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November 21INTA Continues Collaboration with Vietnam Ministry of Science
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Vietnam and INTA renewed a Memorandum of Understanding for the next three years at a meeting in Hanoi on November 17. Both parties signified their commitment to work together to develop and deliver activities that are aligned with their strategic directions. That afternoon, a workshop on IP valuation and brand equity took place between brand owners, key industry stakeholders, IP agents, MOST’s Deputy Chief Inspector, Ms. Nguyen Nhu Quynh, and INTA Chief Representative of Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays. Read more about these activities in an upcoming INTA Bulletin.
November 21INTA Participates at E-Commerce Symposium in Virginia
INTA attended the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center’s 2017 IPR Center Symposium: Solving the E-Commerce Puzzle on November 15. National IPR Center Deputy Director Bill Ross welcomed the crowd of private and public sector at its center in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, read the next edition of the INTA Bulletin.
November 21What Are Free Trade Zones and How Do They Affect Brand Owners?
Find out by reading INTA’s new members-only Free Trade Zones fact sheet! For a more in-depth exploration, attend one of INTA’s one-day workshops, which provide a forum for brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders to share their concerns and best practices and to work together toward solutions to combat the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. There is an upcoming Free Trade Zone Workshops being held in Berlin, Germany (November 29, 2017).
November 16Brand Authenticity Conference Keynote: Making Chocolate Sustainable
Here’s more good news about chocolate! In his keynote address, Santiago Peralta, founder of Pacari Chocolate, will share how CSR and sustainability have been critical ingredients in the creation and delivery of his global chocolate brand and its innovative tree-to-bar manufacturing model during INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin. It’s too good to miss—register today.
November 16INTA Participates in 2017 IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference
Phil Cox, incoming chair of the 2018-2019 Impact Studies Committee, and Sheila Francis, INTA’s Director, Strategic Partnerships and Economic Research, attended for the first time the IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference. The 2017 conference, held November 14-15 in Mexico City, Mexico, was organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Stay tuned for more information on INTA’s Blog.
November 15INTA’s Board of Directors Meet at the USPTO Headquarters in D.C.
INTA’s Board of Directors were honored to gather at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on November 7 prior to the start of the Association’s Leadership Meeting in nearby Washington, D.C. During its meeting, the Board elected new directors, officers, counsel, and advisory directors for 2018, passed two resolutions, and discussed other activities. Additionally, the Board visited the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the USPTO, where INTA unveiled an exhibit on the power of trademarks. Learn more on the INTA Blog.
November 10INTA’s Leadership Meeting Wraps Up in Washington, D.C.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 INTA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 7–10. With more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 countries, this year’s event was a huge success. Thank you to all for such a productive and enjoyable meeting!
November 9 INTA Welcomes the Leadership Meeting to Washington, D.C.
INTA’s 2017 Leadership Meeting is off to a great start with more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 countries. Registrants have been attending educational sessions and networking events. On November 9, they heard from Molly Fannon, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Affairs. There was also a session focused on INTA’s 2018–2021 strategic plan, which will enable committee leaders to plan their objectives in line with the Association’s vision. Learn more about this meeting in the upcoming INTA Bulletin.
November 8INTA Unveils Anticounterfeiting Exhibit at National Inventors Hall of Fame
During INTA’s Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C., the Association unveiled a museum exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). This exhibit is intended to educate visitors on the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeit goods and will be available until May 2019. Thank you to the corporate project team members for their help in building this display. There will be more information in an upcoming INTA Blog post.
November 8INTA Celebrates Accomplishments at Leadership Meeting’s Opening Ceremony
As INTA’s Leadership Meeting got underway on November 7, INTA President Joseph Ferretti (PepsiCo, Inc., USA) and CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, and Co-Chairs of the Congressional Trademark Caucus addressed attendees at the Opening Ceremony. This was followed by the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 President’s Award and Volunteer Service Awards. Congratulations to everyone!​
November 7INTA Members Brief Government Officials at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, UAE
On October 31, 2017, INTA Board Member Brian Winterfeldt (Winterfeldt IP Group, USA), Internet Committee Chair John McElwaine (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, USA), and Internet Committee Member Susan Payne (Com Laude, UK), were part of a panel that briefed government officials on the importance of Rights Protection Mechanisms to consumers, brand owners, and national economies. Particular emphasis was on the upcoming review of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and ongoing review of the Uniform Rapid Suspension process, Sunrise, Claims and the Trademark Clearinghouse. The officials were very receptive to the importance of protecting the domain name system from trademark fraud and abuse.
