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November 13
Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, DC

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With the 2017 Leadership Meeting taking place in Washington, DC, we were honored and privileged to have INTA’s Annual Meeting of Members and the last Board of Directors meeting of the year take place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At the Annual Meeting of Members, where the Regular Members of the Association elect members of the Board of Directors for the upcoming year, the following new Directors were elected:

  • Marie-Laure Bonnaffous, FENDI ADELE SRL (Italy)
  • Annabelle DanielVarda, Google (USA)
  • Cecilia Emanuelson, Inter IKEA Holding Services S.A. (Belgium) 
  • Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete, Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property (Brazil)
  • Jeremy Kaufman, Netflix, Inc. (USA)
  • Uche Nwokocha, Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)
  • Joan Pinaire, Realogy Holdings Corp. (USA)
  • Melody Schottle, Exxon Mobil Corporation (USA)
  • Kowit Somwaiya, LawPlus Ltd. (Thailand)

Then, at the Board of Directors meeting, the Board elected the Officers, Counsel and Advisory Directors for 2018:

  • President – Tish Berard, Hearts On Fire Company LLC (USA)
  • President Elect – David Lossignol, Sandoz International GmbH (Germany)
  • Vice President– Ayala Deutsch, NBA Properties, Inc. (USA)
  • Vice President – Tiki Dare, Oracle Corporation (USA)
  • Treasurer – Zeeger Vink, Maus Frères (France)
  • Secretary – Jomarie Fredericks, Rotary International (USA)
  • Counsel – Anna Carboni, Redd Solicitors LLP (UK)

Advisory Directors

  • Andrea Gerosa (Switzerland)
  • Doug de Villiers (Africa)

The Board passed two important resolutions:

  • The Copyright Registration as a Precondition to Infringement Suit Resolution recommends that courts permit infringement actions to proceed when a copyright owner has filed an application to register a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, along with the required application and fee, rather than requiring applicants to obtain a registration certificate back from the Copyright Office before filing suit.
  • The second resolution adopted Model Design Law Guidelines, which will serve as a standard for INTA analysis and comment on national and regional design laws and regulations.

The Board discussed the updated and expanded report on “Best Practices for Addressing the Sale of Counterfeits on the Internet,” which outlines best practices for internet service providers, search engines, auction sites and payment providers. 

The INTA Brexit Position Paper was presented to the Board. This is an analysis of INTA’s concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights. It discusses what the Association believes should be the required core principles for Brexit and the key issues to address. These positions will be the basis for INTA’s continued participation in consultations and user meetings conducted by the EU and the UK.

The Implementation Plan of the 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan was presented to the Board and was shared with everyone at the Strategic Plan presentation on Thursday, November 9 at 11:45 am.

The Board received the Brand Restrictions Presidential Task Force Final Report, which recommends areas for action/future study, as well as strategies for advocacy and communications efforts to raise INTA’s visibility on brand restrictions within a defined scope of issues.

In other important business, the Board approved the 2018 budget. 

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​Ribbon cutting ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.  

During a lunchtime ceremony, I was pleased to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of “The Power of Trademarks Exhibit,” sponsored by INTA, in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This exhibit is designed to help consumers recognize authentic consumer products.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board members who will conclude their Board service at the end of 2017:

  • Catherine Boudot, Biofarma (France)
  • Peter Dernbach, Winkler Partners (Taiwan)
  • Elisabeth Escobar, Marriott International, Inc. (USA)
  • Elena Grimme, Microsoft Corporation (USA)
  • Brenda M. Wood Kahari, B.W. KAHARI (Zimbabwe)
  • Stacey Berg Keller, Citigroup Inc. (USA)
  • Christy Susman (USA)
  • Brian J. Winterfeldt, Mayer Brown LLP (USA)

Finally, I would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers of INTA who contribute to the success of the 2017 Leadership Meeting!

For more information on INTA’s Leadership Meeting and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, please read the December 1 issue of the INTA Bulletin

September 14
Brussels Meetings & Events

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I am very pleased to provide an update on the INTA meetings and events that recently took place in Brussels, Belgium.

On Monday, September 11, INTA’s Board of Directors participated in a highly informative government relations program that started with a keynote address from H.E. Ambassador Olivér VÁRHELYI, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the EU (Belgium), that provided an overview of the upcoming challenges and opportunities for the EU.

