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INTA Board of Directors’ Spring Meeting

Despite being the first full day of spring in New York City, the first Board of Directors meeting of 2018 took place in the middle of a Nor’easter on March 21.

The weather did not deter us from having a productive meeting that started by welcoming the new Board members elected last November for a term ending in 2020:

·       Marie-Laure Bonnaffous, FENDI ADELE SRL (Italy)

·       Annabelle DanielVarda, Google (USA)

·       Cecilia Emanuelson, Inter IKEA Holding Services S.A. (Belgium)

·       Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete, Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property (Brazil)

·       Jeremy Kaufman, Netflix, Inc. (USA)

·       Uche Nwokocha, Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)

·       Joan Pinaire, Realogy Holdings Corp. (USA)

·       Melody Schottle, Exxon Mobil Corporation (USA)

·       Kowit Somwaiya, LawPlus Ltd. (Thailand)

I was pleased to report on the success of INTA’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition on February 23–24, 2018, at Singapore Management University. An impressive 23 teams from 8 countries participated in the first-ever competition, and it was a privilege to be a part of this historic event.

After Singapore, I participated in the India workshop and delegation. The workshop, “A ‘Brand’ New Day: Preparing for the Present and Future of Trademarks,” brought together brand owners and practitioners to discuss challenges and opportunities resulting from changes in the social, cultural, and technological landscape. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with IP attachés and officials from Customs, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), and the High Court of Delhi, as well as owners of SMEs and other brand owners in the region. The delegation visit generated many new opportunities for INTA to collaborate with members and officials in the country and solidified the Association’s commitment to the region. Look for more detailed information on these activities in the April 15, 2018, issue of the INTA Bulletin.

The Board approved the creation of a Brand Value Special Task Force, to be co-chaired by Heather Steinmeyer, Anthem, Inc. (USA), and Doug de Villiers, Intergroup (South Africa), to examine this complex topic and provide a set of recommendations and actions for INTA to pursue.

The Board also received a report from Chris Oldknow, Chair, Data Protection Committee, on the main activities of the Data Protection Committee, which was first established in 2016 to focus on data privacy and security issues that intersect with trademark and brand protection. He also provided an update on the work of a rapid response team, which includes members from the Data Protection and Internet Committees, on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on WHOIS at ICANN and beyond.

We look forward to keeping up the great momentum that we have started with this year, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Seattle!​

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