November 3The September–October, 2017 issue of The Trademark Reporter is now live!
The new issue of the TMR includes an article by well-known treatise authors Anne Gilson LaLonde and Jerome Gilson on the irreparable harm presumption, an article by D. Peter Harvey on geographical indications in the U.S., and reviews of books on topics ranging from the foundations of intellectual property to the Nice Agreement.
November 3Anticounterfeiting Committee Organizes Seminar in Chile
INTA held a seminar with the National Customs Service of Chile (SNA) on Methods for Detecting Counterfeit Goods and Border Control Challenges on October 24-25, 2017 in Santiago, Chile. The Latin American and Caribbean Anticounterfeiting Committee organized the event, which drew almost 100 customs officials from Chile and representatives from global brands. For more information, see the article in the anticounterfeiting section of the next INTA Bulletin.
October 31INTA and Andean Court Magistrates Host Judges Training in Ecuador
INTA recently hosted a judges training in Ecuador that drew 120 government representatives from the judicial branch and the Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property (IEPI). Topics discussed included application of Andean Law, evidences of use for cancellations actions, new criteria for determining goods and services connection coexistence, and enhanced protection of famous marks, among others. INTA thanks everyone that participated in this productive training. Stay tuned for more information in the INTA Bulletin.
October 31Brand Authenticity Conference Co-Chair Invites Attendees to ‘Drive Change’
Brand Authenticity Conference Co-Chair Mladen Vukmir (Vukmir & Associates, Croatia) invites everyone to the Berlin event on November 30 - December 1 for the opportunity to learn how we can be drivers of change in society. Register today for INTA’s first Brand Authenticity conference.
October 27Join INTA for the Upcoming Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin
Join INTA November 30-December 1 in Berlin for its first Brand Authenticity Conference. This unique and timely conference will explore why today’s sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity initiatives are driving brand purpose, brand value, and the bottom line. Hélène Nicora, INTA's Chief Representative Officer-Europe invites everyone to "think outside the box" at what promises to be a fantastic program; watch her video interview. Learn more and register today:
October 27INTA’s 2018 Calendar of Events is Now Available Online
Save that dates! INTA’s 2018 calendar is now available online. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar for the Designs Conference, the Brands and Innovation Conference, Annual Meeting, and more. Check out the full list of events today.
October 24The INTA Bulletin Spoke with TOMS Shoes, Inc. About Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
In the latest INTA Bulletin, Jessica Murray, Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at TOMS Shoes, Inc., discusses how this company embraces corporate social responsibility and sustainability. “Today a brand is asked to be more than just a logo or its IP,” she says. Hear Ms. Murray and other speakers involved in CSR and Sustainability—hot topics for brand owners—at the upcoming Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin.
October 24INTA Attends Arbitration Week in Hong Kong
INTA was honored to be a supportive partner of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s (HKIAC) Arbitration Week. INTA member Joseph Simone (Simone Intellectual Property Services Asia Ltd.) spoke on behalf of the Association about intellectual property on October 18. Other topics discussed at the event included domain names, information technology, and online dispute resolution. More information on this panel will be available in an upcoming issue of the INTA Bulletin.
October 24Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition: Registration Results
Marking the first time INTA has organized a moot court competition outside of the United States, we are proud to announce that 27 law schools have registered for the 2017-2018 Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition. In February, these schools will meet in Singapore to argue their cases in front of mock judges. The event aims to introduce law students to important issues arising in trademark and unfair competition law in the region and foster a healthy spirit of competition and camaraderie among participating teams. Good luck to all of the participants!
October 24INTA Announces 2017 President’s and Volunteer Service Award Recipients
INTA is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 President’s and Volunteer Service Awards (VSAs). The President’s Award is presented to the most distinguished and deserving INTA volunteers for a career dedicated to trademarks and intellectual property protection and advancement, and whose contribution has advanced INTA’s mission and had a lasting impact on the Association. The VSAs honor those who go beyond their regular duties as INTA volunteers in service of the Association and the broader public. Read INTA’s full press release for more information.
