Advancement of Trademark Law
(Holland & Knight, LLP— Washington, DC, USA) chaired the 2010-2011 Free Trade Areas Subcommittee of the Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee. He initiated an project to develop INTA’s Model Free Trade Agreement, launched in May 2011, which present guidelines to aid trade negotiations ensure that trademark rights are properly protected. The Guidelines have already been used as a model for negotiations of free trade agreements between the United States and Colombia, Panama and South Korea, and between the EU and Singapore.
Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives
Katherine Keating (Holme Roberts & Owen LLP—San Francisco, California, USA) led the 2010-2011 Oppositions and Cancellations Subcommittee of the Enforcement Committee in presenting two Resolutions that were adopted by the Association’s Board of Directors earlier this year. One Resolution established guidelines for determining who should decide opposition proceedings; the other encouraged countries to allow third parties to initiate partial non-use cancellation actions to remove goods and services from the scope of existing trademark registrations when the trademark owner has not used the mark with those goods or services within a specified time.
Max Millican (Dell Inc.—Round Rock, Texas, USA) dedicated years to ensuring that Texas’s trademark law was updated. For four years, she was a key player on n the “Texas Team” within the Association’s Model State Trademark Bill Subcommittee. And despite several hurdles along the way, Max remained positive and determined throughout the entire process. In June 2011, the bill was signed into law—an achievement that would not have been possible without Max’swork and tenacity.
Brian Winterfeldt (Steptoe & Johnson LLP—Washington, DC, USA) has long played an active role in Internet-related matters. As chair of the Internet Governance and Contractual Relationships Subcommittee of INTA’s Internet Committee, Brian led a team that developed the Association’s formal submissions of comments on critical Internet-related issues, including comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce on its review of its current agreement with ICANN. Brian has also been a leading educator about ICANN’s new gTLD program, including on INTA webcasts and at the recent Trademark and the Internet Conference.
Advancement of the Association
Gabrielle Olsson Skalin (Inter IKEA Holding Services SA—Waterloo, Belgium) has served as INTA’s representative at OHIM’s Administrative Board and Budget Committee (ABBC) meetings. As a result, she has been able to effectively promote the Association’s positions on trademark policies in Europe. In addition to representing INTA at the OHIM meetings, Gabrielle has also attended a series of CTM-review meetings at the European Commission to advocate INTA’s views on important IP legislation. She has also been proactive in collaborating with other user associations, attending coordination meetings and liaising with them in Alicante and between OHIM’s ABBC meetings.
Pro Bono Legal Services by an Individual
Florencia Rosati (Estudio Beccar Varela—Buenos Aires, Argentina) has been involved with a number of pro bono projects in Argentina. She serves as general counsel Silvio Velo, the captain of Los Murcielagos, an Argentinean football club for blind players. She is also the general IP counsel to “Red Comunidades Rurales,” a network that works to organize efforts and resources to support the development of rural workers. And most recently, Florencia has completed trademark prosecution work for “Nuevos Aires,” a foundation devoted to contributing to economic, social and environmental development.
Pro Bono Legal Services by a Member Organization
When the off-Broadway Brick Theater was sued for trademark infringement, Morgan Lewis & Bockius helped the Brooklyn, New York-based venue stay in business. The firm argued on behalf of Brick Theater, ultimately winning the case which allowed the theatre to keep its name. The efforts of attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius helped preserve the local center’s good name within the local community.