)
TW55 The Basics of Local Language and Chinese Character Trademarks and How They are Different from English Language Trademarks
Adelaide Yu, Rouse & Co. International LLP (Hong Kong SAR, China)
TW56 Can We Speed This Up? Accelerated Case Resolution at the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Janice Housey, Symbus Law Group, LLC (United States)
TW57 Sending Cease and Desist Letters to Overseas Infringers: Engage Local Counsel or do it Yourself?
Shu Yan Kho, Gateway Law Corporation (Singapore)
TW58 Product Design and Secondary Meaning: From Philips and Remington to Maker's Mark and Jose Cuervo
Simon Kneebone, Banki Haddock Fiora (Australia)
TW59 Clearing the Hurdles: Challenges with Pro Bono Representation
Jeffrey Kobulnick, Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP (United States)
TW60 Assessing Digital Compliance in a Borderless Marketplace
Joanne Ludovici-Lint, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (United States)
TW61 Modernizing a Trademark: How to Deal with Issues Relating to Abandonment, Genuine Use and Deviating Use
John S. McKeown, Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (Canada)
TW62 Parody Use of a Third Party’s Brand: How You Can Prevent It
Tomohiro Nakamura, Konishi & Nakamura (Japan)
TW63 Well-Known Marks and Cancellations for Lack of Use: Should the Same Rules Apply?
Juan Carlos Ojam, Mitrani, Caballero, Ojam & Ruiz Moreno (Argentina)
TW64 IP Management for Full Practice Firms: Tips and Challenges
Leticia Provedel, Provedel Advogados (Brazil)
TW65 Better Utilization of TMA's in Client and Business Development and in Maintaining Client Relationships
H. Michelle Renne, Campbell Soup Company (United States)
TW66 Trademark Searching and Clearance in Africa
Kay Rickelman, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)
TW67 Is There a Duty to Police? Advising Clients on Enforcement Strategies
Jeremy Sheff, St. John's University School of Law (United States)
TW68 There's an App for That: Trademark Issues in Application Software
Neil Smith, United States Patent and Trademark Office (United States)
TW69 Special Issues Faced by Brand Owners of Ingredient Brands
Susan Daly Stearns, Invista S.a.r.l. (United States)
TW70 Non-Profits: Managing the Future of gTLDs
Audrey Danielle Wilkins, World Trade Centers Association, Inc. (United States)
TW71 Protecting Industrial Designs Internationally: The Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Gregoire Bisson, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Switzerland)
TW72 The Bridge Between the United States and Europe: Classification and Identification
Inge Buffolo, OHIM (Spain)
TW73 The Business Behind the Law: Perspectives from In-House and Outside Counsel
Anamaria Cashman, Ralph Lauren Corporation (United States)
Jomarie B. Fredericks, Rotary International (United States)
TW74 Fostering Solid Relationships with Domestic and International Outside Counsel
Paula Bezerra de Menezes, Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados (Brazil)
TW75 Internet Enforcement: Tips and Tools for Prioritizing and Addressing Online Infringement
David E. Weslow, Wiley Rein LLP (United States)