October 20Watch Video Offering Insight into INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference
Join us in Berlin November 30-December 1, 2017 for our first-ever conference on these hot topics: corporate social responsibility and sustainability. In this video interview, INTA’s CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and External Relations Enforcement Advisor Iris Gunther discuss how consumers are changing the way they interact with brands, and how brand counsel and others can gain valuable tools to be a part of the conversation. Learn more and register today.
October 19INTA Co-Hosts Policy Dialogue in Europe
On October 18, INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee in partnership with the Belgian Anticounterfeiting Association ABAC BAAN hosted an IP policy dialogue dedicated to combating online counterfeiting. It was aimed at bringing together all three types of stakeholders—government officials, brand owners and online platforms—to foster dialogue and propose concrete solutions to tackle this problem. Learn more information about this event in an upcoming edition of the INTA Bulletin.
October 18INTA Co-Hosted Policy Dialogue to Discuss Combatting Counterfeiting in Canada
INTA co-hosted a policy dialogue with the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network and the Canadian Intellectual Property Council on October 17 to discuss "Combating a Tsunami of Counterfeits, Piracy and Fraud: Protecting the Health, Safety and Economy of Canada." Stay tuned for more information in the next INTA Bulletin.
October 18Madrid System—100 Members and Counting!
In a landmark moment in Madrid System history, the government of Indonesia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Indonesia the 100th member of the Madrid Union. The Protocol will enter into force for Indonesia on January 2, 2018. Read more on the INTA Blog.
October 17Don’t Miss this Hot Topic Conference: Brand Authenticity Early Bird Ends Soon
With 84% of global consumers saying they seek out and buy responsible products whenever possible, tying mission to growth has become a winning strategy for many brands. Join INTA for Brand Authenticity, November 30-December 1 in Berlin, and discover your role in advancing sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity initiatives that impact brand value and the bottom line—and gain the tools to move this forward. Read an interview with TOMS Shoes Inc.’s CSR director in the current issue of the INTA Bulletin about her company’s pioneering approach to this topic and her goals for this conference. Register by October 20 and enjoy the early bird rate. Learn more at
October 13Deliver Business Results that Matter
With 84% of global consumers saying they seek out and buy responsible products whenever possible, tying mission to growth has become a winning strategy for many brands. Join INTA for Brand Authenticity, November 30-December 1 in Berlin, and discover your role in advancing sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity initiatives that impact brand value and the bottom line—and gain the tools to move this forward. Register by October 20 and enjoy the early bird rate. Learn more at
October 13Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) Briefing in Washington, D.C.
On October 11, INTA hosted a United States Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) briefing on Trademarks and Brands with a focus on intellectual property enforcement, outreach, and education. The briefing included keynote speeches from CTC House of Representatives Co-Chairs, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX-4th) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22nd) that focused on the consumer and business harms caused by counterfeiting. The briefing included an INTA brand owner panel on IP education and enforcement efforts featuring Ayala Deutch (NBA Properties, Inc.), Paul Brown (UL), and Anthony Zook (Merck), and moderated by Fabricio Vayra (Perkins Coie). The USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, and Deputy Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, William Ross, also spoke.
October 11INTA Supported 3rd Annual INBA Privacy Summit 2017 in Bangalore
INTA was pleased to support the India National Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Privacy Summit on Privacy, Data Protection, and Cyber Security held on September 21 in Bangalore. The summit was aimed at benefiting the management at international level in data protection and privacy by connecting the efforts of privacy and data protection professionals from across the globe. Leading data protection, privacy and legal experts, general counsel, academicians, law practitioners, technology practice leaders, and specialists from across a wide spectrum of verticals addressed an audience that represented more than 80 organizations from India, Italy, Singapore, and the U.S.
October 6INTA Attends WIPO General Assembly
Hundreds of delegates from around the world have been meeting in Geneva for the Assemblies of the Members States of WIPO, being held through October 11. INTA’s President, Joseph Ferretti (PepsiCo, Inc.) and INTA Geneva Representative Bruno Machado were in attendance. Director General Francis Gurry delivered an opening address about the potential long-term growth for WIPO.
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