INTA’s Annual Meeting 2016, which took place in Orlando from May 21 to 25, was really an amazing experience. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to attend this meeting, thanks to the INTA scholarship program. I enjoyed meeting and networking with trademark practitioners from around the world. It is like magic, because you can meet your international colleagues in one place all together.
It was astounding to see with my own eyes this perfectly organized event for more than 10,000 participants. It was a huge success. Thanks to the Annual Meeting in Orlando, I am now certain I want to become an IP lawyer. I understand now that it is essential to work together to raise an awareness of the intangible benefits and protections that trademarks can provide.
I visited many workshops concerning some of the IP world’s hottest topics, such as three-dimensional (3D) printing and generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). I have increased my academic knowledge and have also improved my networking skills, realizing that networking is a very important part of life. I was fascinated by the Speed Networking sessions. These 2-minute discussions can be lots of fun, and strangers can quickly become new friends. Of particular interest to me was a workshop in which I learned about the job of an adjunct professor. I enjoyed many evening receptions organized by significant international IP companies. Participation in the Luncheon Table Topics provided another means of meeting new people and talking about interesting IP issues at an academic level.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the week in Orlando in the best possible way. I met friendly and very successful people from every part of the world. I became true friends with a number of the participants. I realized that a community of people who are engaged in intellectual property law can help each of its members. I am already looking forward to the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona!
To learn more about the Annual Meeting Student Scholarships or Student Membership please contact INTA's Coordinator, Academic Programs, Kensey Cybul (firstname.lastname@example.org).