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 Monday, December 9

 
8:30 am–5:30 pm 
Registration and Information Desk Open
9:30 am–10:10 am
Welcome and Introductions

Speakers:
Etienne Sanz de Acedo, Chief Executive Officer, International Trademark Association (United States)
Toe Su Aung, INTA President, BATMark Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Hoda Barakat, Conference Co-Chair, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Conference Co-Chair, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)
10:10 am–10:35 am
Keynote Address and Opening Remarks

Speaker:
His Excellency Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)
10:35 am–10:45 am
Mini Break
10:45 am–12:00 pm

SESSION I

Public-Private Partnerships

Part I – The Value of Public-Private Partnerships

Discover the value of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) where Government and the private sector work closely together on better and more effective means to challenge and defeat counterfeiters and pirates. Learn about the role brand owners and Government can play and how collaboration for a common goal can lead to a win-win solution.

Moderator:
Omar Shteiwi, Nestlé Middle East FZE (United Arab Emirates)

Speakers:
Jack Chang, QBPC, General Electric Company (China)
Tarek Hajjiri, Dubai Economic Council (United Arab Emirates)

12:00 pm–12:15 pm
Break
12:15 pm–1:30 pm

SESSION I

Public–Private Partnerships

Part II – Achieving Successful Results with Public–Private Partnerships

Through the use of concrete examples, find out how the private and public sectors cooperate in the Gulf region to achieve their respective goals. Discover how the private sector can help drive the political will necessary for public entities to cooperate as fully as possible.

Speakers will also evaluate the success of this cooperation and analyze the current limitations.

Moderator:
Maha Abdel-Majeed, IP Matters Co. Ltd. (Jordan)

Speakers:
Maha Abdel-Majeed, IP Matters Co. Ltd. (Jordan)
SH. Jassim bin Jabor AlThani, Ministry of Business and Trade (Qatar)

1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Lunch
2:45 pm–4:00 pm 

SESSION II

Trademark Valuation


Knowing the value, as well as the change in value, of trademarks is essential to many business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, licensing stipulations and bankruptcy claims. It also plays an important role in financial reporting. In addition to creating market value, trademarks can be monetized to increase capital through licensing or collateralization. And because valuation methods can be industry- and business-specific, there is no universal way to calculate value. 

Learn the vital importance of trademark valuation as well as how to value your trademarks and other IP rights at this illuminating session.

Moderator:
Charles Sha’ban, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)

Speakers:
Ulrich Moser, Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany) 
Dima Sari, Yahoo! Inc. (United Arab Emirates)
Samer Yamin, TAG-Valuation (Saudi Arabia)

4:00 pm–4:15 pm
Dessert Break
4:15 pm–5:30 pm 

SESSION III

Dispute Resolution: Is There Really an Alternative in the Trademark World?


A large number of brand owners strongly advocate mediation of their disputes but many lawyers and practitioners are apprehensive. Are alternative methods to resolving disputes in the best interests of the involved parties? How do the litigators and trademark owners feel about it? Will mediation of IP disputes survive amidst aggressive litigators and litigants?

Get answers to these questions and more at this exciting session, and learn about traditional and alternative ways to resolve IP disputes, as well as new options for jurisdictional claims.

Moderator:
Karen Abraham, Shearn Delamore & Co. (Malaysia)

Speakers:
Stuart Aitchison, BATMark Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Pravin Anand, Anand & Anand (India)
Jehad Kazim, Dubai Chamber of Commerce (United Arab Emirates)

5:30 pm–6:00 pm

Regional Hot IP Topics–Part I

Get a concise update on important issues affecting practitioners in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia in a series of 5-minute hot topic presentations followed by brief question and answer periods.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Challenging the increasing registration of pharmaceutical trademarks inclusive of or confusingly similar to International Non-proprietary Names (INNs).
  • Iranian laws and practice update.

Moderators:
Hoda Barakat, Conference Co-Chair, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Conference Co-Chair, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)

Speakers:
Theuns van de Merwe, Cedar White Bradley (United Arab Emirates)
Mohammad Badamchi, HAMI Legal Services (Iran)

6:00 pm
Adjourn
6:00 pm–7:30 pm 
Welcome Reception 
 

 Tuesday, December 10

 

8:00 am–2:00 pm
Registration
9:00 am–9:05 am
Overview of Day Two

Hoda Barakat, Conference Co-Chair, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Conference Co-Chair, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)
9:05 am–10:30 am

SESSION IV

Fighting Counterfeiting Through Border Measures

Customs authorities do not just take action in the case of border clearance. They have broad investigative and anti-counterfeiting powers that extend beyond borders, including the right to inspect and seize counterfeit products.

Learn from Customs officials, a brand owner and a practitioner about recordal formalities, the need for an up-to-date Customs database as well as ongoing training of officers and inspectors at ports, the challenges faced by brand owners when stopping shipments at the borders, trends of seizures, goods in transit, Customs enforcement, and more.

