|April 19||Get the Most of Your Annual Meeting Experience With Add-Ons |The core educational sessions at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting, May 18–22, in Boston, Massachusetts, are only the beginning! Registering for Annual Meeting add-ons can further round out your experience. Among the offerings: Dozens of Table Topics that explore specific topics of interest with a small group of like-minded peers; two Lunch and Learn sessions with dynamic speakers focusing on professional development; and networking excursions that will let you experience the city’s rich history and culture. Register for the Annual Meeting today, and learn more about participating in add-ons here.
|April 19||INTA Collaborates with Foundation in Chile to Educate Students About Counterfeiting|In an extension of INTA’s Unreal Campaign, the Association and the National Trade Foundation for Education (COMEDUC), based in Santiago, Chile, on April 18, announced a collaboration to educate high school students in Chile about the dangers of purchasing counterfeit goods and the importance of intellectual property. The collaboration is part of INTA’s ongoing efforts through the Unreal Campaign to raise awareness among teens about these topics. Read more here.
|April 19||INTA’s Board of Directors Approves 2020-2021 Committee Structure |The Planning Committee of INTA’s Board of Directors manages the strategic and annual planning for the Association, including recommendations for a committee structure that aligns with the Association’s Strategic Plan. The Board, at its March meeting, approved the 2020-2021 committee structure, and the application process to join committees begins in June. Read about it in the latest INTA Bulletin here.
|April 19||INTA Hosts Education Roundtable in Hong Kong on Bad-Faith Trademark Registration|
INTA organized an education roundtable in Hong Kong on the issue of bad-faith trademark registration on April 15. Denis To (Ralph Lauren, Hong Kong) shared a case study of the impact of bad faith on business operations, and Joe Simone (SIPS, Hong Kong) provided details on INTA’s advocacy work on this issue, specifically with a focus on China. More than 50 INTA members attended the event from Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong.
|April 16||INTA Hosts Broad Array of ‘Giving Back’ Initiatives at Annual Meeting |INTA is hosting a variety of corporate social responsibility initiatives in Boston, Massachusetts for registrants during the 141st Annual Meeting, from May 18–22. Opportunities to give back to the local community include building bikes for kids, packing and sorting items at a food bank, and donating accessories for job interviewees. Find out how to get involved here. Additionally, INTA will be hosting a Pro Bono Trademark Clinic for local nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals to receive a one-on-one consultation with a trademark attorney. If you are interested in taking advantage of this program, contact Stacey Sutton at email@example.com; applications are due May 10.
|April 16||Get to Know Your Comprehensive INTA Member Resources|Did you know that, as an INTA member, you have access—free of charge—to a wide variety of online member resources that can help you save time and money in your daily trademark practice? Explore INTA’s Searchable Guides, covering trademark law and other related areas of law throughout the world. Discover practice tools, including Trademark Administration, the Quick-Start Trademark Chart, Practitioners Checklists, and more. Click through to the Members Resource page to access these extensive resources.
|April 16||Read About the Winners of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition |Read about the winners of the 28th Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin. Seventy-three teams from 56 law schools from across the United States participated in this year’s competition in Washington, D.C. The winning team was Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (pictured above from left, William Heaton and Briana Falcon, with Cindy Walden, Chair, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Project Team and Vince Lombardozzi, Vice Chair, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Project Team). The team from Golden Gate University School of Law (Katie Christensen, Kyndal Currie, Amy Saechao, and Gianne Carlo Nalangan) was the second place winner.
|April 16||INTA Hosts Training in Nigeria|
INTA hosted a two-day training for examiners at the Trademarks, Patents And Designs Registry Trademark Office in Abuja, Nigeria on April 9–10. Participants were briefed on the Association’s role and activities around the world and discussed several intellectual property topics, including international best practices in trademark oppositions and cancellations, operational procedures, treaties, and brand restrictions. Pictured: Tat-Tienne Louembe (second from right), INTA’s Representative Africa, Middle East, and Intergovernmental Organizations, with local and international INTA members.
|April 12||INTA Hosts Pro Bono Trademark Clinic at Upcoming Annual Meeting in Boston|INTA will host a Pro Bono Trademark Clinic on May 20 at the 141st Annual Meeting, in Boston, Massachusetts where local nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals seeking legal advice related to trademarks will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with attorneys who are donating their time. In addition to the legal services, participants will receive a complimentary one-day pass to the Meeting. Those interested in taking advantage of this first-time program should contact Stacey Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org ; applications are due May 10.
|April 12||Explore the Impact on Brands of California’s Privacy Act Changes |Brand owners can learn more about the upcoming changes in California’s Consumer Privacy Act, by signing up for INTA’s California Privacy Law webcast. Hear from experienced trademark and privacy practitioners as they detail the pros and cons of the changes, which takes effect January 2020. The webcast is part of INTA’s e-learning series.
