|July 26||Registration Now Open for 2017 Leadership Meeting|Registration for the 2017 INTA Leadership Meeting is now open! The INTA Leadership Meeting brings together INTA volunteers and leaders once a year to advance the Association’s objectives and goals. This meeting offers them an advanced-level educational program and the opportunity to conduct business and network with colleagues from around the world over four days. Join us November 7-10 in Washington, D.C. (USA). To learn more and register, visit www.inta.org/2017LM.
|July 25||Apply for Committee Selection Before July 31!|One of INTA’s most important assets is the talented and dedicated group of member volunteers who serve on its Committees and Project Teams. Participation on an INTA Committee offers you a unique and rewarding opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the member organizations’ objectives, network among your peers and raise your visibility within the international trademark community.
For more details about INTA's Committee Selection process and to apply for the 2018–2019 term, please visit the INTA Committee Participation page.
|July 25||Early Bird Registration for the 2017 TMAP Meeting ends Friday, August 4, 2017!|Join us in New Orleans for three days of education, networking, inspiration, and empowerment in September! This year, the TMAP Meeting will provide you with unique opportunities to get involved and the motivation to think outside the box. Register by Friday, August 4, 2017 to save your organization money!
|July 21||Apply to Become a Table Topic Moderator at the Annual Meeting|Apply to Become a Table Topic Moderator at the Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, May 19–23, 2018! Moderators are needed to develop and facilitate Table Topics, one of INTA's most popular Annual Meeting events. Table Topics are interactive conversations about relevant trademark topics of interest, taking place over breakfast or lunch and facilitated by one moderator and attended by up to 10 participants. Don't let this great opportunity pass you by! Submit your proposal by August 11, 2017. Learn more and submit a proposal today.
|July 21||INTA Study Provides Data on How Brands Are Using New gTLD Program|At the beginning of this year, INTA’s Impact Studies Committee commissioned a survey of its corporate members to determine what impact the New gTLD Program has had on brands’ enforcement costs. The survey was sent to 1,096 INTA regular members and asked respondents for detailed cost information for 2015 and 2016. The questions were accompanied by a detailed worksheet to help respondents collect the necessary data. Learn more about this study in the latest edition of the INTA Bulletin.
|July 20||INTA Participates in Regional Seminar on Current Trends in Counterfeiting and Piracy in Ankara|
On July 18, 2017, INTA participated in a Regional Seminar on Current Trends in Counterfeiting and Piracy in Ankara organized by the Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade. INTA was represented by Myrtha Hurtado Rivas (Novartis International AG), Chair of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of the Anticounterfeiting Committee. Ms. Hurtado Rivas spoke about working together with the private sector to combat counterfeits. Stay tuned for a full recap in the INTA Bulletin!
|July 18||Save the date for the 2017 Leadership Meeting! Registration launches July 26!|This year’s leadership meeting offers you the opportunity to embrace and manage change through education, relationship building, leadership skills development, and learning from those who are more experienced. This year’s meeting will take place November 7-10 in Washington, D.C. (USA). To learn more about the Leadership Meeting, click here.
|July 18||David Emond Provides Keynote Address at the 2017 TMAP Meeting!|INTA is delighted to welcome David Emond, Executive Director of Liberty's Kitchen, as one of the keynote speakers for the 2017 TMAP meeting! Liberty’s Kitchen is a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable New Orleans youth. Learn more and register today! Look out for an upcoming INTA Bulletin issue which features an interview with David as he shares his story and what you can expect to hear from him at the TMAP Meeting.
|July 15||INTA Attends International Symposium on Geographical Indications (GIs) in China|
On June 30, INTA participated in the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications in Yangzhou, China. Dr. Hui Huang (Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property Agency) represented INTA and spoke about the Association’s perspective on the protection of geographical indications and trademarks. In attendance were 300 guests from government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, local business and industry associations.
|July 14||Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders: Introducing the Tomorrow’s Leader Award|INTA is pleased to announce the inception of the Tomorrow’s Leader Award—an award designed to both feature and inspire the next generation of intellectual property lawyers. The award is meant to enhance the growth and development of recipients within INTA and to provide a tailored mentoring and committee membership experience to accelerate their contribution to the trademark community. Two young professionals with less than five years of experience each will receive recognition for their demonstration of early leadership stature in the IP industry. The application portal is now open. Learn more and submit your nominations today!