A panel then discussed the status of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK, including how Brexit will affect brand owners and practitioners, and where IP stands in the negotiations. Speakers included:

  • François ARBAULT, Head of Cluster, ‘Internal market and sectoral policies,' Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union – European Commission (Belgium)
  • Zorita POP, Co-leader of INTA Brexit Cross-Committee Task Force; Global Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel – Reckitt Benckiser PLC (United Kingdom)  
  • Marie AUDREN, Director, Trade & Economic Affairs – Spirits Europe (Belgium)

Another panel reviewed what the EU has achieved for businesses on brand protection, whether harmonization of regulations and practices between EU Member States has improved, and what’s next in the EU IP landscape. Speakers included:

  • Amaryllis VERHOEVEN, Head of Unit F.5, ‘Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting,’ Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) – European Commission (Belgium)
  • Dimitris BOTIS, Deputy Director, Legal Affairs,  International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department – European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (Spain) 
  • Cristina FERNÁNDEZ, Head of the Legal Coordination & International Relations Department – Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (Spain)

In the afternoon, consideration was given to the status, practicalities, and challenges of IP enforcement in the EU and at the EU borders. Speakers included:

  • Paul MAIER, Director – European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Spain)
  • Chris VANSTEENKISTE, Head of Intellectual Property Crime Coordination Center (IPC3) – EUROPOL (The Netherlands) 
  • Luc VAN DE VELDE-POELMAN, First Attaché – Belgian Central Administration for Customs and Excises (Belgium) 
  • Rolf ALTER, Director, Public Governance – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD) (France)

The final panel explored the current and upcoming challenges in addressing IP in global trade, as well as what can be done to obtain stronger IP protection and business-friendly trading environments. Speakers included:

  • Maria MARTIN-PRAT, Director Services & Investment, IP & Public Procurement, DG TRADE, European Commission (Belgium)
  • Susan WILSON, IP Attaché, U.S. Mission to the EU (Belgium)

The Board was honored to have a closing session with the EU Presidency of the Council. H.E. Ambassador Kaja TAEL, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU (Belgium), provided a unique perspective on the upcoming challenges for the EU Institutions and the future of the EU.

The day concluded with a reception with local INTA members and other partners of INTA’s Europe Representative Office.

On Tuesday, September 12, the Board held its third meeting of the year.

I am pleased to report that INTA’s Board of Directors approved the full slate of Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the 2018–2019 committee term, as well as Global Advisory Council Chairs, and Programming Advisory Council Members for the term commencing January 1, 2018.

The Board also passed two important resolutions. 

The first resolved that it is the position of the International Trademark Association that whether an original creative work of art, such as a logo, also acts as a source-identifier worthy of trademark protection, should not hinder the ability of the artwork to receive copyright protection.

The second resolution supported, in principle, the conclusion of the Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments that would apply to trademark judgments.

The Board had a very informative and productive two days in Brussels and thanks the staff of INTA’s Europe Representative Office for being exceptional hosts.

May 24
Thank You for a Successful Annual Meeting!

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Where has the time gone? After five days of meetings, educational programming, and receptions, I cannot believe the 139th Annual Meeting in Barcelona has come to an end. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this event such a success, especially the 2017 Annual Meeting Project Team and Co-Chairs Jomarie B. Fredericks, Rotary International (United States), and Slobodan Petosevic, PETOSEVIC (Luxembourg).

As I walked around the Fira Gran Via, it was great to see friends reconnecting, registrants exchanging business cards, and attendees reading the INTA Daily. INTA’s Annual Meeting is the crescendo of the trademark community’s year—and I’m proud to be part of such a dedicated, hard-working, and fun community.

Although our time in Barcelona has concluded, there are still a lot more upcoming events in 2017—so save the dates on your calendar!

If you are still in the Fira Gran Via, secure your spot for next year’s Annual Meeting before 2:00 pm today and save 10%! Visit the Registration Desk to learn more.

Join me this evening at the Grand Finale at Barceloneta Beach to toast ourselves for a successful 2017 Annual Meeting!


May 21
INTA presents its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan

​During the Brands and Fashion Conference in New York City in March 2017, we sat down with INTA President Joe Ferretti (PepsiCo, Inc., United States), INTA President Elect Tish Berard (Hearts On Fire Company LLC, United States), and INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, to discuss the Association’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan.

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May 21
INTA's Board of Directors Meets in Barcelona

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I am excited to welcome everyone to Barcelona and INTA’s 139th Annual Meeting, the largest ever with over 10,500 registrants! In addition to the Saturday educational events that kicked off the meeting, the Board also held its second meeting of the year.

As part of its full agenda, the Board received an update on INTA’s Moot Court Competitions. The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, now in its 27th year, is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz and introduces law students to important issues arising in United States trademark and unfair competition law. We are delighted that law students in the Asia-Pacific region will soon have the opportunity to participate in INTA’s Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition launching in Singapore this September.

