|January 20||INTA Announces 2017 President, Joseph Ferretti|INTA has elected Joseph Ferretti as the 2017 President of the Association and Chair of its Board of Directors. As Vice-President & Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks, of PepsiCo, Mr. Ferretti leads a team of experienced professionals who are responsible globally for all trademark, copyright, and domain name work for PepsiCo. Read the official press release to learn more about Mr. Ferretti’s priorities for the Association this year.
|January 20||INTA’s Unreal Campaign Spreads Message to Myanmar|
On January 19-23, the Unreal Campaign will be giving five presentations in three cities to students and professionals in Myanmar. Additionally, INTA will meet with the Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders to reinforce the importance of trademark education in schools. A big thank you to the members that helped organize this event. A full report will be published in an upcoming INTA Bulletin.
|January 18||Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting is Now Open|Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting from May 20-24 in Barcelona, Spain is now open! Over 3,000+ registrants have already secured their spot for the meeting just after registration opened on Wednesday, January 18. Due to the high volume of registrants, the hotel booking site hosted by a third party housing vendor b network, experienced some technical issues. These issues are largely resolved now and b network has 14 staff members manning the telephones and emails. If more than 300 concurrent users are on the hotel booking site, b network has established a queuing system. This will help the flow of website traffic and you will be given a number before you can access the site. Don't miss out—secure your registration and hotel today!
|January 18||INTA’s Launching New gTLDs Impact Study and We Need Your Help!|INTA is conducting a study to understand the costs and effort required to protect and police trademarks as over 1000 new domain extensions are being launched in the domain name system. We urge all regular members to take the survey and outside counsel to assist them. The results will help INTA advocate for vigorous enforcement of strong trademark policies. For more information, read our article in the Bulletin and if you are a corporate member designee (regular, SME, nonprofit or university INTA member) and you haven’t received the link, check your spam filter for a message from email@example.com.
|January 18||The INTA Bulletin Interviews Upcoming Anticounterfeiting Conference Co-Chair|On February 6-7, INTA will host an Anticounterfeiting Conference in Hong Kong. In the latest INTA Bulletin, we had the opportunity to interview Conference Co-Chair Sharmini Lohadhasan (BP, Singapore) about this upcoming event. Read the full interview to learn more about the vision of the conference, the significance of the location and the types of insights registrants will gain.
|January 18||INTA Interviews IP Offices About The Future of Intellectual Property|INTA recently sat down with the heads of eight IP offices to discuss the future of intellectual property. We asked each of them five questions. In the first of this five-part video series entitled The Future of IP, they answer the question, "How will society change over the next five – ten years?" Watch the full video today!
|January 13||Kick start 2017 with three days of Anticounterfeiting Strategy Discussions in Hong Kong!|Global trade in counterfeit goods is valued at nearly half a trillion dollars a year, according to a 2016 report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office. Join us in Hong Kong from February 6–8, 2017, as we bring together brand owners, government officials, and legal and brand protection experts to discuss best practices for developing an effective anticounterfeiting program in an environment of changing technologies and sophisticated counterfeit networks!
|January 13||INTA Interviews Principal Editor of the Enforcement Guide|INTA’s latest member resource, Enforcement: An International Litigation Guide, is newly launched and available online as part of your INTA membership package! INTA had the opportunity to interview one of the principal editors, David Allison (Bird & Bird, Hong Kong SAR, China) to learn more about the benefits of this new online tool. This searchable guide includes valuable information on the many facets of trademark litigation, including: pre-filing requirements; claims for infringement of registered and unregistered marks; emergency measures; early resolution of litigation; evidence; trials and oral hearings; judgment and final orders; post-judgment issues; costs of litigation; and remedies. Learn more!
|January 13||Register today for INTA’s Brands and Fashion Conference this March in New York City!|On March 22-23, join us for this two-day, advanced-level conference, where you’ll hear from industry and brand experts about the issues involved in establishing fashion brands on a global level, as well as the protection, enforcement, and maintenance of long-term brand rights and consumer awareness in this industry. Learn more and register today!
