|August 16||2019 India Workshop Project Team Lead Discusses Evolving Trends in the Country|Why attend INTA’s 2019 India Workshop, Made in India: Evolving Trends in Brand Protection, September 25, in New Delhi? In an interview in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin, Project Team Lead Latha Nair (K&S Partners, India), a principal editor of INTA’s Geographical Indications, Certification Marks and Collective Marks: An International Guide, discusses evolving trends and innovation in India, and how the India Workshop will bring attendees up to speed on these topics. Learn more about the Workshop and register here!
|August 16||Register Today for INTA’s North American Roundtables on Trademark Searching and Clearance|Register for INTA’s North American Roundtables, Searching for an Answer: Considerations for Trademark Searching and Clearance, Sept. 9–20, in various cities across North America. The Roundtables will explore trademark searching and clearance questions, such as: How do you determine when a search is needed? How do you develop a strategy for clearing a mark? Learn more about the Roundtables, including a list of locations, here.
|August 16||Network with Like-Minded Peers at INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting|INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP), Sept. 15–17 in Berlin, Germany, will feature ample opportunities for registrants to network with like-minded peers from around the world. Among them, the Idea Exchange is a happy hour event focusing on topics of interest, such as registering local-language versions of trademarks, online enforcement, bad-faith fillings, and protecting industrial designs. Learn more about other networking opportunities here, and register for TMAP here.
|August 13||INTA Bulletin Explores the Four Pillars of INTA’s Asia Conference |The four pillars of INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times—innovate, protect, enforce, grow—“are essentially the life cycle that a brand experiences each time it builds and produces a new product or service,” says Conference Co-Chair Karen Abraham (Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia). Read more about the Asia Conference (October 17–18, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) in an interview with her and fellow Co-Chair Carla Federis (BDO Unibank, Inc., the Philippines) in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin. Register for INTA’s Asia Conference here.
|August 13||Brand & New Podcast Focuses on IP and Innovation in Kenya|As members of the Parliament of Kenya, the Honorable David Ochieng and the Honorable Alice Muthoni Wahome are deeply involved in the country’s strategy related to intellectual property and innovation. On the new episode of INTA’s podcast series, Brand & New, they share their extensive knowledge of Kenya’s legislative, political, and judiciary systems, and discuss anticounterfeiting and other initiatives that are critical to fostering the country’s economic growth. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.
|August 13||Hone Your Management Skills at Executive Workshops during INTA’s Leadership Meeting|INTA is partnering with the Center for Executive Development at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University to deliver two interactive Executive Workshops at INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting, November 19–22, in Austin, Texas. Ideal for law firm and in-house practitioners, the sessions will provide key insights and strategies on leadership and executive presence. Learn more about the workshops, “Managerial Leadership” and “Leadership and Behavioral Change” here, and register for the Leadership Meeting here.
|August 13||New INTA Insights Video Series Looks at the IP World through Our Members’ Eyes|INTA has just launched the INTA Insights video series, which looks at key topics in the intellectual property (IP) world through the eyes of our members. The series features more than 50 digestible videos on a dozen subjects, including counterfeits, brand value, consumer trust, and the role of IP professionals. Members from around the world gear their messaging for brand owners, legal practitioners, government officials, academics, and/or consumers. Check out the series here.
|August 9||Young Practitioners Can Further Professional Career by Applying for Tomorrow’s Leader Award|Young practitioners interested in furthering their involvement with INTA and their professional careers should apply for INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award by August 30! Each year, the award recognizes two young practitioners for their early leadership in the intellectual property field. The winners will receive complimentary admission to INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas, USA, and to INTA’s 142nd Annual Meeting in Singapore, as well as a guaranteed spot on one of INTA’s committees for the 2020–-2021 term. Learn more here, and apply now!
|August 9||INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting Will Provide Helpful Tools |INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP), September 15–-17, in Berlin, Germany, will provide attendees with a “wealth of brilliant material” and the opportunity to build “an ever- increasing network,” says one past registrant. In this video, Meeting Co-chairs Tracy Cooke (Electronic Arts Inc., USA, right) and Susanne Ferstl (Maiwald Patentanwalts-und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH , Germany) discuss other ways the Meeting will help trademark administrators. Register for TMAP here.
