Members of the Trademark Mediators Network (TMN) must have substantive legal knowledge coupled with training in mediation and must make a commitment to continue to gain relevant knowledge through experience and training during their tenure as TMN members.
In order to maintain high standards, INTA requires that members of its Trademark Mediators Network have a well grounded knowledge of intellectual property law, coupled with experience/training in mediation.
The rules below reflect INTA’s efforts, through its pertinent committees, to review and improve TMN standards. INTA reserves the right to change these requirements as part of its ongoing efforts to provide the public with highly qualified neutrals.
Trademark Mediators Network Appointments
Applications open September 15, 2014 to INTA members only. There is a required US $100 administrative fee required to complete the application.
Applicants must demonstrate significant experience in the practice of intellectual property or trademark law and must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or the District of Columbia, a federal bar or foreign jurisdiction, and be permitted to practice law in the respective jurisdiction. The applicant must be held in high regard in the legal community. In addition, the minimum requirements are either:
(a) Fifteen (15) years of intellectual property, or trademark legal experience, and completion of a basic mediation training course of 20 hours duration, or a combination of basic and advanced mediation training for a total of 16 hours taken within the past three years, or
(b) Ten (10) years of intellectual property or trademark legal experience and one of the following: conducted 2 mediations as a mediator (not as counsel), or conducted 1 mediation as a mediator (not as counsel) and has completed an advanced mediation training course for 8 hours taken within the past three years.
Reporting training and experience
TMN members are required to notify INTA of their participation in mediation and training. See Tools for Neutrals
INTA may, at its own discretion, consider speaking engagements at mediation forums or seminars favorably when reviewing applications for appointment or reappointment, but such engagements are not required. The appointment, reappointment and removal of TMN members remains within the sole discretion of INTA. INTA reserves the right to change TMN membership requirements as part of its ongoing efforts to provide the public with highly qualified neutrals to accommodate the needs of each jurisdiction.