INTA Leaders, welcome to Hollywood, Florida, and the 2016 Leadership Meeting! This is the largest Leadership Meeting in INTA history.
Over 1,400 of us have travelled from 86 countries to Hollywood, Florida, to reflect upon our accomplishments in 2016 and to plan for 2017. This is a special week for the INTA community. This occasion brings together current and incoming Boards of Directors and Counsel, Past Presidents, Past Counsel, and Committee Members. Together, we are our Association’s most dedicated and productive members. Together, we take INTA and the global trademark community into the future.
We’re kicking off this year’s program on Tuesday, November 15, at 4:30 pm, with the Welcome and Awards Ceremony. We will be honoring the winners of the 2016 Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence, President’s Award, and Volunteer Service Awards. This is always a special moment for the Association, as we recognize those who have gone above and beyond for our Association and the IP industry. Directly following, join us for the Welcome and Awards Reception to celebrate our award winners and to meet with friends, old and new!
We have a great educational program planned. There are quite a few sessions I hope to attend—sessions covering topics such as IP issues facing entrepreneur/start-up companies, the use of new technology to engage with those illusive millennials, the challenges of trademarks in the craft beer industry, Brexit, and the impact of opening the Cuban marketplace for brand owners. There’s much more…
We also have special leadership development session featuring former NASA Astronaut Michael Foreman! By one estimate, over 107 billion people have existed throughout history. Just over 550 people have been into space! Indeed, hearing from one of these intrepid humans is a rare opportunity not to be missed. The session takes place on Thursday, November 17, at 10:15 am. Mr. Foreman will be discussing his experiences with exploring the unknown, refining one’s ideas about our world, and learning leadership lessons through his space travel.
There is also a breakout L.E.A.D. session for first-time attendees. If you are new to serving on committees, I encourage you to attend this orientation session on Wednesday, November 16, at 9:00 am, to hear from experienced volunteers about the long-term benefits of active committee involvement.
As we gather together this week, let’s celebrate and learn from our past, cherish our present, and plan our future!