|March 28||Advanced Mediation Training Available to You at the Annual Meeting |Refresh your mediation skills through lecture, demonstration, and mediation simulations during this comprehensive two-day course. Benefit from hands-on practice and individual coaching from a mediation trainer. Learn from your experienced peers, as well. Each participant receives specific written feedback on their mediation skills at the end of training. Click here for more information and to register.
|March 28||Congratulations to the 2017 Lada Memorial Award Winners!|This yearly award is presented in Student and Professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The professional category winner Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law. Natalie Corthésy, Queen Mary University of London and Alexandra Martinez, UC Hastings won in the student category. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
|March 28||Read INTA’s 2016 Annual Report!|INTA’s 2015 Annual Report is a year-end summary of the Association’s accomplishments across a broad range of internal and external initiatives that have been implemented in accordance with the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Read the full 2016 Annual Report online today.
|March 28||Trademark Administrators Mini-Seminar in Singapore|The seminar titled, “Evolving Landscape of Trademarks and Brands in Asia” discussed IP challenges that brand owners are facing today and what strategies can be adopted to enforce brand protection. Speakers from Japan, China and Germany also introduced the changes in trademark law, filing statistics and tips for tradeshow preparation in Europe, which proved very practical guidelines for the audience.
|March 24||INTA’s Board of Directors Met in New York City|On Monday, March 20, INTA’s Board of Directors met in New York City for the first time in 2017. On the agenda, the Board approved the Association’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, the leadership for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and approved the Resolution on the Madrid Protocol Dependency Period. Learn more about the Board of Directors Meeting in the latest INTA Blog post from INTA’s 2017 President, Joe Ferretti.
|March 24||Network in a Relaxed and Enriching Setting!|Enhanced Networking! As you plan your Annual Meeting schedule, set some time to explore a vibrant culture, astonishing architecture, and intriguing cuisine, all while networking with industry professionals and peers. INTA’s popular Networking Excursions are back on the schedule in Barcelona. Take part in a Tibidabo bike ride, a Gaudi tour, a catamaran adventure and much more. Over 40 networking excursions available! Click here for a full description and to register.
|March 23||Thank You For A Successful INTA’s Brands and Fashion Conference|On March 22-23, INTA hosted its Brands and Fashion Conference in New York City. With over 350 registrants from over 50 countries, it was a full house! Day two session topics included, advertising in the 21st century global marketplace, working with law enforcement to fight counterfeiting and the future of the fashion industry. Thank you to everyone that made this conference a success!
|March 22||Successful First Day at INTA’s Brands and Fashion Conference|With a sold out event in New York City, the Brands and Fashion conference had a very successful first day! Attendees heard from keynote speaker, Mercedes Castillo, former creative director of accessories at Tory Burch. Mercedes spoke about stepping out on her own with the help of Camuto Group and launch of her new line The Mercedes Castillo collection. Session topics also included strategies for long term brand protection, unregistered designs and co-branding best practices. Learn more here.
|March 21||INTA Hosts Free Trade Zones Workshop in New York City|Balancing the positive economic impact of free trade zones to promote employment and attract investment with the proliferation of illicit and counterfeit products in free trade zones is an ongoing struggle. INTA has created a series of one-day workshops 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. On March 21, there was a workshop hosted in New York City. Thank you to everyone that attended! (Pictured here: Heather McDonald, Anticounterfeiting Committee Chair, Baker & Hostetler LLP (United States)).
|March 21||Congratulations to the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Winners|
On Saturday, March 18, INTA hosted the final rounds of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. Congratulations to this year’s best team (University of San Francisco Law), best oral argument (San Francisco School of Law), and best brief (UC Davis).
|March 21||INTA Attended ICANN58 in Copenhagen|
ICANN58 concluded last week in Copenhagen with over 35 INTA members in attendance. Discussions were intense around rights protection mechanisms, subsequent rounds of new gTLDs and ICANN’s ongoing transparency and accountability reforms. Nonetheless, INTA members, ICANN community leaders and government representatives had the opportunity to meet informally at the impressive Thorvaldsens Museum. The outreach event was co-hosted by INTA and the Brand Registry Group. A very special thank you goes to the event’s sponsor ZACCO IP who did an outstanding job of securing the venue and making us all feel welcome in Denmark.