|August 9||Find Out What INTA Annual Meeting First-Timers Thought About the Meeting|What’s INTA’s Annual Meeting all about? Several first-timers at the Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in May tell all in an article in the CITMA Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Five newcomers share their experiences and give tips, even including what to pack. Check out the article here (pages 8–13). Never attended an Annual Meeting before? Save the date for INTA’s 142nd Annual Meeting, April 25–29, 2020, in Singapore to see what the hype is about!
|August 5||INTA Welcomes New Director at Washington, D.C., Office; Says Goodbye to Senior Director |INTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer McDowell (above) as Director, Government Relations in our Washington, D.C., office. She brings more than 16 years of experience in developing, negotiating, and implementing domestic policy and international commitments regarding IP rights at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the USPTO. Also in the D.C. office, Deborah Cohn, INTA’s Senior Director, Government Relations, has retired, effective August 2. Ms. Cohn joined INTA in 2015 after serving as Trademarks Commissioner at the USPTO. We thank Debbie for her service and wish her the best. Read more here.
|August 5||INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting Features Fireside Chat with Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy |INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting, November 19–22 in Austin Texas, will feature a fireside chat with the esteemed Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy, and Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO of INTA, as they look into the many successes of Ms. Lazarus’s career, as well as her thoughts on building a powerful brand. Check out the rest of the Leadership Meeting educational programming here and register today!
|August 5||Brush Up on Trademarks with INTA’s Trademark Basics Webcast Series|Ideal for new practitioners, Trademark Basics is a six-part webcast series that starts with definitions and then delves into the building blocks of trademark practice, including searching, filing, and prosecution in the United States and the European Union, as well as legal ethics in the trademark field. The introductory course works on any screen—phone, laptop, desktop, or conference room projector. Purchase the full series or individual modules here.
|August 2||INTA Bulletin Looks at Inconsistencies to the Parody Defense Under Trademark Dilution Revision Act |A case in the U.S. Court of Appeals that considered whether a canvas tote bag design featuring images of a high-end fashion house’s marks constituted parody underscores significant contradictions and uncertainties in the assessment of parody as a defense to a trademark dilution claim. Read the article in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin.
|August 1||INTA’s India Workshop to Look at Evolving Trends in Brand Protection|Registration for INTA’s 2019 India Workshop, Made in India: Evolving Trends in Brand Protection is now open! The full-day workshop on September 25 in New Delhi will feature local and international speakers who will bring registrants up to speed on changes in the trademark arena in India, including the implementation of a forward-looking National IPR Policy and the encouragement of innovation at the national level. INTA Board members will be in attendance at the workshop, which follows INTA’s first Board of Directors meeting to be held in India. Learn more here and register today!
|July 30||Get In-Depth Updates from Highlight Speakers at INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference|Newly announced “highlight speakers” will provide in-depth insights into timely topics at INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17–18, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Samir Dixit (Brand Finance, Singapore) will discuss “The Unintended Consequences of Brand Restrictions,” and Shwetasree Majumder (Fidus Law Chambers, India) will explore the intellectual property (IP) landscape in India. They join other business and legal experts, and government officials for a packed education program that will help registrants navigate innovation in the marketplace and in the practice of trademark law, IP protection strategies, the changing enforcement landscape, and growth opportunities in the Asia region. Register today.
|July 30||New Brand & New Podcast Episode Eyes Intellectual Property and Innovation ‘The European Way’ |Benoît Battistelli, President of the Administrative Board of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), shares his vision of the intellectual property (IP) landscape and its challenges related to innovation in the latest episode of INTA’s podcast, Brand & New. Mr. Battistelli, a past leader of the European Patent Office and the French National Institute for Intellectual Property, also looks at how IP offices can become more efficient. Subscribe and listen to Brand & New on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.
|July 30||Check out the Latest Edition of The Trademark Reporter|The latest issue of INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter, is now available. It includes a comprehensive analysis of acquired distinctiveness in the European Union, with an emphasis on nontraditional marks; new insights on Eveready and Squirt surveys; and a concise take on the Federal Circuit's 2018 decision in Converse, Inc. v. International Trade Commission. Read the latest issue here.
|July 29||Unreal Challenge Revs Up to Educate Young Consumers about Counterfeits |More than 215 volunteers have signed up to teach young consumers about the dangers of counterfeits since INTA launched the Unreal Challenge at the Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in May. Building on the success of the Unreal Campaign, the Challenge calls on INTA members to speak to students (age 14-23) about counterfeiting and the importance of trademarks and brands. Read more about the Unreal Challenge in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin, and accept the Unreal Challenge today. For more information, please contact Unreal Campaign Staff Liaison Catherine Shen at email@example.com .
