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December 18Latest Brand & New Podcast Explores IP Offices of Tomorrow
INTA’s latest Brand & New podcast explores the future of IP offices in an insightful conversation with Maximiliano Santa Cruz, an IP and technology consultant based in Santiago, Chile who until recently was the General Director of the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile. In this episode, he discusses the challenges and opportunities raised by innovation from the perspective of an IP office, as well as his vision of the potential evolution of the mission of IP offices in relation to trademark protection. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher .
December 18Register Today for the 2019 March Conference: The Business of Brands
INTA’s 2019 March Conference: The Business of Brands, March 28-29, in New York City, will look at how the interaction and intersection of legal and business teams is integral to a brand’s success. Topics at this forward-looking conference will consider both legal and business perspectives to enable both sides to collaborate and transform their communications, their integration, and ultimately the brand value. Register today!
December 18Submissions Are Open for the 2019 Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Act now! Submissions are now being accepted for the Ladas Memorial Award, an annual award presented in student and professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, a distinguished practitioner and author, and funded by Ladas & Parry LLP. Submissions are due by January 18, 2019. For the official rules, click here.
December 18Save the Date: Registration for 141st Annual Meeting Opens January 23
Save the date! Registration for INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting, May 18-22, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, opens on January 23. The Annual Meeting is the largest and most influential gathering of brand owners and intellectual property professionals from around the world and across industries. In the meantime, watch this video to relive the highlights from INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting in 2018.
December 14What Belonging to INTA Means to Our Members
Belonging to INTA means different things to our global membership. Check out this new video to see what some members say belonging to INTA means to them. Stay a part of INTA! Renew your membership by December 31; go to and click on “My Profile.”
December 14Host an INTA Roundtable in North America in 2019
INTA roundtables—popular two-hour discussions on current trademark topics—are returning in 2019. Members in North America interested in hosting a roundtable at their office can email for more information. Roundtables are an ideal way to host a group of trademark professionals and share ideas and knowledge with peers. Get more information here.
December 14INTA Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing on Counterfeiting
Just in time for the holiday season, INTA, in collaboration with the Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) hosted a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on December 6 that focused on the dangers of counterfeit products. Read more about the briefing in a new post on the INTA Blog.
December 14INTA’s Unreal Campaign Visits the Cayman Islands
INTA’s Unreal Campaign presented its educational program to students on the Cayman Islands on November 29, marking the fourth time that the Campaign has held a presentation there INTA member Corey Neysmith (HSM IP, Cayman Islands) and co-worker Gabriel Morla (left)spoke to more than 40 students at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre about the dangers of counterfeit goods and the importance of trademarks and brands. HSM IP presented to students in the Cayman Islands the previous times as well. Follow the Unreal Campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
December 112019 Europe Conference to Focus on Professional, Political, and Legal Changes
INTA’s 2019 Europe Conference: Embracing Change, February 18 and 19 in Paris, France, will help brand owners and IP practitioners identify changes that will impact their professional lives and will provide practical tips to navigate the changing European political and legal landscape. Topics include promoting brands in the digital world, the impact of copyright reform in Europe on creative works, and the legal implications of the brand-online influencer relationship. Early bird registration fees are available until January 11. Learn more here.
December 11Renew Your Membership Today to Stay a Member of the INTA Community
Belonging to INTA means you are a member of a global community composed of 32,000 individual members and 7,200 organization members. Stay a part of this influential group and renew your membership by December 31, 2018; go to and click on “My Profile.” Check out one member’s account of what belonging to INTA means to him in the latest INTA Bulletin.
December 11INTA and the European Commission Hold Workshop on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
INTA and the European Commission – Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs held a workshop about IP support for small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) on December 7 in Brussels, Belgium. Speaking to members of industry associations and government offices, INTA President Tish Berard (center) presented findings of the 2018 Presidential Task Force report on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurs, and Hélène Nicora, INTA Chief Representative Officer, Europe, informed attendees about some of INTA’s SME-relevant services, such as the Pro Bono Clearinghouse and online public resources.