|April 12||Take Advantage of Business Hubs at Annual Meeting to Host Client Meetings |Business Hubs (formerly Reserved Hospitality) offer registrants of INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting a professional and exclusive setting to hold on-site meetings with clients. Suites are available every day of the Meeting. Reserve your Business Hub today.
|April 12||INTA’s Cancellations Searchable Guide Makes Life Easier for Brand Professionals |INTA’s Searchable Guides—an exclusive member benefit—are developed by more than 30 principal editors and 500 contributors who volunteer their time to provide these valuable legal resources to the INTA community. In the latest edition of the INTA Bulletin, Patricia McGovern, Chairperson at DFMG Solicitors, Dublin, Ireland, shares her insight about being a principal editor for Trademark Cancellations: International Practice and Procedures, which covers such topics as availability, grounds, venue, representation, time frames, estimated costs, and rights of appeal. Explore INTA’s member resources for other guides offering practice-oriented content that can be of enormous help for your daily work.
|April 5||Experience Boston with Peers on Annual Meeting Networking Excursions|Networking Excursions are back for INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting, May 18–22, in Boston, Massachusetts. Consistently among the most popular networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting, Networking Excursions give registrants and their guests the chance to explore the unique sights, sounds, and tastes of Boston with a group of like-minded peers. You can enjoy a Duck Boat ride, sample local beers at a brewery tour, catch a Red Sox game, and much more. Check out the various options here and sign up today.
|April 5||Read INTA’s Latest Article and Blog Post on Uncertainty Surrounding Brexit |The original official date of Brexit —March 29—has come and gone, but there is still no clarity on whether Brexit will happen. A comprehensive article in the latest INTA Bulletin summarizes key elements of the European Intellectual Property Office’s communications related to Brexit. Additionally, read a new post on the INTA Blog, “Uncertainty Remains for Elected Officials, Businesses, and Citizens Alike as Initial Brexit Date Came and Went,” for perspectives on Brexit from INTA’s Europe Office.
|April 5||INTA’s Trademark Basics Webcast Series Provides a Foundation for a Successful Career |INTA’s six-part Trademark Basics webcast series is designed to help you gain a foundation for a successful career as a trademark practitioner. The series features the building blocks of trademark practice, including searching, filing, prosecution in the United States and the European Union, and legal ethics in the trademark field. Find out more about the webcast series here.
|April 5||Learn More About New INTA Member Benefit: Industry Groups |INTA Industry Groups are a new member benefit giving Regular Members the opportunity to meet and benchmark on common issues relevant to your industry. In addition to expanding your network of colleagues, Industry Groups offer you the chance to exchange ideas, best practices, and insights with like-minded peers. INTA Industry Group meetings may take place at Annual Meetings and Leadership Meetings, on conference calls, and at ad hoc meetings at INTA’s headquarters. Learn more here.
|April 2|| Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Hopes to Inspire Individuals and Brands to Save the Planet|Michael Haddad, professional athlete, climate change advocate, and keynote speaker at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting (May 18–22 , Boston, Massachusetts), recently spoke with the INTA Bulletin about how he hopes to inspire individuals and brands to save the planet. Mr. Haddad, who is paralyzed from the chest down, is on a mission to convince the world that “Earth itself is sitting in a wheelchair,” as he once was, and needs our help to walk again. Read the interview here and register for the Annual Meeting here!
|April 2||Check out Latest Issue of The Trademark Reporter for Annual Review of U.S. Trademark Cases |The Trademark Reporter has published its United States Annual Review: The Seventy-First Year of Administration of the Lanham Act of 1946, a review of trademark cases in the United States for the most recent year of the Lanham Act administration. Authors Ted Davis and John Welch will host a session at INTA’s Annual Meeting, May 18–22, in Boston, Massachusetts, where they’ll deliver concise analyses of major decisions rendered by the U.S. courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board over the past 12 months. Read the new issue here.
|April 2||INTA Participates in Anticounterfeiting Workshop in Vietnam |
INTA participated in the Asia Regional Workshop on Enforcement Against Trade in Counterfeit Food, Beverages, Cosmetics and Fast Moving Consumer Goods organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 1. Valentina Salmoiraghi, INTA Advisor, Anticounterfeiting Asia Pacific (seated, left), took part in a panel discussion on counterfeiting-related challenges faced by consumers and trademark holders in the global market, and presented INTA’s best practices to fight counterfeiting.
|April 2||Canadian Trademark Reform Roundtables Will Explain Trademark Law Changes|Attend one of INTA’s Canadian Trademark Reform Roundtables, taking place in various North American cities now through April 12. The roundtables will discuss the significant changes in Canada’s trademark law, which include joining the Madrid Protocol and acceding to the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty on June 17. Register for the roundtables here.
|March 29||Link Up with Fellow First-Time Annual Meeting Registrants |INTA’s Newcomers Match Program at the 141st Annual Meeting will pair first-time registrants together to “break the ice” at the 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The program will help foster professional connections and camaraderie between new registrants—and is a great first step in networking at this event. Learn more about the Newcomers Match Program here, and register today for the 2019 Annual Meeting, May 18–22, here.
