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2007 Volunteer Service Award





Advancement of Trademark Law

Thilo Agthe (Wuersch & Gering—New York, NY, USA), a member of the Security Interests Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee, was recognized for leadership and exceptional understanding of the complex issues involved with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Ronnie Hoffer (Goodmans—Toronto, ON, Canada), chair of the Examination Guidelines Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee, with committee member Melanie Martin-Jones (Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Columbus, OH, USA) led the revision of INTA’s Model Examination Guidelines. Ms. Martin-Jones attended an African Regional IP Organization (ARIPO) meeting on INTA’s behalf to present the newly revised Examination Guidelines.


Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives

Jeff Becker (Haynes and Boone—Dallas, TX, USA) was instrumental in developing the Adjunct Professors’ Special Interest Group. This group now meets at the Annual and Leadership Meetings and has become a model for others.

Bruce Longbottom (Eli Lilly & Co.—Indianapolis, IN, USA) was the driving force behind a multi-committee report on counterfeiting and the Internet.

Casey Mangan (Allstate Insurance Co.—Northbrook, IL, USA) dedicated himself to the Leadership Transition Project Team of the Leadership Development Subcommittee, which laid the foundation for committee portals, which have improved the efficiency of dialogues within and among committees and enhanced their overall operation and participation.


Advancement of the Association

Xuemin Chen (Zhongzi Law Office—Beijing, China), Chair of the Trademark Office Practices Committee’s China Trademark Office Subcommittee, was partly responsible for the preparation of comments on the third revised draft of the new China Trademark Law. Xuemin has co-chaired two INTA programs on China and served on the China Bulletin Editorial Board.

Susie Middlemiss (Slaughter & May—London, UK) spearheaded INTA’s amicus submission in the L’Oréal v. Special Effects case. This was the Association’s first appearance before the UK Court of Appeal, which allowed the Association to appear for oral argument.

Kristina Rosette (Covington & Burling—Washington D.C., USA) worked on the Registration Practice & DNS Administration Subcommittee of the Internet Committee, and also was responsible for representing the IP Constituency within ICANN’s Generic Supporting Names Organization.