December 11Judges Workshop in Peru Explores Andean Community Legal System
INTA was among the co-hosts of a Judges Workshop in Lima, Peru on December 6-7. The program focused on the Andean Community legal system and judicial interpretations in their applications by Peruvian courts, as well as current topics of interest in Peruvian Trademark Law such as non-traditional marks. INTA representatives at the workshop included (left to right) Miguel Angel Carpio (Carpio, Ochoa, Martinez, Brik, Mexico), the Task Force Leader on the Enforcement Committee charged with organizing the Judges Workshops; Iris Gunther, Advisor, External Relations Enforcement; and Jorge Allende (Allende Garcia, Peru) who serves on the Data Protection Committee.
December 7INTA’s 2019 March Conference to Focus on ‘The Business of Brands’
INTA’s 2019 March Conference: The Business of Brands will take the discussion beyond trademarks and focus on brands from a business perspective. Taking place March 28-29 in New York, New York, this forward-looking conference will provide insights and practical tips to help brand owners, IP practitioners, and business professionals stay ahead of trends and be instrumental in creating the future. Registration is now open. Read more about the March Conference here.
December 7INTA Participates in Training on Domain Name Disputes
INTA members and domain name experts Francine Tan of Francine Tan Law Corporation (Singapore) and Dennis Cai of DotTrademark (Hong Kong) co-presented at an Asian International Arbitration Centre training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 29. The event focused on the importance of domain names and global trends and issues affecting online businesses. Attendees included in-house counsel, trademark practitioners, and trademark group representatives from throughout Asia.
December 7INTA’s 2019 Ladas Memorial Award Competition Is Now Open
Submissions are now being accepted for the Ladas Memorial Award, an annual award presented in student and professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, a distinguished practitioner and author, and funded by Ladas & Parry LLP. Submissions are due by January 18, 2019. For more information about the award and the official rules, click here.
December 7INTA Co-hosts Congressional Briefing to Raise Awareness of Counterfeiting
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and INTA co- hosted a Congressional Briefing on December 6 with the U.S. Congressional Trademark Caucus to raise awareness of efforts to address counterfeiting, and to provide consumers with tips to safeguard against the purchase of fake products. INTA Senior Director of Government Relations Deborah Cohn (pictured) provided an overview of INTA and introduced fellow speakers, who included special guest Vishal Amin, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the White House.
December 4Registration Ends Friday for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration ends this Friday, December 7, for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP. On-site registration will not be available. CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and President Tish Berard will be at the event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 10-11, to welcome and address registrants. “It’s timely that we are hosting our conference in a region that is rapidly becoming the center of economic growth and innovation across the globe,” says Mr. Sanz de Acedo. Click here to register today!
December 4Latest Brand & New Podcast Dives into Disruption of Trademark Law
The latest episode of INTA’s Brand & New Podcast is now available! “Entitled Disrupting Trademark Law: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Social Media, and More,” this episode features Jeanne Fromer, a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy in New York. Professor Fromer discusses many thought-provoking questions about trademark law artificial intelligence, and other technologies that are challenging traditional legal concepts in today’s fast-changing world. A new Brand & New podcast focusing on innovation and intellectual property comes out every other Tuesday on Spotify, iTunes, and Stitcher. Learn more here.
December 4INTA and Chinese Officials Meet to Discuss Collaboration
On November 26, INTA was honored to host a delegation of officials from the Shandong Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC), based in Rizhao City, China, to discuss potential avenues for collaboration. The meeting, which took place at INTA’s New York City office, included (from left-to-right), Li Duanfu, Director, AIC Market Regulation Office; Hou Dianxiao, Director, AIC Office of Rizhao City; Bruce MacPherson, Chief Policy Officer, INTA; Tiffany Pho, Senior Coordinator, Anticounterfeiting, INTA; Dolores Moro, Senior Strategist, Education, INTA; and Zheng Weidong, Deputy Director of AIC General Affairs Department
November 30Final Days to Register for INTA’s Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ends Friday, December 7. There is no on-site registration for the conference. INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and INTA President Tish Berard will open the conference and share their thoughts about innovation and IP in the growing regions. Register now!