|March 21||The Future of IP Episode 5 is Available Now|In 2016, INTA sat down with the heads of eight IP offices to discuss the future of intellectual property. We asked each of them five questions. In this, the fourth of our five-part video series titled The Future of IP, they answer the question "What role should IP associations play in the future?” Watch the full video.
|March 21||The 2017 Annual Meeting continues to grow!|Over 9,300 brand management, trademark and other IP professionals have already registered for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from May 20-24. We have 600+ more registrations for this year’s Annual Meeting in comparison to the same time last year, and this includes registrants from over 145 countries. Close to 500 corporations will be represented at the Meeting. Learn more about the organizations that will be represented at the Annual Meeting! If you are not already registered for the 2017 Annual Meeting, don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the most diverse Annual Meeting ever! Visit www.inta.org/2017AM, to register.
|March 20||Go Beyond IP at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting with Lunch & Learn Sessions!|New in 2017! INTA will feature two-hour Lunch and Learn sessions at the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting. Speakers from different walks of life and industries will discuss topics that go beyond IP. Hear from world renowned futurist, Gerd Leonhard, or skill up with business guru Paul Birch on thinking outside of the box and navigating organizational change. Register for the upcoming Annual Meeting and secure your Lunch and Learn spot at the same time! For registered attendees, separate registration and payment is required. For more information and to register, visit us at www.inta.org/2017AMLunchLearn
|March 17||On March 15, INTA Hosted Workshop in Mumbai, India|On March 15, INTA hosted a one-day workshop, titled Building Aspirational Brands—Insights for Competitive Advantage in Today’s Global Marketplace. The purpose of this workshop was for attendees to explore key aspects of brand and business strategies that can help their company’s trademark portfolio thrive in the real world and the fast-paced digital world. Thank you to everyone that attended this successful workshop. A full report will be featured in the next edition of the INTA Bulletin.
|March 17||There’s Still Time To Register for New York City’s Free Trade Zone Workshop!|On March 21, INTA will host the second Free Trade Zones Workshop in New York City. This one day event will provide a forum for brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders to share their best practices to combat the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. There’s still time to register! Secure your spot today.
|March 17||INTA’s Brexit Brands Toolkit: Preparing Brand Owners for Brexit|INTA is pleased to introduce INTA’s Brexit Brands Toolkit: Preparing Brand Owners for Brexit.This document was drafted by INTA’s Brexit Rapid Response Group as a guide for brand owners to use during the Brexit process. It includes a checklist that can be tailored for use as a briefing note to your general counsel or your company’s board on the key issues regarding brands and on the need to allocate sufficient resources to prepare your company’s brands for Brexit.
|March 17||INTA Attended Suning Commerce Group’s IP Seminar in China|
In March, Suning Commerce Group invited brand owners, government authorities, and INTA to a presentation outlining their new online IP protection system. Wu Zhenxing, the Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at Suning led the discussion. There was also a seminar for attendees to discuss best practices for IP protection online.
|March 14||Don’t Miss the Keynote Speaker at INTA’s Brands and Fashion Conference|Join INTA on March 22 – 23 for the Brands and Fashion Conference in New York City and don’t miss the Keynote Speaker, Mercedes Castillo. Ms. Castillo, the former creative director of accessories at Tory Burch, will be launching her own luxury brand, The Mercedes Castillo collection. The new line of ready-to-wear, footwear, handbags, and jewelry will debut this spring, and the designer will share some insights into why she felt positioned to launch her namesake luxury brand at this time. Together with senior business executives from Camuto Group, they will discuss the business and advertising strategies employed to launch the brand. Space is limited and registration will close when maximum capacity is reached. So hurry and secure your spot today!
|March 14||In February, the Unreal Campaign Launches in Barcelona, Spain|On February 23, the Unreal Campaign was presented to 60 students in Barcelona, Spain. The students were very interested in learning more about the dangers of counterfeit goods and the school is eager to replicate this presentation in the coming years. Thank you to the members of the Unreal Campaign Committee, Anna Guix (FC Barcelona) and Jordi Guell (Curell Suñol SLP) for presenting.