|July 14||Registration open for Dubai Free Trade Zone Workshop|INTA will be in Dubai September 28 for a special forum on free trade zones. Economic benefit and growth are the welcome upside of free trade zones, but there are also some unintended challenges for brand owners. Join us for this important one-day workshop where we bring together brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders for an exploration of the latest information, best practices and potential solutions for combating the ongoing threat of counterfeits in free trade zones. Visit www.inta.org/2017FTZDubai to learn more and register.
|July 12||INTA Hosts Two Trademarks 101 Roundtable Discussions in Florida|
On July 10th, INTA hosted two Trademarks 101 Small Business Roundtables in South Florida. The keynote speaker for the roundtables was U.S. House of Representative Member and Co-Chair of the Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC), Ted Deutch (D-FL-22nd). This was followed by a panel moderated by INTA's Senior Director of Government Relations, Deborah Cohn and representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Small Business Administration and INTA Member, Christina DeAngelis (Jarden Group-Newell Brands). Representatives from over 100 small businesses in Florida attended the roundtables to learn more about the U.S trademark system and the crucial role that trademarks play in supporting a successful business.
|July 11||TMAP Meeting Co-Chairs Discuss Upcoming Event in New Orleans|In the latest video interview, TMAP Meeting Co-Chairs Karen Holme (Sunkist Growers, Inc., United States) and Daniela Rojas (Hilborne Hawkin & Co., United States) discuss INTA's 2017 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting, taking place in New Orleans on September 17–19, 2017. Watch the full interview to learn more about this upcoming event and register here.
|July 11||New in 2018! INTA’s First Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition|Inspired by the continued success of INTA’s Moot Court Competitions in the United States, INTA is pleased to launch the Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition for the first time in Singapore. The competition is open to teams of students from law schools outside of the United States. Winning teams will receive a variety of awards including INTA student memberships, a school donation, and several monetary prizes! Applications to enter the competition will open September 2017. Visit www.inta.org/mootcourtsingapore to learn more!
|July 11||INTA Hosts Two Trademarks 101 Roundtable Discussions in Florida|
On Monday, July 10th, INTA hosted two Trademarks 101 Small Business Roundtables in South Florida. U.S. House of Representative Member, Ted Deutch (D-FL-22nd) and Co-Chair of the Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) was the keynote speaker for the roundtables in his district followed by an expert panel moderated by INTA's Senior Director of Government Relations, Deborah Cohn and representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and INTA Member, Christina DeAngelis who is Intellectual Property Counsel for the Jarden Group-Newell Brands. Representatives from over 100 small businesses in Florida attended the roundtables to learn more about the U.S trademark system and the crucial role that trademarks play in supporting and growing a successful business.
|July 6||Committee Selection is now open. Apply today!|One of INTA’s most important assets is the talented and dedicated group of member volunteers who serve on its Committees and Project Teams. Participation on an INTA Committee offers you a unique and rewarding opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the member organizations’ objectives, network among your peers and raise your visibility within the international trademark community.
For more details about INTA's Committee Selection process and to apply for the 2018–2019 term, please visit the INTA Committee Participation page.
|July 5||INTA and the Ministry of Science Technology held a policy dialogue in Danang, Vietnam|
INTA and the Ministry of Science Technology held a policy dialogue in Danang, Vietnam, on June 30 to discuss further cooperation and continuation of an MOU previously signed in 2015. INTA’s Chief Representative Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays, co-chaired the meeting with Ministry of Science Technology Deputy Chief Inspector and National Office of IP Deputy Director General.
|June 29||INTA Attended ICANN59 in South Africa|
INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo is joining INTA members at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa this week. The hot topic of this meeting is whether geographic terms should be protected to the right of the dot and how much influence governments should have in this decision. After long days of negotiation, INTA members relaxed with the rest of the ICANN community at an outreach reception sponsored by Adams & Adams. It was a marvelous event with a broad range of attendees including INTA members, ICANN staff and volunteer leaders, members of the technical community, academia, civil society and government representatives.
|June 29||Registration Now Open for INTA’s Changing Landscape of Latin America Conference|On October 2-3, INTA hosts the Changing Landscape of Latin America conference. Register today to benefit from two days of educational programming focused on Latin America led by industry experts. Sessions include: innovation and IP protection; brand valuation, balancing IP Rights and regulatory restrictions, Internet protection and enforcement. Learn more and plan to join us!