November 30INTA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian IP Office
INTA and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 28 that serves as the foundation for developing cooperative activities in the field of trademark and other related areas. INTA President Tish Berard (left) and CIPO’s Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer, Johanne Bélisle, signed the agreement on behalf of their organizations at the CIPO offices in Ottawa, Canada. Read more about the MoU here.
November 30Check Out The Latest Issue of The Trademark Reporter
The September-October 2018 issue of INTA’s The Trademark Reporter (TMR) is available now. This issue features an article proposing the use of corpora (large databases of text) instead of genericness surveys, an insightful commentary on the risks and rewards of co-branding by social media influencers and fashion brands, TMR’s first dual-language book review, and a review of a scholarly work on national versus unitary IP rights in the EU. Read it here!
November 30INTA Speaks at Intellectual Property Awareness Summit in New York City
INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Manager Maysa Razavi (second from right) presented on the importance of trademarks and dangers of counterfeiting s at the Second Annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit entitled “IP Literacy in a Digital World” on November 29 at Columbia University in New York City. The event explored how to communicate the value of intellectual property to the general public, consumers, innovators, and C-Suite executives.
November 27Last Chance to Register for INTA's 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, United Arab Emirates closes on December 7. With its steady commercial activity and innovation, the region presents enormous opportunities and challenges for brand owners. The conference will explore how innovation is re-shaping the economy and the importance of a thorough IP strategy for effective protection in the region. Professional athlete Michael Haddad, the keynote speaker, will share his inspirational story which highlights what technology and innovation can do in our daily lives. Please note: onsite registration will not be available. Register today!
November 27INTA Adopts New Process to Add and Sunset Committees
INTA’s Board of Directors recently adopted a formal process to add new committees and sunset others. The process is now included in the INTA Code of Policies. For the next committee term, 2020-2021, members and staff must submit proposed changes by December 15, 2018 for consideration by the Planning Committee in the selection process that takes place in 2019. For details on who us eligible to propose changes and how, learn more here.
November 27Renew INTA Membership to Maintain Access to Unique Benefits
As 2018 comes to an end, maintain access to INTA’s unique benefits and services by renewing your membership today. INTA membership means entry to authoritative online multi-jurisdictional resources, which are designed to save time and money in day-to-day operations, and to enhance professional expertise. Renew your membership online today by logging in at and clicking on “My Profile.” The renewal deadline is December 31, 2018.
November 27INTA Representative Speaks at UK IP Enforcement Program in Thailand
INTA member Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa (Tilleke and Gibbins, Thailand) spoke on behalf of the Association, at the UK IP Enforcement Program on November 13-14 in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of the program, hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, was to discuss IP enforcement challenges in the region from a policy and industry perspective, and to learn, share, and develop ways of effectively enforcing IP rights. Ms. Mokkhavesa, a member of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee, explained the purpose and goals of the committee to those in attendance while also discussing the mission and strategic plan of INTA.
November 20Middle East and Africa Conference to Tackle How Innovation is Changing IP
Hear from a panel of leading legal experts and government officials on the ways that innovation is changing how they work, at INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Speakers will offer real--world examples of how innovation can help IP teams and examine potential pitfalls. Get ready to hear about artificial intelligence, e-discovery, and using innovation to combat infringers. Read about other sessions here. Registration ends December 7.
November 20Listen to the Latest Episode of Brand & New, INTA’s Podcast on Innovation
The second episode of Brand & New, INTA’s new podcast focused on innovation, is out now. In this episode entitled ,“Embrace the Future: How Technology is Transforming Legal Practice,” Stéphane Lemarchand, Partner, Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper France LLP, Paris, France, shares his experience about the way the legal and IP ecosystems interact with technology, and why practitioners must embrace technology sooner rather than later “to remain relevant and efficient.” INTA releases a new episode of Brand & New every other Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. More information on Brand & New is available here.
November 20Consider an Additional Listing in INTA’s Membership Directory
If you aren’t the Designee for your organization but want to be listed in INTA’s Membership Directory consider an Additional Directory Listing (ADL). ADLs allow INTA members to have their contact information listed and searchable in the INTA Membership Directory. ADLs can help you access potential new clients and allow you to network with current INTA members. Each ADL costs US $250, and there is no limit on how many names can be listed for your organization. Interested parties can email for more information.
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