Academic Course on International Trademark Law: Around the world of trademarks in two days
“This would normally be a two-week course," said Charles Gielen, a Dutch trademark attorney and part-time professor at the University of Groningen, before his presentation on trademark law in Europe. Laughter filled the room, as Gielen now had only one hour.
In a span of two days, the Academic Course on International Trademark Law and Practice provided an informative overview of trademark systems across the globe. Among the audience were students, in-house counsel, paralegals, and other IP practitioners.
“It’s phenomenally useful,” said Paul Determan, a law student at the University of New Hampshire. “How is legislation in other countries different from the U.S.? There’s no other way to get all this information in a span of 48 hours.”
Trademark experts and professors shared experiences and reviewed registration systems and case law from such regions as Africa, Asia-Pacific, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Mexico South America, the U.S., and Western Europe.
Academic Day: A day of practical matters
Geared toward law professors and students, Academic Day activities range from networking opportunities to panels featuring prominent legal commentators.
“I have attended the last two INTA Academic Day programs and enjoyed them immensely. The programs provide an opportunity for those who teach trademark law courses to exchange ideas and to discuss and critique current research.
Jeffrey M. Samuels, Professor of Law, Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology says, "I recommend this event to all my colleagues in the academy.”
“Hopefully professors and students walk away with substantive knowledge they didn’t have before the meeting—things they can use either in their practice, in their teaching or in their student life.” Carla Oakley, partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius and co-vice chair of INTA’s Academic Committee.
Functionality—Not Just for Plaintiffs Anymore?
A popular all-academic panel included Professors Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School, Dan Burke of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University School of Law. Moderator Susan Montgomery of Northeastern University focused on two key cases—Rosetta Stone v. Google and Fleischer Studios Inc. v. A.V.E.L.A—in which two separate courts ruled in part that the trademarks at issue in each case were functional, and therefore unprotectable. Both cases are on appeal and being closely watched by INTA, which has filed an amicus brief in each case.
The Inside Scoop: In-House Counsel Insights for Trademark Professors
For professors, this lunch involves briefings from in-house IP counsel. This year’s panel included Dinisa Folmar of The Coca-Cola Company and Thomas Onda of Levi Strauss & Co. “Professors want to remember what the day-to-day matters are because that can have an effect on policy and law changes, says Kelly McCarthy, partner at Sideman & Bancroft and chair of INTA’s Academic Committee. “It’s a good way to open up that communication.”
Connie D. Powell, Assistant Professor of Law, Baylor Law School, says “The Academic Day at the Annual Meeting was a wonderful addition to the overall program. It enabled me to meet my colleagues and to learn about both the scholarship occurring in the field and the impact of such scholarship in legal practice.”
For law students, this year’s Academic Day included a working luncheon, talks about networking, resume writing and interviewing skills. Students benefit from meeting practicing attorneys and getting a glimpse of what their careers might look like should they become trademark lawyers.
Getting Involved with INTA: Working Lunch for Law Students
Law students had a working lunch led by members of the Academic Committee with discussions focused on student outreach programs. According to Academic Committee Chair Kelly McCarthy, “We’re trying to get a stronghold in organizing as many law schools as possible and identifying at least one student per school to advocate participation in INTA.”
Law students learned real-world tips on how to network effectively, make connections and get noticed.
June Quan, student at University of San Francisco School of Law, says, “I attended Academic Day during INTA’s Annual Meeting. I found out how to get involved with INTA as a student ambassador during the working lunch for law students. One of the most valuable events of the day was Networking 101 where I learned tips on how to make and keep contacts. I also attended the resume writing session where we learned from hiring partners about useful pointers on how to make our resumes as appealing as possible. Lastly, I attended the academic and young practitioner happy hour where I met some really great contacts and had valuable conversations that gave me insight on my career path toward entertainment law.”