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The Association plans its first major event in Latin America, the 2015 Leadership Meeting in Panama City, Panama.


INTA holds its first Annual Meeting in Asia, in Hong Kong.

INTA becomes the first international IP association to send a delegation to Myanmar, to advise that country’s government on drafting its first trademark law.

The Unreal Campaign—the Association’s first consumer awareness campaign—educates teens about the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeiting.

INTA plays a leading role in opening discussions with the governments of Colombia and Mexico leading to their accession to the Madrid Protocol

For the first time, the EU Court of Justice invites INTA to participate in oral arguments before the Court. INTA provided its trademark expertise in Nokia Corp. v. HM Commisioners of Revenue and Customs.

INTA is invited to attend its first OHIM Administrative Board meeting, along with four other trademark users’ organizations in Europe (AIM, BUSINESSEUROPE, ECTA and MARQUES).

INTA establishes representation in Mumbai, India.

The Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006 is signed into law by the President of the United States

INTA strengthens its presence in Europe by opening a representative office in Brussels, Belgium.

Based on INTA's previously submitted factum on the case Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin v. Boutiques Cliquot Ltee., the Canadian Supreme Court issues a ruling in favor of famous marks protection in Canada.

The Asia-Pacific Forum, jointly organized by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and INTA, marks the first time INTA has partnered with a local trademark registry in the Asia-Pacific region.

INTA releases a Model Free Trade Agreement to provide the parties of free trade agreements with a set of baseline proposals to consider when negotiating trademark-related provisions.

INTA and the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI) hold their first joint conference, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

INTA introduces academic memberships for students and professors.

INTA releases Country Guides: Basic Information on Trademark Registration Worldwide, the Association’s first online publication.

INTA holds its first Annual Meeting outside North America, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

INTA holds its first Board of Directors meeting outside the United States in Brussels, including an accompanying government relations program with European Union officials.

An INTA delegation holds its first closed-door meeting in Singapore with high-ranking trademark officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.

WIPO adopts a resolution on the protection of well-known marks, which INTA was instrumental in developing.
INTA becomes the first non-governmental organization to address an official meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Sapporo, Japan.

INTA plays an instrumental role in the creation of ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to safeguard against the bad faith registration of domain names.

INTA participates in an advisory body for the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) on the Community Trade Mark (CTM) System of the European Union.

INTA approves its Model Law Guidelines, incorporating the Association’s policy positions of harmonizing trademark law worldwide.

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) comes into effect under the jurisdiction of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The U.S. Congress passes the Federal Trademark Dilution Act (FTDA), one of INTA’s initiatives.

INTA participates in the drafting of the Trademark Law Treaty.

The Association changes its name to the International Trademark Association to reflect the diversity of its membership; today, almost two-thirds of INTA’s members are from outside North America.

USTA participates in the Diplomatic Conference for the conclusion of a Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, in Madrid.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) gives USTA the right to attend WIPO’s meetings and to represent its membership in all trademark matters that come before WIPO.

USTA hosts a program in London, its first outside North America.

The Association celebrates its centennial anniversary.

USTA publishes its first book, Trademark Management – A Guide for Businessmen, which serves as a practical source for the “what, why and how” of trademarks.

The first USTA committee, the Information Committee, is created.

USTA hires its first Executive Director, and a professional staff soon evolves to run the day-to-day activities of the Association.

USTA’s advocacy leads to the creation of the Model State Trademark Bill, which still serves as the foundation for the trademark statutes in 49 states.

The first issue of the Association’s newsletter, the Bulletin, is published.

With support from USTA, the Lanham Act becomes law in the United States, defining a trademark as “any word, name, symbol, or device of any combination thereof adopted by a manufacturer or merchant to define his goods and distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others.”

USTA urges that the use of trademarks in patent specifications be discontinued. As a result, nearly all English dictionaries adopt the practice of identifying trademarks as “proprietary” or “sui generis.”

The Association launches its law journal, The Trademark Reporter.

Ecuador asks the Association to propose a trademark law for that country; the Association’s proposal becomes the model for other South American trademark laws.

Argentina invites USTA to comment on its national trademark law.

The Association receives the Grand Prix Award for its collection of journals and periodicals at the Paris Exposition.

U.S. President William McKinley invites the USTA president to lead a commission to revise statutes relating to patents, trademarks and other marks, and trade and commercial names. The commission’s report makes recommendations that form the basis of the Trade-Mark Act of 1905.

USTA works to expedite passage of the Trademark Act of 1881 after the U.S. Supreme Court declares the Trademark Act of 1870 unconstitutional.

The United States Trademark Association (USTA), predecessor organization to the International Trademark Association (INTA), is established in New York City by 17 merchants and manufacturers.