After hearing from William Rava and Peter Brody, members of the Legislation and Regulation Committee, the Board of Directors approved a resolution calling for an amendment to the Lanham Act to include a rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm in actions brought under the Act.

Finally, the Board heard from the 2017 Brand Restrictions Response Presidential Task Force Co-Chairs Burkhart Goebel and Kathryn Barrett Park. The Task Force’s primary objectives are to examine the various shapes and forms of brand restrictions, such as plain packaging, standardized packaging, and laws introduced to ban or reduce the use of characters (which are trademarks) on packaging. This Task Force will look at these types of restrictions and come up with ideas about how INTA can look to address them on a proactive basis. We look forward to receiving the Task Force’s final report and recommendations later this year.

The first day of the Annual Meeting was a productive one for the Board and we look forward to the rest of the meeting being equally productive and enjoyable for everyone. 

May 19
Welcome to Barcelona!

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I am excited to be welcoming everyone to the 139th Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 10,400 registrants from more than 150 countries, this is the largest and most diverse Annual Meeting in INTA history!

I encourage all registrants, over the next five days, to take advantage of everything the Annual Meeting and the beautiful city of Barcelona have to offer. All INTA activities will take place at the Fira Gran Via—this is where everyone will be! This year’s meeting includes a fantastic program featuring more than 300 customized educational sessions, 35 general educational sessions, more than 225 table topics, 20+ networking opportunities, and more than 100 committee meetings. The program covers pertinent trademark-related topics, including anticounterfeiting, data protection, new gTLDs, social media, and trademark protection in regional trade agreements, to name but a few.

A couple of highlights to mention: INTA has expanded the Anticounterfeiting Workshop to two days of dedicated programming for corporate members and government officials. New this year, the Lunch and Learn series, which features dynamic and innovative speakers from beyond the world of trademarks, is intended to bring a new dimension and perspective to our IP discussions. Come hungry…for food and insight! Also on Tuesday, at 3:15 pm, join us for an open discussion with IP Offices, focusing on electronic filings and transactions, customer education initiatives, and more.

Of course, I hope everyone has marked their calendar for the Opening Ceremony, this Sunday at 4:00 pm. I’ll be speaking alongside INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Jomarie Fredericks and Slobodan Petosevic. I’m personally excited to hear the keynote address from Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s Minister of Education, Culture and Sport. Mr. Méndez de Vigo will share with us his thoughts on the future of Europe and IP—a very timely discussion.

To conclude the week, we’ll all loosen our ties and let our hair down at the Grand Finale, taking place on Wednesday evening on Barceloneta Beach. It will be a beautiful Barcelona night to conclude what promises to be a successful week of education, networking, and fun!

And to those of you who are attending your first Annual Meeting: Take advantage of everything! Spain may be the home of the siesta, but there will be plenty of time to sleep once what is sure to be the busiest week for you this year has concluded! More important, remember that INTA is a community. This is my 15th Annual Meeting, and more than anything, it feels like home! Welcome to the INTA family!

March 24
INTA’s Board of Directors Gather in New York City for A Busy Week

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On the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, with snow still on the New York City streets, the INTA Board of Directors gathered for its first meeting of 2017.

Not only was this the first meeting for the newest class of Board members, but it was also the first ever meeting to include our three Advisory Directors. The Advisory Director role was introduced during the 2016 Bylaws revision to incorporate individuals with special expertise into the Board. We were very pleased to welcome our Advisory Directors: Doug de Villiers, CEO, Intergroup Brand Consulting; Andrea Gerosa, Chief Thinker, Founder, ThinkYoung; afnd Cindy Tian, formerly the Asia-Pacific Regional Vice Chair, Edelman.

One of the main agenda items of this meeting was the approval of the Association’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, as presented by the Planning Committee of the Board. In order to be as inclusive and forward thinking as possible, the Planning Committee solicited feedback not only from INTA past presidents, the Board of Directors, members, and staff, but also from IP offices around the world, individuals from other IP organizations, and individuals from non-IP organizations. The full roll-out of the 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan will begin at the Annual Meeting in May and will serve as a road map that INTA will follow to set objectives for the 2018–2019 committee term and to track that all Association activities advance the Plan.

The Board also approved the leadership for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. The competition runs from March to March, and planning for the next competition will begin immediately following the 2016–2017 national finals that were just held on March 18. The Board approved the election of Joe Nabor, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, LLP (USA) as Chair and Cindy Walden, Fish & Richardson P.C. (USA) as the Vice Chair of the 2017–2018  Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Please join me in congratulating them.

