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  • INTA submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on September 4 in support of the plaintiff in the case of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC. This case raises the issue of whether the U.S. Copyright Act requires a plaintiff suing for copyright infringement to first obtain a registration from the Copyright Office (“registration approach”), or whether it is enough if the plaintiff has filed an application, deposited the work, and paid the application fee (“application approach”). INTA asks the Court to rule that it is sufficient for a plaintiff to take the “application approach” when suing for copyright infringement under the U.S. Copyright Act.
  • Nearly 70 attendees of INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting in Orlando, Florida participated in a charity team-building event on September 12 at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.The volunteers sorted and bagged produce for families in need throughout the region. The activity is part of INTA’s corporate social responsibility initiative, which focuses on giving back to the local community in which the Association is hosting an event. Read more about the Second Harvest Food Bank here.
  • INTA’s Internet Committee encourages INTA members to respond to an important survey on the effectiveness of ICANN’s Sunrise and Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). Trademark owners may use sunrise and trademark claims services for enforcement purposes provided their trademark rights are recorded through ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The service is engaged when a new gTLD launches. The Trade Mark Owners Survey is open until September 28; it should take about 25 minutes to complete and is intended for brand owners or law firms. For questions about the survey or INTA’s Internet advocacy efforts, contact INTA’s Senior Director for Internet Policy, Lori Schulman, at lschulman@inta.org.
  • INTA is hosting roundtables around the United States over the next two weeks to educate practitioners about upcoming changes to Canada’s intellectual property systems. In early 2019, Canada will fundamentally change its trademark regime, removing use as a registration requirement, and acceding to the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement, and the Singapore Treaty. Find the closest roundtable to you here, and register today!

INTA Submits Amicus Brief to United States Supreme Court
INTA submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on September 4 in support of the plaintiff in the case of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC. This case raises the issue of whether the U.S. Copyright Act requires a plaintiff suing for copyright infringement to first obtain a registration from the Copyright Office (“registration approach”), or whether it is enough if the plaintiff has filed an application, deposited the work, and paid the application fee (“application approach”). INTA asks the Court to rule that it is sufficient for a plaintiff to take the “application approach” when suing for copyright infringement under the U.S. Copyright Act.

TMAP Attendees Sort and Bag Produce for Orlando Food Bank
Nearly 70 attendees of INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting in Orlando, Florida participated in a charity team-building event on September 12 at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.The volunteers sorted and bagged produce for families in need throughout the region. The activity is part of INTA’s corporate social responsibility initiative, which focuses on giving back to the local community in which the Association is hosting an event. Read more about the Second Harvest Food Bank here.

Respond to ICANN's RPM Survey by September 28
INTA’s Internet Committee encourages INTA members to respond to an important survey on the effectiveness of ICANN’s Sunrise and Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). Trademark owners may use sunrise and trademark claims services for enforcement purposes provided their trademark rights are recorded through ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The service is engaged when a new gTLD launches. The Trade Mark Owners Survey is open until September 28; it should take about 25 minutes to complete and is intended for brand owners or law firms. For questions about the survey or INTA’s Internet advocacy efforts, contact INTA’s Senior Director for Internet Policy, Lori Schulman, at lschulman@inta.org.

Roundtables Will Look at Changes in Canadian Trademark Law
INTA is hosting roundtables around the United States over the next two weeks to educate practitioners about upcoming changes to Canada’s intellectual property systems. In early 2019, Canada will fundamentally change its trademark regime, removing use as a registration requirement, and acceding to the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement, and the Singapore Treaty. Find the closest roundtable to you here, and register today!