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March 12
Industry Leaders discuss Trademark Trends in Mumbai

INTA’s Trademark Practice Trends in India conference took place in Mumbai, India, in early February. The conference, which included two days of educational programming, featured guest speakers from both Indian and international corporations and trademark offices, and gave all who attended plenty of time for networking.

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Bharath Subramanian (Anand And Anand Advocates—India) welcomes attendees to the conference

Almost half of the 43 attendees who participated in the first day’s program travelled to the conference from outside India. The numbers nearly doubled on the second day, with 84 attendees. Thirteen corporations, including brand owners from India’s Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services and Sun Pharmaceuticals, were represented over both days.

The first day provided attendees with the opportunity to share knowledge and socialize through a luncheon table topics session. For several years, the table topics program has been successful at INTA Annual Meetings, and the format worked well for this conference too. Following the table topics session was a panel discussion on ”Optimizing Business Strategies in India.” Appreciating that India’s trademark processes having changed quite radically over the past decade, the panelists considered, among other things, the impact these changes are having on organizations doing business in India today. The day closed with a networking reception.

Day 2.jpgThe welcome address on the second day featured guest speaker Mr. Chaitanya Prasad, the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks from the Indian Trademarks Registry. Mr. Prasad (pictured left) discussed developments at the Indian Trademarks Registry, including digitization, clearance of backlog and preparation for the Madrid Protocol. During the panel discussion that followed, Ms. Debbie Cohn (Commissioner of Trademarks, USPTO) and Alan Datri (Senior Counsellor, Office of the Deputy Director, General Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO) discussed updates from the USPTO and information relating to the Madrid Protocol, fielding many questions from a lively audience.

Finally, the conference provided INTA corporate members based in India with the opportunity to meet privately with Mr. Prasad and his team to discuss the challenges of working through the Indian Trademark Office as well as possible solutions to those issues. The suggestions made were well received, and INTA is looking forward to further strengthening relations with the office.​  

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Representatives from the Indian IP Office and INTA

Four more panel discussions were held during the remainder of the second day, and the conference closed with a special networking reception to build excitement for the upcoming Annual Meeting in Dallas.​

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