Advancement of Trademark Law
Theodore Davis (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, USA) has co-presented the “United States Trademark Law in Review” session at the INTA Annual Meeting for the past 15 years. This is not only one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended sessions of the Annual Meeting, but also one of the most well-organized, where attendees gain a concise analysis of the recent, major decisions rendered by the U.S. courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mr. Davis’ influence on trademark law and practice extends far beyond the Annual Meeting educational program though; since 1995 he has also served on a number of INTA committees, very often as a contributor to various publications. In the current committee term, Mr. Davis is serving on The Trademark Reporter Committee and as an author and editor for Famous and Well-known Marks.
Verena von Bomhard (Hogan Lovells (Alicante) S.L. & Cia., Spain), has served on the Trademark Office Practices Committee’s OHIM Subcommittee since 2012, on INTA’s Global Advisory Council in the current committee term and on a specially-formed rapid response group. She has been instrumental to INTA while the European Union has been grappling with European Trademark Reform. During this time she has provided excellent and timely comments on the EU legislative proposals, enabling INTA to effectively represent the global trademark community’s concerns and to advocate for a more efficient and harmonized European trademark system.
Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives
Mark Feldman (DLA Piper LLP, USA) has been involved in INTA’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition for nearly 15 years through various committee positions. In recent years, and as the competition has grown, Mr. Feldman has enthusiastically filled positions which can be both stressful and time-consuming. These include Regional Coordinating Subcommittee Chair and Competition Coordinating Chair—roles that involve the efficient coordination and execution of five regional events all taking place on the same day. The success and growing popularity of this competition has led to its expansion into a sixth region, and is a testament to Mr. Feldman’s dedication to his committee and its objectives, and to INTA student members.
Michael Hawkins (Noerr Alicante IP, S.L., Spain) has done a remarkable job of guiding the work of the Legislation & Regulation Committee’s Europe & Central Asia Subcommittee on both EU Trademark Reform and the EU Tobacco Products Directive. Covering complex issues under very tight deadlines, his committee has consistently provided excellent comments on draft proposals. He has also been instrumental in obtaining INTA members’ input and delivering INTA’s position to the relevant stakeholders, and is working to ensure that INTA has continued engagement within the European legislature.
Advancement of the Association
Mona Lee (Hanol Law Offices, South Korea) has worked in all areas of the Association, including education, policy, publishing and membership. Her influence is felt in South Korea as well as regionally and globally. She has spearheaded the Roundtables program in the Asia-Pacific region and hosted numerous non-member receptions. In doing so, Ms. Lee has helped to advance the Association’s goal of globalization, grow its membership and increase member satisfaction in the Asia-Pacific region.
Paul McGrady (Winston & Strawn LLP, USA) has served on various subcommittees of INTA’s Internet Committee since 2010. INTA has placed due importance on Internet-related issues as they pertain to the global trademark community. During his career, Mr. McGrady has become an influential writer and speaker on these issues and regarded as a true ambassador for INTA within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit responsible for governance and expansion of the Internet's global Domain Name System. Mr. McGrady’s dedication and tireless efforts have bolstered the Association’s ability to advocate for the global trademark community’s position in the ongoing ICANN process.
Pro Bono Legal Services by an Individual
Loreto Bresky (Alessandri & Compania, Chile), as Pro Bono Coordinator for Alessandri & Compania, assisted America Solidaria—a Chile-based nonprofit network with offices across the Americas which promotes effective volunteer engagement in the poorest and most underprivileged communities—to register its trademarks in many Latin American countries. During this project, Ms. Bresky provided advice on trademark and logo registration in multiple countries. She also played a key role in the firm committing to the “Pro Bono Attorneys for the Americas” agreement, through which each of the firm’s lawyers conducts a minimum of 20 hours pro bono work each year.
Pro Bono Legal Services by an Organization
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, USA, has a long history of pro bono and, in 1993, became one of the first law firms in the United States to employ a partner to lead its pro bono program on a full-time basis. As a firm that encourages its attorneys to take on pro bono projects, it has worked with a number of different organizations over the years. In recent years the Katten Internet Practice has been the advising the dotHIV Initiative on its new generic Top Level Domain application for .HIV. The firm’s Internet practice also manages the trademark portfolio for The Tranquil Space Foundation and The Trevor Project, and manages many trademark portfolio matters for the United Cerebral Palsy Association. As a firm that promotes a culture of pro bono, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP sets a high standard within the legal industry.