|January 6||Watch INTA’s Video Interview with Anticounterfeiting Conference Co-Chair|In the latest video interview, Conference Co-Chair, Heather McDonald (Baker & Hostetler LLP, United States) discusses what attendees can expect at the upcoming Anticounterfeiting Conference: Staying Ahead of the Curve. Join us on February 6-7 in Hong Kong for what promises to be an exciting event. Directly following the conference, INTA will be hosting a one-day workshop on counterfeiting in free trade zones. Register before January 13 for early bird pricing!
|January 5||INTA and DIPP/CIPAM Plan to Launch Children's IP Awareness Campaign in India|INTA is proud to be partnering with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) through the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in India to launch an IP awareness campaign. The Campaign aims to educate school students in classes 5 to 10 on the various forms of intellectual property through a 40 minute presentation. Click here to learn more about this initiative and read the INTA Bulletin for the latest Association news in this region.
|January 3||INTA Hosts Two Upcoming Events in Hong Kong|On February 6-7, 2017, INTA will host the Anticounterfeiting Conference: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Hong Kong. Registrants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts about strategies to combat ongoing challenges of counterfeits. Register by January 13 for early bird pricing! Then on February 8, INTA will host a one-day workshop to discuss the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. Secure your spot today for both of these exciting events.
|January 3||Enhance your Business Development and Reach New Clients!|As you renew your 2017 INTA Membership, secure additional directory listings (ADLs) in the INTA Membership Directory for all IP professionals in your organization. If you are not a designee or committee member, this is a great way to get your name in front of potential new clients. Renew your membership before January 18 to ensure member pricing on Annual Meeting registration!
|January 3||The Unreal Campaign Hosts First Event in India|On December 22, 2016 the Unreal Campaign conducted its first student engagement session in India at the Mother’s International School in New Delhi. There were 80 students in attendance and everyone was extremely interested in the topic and asked engaging questions. The school has invited Unreal to come back and present in 2017. Check out INTA’s Blog for more information about this event in the coming weeks.
|December 22||Year End INTA Office Closure|
INTA’s Offices will be closed from December 24, 2016—January 2, 2017. Our offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Wishing everyone a Happy 2017!
|December 22||The November-December, 2016 issue of the TMR is now live!|This theme issue on monetary relief includes an article surveying the application of the landmark decision in Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health Fitness, an article offering an expert witness’s take on damages, and a commentary on the Glee dispute in the U.K.
|December 20||Early Bird Registration Ends January 13. Register Today and Save!|On February 6-7, 2017, INTA will host the Anticounterfeiting Conference: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Hong Kong. Registrants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts about strategies to combat ongoing challenges of counterfeits. Brand owners, government officials, and legal experts will discuss best practices for developing a brand protection program in an environment of changing technologies and sophisticated counterfeiting networks. Register today before early bird pricing ends January 13, 2017.
|December 20||INTA President Ronald van Tuijl Reflects on 2016 Milestones|In a recent blog post, INTA President Ronald van Tuijl celebrates a successful year as an Association. He reflects upon the international expansion, the success of our meetings and events and the work of the committees. Read the full blog post for more information.
|December 20||On February 8, Join INTA for a Free Trade Zones Workshop in Hong Kong|Balancing the positive economic impact of free trade zones to promote employment and attract investment with the proliferation of illicit and counterfeit products in free trade zones is an ongoing struggle. INTA has created a series of one-day workshops to provide a forum for brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other key stakeholders to share their concerns, best practices, and to work together toward solutions to combat the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. On February 8, join us in Hong Kong for the first in the series of INTA Workshops titled Free Trade Zones: Commerce vs. Counterfeits.
|December 16||The December 15 Bulletin is Now Available Online|Don’t miss the latest edition of the INTA Bulletin! Articles include an interview with the 2016 President’s Award recipient, a review of the recent Leadership Meeting, committee updates and regional association events. This edition also features an interview with the Brands and Innovation Committee Chairs and discusses the recent board resolution that was passed on the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. Catch up on all of the latest INTA news today.