|March 7||INTA Hosts Anticounterfeiting Workshop at 2017 Annual Meeting|Following the success of last year’s Annual Meeting Anticounterfeiting Workshop, INTA will be hosting an extended version titled Strategy + Collaboration: The Key to Success against the Crime of Counterfeiting on May 19-20. This event will give in-house practitioners, anticounterfeiting committee members and government officials the opportunity to benchmark and collaborate with other brand owners, investigators, law enforcement and governmental agencies, leading anticounterfeiting associations, and legal experts to identify best practices to help in the fight against the ever-growing crime of counterfeiting. Learn more about this upcoming event!
|March 7||On March 6, 2017, The New Trade Marks Rules 2017 Have Been Notified in India|The much anticipated new Trade Marks Rules 2017 have been notified on March 6, 2017. These Rules replace the Trade Marks Rules, 2002. As expected, there is an increase in filing and other official fees. INTA had submitted comprehensive comments to the draft version of these Trade Marks Rules in December, 2015 and has regularly attended follow-up meetings to discuss these. INTA is currently studying the notified Rules in detail and will post an analysis. Access the new rules here.
|March 3||Over 8,500 Registrants Have Secured Their Spot at INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting|8,500+ registrants have already secured their spot for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain! Join us on May 20-24 at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center for educational sessions, committee meetings, and networking receptions. Also don't miss the opportunity to expand your organization’s reach by advertising in the INTA Daily News throughout the meeting. Learn more and secure your spot today.
|March 3||INTA’s February 2017 Global Report is Available Now!|INTA’s Global Report provides a snapshot of recent trademark and IP-related policy developments, Association activities and judicial and legislative issues to watch for in eight key geographic regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. The February 2017 issue of Global Report is now available here.
|March 3||The Future of IP Episode 4 is Available Now|In 2016, INTA sat down with the heads of eight IP offices to discuss the future of intellectual property. We asked each of them five questions. In this, the fourth of our five-part video series titled The Future of IP, they answer the question "What role will IP offices play in the future?” Watch the full video.
|March 1||INTA Attends Open Caucus on Counterfeiting in Canada|
On March 1, INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo participated in an Open Caucus in the Canadian Parliament on Countering Counterfeits. The purpose of the caucus was to discuss how counterfeiting is affecting Canadian consumers and how the Canadian government can improve its IP regime. Mr. Sanz de Acedo provided an overview of the issue, touched upon some of the specific challenges for Canada, and proposed amendments to the Canadian Trade-Mark Act to address these challenges.
|February 28||The January-February issue of <em>The Trademark Reporter</em> is now live!|The United States Annual Review: The Sixty-Ninth Year of Administration of the Lanham Act of 1946, a review of trademark cases in the United States for the year of Lanham Act administration (approximately July 2015–June 2016), has just been published by The Trademark Reporter. Read the full publication today.
|February 28||Last Week, INTA Attended Second Annual IP Scholars Conference|On February 23-24, INTA attended the 2nd Annual IP Scholars Asia “Works in Progress Conference” in Singapore at The Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), School of Law, Singapore Management University. This two-day event brought together IP professors and scholars from around the region to discuss areas of research and inquiry. Event details can be found here.
|February 23||EUIPO Publishes Study on the Economic Cost of IPR Infringement in the Pesticide Sector|On February 8, 2017, the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory) published its tenth sectorial study on the impacts of counterfeits in the pesticide and agrochemical sector. This report analyzes the negative impact of counterfeiting on businesses, governments, and consumers and highlights two case studies where counterfeit pesticides were seized. Read the INTA Blog for more information.
|February 21||INTA Attends Global Legal & IP ConfEx in Singapore|
On February 16, INTA attended the Global Legal & IP ConfEx in Singapore. This event focused on the trends and challenges of IP in the Asia Pacific region. Speakers discussed the impact of digital technologies, trademark infringement trends, cyber-attacks and more. To learn more about this event, please stay tuned for an upcoming edition of the INTA Bulletin.