|March 29||INTA Conducts Roundtable with Japan Trademark Association|
INTA conducted an education roundtable in cooperation with the Japan Trademark Association (JTA) on March 18 in Tokyo, Japan on important Internet policy issues affecting brand owners. Lori Schulman, INTA’s Senior Director for Internet Policy, moderated a panel and discussed the current state of the WHOIS domain name system, the Rights Protections Mechanisms, and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute-Resolution Policy. The roundtable followed the most recent ICANN meeting in Kobe, Japan.
|March 26||Act Now to Avoid Cutoff of Member Benefits|
It’s the final countdown, and INTA membership renewal is closing. This is your last chance to renew and capitalize on member benefits and services that are designed to help save you time and money, and to help promote your personal and professional development. Renew now by clicking on My Profile at the top of this page.
|March 26||Brand & New Podcast Explores the Impact of Climate Change on Intellectual Property |Climate change is affecting every aspect of our lives—including intellectual property. On the latest episode of INTA’s podcast, Brand & New, Fabrice Mattei, Climate Change and IP Group Head, and Myanmar Country Manager of Rouse Myanmar, Member of the Rouse Network, discusses his concerns about the looming environmental threat of climate change and the complexity of its impact on IP law, brands, and business strategies. Listen on ITunes, Stitcher and Spotify.
|March 26||Renew Today: Belonging to INTA Gives You Access to Valuable Benefits|Belonging to INTA means that you and everyone at your organization is able to access INTA’s online resources, volunteer to participate on a committee, receive meeting discounts, and actively contribute to advocacy efforts that benefit the trademark community. As the end of INTA’s membership renewal season nears, please ensure that your member benefits do not lapse. To avoid interruption of your benefits, we encourage you to discuss with your Designee the value of your INTA membership. Click here to renew your membership.
|March 26||INTA Participates in Industrial Property and Climate Change Summit |INTA participated in a summit called Industrial Property and Climate Change, What Opportunities Now? The summit, which took place in Paris, France on March 25, was organized by the Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (CNCPI) and drew 150 attendees, including French parliamentarians, intellectual property professionals, and environmental experts. INTA Chief Representative Officer Hélène Nicora moderated a panel on how holders of geographical indication rights can adapt to climate change. Also speaking were Michael Haddad (pictured above, center), United Nations climate change champion and keynote at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting, and Fabrice Mattei, Climate Change and IP Group Head, Rouse Myanmar, who is the guest on the latest episode of INTA’s Brand & New podcast.
|March 22||Belonging to INTA Gives You Access to Many Benefits, Renew Today|Continue to reap the benefits of being an INTA member by renewing today. Belonging to INTA gives you access to the Membership Directory, which can assist with business development; discounted rates to meetings and conferences that offer education, networking, and professional development opportunities; and time-saving, comprehensive legal resources. Remain a part of our global community of brand owners and professionals! Click here to renew.
|March 22||Lunch and Learn Sessions at INTA’s Annual Meeting Will Emphasize Professional Development|Focus on your own professional development while enjoying a midday meal with peers at the Lunch and Learn sessions at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting, May 18–22 in Boston, Massachusetts. The latest edition of the INTA Bulletin features in-depth interviews with the two speakers, Kaplan Mobray (left), a Wharton-educated business speaker whose innovative talks have been called “life changing,” and Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, whose dynamic presentations help lawyers become better leaders. Register for the Annual Meeting; separate registration required for the Lunch and Learn sessions.
|March 22||Unreal Campaign Educates High School Students in Paris, France |Unreal Campaign Committee Member Boriana Guimberteau (FTPA Avocats, France), along with Charles de Haas (Fendi, Italy), recently gave a presentation on counterfeiting to fashion students at Paul Poiret High School in Paris, France. The Unreal Campaign is INTA’s consumer awareness initiative that educates teens (ages 14–18) about the dangers of counterfeit goods and the importance of trademarks and brands. If you are interested in getting involved in the Campaign, please contact Catherine Shen, Associate, Strategic Partnerships & Unreal Campaign, at email@example.com
|March 22||New Global Standard Calls for Annual Brand Evaluations|The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), working with standards boards worldwide, has just published a new ISO Global Standard that encourages brand owners to evaluate their brands regularly to create a feedback loop that leads to greater value for the brands over time. The release of ISO 20671 is timely given INTA’s 2019 March Conference: The Business of Brands in New York City on March 28–29; the Conference includes a session, titled “Brand Value: How Do You Measure a Feeling?” which will discuss various ways to value brands—the pros, cons, and in-betweens. Also, INTA’s Brand Value Special Task Force is delving deeply into the topics of brand value, brand equity, and brand valuation. To learn more about INTA’s Brand Value Special Task Force, contact Sheila Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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