Programs and Events
Programs and Events
India Emerged: Protecting Your Brand in India’s Evolving Economy


 Friday, February 6

8:00 am–4:15 pm
Registration and Information Desk opens
9:00 am–9:15 am 
Welcome and Introduction

J. Scott Evans, 2015 INTA President, Adobe Systems Incorporated (United States)
Etienne Sanz de Acedo, Chief Executive Officer, International Trademark Association (United States)
Alexander Klett, Conference Co-Chair, Reed Smith LLP (Germany)
Purnima Singh, Conference Co-Chair, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe (India)
9:15 am–10:45 am

Parallel Imports: The Many Shades of Gray!

Trademark owners all over the world grapple with the regulation of gray market goods, whether through national or regional exhaustion, international or global exhaustion, or a hybrid approach such as the EU exhaustion. Learn how trademark owners in India and other countries can protect against this infringement as well as available remedies. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Parallel Import laws in Europe
  • Parallel Import laws in India—trademark law and customs
  • What this means to trademark owners
  • Online cross-border sales

Anupam Pandey, Obhan & Associates (India) 

Debolina Partap, Wockhardt Limited (India)
Emma Pitcher, Boult Wade Tennant (United Kingdom)
Purnima Singh, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe (India)

10:45 am–11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am–12:15 pm

ICANN: Update on the New gTLD Program and Other Hot Topics

Discover the latest developments regarding the ever-evolving saga of the new gTLD program including:

  • An update on the new gTLD program
  • Whether there will be another gTLD round
  • The new Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs):  How are they working for brand owners, and what are the best strategies for brand owners to select the right gTLDs?
  • Why have the RPMs, and particularly the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), only been moderately successful going by sheer numbers?
  • Status of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition

Purnima Singh, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe (India)   
Molly Baxi, Groth & Co. KB (Sweden)
J. Scott Evans, Adobe Systems Incorporated (United States)
Dr. Govind, National Internet Exchange of India (India)

12:15 pm–1:15 pm 
Networking Luncheon
1:15 pm–2:30 pm

Madrid Protocol and National Route: Which is Right for Your Company?

India became the Madrid Protocol’s 90th member when it joined the system in July 2013.  The Madrid Protocol enabled local businesses to protect their marks in multiple jurisdictions by filing one application with one set of fees. 

  • How does the Madrid Protocol work?
  • What costs and timing are involved?
  • What are the risks and opportunities?
  • How has the Madrid Protocol been embraced by Indian trademark owners?
  • How has the Madrid Protocol led to change in procedures at the Indian Office?
  • How have trademark practitioners reacted to the Madrid Protocol?
  • How is the Madrid Protocol more efficient for international rather than domestic filings?
  • What can you do if there are problems along the road—either with the basic mark, with WIPO or with one (or some) of the countries for which protection is sought?

Molly Baxi, Groth & Co. KB (Sweden)
Sarita Joglekar, Reliance Industries Ltd (India)
Alexander Klett, Reed Smith LLP (Germany)
Smt. Prem Lata, Intellectual Property Office (India)
Juan Rodriguez, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Switzerland)

2:30 pm–2:45 pm 
Networking Break
2:45 pm–4:15 pm 

Madrid Protocol Workshop

Put into practice what you have learned in Session III by breaking into smaller groups and working through several hypothetical situations involving international trademark protection scenarios. Each of these groups will be led by a moderator and will help to deepen your awareness of strategic considerations in using (or maybe consciously not using in a specific situation) the Madrid system.
4:15 pm 
Conference Adjourns

 Project Team


Exceptional topics, faculty and presentations have come to distinguish INTA programs and have earned them an unmatched reputation in the field of trademark law and practice. INTA owes this achievement to the many volunteers who so willingly contribute their time and energy to this effort.

INTA would like to thank the Project Team for its excellent work in planning and presenting this conference.

Alexander Klett, Reed Smith LLP (Germany)        
Purnima Singh, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe (India)                                                                     

Project Team Members
Molly Baxi, Groth & Co. KB (Sweden)
Anupam Pandey, Obhan & Associates (India)
Emma Pitcher, Boult Wade Tennant (United Kingdom)

INTA Staff Liaisons
Ann Eng, Director of Education (United States)
Simran Daryanani Zainulbhai, India Representative (India)