|July 26||Applications for INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award Due by August 30|Interested in furthering your professional career? Applications for INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award are due by August 30. Each year, the award recognizes two young practitioners for their early leadership in the intellectual property field. The winners receive complimentary admittance to INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas, USA, and INTA’s 142nd Annual Meeting in Singapore, as well as a guaranteed spot on one of INTA’s committees for the 2020-2021 term. Learn more here, and apply now!
|July 26||Visit INTA’s Trademark Exhibition at the National Inventors Hall of Fame |Visitors have been thronging to INTA’s expansive exhibition —“The Power of Trademarks”— at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Recently, for example, staff from NASA and the U.S. Department of Commerce toured the interactive exhibit during the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Space and IP event marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Come see why this free exhibition is out of this world! Learn more here.
|July 24||Register Today for INTA's 2019 Leadership Meeting|Registration is now open for INTA’s 2019 Leadership Meeting, November 19-22, in Austin, Texas. The Leadership Meeting brings together INTA volunteers and leaders once a year to help advance the Association’s objectives and goals. Join us for an advanced-level education program and the opportunity to conduct business and network with colleagues from around the world for over four days in the one of America’s most exciting cities. The Leadership Meeting is by invitation only. Register here.
|July 23||Brand & New Podcast Focuses on IP Offices in July and August|INTA’s podcast, Brand & New, is focusing on several intellectual property offices from different parts of the world this July and August, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, and the European Patent Office. Subscribe to Brand & New to listen to new episodes every other Tuesday and to the entire back catalog on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Read about the Brand & New podcast in a new article from Associations Now.
|July 23||INTA Bulletin Looks at Benefits of Artificial Intelligence in Intellectual Property Field|Mona Remlawi, Head of the Design and Brand Database Section of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), discusses the value of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in the intellectual property field in an interview in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin. Ms. Remlawi also reveals how WIPO is developing and improving AI-related tools to assist trademark practitioners and IP offices globally. Read the interview here.
|July 23||Explore INTA’s Comprehensive 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 save you 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, and Practitioners’ Checklists. Click through to the Member Resources page to access these valuable resources.
|July 23||Follow INTA on Social Media for Association News and Updates|Follow INTA’s social media channels for Association information and announcements, , as well as the latest news about the intellectual property community around the world. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, WeChat, and YouTube to stay in the know!
|July 19||INTA Calls for Lanham Act Amendment at U.S. Congressional Hearing|INTA commends the United States House Committee on the Judiciary for holding a hearing entitled “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to The Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses,” on July 18 in Washington, D.C. In his testimony, Peter M. Brody (Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, D.C., right), Chair of INTA’s Legislation and Regulation Committee’s U.S. Subcommittee, called for the adoption of a legislative amendment to restore a presumption of irreparable harm under the Lanham Act for trademark owners seeking injunctive relief in trademark cases. USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison (above, left) also presented testimony at the hearing. Read more about the hearing and Mr. Brody’s testimony in this blog post.
|July 19||Get Empowered at INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting |INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP), September 15–17, in Berlin, Germany will feature 14 dynamic education sessions designed to empower attendees to positively impact their career and organization. TMAP, designed specifically for paralegals, trademark administrators, and trademark portfolio managers, also features unparalleled networking opportunities including an Idea Exchange Hour, Dine-Around, and group expeditions around Berlin. Register here!
|July 19||Submit a Proposal for Table Topics at INTA’s 142nd Annual Meeting|INTA is soliciting moderators to develop and facilitate Table Topics at the Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting in Singapore on April 25–29, 2020. One of INTA’s most popular educational offerings, Table Topics are interactive conversations, facilitated by a moderator, about relevant topics. Applications are due by August 11. Each applicant should submit no more than two proposals, and, if selected, each qualified applicant will be assigned one Table Topic. Learn more here.
|July 19||Unreal Campaign Participates in Future Business Leaders of America Conference |INTA’s Unreal Campaign recently participated in the National Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America in San Antonio, Texas, USA, which drew 13,000 high school students and young entrepreneurs from around the world. The Unreal Campaign had the opportunity to lead two workshops for students and student advisors to educate them about the value of brands and trademarks and the dangers of counterfeits. In addition, Unreal Campaign Committee Chair Daniela Rojas (picture above) presented the Award of Excellence to the winners of the American Enterprise Project at an awards ceremony. For more information about Unreal, please contact Unreal Campaign Associate Catherine Shen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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