Advancement of Trademark Law
Anthony Dreyer (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, USA)
While INTA’s U.S. Amicus Subcommittee (of the International Amicus Committee) is always busy, the previous year has been particularly intense with a number of major briefs filed before the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals in cases that will have a lasting impact on U.S. trademark law. Not only did Mr. Dreyer expertly lead the subcommittee during this unusually busy period, he also authored some of the Association’s most important briefs, skillfully navigating some of the more complex issues that INTA has considered over the past few years.
Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives
Marc Lieberstein (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, USA)
Serving on INTA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee’s Neutral Standards & Measurement Subcommittee, Mr. Lieberstein has proven highly effective in both helping INTA to bring exposure to its mediation training and expanding its offerings to more members in more parts of the world. He provided invaluable input regarding mediation training offered at the Annual Meeting and on training modules offered during the year, and was the first to recommend online mediation training. He was also instrumental in formalizing INTA’s partnership with Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI) to bring mediation training to Latin America. His team is currently organizing training with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in Africa. Mr. Lieberstein and his team also undertook the major task of revising the Panel of Trademark Mediators mediation training report and drafted new requirements for the Panel of Trademark Mediators’ applications and reapplications. In doing so, they have provided the INTA community with accurate and comprehensive information on global mediations.
Kowit Somwaiya (LawPlus Ltd., Thailand)
While serving as Chair of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee’s East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Mr. Somwaiya has become an influential leader in the ASEAN region. Over the course of 2015, he has represented INTA on delegations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. Mr. Somwaiya has been instrumental to the Association’s anticounterfeiting and enforcement policy initiatives in the ASEAN region, taking the lead in preparing and submitting comments on draft IP legislation, hosting roundtable discussions and facilitating dialogues with government officials in Myanmar, Thailand, among other ASEAN jurisdictions.
Advancement of the Association
Janice Bereskin (Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada) & Alicia Lloreda (Lloreda Camacho & Co., Colombia)
As Co-Chairs of INTA’s Presidential Task Force on Committee Structure, Participation and Function, Ms. Bereskin and Ms. Lloreda led their team through the revamping of INTA’s committee structure, a lengthy and complicated process that began in early 2014. As a result, INTA will begin its 2016 committee term with an expanded committee structure, an improved volunteer experience and greater opportunities for more meaningful participation for more members. In doing so, Ms. Bereskin and Ms. Lloreda have made a significant contribution to the four pillars of the Association’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, which will help carry INTA into the future as a more established and evolved organization.
Pro Bono Services Provided by Individuals
Jennifer Mikulina (McDermott Will & Emery LLP, USA)
In the past year, Ms. Mikulina has worked with The Health Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that seeks to create a healthier school environment for students. Ms. Mikulina has worked specifically to protect its valuable FIT TO LEARN and COOKING UP CHANGE trademarks. She has enforced the trademark rights against unauthorized third party use and provided copyright and trademark counseling. Additionally, Ms. Mikulina has worked with the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI)—formerly the CFIDS Association of America—a leading organization focused on myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She advised them on their rebranding campaign, new logo, and counseled them on how to use and protect their trademark property.
Pro Bono Services Provided by an Organization
Simmons & Simmons LLP has a strong culture of corporate responsibility, resulting in wide-ranging pro bono activities. In 2015, the firm expanded the pro bono work they do, and sought to innovate their pro bono delivery, effectively overcoming some of the barriers to performing pro bono in the UK. For example, the firm has fostered partnerships with agencies to provide pro bono legal services to smaller clients that were previously difficult to access.
The Simmons & Simmons IP Group in London is at the forefront of the firm’s pro bono engagement and is particularly active in providing pro bono support for the arts and indigent individuals and groups in the creative field. As a member of the Queen Mary University Legal Advice Centre “Law for the Arts” program, IP lawyers from the firm supervise Queen Mary University law students in providing advice to young artists and designers with their IP related issues. Also in the field of the arts, the Simmons & Simmons IP team provided pro bono advice and support to the London Mozart Players, Frieze Art Fairs, the Centre for Recent Drawing and the English National Ballet. The firm’s IP team has also provided substantial pro bono IP support for a number of environmental organizations, including The Rainforest Foundation, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor and Global Action Plan.