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  • INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is taking place in a region that is becoming increasingly IP aware. The Conference will offer insight into this exciting region, robust discussion on hot topics, and invaluable networking opportunities. In a new video, INTA Member Jon Parker (Gowling WLG, UAE) discusses why it is the “perfect time” for INTA to bring its experience and its members to the area. Advance registration required for this Conference. Find out more here.
  • Members of the Unreal Campaign Committee and the Anticounterfeiting Committee educated teenagers at the Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana about the dangers of counterfeit goods during a presentation that coincided with INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in the city. Marking the first time that the Unreal Campaign hosted a student engagement event in Louisiana as part of its strategy to engage students worldwide, Unreal Campaign Committee Chair Daniela Rojas, Unreal Campaign Committee North America Subcommittee Chair Anthoula Pomrening, and Anticounterfeiting Committee Member Rebecca Gibbs presented to students in a business law class at the school. Learn more here
  • As INTA’s Leadership Meeting got underway last week, INTA President Tish Berard (Velcro Group Corporation, USA) and CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, addressed attendees at the Opening Ceremony. This was followed by the announcement of the recipients of the volunteer awards. The winner of the 2018 President’s Award is Kathryn Park. The winners of the Tomorrow's Leader Award are Gaurav Bhalla and Mina Jovanovic. The Volunteer Service Awards winners are Motasem Abu-Ghazaleh, Felicia Boyd, Kevin Hartley, Rudy Gaines, Bienvenido Marquez, Jennifer Visintine, and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Congratulations to all award recipients! 
  • While Brazil is a first-to-file trademark jurisdiction—as a general rule, rights in a trademark belong to the first party to apply for and successfully register the markthere are a handful of exceptions to this general rule. Read more about these exceptions in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin here.

Don’t Miss Robust Discussion, Networking at Middle East and Africa Conference
INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is taking place in a region that is becoming increasingly IP aware. The Conference will offer insight into this exciting region, robust discussion on hot topics, and invaluable networking opportunities. In a new video, INTA Member Jon Parker (Gowling WLG, UAE) discusses why it is the “perfect time” for INTA to bring its experience and its members to the area. Advance registration required for this Conference. Find out more here.

Unreal Campaign Presents to New Orleans Students During 2018 Leadership Meeting
Members of the Unreal Campaign Committee and the Anticounterfeiting Committee educated teenagers at the Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana about the dangers of counterfeit goods during a presentation that coincided with INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in the city. Marking the first time that the Unreal Campaign hosted a student engagement event in Louisiana as part of its strategy to engage students worldwide, Unreal Campaign Committee Chair Daniela Rojas, Unreal Campaign Committee North America Subcommittee Chair Anthoula Pomrening, and Anticounterfeiting Committee Member Rebecca Gibbs presented to students in a business law class at the school. Learn more here

INTA Celebrates Accomplishments at Leadership Meeting Opening Ceremony
As INTA’s Leadership Meeting got underway last week, INTA President Tish Berard (Velcro Group Corporation, USA) and CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, addressed attendees at the Opening Ceremony. This was followed by the announcement of the recipients of the volunteer awards. The winner of the 2018 President’s Award is Kathryn Park. The winners of the Tomorrow's Leader Award are Gaurav Bhalla and Mina Jovanovic. The Volunteer Service Awards winners are Motasem Abu-Ghazaleh, Felicia Boyd, Kevin Hartley, Rudy Gaines, Bienvenido Marquez, Jennifer Visintine, and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Congratulations to all award recipients! 

Read About Good-Faith Prior Use Exception to Brazil’s First-to-File Rule
While Brazil is a first-to-file trademark jurisdiction—as a general rule, rights in a trademark belong to the first party to apply for and successfully register the markthere are a handful of exceptions to this general rule. Read more about these exceptions in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin here.