|June 29||INTA Launches New Membership Database|
INTA is pleased to announce the official launch of our new membership database! Your former INTA log-in credentials will no longer work with this new database. Your new username is your email address, and clicking the log-in button on inta.org (in the upper right-hand corner) you will can reset your password. Committee Selection will be opening in July, and you will want to ensure you have your new log-in to apply for a committee.
|June 29||The May–June issue of The Trademark Reporter is now live!|This issue contains an article on unregistered marks in European Union law by Verena von Bomhard and Artur Geier (along with their German-language article on the same topic), a commentary by Jonathan Moskin on the Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
decision by the United States Supreme Court, and a book review of Dr. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan’sThe Protection of Intellectual Property in International Law
|June 28||Registration is now open for the 2017 Trademark Administrators & Young Practitioners Meeting (TMAP)!|Join us in New Orleans for three days of education, networking, inspiration, and empowerment in September! This year, the TMAP Meeting will provide you with unique opportunities to get involved and the motivation to think outside the box! With general and concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics, the meeting offers something for everyone. To learn more and register, visit www.inta.org/2017TMAP
|June 27||This Week INTA CEO Met with ARIPO to Discuss Collaboration |For the first time, INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo is visiting Zimbabwe to meet with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), government agents, attorneys, and brand owners based in the region. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss collaboration initiatives that support trademarks and related rights systems within the continent. Learn more about these meetings here.
|June 27||INTA Participates in the International IP Enforcement Summit in Berlin |INTA Officer Zeeger Vink (MAUS FRERES; Switzerland) moderated a panel on “New practices and the role of intermediaries” at the International IP Enforcement Summit in Berlin on June 23, 2017. INTA thanks Summit hosts German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the European Commission, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office for the opportunity to participate in the event. For more information, please visit the event’s website here.
|June 23||Save the Date for INTA’s Upcoming Conference and Workshop in Latin America this October|On October 2-4, 2017, INTA travels to Cartagena, Colombia for two exciting events. The Changing Landscape of Latin America conference will explore the unique social, economic and political changes in the region and their impact on intellectual property. This Conference will be immediately followed by the Free Trade Zone Workshop: Commerce vs Counterfeits. This one-day workshop provides a forum for brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders to work together toward solutions to combat the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. To learn more, visit www.inta.org/2017Latam.
|June 20||This Month INTA Attended and Participated at the QBPC 2017 Forum|
INTA co-organized the QBPC (Quality Brands Protection Committee) 2017 China Forum on Criminal IP Protection on June 20-21 in Hangzhou, China. High level speakers from the National Leading Group on the Fight Against Counterfeits, Ministry of Public Security, INTERPOL and numerous foreign governments joined the meeting. INTA's Chief Representative for Asia-Pacific spoke on INTA’s anticounterfeiting activities and research.
|June 20||The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Finding that the Disparagement Provision of the Lanham Act Restricts Free Speech and is Unconstitutional|On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit’s decision in the matter of Matal v. Tam that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1052(a), provides that no trademark shall be refused registration on account of its nature unless, inter alia, it "[c]onsists of * * * matter which may disparage * * * persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.” Click here for the Supreme Court’s decision or here for INTA’s amicus brief in the matter.
|June 15||INTA’s June 2017 Global Report in now available online!|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.
|June 14||INTA President-Elect Speaks at World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)|
INTA President-elect Tish Berard is featured as a High Level speaker at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva this week. Tish represented INTA on a Gender Mainstreaming panel that focused on the role of women in the information, communications and technology (ICT) sector. Following on themes presented at INTA's panel at the World Trade Organization in 2016, Tish discussed how INTA promotes the role of women in intellectual property in 2 ways: through networking opportunities for advancement to senior levels of leadership and programs that share knowledge in professional and business growth.
|June 13||INTA Hosts Panel at World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)|
INTA hosted an all-star panel at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Panelists, including INTA Advisory Board Member Andrea Gerosa (ThinkYoung), addressed the value proposition of trademark protection for SME’s in developing countries. Maxine Moffett (Bridge Africa) discussed text-to-web technology for market vendors in Cameroon and Fatima Amerhi (AMHIGA) explored the economic struggle of women in Morocco and the preservation of the argan tree through the argan oil GI and related brands. The panel, moderated by Lori Schulman (INTA) marked the first time trademarks have been discussed at the WSIS.