Overview / Highlights
|Justice G.S. Sistani, sitting judge at the Delhi High Court, spoke at an Annual Meeting educational session on protecting unregistered trademarks in India.
INTA’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. broke records, with more than 9,800 global trademark professionals meeting in one location to network, learn and collaborate. Over 140 countries were represented, with 213 attendees from India (a 10% increase from last year), proving that the Annual Meeting continues to provide value and cost-effectiveness to trademark practitioners around the world.
One highlight was keynote speaker, Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies, who shared the successes and failures of the Estée Lauder brands. Another attraction for attendees was Speed Networking – a program to help attendees meet 20 new contacts within the span of an hour. This year with 11 sessions through the duration of the conference, 400+ attendees capitalized one xpanding their network.
Table Topics Hosted by Volunteers from India
235 moderated table topic discussions on wide variety of timely and important issues offer an excellent networking and educational opportunity. This year, five topics were hosted by INTA volunteers from India, which included:
- Use of Trademarks in Virtual Reality by Mohan Dewan, RK Dewan & Co
- Criminal Liability in Software Piracy Cases–Different Perspectives by Amarjit Singh, Amarjit & Associates
- Affect of a Disclaimer in Trademark Infringement and Passing Off Actions by Mamta Rani, Inttl Advocare
- Disparagement Through Adverse Media Coverage Law Suits by Bitika Sharma, Singh and Singh Law Firm LLP
- Parallel Imports and Border Measures: The Need for Harmonization of Global Laws by Hemant Singh, Inttl Advocare
India and Social Media
The In-House Practitioners Workshop offers a unique opportunity for trademark attorneys working for corporations to network, benchmark and exchange best practices for strengthening their brands. This year, the workshop focused on business and trademark practices in India—specifically focusing on the impact of social media.
Moderated by Anamaria Cashman (Ralph Lauren Corporation—United States), the speakers included Vikram Grover (Remfry & Sagar—India), Ranjan Negi (Amarchand & Magaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.—India) and Ritu Singh (Dua Associates—India).
India Project Team 2012
The India Project Team is a dedicated group that concentrates on issues across the board relating to India, including membership, programming and policy developments. Since the creation of the first project team in 2009, new members have been selected to the team each year based on knowledge of INTA, past committee involvement and geographic location. The 2012 Project Team Members include:
- Ruby Chan, Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong)
- Niti Dewan, RK Dewan & Co. (India)
- Morag Macdonald, Bird & Bird LLP (United Kingdom)
- Elizabeth Puthran, Puthran & Associates (India)
- Bharath Subramanian, Anand and Anand (New Delhi)
- Jatin Trivedi, YJ Trivedi & Co. (India)
The current focus of the team is planning an India Forum for early 2013. The program will focus on Trademark Practice Trends inIndia and is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Mumbai.
The India Reception brought together attendees from India, INTA Officers, speakers from past India Forums and the India Project Team members. The event provides an opportunity for attendees to chat informally and network among colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges in doing business in India.
Regional Update: India, Pakistan, Middle East
|India Reception in Washington, D.C.: From L to R: Morag Macdonald, Bird & Bird (United Kingdom), Bharath Subramanian, Anand and Anand (India),Toe Su Aung, BATMark Limited (United Kingdom)
|India Reception in Washington, D.C.: From L to R: Latha Nair, K & S Partners (India), Prathiba M. Singh, Singh and Singh Law Firm LLP (India), Senthil Kumar, Intepat IP Services Pvt Ltd (India)
Attendees at the Regional Update Session for India, Pakistan and the Middle East learned about unregistered trademark protection. They were offered a unique opportunity to hear from Justice G. S. Sistani, sitting judge at the Delhi High Court. Over the last six years Justice Sistani adjudicated upon a variety of intellectual property cases on the original side as well as on the appellate side. This was the first occasion a senior representative of the Indian Judiciary System attended and spoke at an INTA Annual Meeting and it was certainly a proud moment for our members from India. Moderated by Shwetasree Majumder, Fidus Law Chambers (India), other speakers included Sara Holder, Rouse (United Arab Emirates) and Sana Shaikh, Vellani & Vellani (Pakistan).
India Business Group Meeting
Hosted by INTA’s Director of External Relations, Bruce MacPherson, the India Business Group Meeting brought together in-house practitioners with business interests in India. Attendees received regional policy updates including information relating to meetings conducted with Indian government officials.