Finally, the Board approved the Resolution on the Madrid Protocol Dependency Period, which supports reducing the dependency period of an international registration on the basic mark from five to three years under the Madrid Protocol.

Following a successful board meeting, there were many INTA activities that took place throughout the week. 

On March 21, INTA hosted a luncheon with special guests at the United Nations to discuss Internet capacity building—how trademark law and Internet governance enable sustainable development and growth.  This same day, the Association hosted a Free Trade Zone Workshop in New York. The purpose of these workshops is to provide a forum for brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders to share their concerns, best practices, and to work together toward solutions to combat the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. To conclude the week of events, the Brands and Fashion Conference took place from March 22 to March 23,. With 354 attendees from 50 countries, it was a sold-out event! An INTA Bulletin article will feature a full report on this conference in the coming weeks. 


December 20
Many Milestones for INTA in 2016!

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Where has the time gone? Even though it has been a whirlwind year for me, I cannot believe it’s already December and my presidential term is coming to an end. Thank you all for making the past 12 months so productive and enjoyable. As we take a moment to reflect upon our personal and professional accomplishments of the past year, let’s also applaud ourselves for the amazing work we have done as an Association in 2016.

Ronald_Africa_121516.jpgWe’ve expanded geographically. This year our Association has celebrated many milestones around the world. In March we officially opened our Asia-Pacific Representative Office in Singapore. In September we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Brussels Office. And in October we announced the opening of our Latin America Representative Office in Santiago, Chile, which will take place in the first semester of 2017.

We’ve sent delegations to Argentina, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, and the UK. These delegations enable us to expand our advocacy and presence globally and to strengthen our relationships with key stakeholders and government officials around the world. In September, the Board of Directors held its first meeting in Beijing, exemplifying the importance of China to the global trademark community. Likewise, we hosted our first conference in Africa in over 20 years. The Building Africa with Brands conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, and attracted more than 200 attendees from 36 countries.

We’ve expanded substantively. In January we began a new committee term with an expanded committee structure, introducing 12 new committees and a Programming Council.

Ronald_IPSingapore_121516.jpgThe newly formed Communications Group, which includes the Unreal Campaign and the Public and Media Relations Committees, is raising awareness about the value of trademarks throughout the non-IP world. The Unreal Campaign has also expanded globally, hosting approximately 30 events for students, including events in 12 new countries. The Impact Studies Committee (ISC) published its first impact study last week. INTA and ASIPI collaborated on this study to determine the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. The study has been published in Spanish and is available here. The English version of the study will be published in January 2017. INTA is already collaborating with BASCAP on a study of the economic and social impact of counterfeiting and piracy, and separately on an economic impact study of the ASEAN region.

The Resources Group continues to update and expand its various publications, including the sixth issue of The Trademark Reporter for 2016 and a new searchable practice guide, Enforcement: An International Litigation Guide, that covers the many facets of trademark litigation in more than 40 jurisdictions.

Our Advocacy Group also began 2016 with a number of new committees. The Copyright, Designs, and Indigenous Rights Committees, for example, demonstrate how INTA is expanding its scope with regard to related rights. On the other hand, the newly formed Brands and Innovation Committee is looking into the relationship between brands/trademarks and innovation.

Ronald_ASIPI_121516.jpgOn behalf of INTA, our Advocacy Group submitted numerous testimony and comments in multiple jurisdictions during the course of 2016. This year they also submitted three Amicus Briefs in the United States and are actively seeking similar opportunities in Europe. The Designs Committee presented a resolution to the Board during the Leadership Meeting. Titled “Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs,” the resolution encourages all countries and intergovernmental organizations to accede to the Hague Agreement and urges new members of the Hague System to enact implementing legislation for the registration and enforcement of design rights.

We’ve examined the role of in-house counsel. This year, I formed a presidential task force to review the role and position of in-house trademark counsel within their companies, the level of influence they have in their companies, and their career opportunities. In November at the Leadership Meeting, the task force presented its final report to the Board. The work on the recommendations from the task force will continue in 2017.

We hosted our largest-ever Annual Meeting. More than 10,000 of us descended on Orlando, Florida, this past May for our 138th Annual Meeting. Wow! And next year we will celebrate yet another incredible milestone for INTA: our third Annual Meeting in Europe! I look forward to joining everyone in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, in May. On a personal note, this year I have had the privilege of participating in so much of INTA’s educational program. The Programming Council and the Education Department are doing amazing job in expanding the scope of INTA’s educational offerings and bringing more events to more members in more parts of the world. Check out the program for 2017.

