May 11
Getting down to business in Hong Kong


It’s so exciting to be blogging from Hong Kong!  Finally, after years of planning, we are on site at INTA’s first Annual Meeting in Asia.

One of the first events at any Annual Meeting is the second quarterly meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors. For much of the day on Saturday, your Officers, Board and staff leaders met to conduct the official business of INTA and to discuss recent and upcoming activities.

First, I’m pleased to report that the Board elected Junghoon Kenneth Oh (LG Display Co., Ltd., South Korea) and Vanni Volpi (GUCCI, Italy) to serve on the Board through December 2015, filling two unexpired terms that were vacant. Please join me in congratulating them on their election.

Following other preliminary business, I presented my report. This included presentations on the Annual Meeting and the fantastic attendance figures achieved by the end of the online registration period on May 2. We are all looking forward to the final numbers once onsite registration totals have been calculated.

Next we heard an update from the Unreal Campaign, INTA’s anticounterfeiting awareness campaign targeted at teenagers. On Tuesday, Unreal will be hosting its first student engagement event outside the United States—for a group of students from Hong Kong.

My report concluded with a summary of the activities of the three Presidential Task Forces I appointed at the beginning of my term. The Building Bridges, Brands and Innovation and Committee Structure and Participation task force staff liaisons provided an overview of the work plans of the three groups. We’ll hear interim reports from them at the Leadership Meeting in November in Phoenix; their final reports will be presented early in 2015.

The Board next heard reports from the three committee groups—Education & Services, Law & Practice Resources, and Policy Development & Advocacy.  Some highlights of the group reports were:

  • Updates on advocacy efforts in China, Europe, India and the United States
  • Results of the Lefkowtiz Moot Court and Ladas scholarly paper competitions
  • The inaugural issue of The Trademark Reporter’s “Annual Review of EU Trademark Law,” which will be accompanied by an EU Annual Review session on Monday afternoon here in Hong Kong.

There were reports from the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees providing updates on the budget and 2013 audit. We also voted on changes to the Association’s bylaws concerning conflict of interest and whistleblower policies. These changes were required by a new law in New York, USA, the location where INTA is formally organized.

What a busy start to the Annual Meeting! We all have such packed schedules at any Annual Meeting, so once again I’d like to thank all of the officers and directors for dedicating most of their day on Saturday to the Board Meeting. But I’m sure most would agree that it is a pleasure to serve on behalf of our more than 6,300 member organizations.

And it will be a true pleasure for me to meet with as many of the more than 8,400 attendees in Hong Kong as I possibly can over the next few days. I wish everyone a successful and memorable meeting!



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