|December 16||ASIPI and INTA Present the First Study Impact Study in Latin America|On December 15, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) published the Trademarks in Latin America study. A first of its kind for INTA, the study covers the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The publication is available online now in Spanish and will be published in English in the coming weeks.
|December 16||INTA has submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Lee v. Tam.|On December 16, 2016, INTA submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Lee v. Tam. The brief contemplates the question presented by the Supreme Court in this case of whether the disparagement provision of the Lanham Act under 15 U.S.C. 1052(a) is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. INTA released this media statement regarding the amicus brief.
|December 15||INTA and ASIPI Officially Launch Latin America Impact Study in Mexico and Peru |On Thursday, December 15, INTA and ASIPI launched the impact study in Mexico City, Mexico and Lima, Peru. A first of its kind for INTA, the study covers the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Today’s events conclude the launch of the study in all five countries. The Spanish version of the study is now available online and the English version will be published in the coming weeks.
|December 14||INTA and ASIPI Officially Launch Latin America Impact Study in Colombia and Panama|
On Wednesday, December 14, INTA and ASIPI launched the impact study in Bogotá, Colombia and Panama City, Panama. First of its kind for INTA, the study covers the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. On Thursday, December 15 the launch events for Mexico and Peru will take place and the Spanish version of the study will be published and released to the public. The English version will be published in the coming weeks.
|December 13||INTA and ASIPI officially launch Latin America Impact Study in Santiago, Chile|
On Tuesday, December 13, INTA and ASIPI joined the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) and Chilean National Chamber of Commerce in Santiago, Chile for the first of five launch events for the INTA-ASIPI Latin America Impact Study. First of its kind for INTA, the study covers the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The launch events for Colombia and Panama will take place on Wednesday, December 14, followed by similar events in Mexico and Peru on Thursday, December 15. The Spanish version of the study will be published and released to the public on December 15. The English version will be published in the coming weeks.
|December 12||United States Government Releases Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement for FY2017-2019|The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President has announced the publication of the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement for FY2017-2019. Entitled “Supporting Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise: Charting a Path Ahead,” the plan provides the Federal Government with a roadmap for their work for the next three years in support of a healthy and robust IP enforcement policy environment. The Strategic Plan is available here.
|December 9||INTA Attended Internet Governance Forum in Mexico|On Friday, December 9, INTA was pleased to host a lightening session at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ana Belem, partner in Studio Chroma, a Mexican based small business, and Bernardo Herrerias, partner at Hogan Lovells in Mexico City discussed “An Entrepreneur’s Tale: How Trademarks Support Sustainable and Inclusive Growth on the Internet.” This is the first time that INTA is participating in IGF in this manner. The session is based on a program proposal submitted by the Internet Committee to the United Nations earlier this year. For more information on INTA’s Internet work click here.
|December 7||INTA and ASIPI to release Latin America Impact Study|
INTA and ASIPI have collaborated on a study to determine the impact of trademark-intensive industries on the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The Spanish version study will be published on December 15, following a series of press conferences and government roundtables hosted in conjunction with the IP offices of the five countries included in the study. The English version will be published in the coming weeks.
|December 7||Save the Dates for INTA’s 2017 Calendar of Events|Plan now for these exciting INTA meetings and conferences happening in 2017 around the globe! Don’t miss the Anticounterfeiting Conference in Hong Kong; the Free Trade Zone Workshops in Hong Kong, New York and Dubai; the Brands and Fashion Conference in New York; the Annual Meeting in Barcelona; and much more. Visit 2017 INTA Events for more information.
|December 6||INTA Attends ASIPI Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina|On December 5 – 9, 2016, INTA President, Ronald van Tuijl and Latin America Associate, Gabrielle Doyle are attending the Inter-American Association Intellectual Property (ASIPI) Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pictured above is ASIPI President, Maria del Pilar Troncoso giving the opening remarks to the congress attendees on Monday, December 5. To learn more about INTA’s initiatives in Latin America, contact INTA’s Latin America Associate, Gabrielle Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.