Feature_Ronald_Blog_121516_V3.jpgWe’re planning for the future. For some time now we have been working on our 2018–2021 Strategic Plan. We have taken a holistic approach in developing this plan, seeking input from stakeholders both within and outside the IP community—including academics, business leaders, lawmakers, marketers, and consumers. This has helped us to develop an inclusive and forward-thinking Strategic Plan that offers a clear framework to guide all of our future activities. In March, the Board of Directors will review a final draft of the plan.

We have accomplished much this year. With this, my final message as our president, I have only begun to scratch the surface.... INTA is a member-run organization. Our achievements in 2016 are a testament to the passion and commitment with which we engage the many challenges we face in our daily work and in our industry, with which we pursue INTA’s mission, and with which we build our Association and community.

It has been an honor to serve as your president in 2016. Thank you to everyone who has helped us continue to grow and expand. I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together in 2017. See you in Barcelona.

November 16
Board of Directors Meeting in Hollywood, Florida

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The Leadership Meeting is a wonderful way to connect with our INTA colleagues from around the world, and it also provides us the opportunity to conduct important Association business. At the Annual Meeting of Members, where the Regular Members of the Association elect members of the Board of Directors for the upcoming year, the following new Directors were elected:

  • Carsten Albrecht, FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig (Germany)
  • Daretia Austin, AT&T Services, Inc. (USA)
  • Louis Chan, Procter & Gamble Asia (Singapore)
  • Barry Gerber, Philip Morris International Management SA (Switzerland)
  • Michael Graham, Expedia, Inc. (USA)
  • Mona Lee, Hanol Law Offices (South Korea)
  • Pamela Mallari, Mars, Inc. (USA)
  • Paul McGrady, Winston & Strawn LLP (USA)
  • Philippa McLeod, Rolls-Royce plc (UK)
  • Judy McCool, HBO (USA)
  • Maria Cecilia Romoleroux, CORRALROSALES (Ecuador)
  • Christopher Turk, The H.D. Lee Company Inc. (USA)

Then, at the Board of Directors meeting, the Board elected the officers for 2017:

  • President – Joseph Ferretti, PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay, Inc. (USA)
  • President Elect – Tish Berard, Hearts On Fire Company LLC (USA)
  • Vice President– David Lossignol, Sandoz International GmbH (Germany)
  • Vice President – Ayala Deutsch, NBA Properties, Inc. (USA)
  • Treasurer – Tiki Dare, Oracle Corporation (USA)
  • Secretary – Zeeger Vink, Maus Frères (France)
  • Counsel – Maury Tepper, Tepper & Eyster, PLLC (USA)

Finally, because Zeeger Vink was elected as Secretary and his current Board term ends in December 2017, the Board elected Cecilia Emanuelson from Inter IKEA Holding Services S.A. (Belgium) to fill the unexpired Board Term of Zeeger Vink through December 2017 as of January 1, 2017.

In other important business, the Board elected the 2017 Board Committees and approved the 2017 budget. 

The Board also received the final report of the Presidential Task Force on the Role and Position of In-House Trademark Professionals, which was commissioned to more closely examine the profile of in-house professionals who manage and protect brands, the level of influence in-house trademark practitioners have in their companies, and their career opportunities. Other reports included updates on INTA’s activities in China & Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, and Washington, DC, as well as an update from the Brands & Innovation Committee on their working definitions of “brands” and “innovation” that will inform the work of this Committee. 

A Resolution put forth by the International Design Harmonization Subcommittee of the Designs Committee was approved that (1) encourages all countries and intergovernmental organizations to accede to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs; and (2) urges new members of the Hague System to enact implementing legislation for the registration and enforcement of design rights.

Lastly, we had an in-depth of discussion on the IANA transition to ICANN.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board members who will conclude their Board service at the end of 2016:

  • Lori Ball, Molson Coors Canada (Canada)
  • Susan Brady Blasco, Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PLLC (USA)
  • Brian Brokate, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty (USA)
  • Geri Lynn Elias, Kate Spade & Company (USA)
  • Zhen (Katie) Feng, Hogan Lovells (Shanghai) IP Service Co. Ltd. (China)
  • Jomarie Fredericks, Rotary International (USA)
  • Sheila Henderson, Richemont International Limited (UK)
  • Cathy Lueders, MasterCard International Incorporated (USA)
  • David McDonald, Johnson & Johnson (USA)
  • Rick McMurtry, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (USA)
  • Elizabeth Pearce, American International Group, Inc. (USA)
  • Karin Sandberg, Harmsen Utescher (Germany)

Finally, I would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers of INTA that contribute to the success of the 2016 Leadership Meeting!

November 14
INTA’s Leadership Meeting—A Special Week for the Association

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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!

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