INTA’s Trademark Practice Trends in
India conference took place in Mumbai, India, in early February. The
conference, which included two days of educational programming, featured guest
speakers from both Indian and international corporations and trademark offices,
and gave all who attended plenty of time for networking.
Bharath Subramanian (Anand And Anand Advocates—India) welcomes
attendees to the conference
Almost half of the 43 attendees who participated in the first day’s
program travelled to the conference from outside India. The numbers nearly
doubled on the second day, with 84 attendees. Thirteen corporations, including
brand owners from India’s Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services and Sun
Pharmaceuticals, were represented over both days.
The first day provided attendees with the opportunity to share
knowledge and socialize through a luncheon table topics session. For several
years, the table topics program has been successful at INTA Annual Meetings, and
the format worked well for this conference too. Following
the table topics session was a panel discussion on ”Optimizing Business
Strategies in India.” Appreciating that India’s trademark processes having
changed quite radically over the past decade, the panelists considered, among
other things, the impact these changes are having on organizations doing
business in India today. The day closed with a networking reception.
address on the second day featured guest speaker Mr. Chaitanya Prasad, the
Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks from the Indian Trademarks
Registry. Mr. Prasad (pictured left) discussed developments at the Indian
Trademarks Registry, including digitization, clearance of backlog and
preparation for the Madrid Protocol. During the panel discussion that followed,
Ms. Debbie Cohn (Commissioner of Trademarks, USPTO) and Alan Datri (Senior
Counsellor, Office of the Deputy Director, General Brands and Designs Sector,
WIPO) discussed updates from the USPTO and information relating to the Madrid
Protocol, fielding many questions from a lively audience.
Finally, the conference provided INTA corporate members based in
India with the opportunity to meet privately with Mr. Prasad and his team to
discuss the challenges of working through the Indian Trademark Office as well as
possible solutions to those issues. The suggestions made were well received, and
INTA is looking forward to further strengthening relations with the office.
Representatives from the
Indian IP Office and INTA
Four more panel
discussions were held during the remainder of the second day, and the conference
closed with a special networking reception to build excitement for the upcoming
Annual Meeting in