INTA made some significant in-roads and had a number of “firsts” during the Asian leg of this year’s Spring Policy Tour.
The delegation began its journey in Bangkok in late March with the first ever pre-Annual Meeting Membership Reception to be hosted in Thailand, and indeed the first of its kind to be hosted in Southeast Asia. This followed by a roundtable, the first to be co-hosted by INTA and the Thailand Department of IP, where we discussed ways to improve how counterfeiting is combated in Thailand. Many thanks to the Anticounterfeiting Committee for organizing the event and INTA member firm Tilleke & Gibbins for holding the event at their offices.
In China, INTA officers, members and staff came together for a week of high-level meetings with the nation’s top trademark policy makers. We discussed key changes coming to the China Trademark Law and used the opportunity to voice the concerns of international brand owners on issues such as bad-faith registration and changes to trademark opposition procedures. Our strong China-based membership came out to support the Spring Policy Tour with over 200 attendees coming to the Beijing pre-Annual Meeting Reception, the largest one hosted by INTA globally. Many thanks to INTA member firm Unitalen for co-hosting the event.
INTA Executive Director Alan Drewsen addresses China’s top trademark policy makers at a dinner in Beijing
President Toe Su Aung led the Spring Policy Tour on visits to the Korean Trademark Office, based in the city of Daejeon, just outside of Seoul. And during a breakfast symposium, brand owners from the Korean Intellectual Property Association heard from President Aung who shared practical tips on time and work management.
From South Korea, the Policy Tour returned to Southeast Asia with a series of government meetings in Indonesia. As one of the world’s fastest growing economies with a sizable (and growing) consumer class, Indonesia is on the radar for many brand owners. INTA is looking to help INTA members protect their trademarks in Indonesia on a number of fronts by:
The INTA delegation holds a meeting with Justices from the Supreme Court of Indonesia
This was the first time INTA had sent a high-level delegation to Jakarta, and we will continue to strengthen our presence and influence in Indonesia. Notably, INTA also took a meeting at ASEAN Secretariat based in Jakarta to praise the efforts to have ASEAN nations join Madrid Protocol and Hague Agreement.
The delegation stopped briefly in Singapore to hear about the IP Hub strategy from IPOS’s Chief Executive Tan Yih-San, before heading to Myanmar to support the ASEAN IP Association’s annual meeting. We met with our friends from the Ministry of Science and Technology to discuss the first ever Myanmar Trademark Law – due to be enacted by the end of the year – and the comments
that we had provided them in January. We look forward to seeing the next draft of the Myanmar Trademark Law soon.
Should you have any questions or interest in participating in INTA’s policy activity in Asia, please feel free to contact me, Seth Hays, at firstname.lastname@example.org