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October 15, 2017 Vol. 72 No. 18 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Gerhard Bauer and Ted Davis: INTA’s 2017 President’s Award Winners


INTA’s 2017 President’s Award will be presented during the Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., to Gerhard Bauer (IP-Bauer, Germany) and Ted Davis (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, USA) in recognition of their service and commitment to the Association.

The President’s Award is designed to acknowledge the profound appreciation of the global trademark community to individuals who, over the course of a career in trademark and related IP law, have made a lasting impact on INTA and the Association’s mission. Criteria for nomination are:
  • Providing consistently outstanding service to the Association through work on committees, task forces, and/or the Board of Directors;
  • Creating innovative approaches to the fulfillment of INTA’s mission that have had an enduring impact on the Association; and
  • Being a role model and leader in the practice of trademark law.
Gerhard Bauer has been an INTA member since 1998 and is highly regarded by his peers. Mr. Bauer served as INTA’s 2011 President and has been active on many committees throughout his membership, including as a member of the Board's Executive Committee and the Finance Committee, as chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of the 2008 Annual Meeting Project Team. He also headed the Search Committee for INTA’s new CEO beginning in 2012, following the announcement of former INTA CEO, Alan Drewsen’s, retirement, and was instrumental in INTA’s efforts to help Mexico and Colombia accede to the Madrid Protocol through his participation in numerous delegations and advocacy campaigns.

Mr. Bauer was named as one of the most influential people in IP in 2005 by Managing IP magazine. He has been a frequent speaker for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), using his expertise as Chief Trademark Counsel at Daimler AG, where he worked for 25 years, to lobby for increased harmonization and a simpler IP system.

From April 2013–December 2016, Mr. Bauer served as Member of the Advisory Board of the EUIPO’s EU Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights. He also acted as an observer to the Administrative Board and Budget Committee at the EUIPO from 2009–2016.

INTA thanks Mr. Bauer for his tireless work for the Association and his leadership—as one of his peers noted, he has been “an exceptional representative of INTA.”

As a trademark attorney of 27 years and an INTA member since 1992, Theodore (“Ted”) Davis has had a profound influence on U.S. trademark policy and on the Association. His peers describe him as “a legal icon,” “a terrific writer,” and a tireless volunteer who contributes 350‒450 hours of his time to work for INTA each year. Mr. Davis is best known for his work on The Trademark Reporter’s (TMR’s) United States Annual Review, which he has co-authored for the past 17 years. He has also presented the Annual Review of U.S. Federal Case Law and TTAB Developments—one of the best-attended Annual Meeting sessions since 1999.

Mr. Davis has been lead author on INTA’s amicus briefs in the following cases before the United States Supreme Court:
  • Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc., 537 U.S. 418 (2003);
  • TrafFix Devices, Inc. v. Mktg. Displays, Inc., 532 U.S. 23 (2001); and
  • Samara Bros. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 529 U.S. 205 (2000).
Mr. Davis has served on INTA’s Board of Directors, as chair of the Amicus Committee, and as a member of many other committees over the years, including on the Editorial Board of The Trademark Reporter for a total of eight years.

In 1999, as a member of the U.S. Legislative Analysis Subcommittee, Mr. Davis drafted legislation on INTA’s behalf that eventually became Section 43(a)(3) of the Lanham Act, and he also prepared both a successful technical amendment to Section 35(a) and portions of the legislative history of the Trademark Amendments Act of 1999.

INTA congratulates Mr. Davis for—as one member who nominated him put it—“excelling in every capacity in which he has served.”

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