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Jean-Claude Darné
Manager, Communications

Laura Heery
Coordinator, Communications

  The International Trademark Association (INTA) Announces the 2016 President’s and Volunteer Service Award Recipients

New York, New York – October 19, 2016 –
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 President’s and Volunteer Service Awards (VSAs).

“It is an honor to recognize the achievements of INTA’s most active and dedicated volunteer members,” said INTA President Ronald van Tuijl. “Without such dedicated members, we would not be able to undertake such meaningful and impactful work around the world. Thank you to all of this year’s award recipients for the pivotal role they play in advancing the Association’s mission and for their contribution to the global trademark community.”

The President’s Award is presented to the most distinguished and deserving INTA volunteers for a career dedicated to trademarks and intellectual property protection and advancement, and whose contribution has advanced INTA’s mission and had a lasting impact on the Association.

The VSAs honor those who go beyond their regular duties as INTA volunteers in service of the Association and the broader public. INTA subcommittee chairs, committee members and non-committee volunteers are eligible for VSAs in the following categories:
  • Advancement of Trademark Law
  • Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives 
  • Advancement of the Association
  • Pro Bono Legal Services by an Individual
  • Pro Bono Legal Services by a Member Organization
2016 President’s Award Winner: Ingrid Desrois (posthumous)

Ms. Desrois was an active member volunteer, mentor, and Association leader for over 18 years. One of her most notable contributions to INTA was organizing government official trainings at the European IP Office in Alicante, Spain. With Ms. Desrois’s support, the government officials training program expanded considerably to ultimately become its own committee. In the years to follow, Ms. Desrois continued to enhance and expand the program. She served on a number of other committees during her career, including on the Historical Committee, Trademark Office Practices Committee, Executive Committee, and on INTA’s Board of Directors from 2000-2003.

Sadly, Ms. Desrois passed away in April 2016. INTA is pleased to be able to celebrate her dedication and commitment to the advancement of trademarks through this award.

2016 President’s Award Winner: David Fleming, Brinks Gilson & Lione (United States)

David Fleming has volunteered for INTA in various capacities for close to two decades. Over the years, Mr. Fleming has served on the Board of Directors, the CEO Search Committee, The Trademark Reporter® Editorial Board, co-chair of the 2007 Annual Meeting and, during the 2014–2015 committee term, as counsel to INTA.

During his tenure as counsel, Mr. Fleming provided insightful guidance on a number of first time challenges for the Association, ranging from major changes made to the New York State non-profit law for the first time in over 40 years and their impact on Board procedure, to the application of changing laws with regard to INTA’s China Representative Office. Mr. Fleming also oversaw the Governance Review Presidential Task Force, which ensured that INTA’s revised Bylaws are compliant with the new laws and contained those matters that are fundamental to the structure and organization of INTA. The Task Force also developed a new and evolving Code of Policies that provides transparency to all members on the operational policies and procedures of the Association.

Advancement of Trademark Law: Alan Adcock, Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand)

Mr. Adcock has been very active in the area of standardized packaging and regulatory encroachment on IP rights across industries. This is a priority issue for INTA and one that has received much attention in Southeast Asia. Mr. Adcock has spearheaded INTA's advocacy in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, drafting submissions to various government stakeholders and speaking on the issue at a number of local, regional, and international events. Mr. Adcock’s leadership, including chairing the Legislation and Regulation Committee Asia-Pacific Subcommittee during the 2014-2015 term, has helped focus the Association’s resources on this important issue as it spreads across the globe.

Advancement of Trademark Law: Bartosz Krakowiak, POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office (Poland)

Mr. Krakowiak has led multiple INTA committees, always with humility and an eye for detail, and a contagious enthusiasm that enables him to be an inspiring and efficient leader. As the current Chair of the Legislation and Regulation Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee, Mr. Krakowiak has taken the lead on drafting comments on pieces of legislation proposed by the governments of Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Ukraine, and on plain packaging initiatives being considered in a number of jurisdictions. He has also proven to be an invaluable asset to the INTA Europe Representative Office by being involved in policy issues in Poland.

Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives: Alison Hayman, Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP (Canada)

Alison Hayman has been one of the Internet Committee’s most active volunteers. Most recently, in her role as Chair of the IANA Transition Subcommittee, Ms. Hayman and her subcommittee focused on the issue of Internet governance and accountability plans for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Throughout the complex process, Ms. Hayman helped INTA to advance its position and agenda, and done so in collaboration with the ICANN multistakeholder community. Ms. Hayman played a pivotal role in drafting and submitting comments to ICANN on behalf of INTA, often going above and beyond to meet very tight deadlines. INTA’s comments on ICANN’s proposed new by-laws were one of only a few changes that were incorporated into the final version.

Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives: Jan Gerd Mietzel, Rolim, Mietzel, Wohlnick & Calheiros LLP (Germany)

As the Chair of the Event Subcommittee of the Young Practitioners Committee, Mr. Mietzel has dedicated his time to planning Young Practitioner Receptions around the globe. These receptions often include educational components for attendees and aim to make Association participation more accessible for young practitioners and trademark administrators looking to advance their careers and get involved in INTA. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Mietzel, in 2015 and 2016, INTA has been able to host receptions in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dallas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Stockholm, and Toronto. These events are bringing new members in the fold, many of whom will go on to become future leaders of the Association, thereby fulfilling a key objective of the Young Practitioners Committee.

Advancement of the Association: Lorenzo Litta, Societa' Italiana Brevetti (Italy)

In addition to co-chairing last December’s ground breaking Geographical Indications Conference in Rome, Mr. Litta serves as the Europe Subcommittee Chair for the 2016-2017 Unreal Campaign Committee term and works diligently to organize student engagement events in Europe. Through these events, INTA members engage directly with students, educating them on the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeit goods. Earlier this year, Mr. Litta helped to organize the first Unreal Campaign event in Rome, Italy, and continues to work on organizing additional events in this region. Mr. Litta has been instrumental in spreading the Unreal Campaign message and raising awareness of the campaign across Europe, both to fellow INTA members and the public-at-large. In doing so, Mr. Litta has helped INTA to achieve its strategic objectives of member satisfaction and outreach to public stakeholders.

Pro Bono Services Provided by Individuals: Susan Crane, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (United States)

Susan Crane has, for many years, set an example for her peers through her commitment to pro bono work. Most recently, Ms. Crane has been volunteering with the Pro Bono Partnership of New Jersey and New York, which provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofits serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods. Through this organization, Ms. Crane handles matters relating to trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement for a variety of charitable organizations. Ms. Crane’s pro bono legal work extends beyond intellectual property - she also volunteers with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), a charity that provides immigration assistance to unaccompanied minors.

Pro Bono Services Provided by Organizations: Koury Lopes Advogados, (Brazil)

Koury Lopes Advogados (KLA) provides pro bono legal support to the Instituto Museu da Pessoa (the “Museum of the Person”) in São Paulo, Brazil. The museum’s mission is to document, preserve and transform human lives by collecting stories of regular, everyday individuals. Currently, the museum has over 17,000 recorded individual statements. These statements serve to promote cultural diversity and the value of stories to humanity. Associates of KLA’s intellectual property practice has taken on the monumental task of drafting and reviewing all personal releases and copyright license agreements used by the museum in its operations.

About INTA
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related IP in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 7,000 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from more than 190 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi.