Programs and Events
Programs and Events
Building Aspirational Brands—Insights for Competitive Advantage in Today’s Global Marketplace


2:00 pm–2:30 pm 
Registration; Welcome Tea and Coffee
2:30 pm–3:00 pm 
Welcome and Keynote Address 

Opening Remarks by Member of 2017 INTA Board of Directors
Hemant Singh, Inttl Advocare (India)

2017 INTA President’s Welcome and Keynote Address
Joseph Ferretti, PepsiCo, Inc. (United States)         
3:00 pm–4:00 pm 
Session 1: Legal and Business Symbiosis in Developing and Executing a Holistic Brand Protection Strategy
Inside and outside counsel will discuss and share insights into building a holistic brand protection strategy, inside India and beyond. Speakers will share their experiences on:
  • Understanding and aligning business and legal goals and roles.
  • Determining the current and desired legal position for the mark at issue.
  • Addressing distributor, partner, and customer agreements.
  • Building an exceptional team, including:
    • How to create an internal cross-disciplinary team with the power to act.
    • The importance of a strong legal network in the relevant (and most problematic) jurisdictions.
  • Budgeting, setting goals, managing results, quantifying efforts, and determining return on investment (ROI).    
MS Bharath, Anand and Anand (India)

Sujeet Jain, Viacom18 (India)   
Jon Parker, Gowling WLG (United Arab Emirates)
4:00 pm5:00 pm
Session 2: Evolving Function of Brands in the Digital World

As the digital world continues to evolve, so does the function of brands within that world. Speakers will discuss:
  • How conventional brands have moved to the digital space and have adopted digital practices.
  • The evolution of brands and changing nuances of trademark concepts and how nontraditional trademarks have come to the forefront.
  • The evolving role that brand promotion, brand creation, and brand monitoring and retailing play in the digital world.
  • Challenges posed by the rapidly changing Internet landscape (issues such as piracy, anonymity of consumers, and trolling) and brand owners’ strategies to combat these challenges to preserve and maintain brand reputation and legacy.
Samta Mehra, Remfry & Sagar (India)

Zechariah Jin Han Chan, Lee & Lee (Singapore)   
Gavin Charlston, Google Inc. (United States)
Aneesh Garg, Flipkart Internet Private Limited (India)     
5:00 pm–6:00 pm 
Session 3: Brands with Focus on Women

A panel of experts in IP and branding will discuss women-centric brands and infringement issues from different aspects of branding, as well as how woman power can be used as a tool in brand protection and development.

Eckatarina Vaz, Cipla Limited (India)

Monika Sharma, Reliance Retail Ltd. (India)    
Lulu Raghavan, Landor (India)
Purnima Thacker, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe (India)       
6:00 pm–7:00 pm 
Join us for drinks and an opportunity to meet with INTA's 2017 President.

 Project Team

INTA would like to thank the Project Team for its excellent work in planning and presenting this conference.
Project Team Members:
MS Bharath, Anand And Anand Advocates (India)
Sarita Joglekar, Reliance Industries Ltd (India)
Samta Mehra, Remfry & Sagar (India)
INTA Staff Liaisons:
Sacha Colquhoun, International Trademark Association (United States)
Gauri Kumar, International Trademark Association (India)
Sarah O’Connell, International Trademark Association (United States)