Crossing Borders: International Treaties and Agreements Governing Trademarks

Don’t miss INTA’s June Roundtable and learn the latest on classification, global protection, regional agreements and more.

June 1627, 2014

Paris, Lisbon, Berne, and Vienna  Is this a vacation itinerary or the names of treaties that affect your everyday practice in trademarks?  This roundtable will explore the inter-relationship of national and international trademark prosecution under the various global treaties and agreements. This is a subject that all Trademark Administrators encounter but rarely have an opportunity to discuss.

We will discuss the implication of various international agreements and treaties on all aspects of trademark prosecution including:

1. Classification – How do agreements such as the Nice Agreement and Vienna Agreement apply to decisions to file, re-file and maintain trademark registrations?

2. Global Protection – What effect does the priority under the Paris Convention or the opportunity to file through the Madrid Protocol have on international trademark filing strategies?  Does the Berne Convention on copyright affect filing decisions for design marks?

3. Regional Agreements – Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the mutli-jurisdictional registrations such as the Community Trademark and Benelux.  Do you take advantage of older regional agreements, such as the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization or Andean Pact?

Note: Unless otherwise stated, roundtables are held from 12:00 pm–2:00 pm. Please bring photo ID to all roundtables in order to enter. Please note that roundtable registration is now online only.

INTA is seeking volunteers to host this Roundtable in various U.S. cities. All you need to do is secure an available conference room, order lunch and facilitate the conversation using the outline that has been developed. INTA will reimburse you for the cost of the meal. Please contact if you are interested in hosting this Roundtable.