Moderator:
Omar Obeidat, Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates & Legal Consultants (United Arab Emirates)

Speakers include:
Yousef Al Kaj, Dubai Customs (United Arab Emirates)
Timothy Hayes, Johnson & Johnson (United Kingdom)
 

10:30 am–10:45 am
Break
10:45 am–12:00 pm

SESSION V

Well-known Marks (A Comparative Approach)


Regional experts present a study in contrasts between the United States and MEASA countries on well-known marks. Topics regarding U.S. practice will include well-known marks treaties, examination, oppositions and cancellations, well-known marks register, likelihood of confusion, DuPont, examinations involving unregistered well-known marks, and famous vs. well-known marks. Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East topics will include issues in civil law countries, as well as in common law countries such as statutory provisions, reputation vs. goodwill and the McDonald’s case in South Africa.

Moderator:
Maren Hanson, Gulf Consultants for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Saudi Arabia)

Speakers:
Faisal Daudpota, Daudpota International (United Arab Emirates)
Kevin Smith, Sughrue Mion (United States)
Charles Webster, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)

12:00 pm–1:15 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm–2:30 pm

SESSION VI

An Update on Licensing Issues in the Region


Gain valuable information and insights from leading brand owners and an experienced practitioner from the region on IP issues related to licensing situations. These issues are particularly important in the Middle East region as strict Agency Laws apply in many countries that could impact rights holders. As this is a practical and live day-to-day issue for rights holders, keeping a close up-to-date watch is essential.

Moderator:
Hoda Barakat, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)

Speakers:
Mona Ashour Madi, Unilever (United Arab Emirates)
Rania Rizk, PepsiCo (United Arab Emirates)
Rany Sader, Sader & Associates, (Lebanon)

2:30 pm–2:45 pm 
Dessert Break
2:45 pm–4:00 pm 

SESSION VII

New gTLDs and IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names): Is Your Business Ready for the New Internet?
 
Receive practical information on the introduction of new gTLDs and how certain new gTLDs may impact consumers, commerce, and trade through the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Topics include an assessment of the impacts of internationalized domain names (IDNs) and geographic new gTLDs as well as valuable insights on how trademark owners can best manage this new space.

Moderator:
Charles Webster, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)
 
Speakers:
Mohamed El Bashir, dotAfrica (Africa)
Dinisa Hardley Folmar, The Coca-Cola Company, Eurasia and Africa Group (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Webster, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)

4:00 pm–5:55 pm

Regional Hot IP Topics–Part II

Get a concise update on important issues affecting practitioners in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia in a series of 5-minute hot topic presentations followed by brief question and answer periods. 

Topics to be discussed:

  • Challenging the increasing registration of pharmaceutical trademarks inclusive of or confusingly similar to International Non-proprietary Names (INNs).
  • Iranian laws and practice update.
  • Trade name issues and the overlap with trademarks.
  • Three-dimensional trademark protection.
  • Whether trademark owners are sufficiently protected against lookalike products, and associated problems.
  • The use and impact of the Madrid Protocol in the region.
  • Cross-border infringement with Southeast Asia.
  • Protecting local transliteration of trademarks in certain classes in compliance with local statutory language requirements.
  • Brand Protection and Enforcement for Major Sporting Events in the Middle East.

Moderators:
Hoda Barakat, Conference Co-Chair, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Conference Co-Chair, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)

Speakers:
Mark Bone-Knell, D Young & Co International Limited (United Arab Emirates)
Chad Dowle, Rouse & Co. International LLP (United Arab Emirates)
M. Yawar Irfan Khan, United Trademark & Patent Services (United Arab Emirates)
Abdelgadir Taha, SMAS-IP (Saudi Arabia)
Jon Parker, Clyde & Co. (United Arab Emirates)
Sultan Ahmad Sheikh, Sheikh Brothers (Pakistan)
Hisham Zahr, Saba & Co. IP (Lebanon)

5:55 pm–6:00 pm
Wrap Up / Adjournment

Hoda Barakat, Conference Co-Chair, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Conference Co-Chair, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)
 

 Project Team

 

Exceptional topics, faculty and presentations have come to distinguish INTA programs and earn 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.

Chairs

Hoda Barakat, Hoda Barakat Legal Consultancy (United Arab Emirates)
Charles Sha’ban, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) (Jordan)

Members

Maha Abdel-Majeed, IP Matters Co. Ltd. (Jordan)
Karen Abraham, Shearn Delamore & Co. (Malaysia)
Maren Hanson, Gulf Consultants for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Saudi Arabia)
Omar Obeidat, Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates & Legal Consultants (United Arab Emirates)
Omar Shteiwi, Nestlé Middle East FZE (United Arab Emirates)
Kevin Smith, Sughrue Mion (United States)
Charles Webster, Spoor & Fisher (South Africa)

INTA staff liaisons

Ann Eng, Director of Education, International Trademark Association (United States)
Hilary Cohen, Senior Planner, Meetings, Conventions and Events Strategy, International Trademark Association (United States)