Before I commenced my studies at Stanford Law School, I had been working for five years with an IP boutique firm in India. During this period, I would always hear about my partners travelling to different parts of the world every year for the INTA Annual Meeting. My colleagues told me that while it was a wonderful conference, it could be a bit intimidating for first-time attendees because of the sheer scale of the event. I always wanted to go but was never given an opportunity because apparently only partners were able to utilize this event to its maximum potential, or so I was told.
I was finally given an opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting this year in Orlando. While I was definitely overawed by the size of the conference, I grew into it slowly. The first-time attendee seminar was particularly useful in helping me break the ice and introducing me into the world of the Annual Meeting. What I found most helpful were the Speed Networking sessions, which were held on the first day. These sessions gave me the confidence to approach and speak to people. I also volunteered for INTA at the Kool & the Gang concert, which was a lot of fun. In addition to interacting with INTA staff with whom I had corresponded but had never met in person, I also got to meet a lot of other interesting people from firms, academia, government, and the corporate world at the Annual Meeting’s various events.
Apart from the networking sessions, I ended up attending a number of very interesting educational sessions. The seminars on current IP developments in other countries were particularly helpful to me. A session on three-dimensional (3D) printing was downright entertaining! Also noteworthy were the firm receptions that took place in the evenings. The Annual Meeting is a gold mine for making new connections, and I fully utilized it.
The Annual Meeting, overall, was very well executed and organized. For me, the key takeaway from the event was meeting so many interesting IP professionals from around the world, and I’m certain that the professional connections I made will endure. Also, I attended plenty of informative sessions that greatly broadened my IP knowledge.
My experience in Orlando proved that young practitioners and students can take full advantage of the Annual Meeting. I will try to attend INTA’s Annual Meeting every year.
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