INTA Bulletin

November 1, 2017 Vol. 72 No. 19 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Meet Two of Tomorrow’s Leaders

Earlier this year, INTA announced the creation of a new award to encourage young trademark lawyers to participate in and contribute to the Association. The Tomorrow’s Leaders Award recognizes outstanding performances by two young professionals with less than five years of experience who have demonstrated early leadership qualities.

The first two recipients of the award have now been selected, and they will receive their awards in Washington, D.C., during the 2017 INTA Leadership Meeting. In addition to being presented with the award by INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo in November, Erica Rogers, Intellectual Property Attorney at Ward and Smith (USA) and Ana Leticia Allevato, Attorney-at-Law at DiBlasi, Parente & Associados (Brazil) will have the opportunity to serve on an INTA committee and will receive complimentary admittance to this year’s Leadership Meeting and the 2018 Annual Meeting in Seattle. Also, each will be assigned an INTA mentor.

Ms. Allevato and Ms. Rogers spoke with the INTA Bulletin about what the award means to them and why they are excited to become involved with INTA.

Ana Letícia Allevato, Di Blasi, Parente & Associados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How long have you been practicing, and why did you choose IP law?

I have been with Di Blasi, Parente & Associados for more than three years—one of them as an intern and the remaining time fully practicing law. During these years, my practice has been focused on consultation, administrative procedures at the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office, and judicial litigation involving trademarks, copyrights, and unfair competition.

My first contact with intellectual property came from my interest in fashion, after taking a Fashion Law course. Once I was introduced to the basic IP concepts, I realized how much a part of daily life IP is. It made me think that it would be a career of constant learning and growth, as it would not only require legal knowledge, but understanding about politics, history, and science, among other subjects.

How did you hear about the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award, and why did you apply?

I heard about the award from Elyssa Michelle LeFevre Chayo, head of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados’ International Business Department. She encouraged me to apply for it to give me an introduction to INTA and to help my professional development in the firm. I also knew it would be a great opportunity to become acquainted with other countries’ trademark practices.

What do you hope to gain by attending the INTA Leadership and Annual Meetings?
At the Leadership Meeting this year, I hope to observe some committee meetings, especially those I am interested in joining, in order to learn more about their operation and identify how my experience so far as a young trademark attorney would be most helpful. As to the Annual Meeting, it will give me the chance to learn best practices to protect trademark rights from top practitioners from around the world, as well as develop new relationships to expand my network of colleagues.

What is your view of INTA’s role in the international trademark community, and why do you think it’s important for young practitioners in particular to become involved?
As a leader in worldwide intellectual property matters, INTA provides a venue for practitioners and all those related to IP protection around the world, to consider developments and issues in global IP protection and enforcement through its events, webinars, and other engaging opportunities. By attending such events, young practitioners—potential leaders—will have the opportunity to dive into a countless number of IP matters and be encouraged to provide different perspectives and propose new solutions for emerging or existing problems, in order to ultimately become decision makers and influencers themselves.

Erica B.E. Rogers, Ward and Smith, P.A., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

How long have you been practicing law, and why did you choose IP law?
I have been practicing intellectual property law, namely in trademark and copyright law, for about a year. I practice with Ward and Smith, P.A., which allowed me to return home to North Carolina after studying intellectual property law in New Hampshire.

I chose my law school for the specific purpose of focusing in IP law because I tend to thrive at the intersection of creativity and structure. My desire to be in this profession stems from studying piano performance (and Spanish) in college. When I realized a career in music was not for me, I decided to pursue law. I discovered lawyers could work for musicians, and working in intellectual property law is the logical continuation of that discovery. It is motivating to provide the legal structure to support the continuous creativity of businesses and individuals. It is the constant challenge, the drive to help others, and the unpredictability of the practice that motivate me.

How did you hear about the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award, and why did you apply?
I received an INTA email advertising the opportunity earlier this year. I am familiar with INTA based on exposure during law school and membership during my time at the firm. From a financial perspective, free registration to the Annual Meeting caught my attention right away! However, as I viewed and filled out the application, my reasons to apply broadened. I realized the larger purpose of the award, and how it could open doors for more meaningful contribution in INTA.

What do you hope to gain by attending the INTA Leadership and Annual Meetings?
From my understanding, one of INTA’s main goals is to continue to educate trademark attorneys across the world so that trademark law continues to develop and be enforced. I hope to gain more knowledge from the educational sessions during the meetings to further this goal.

I mostly cannot wait to make connections with other attorneys, particularly leaders of the organization. I'm looking forward to being involved in INTA and building my personal relationships there.

What is your view of INTA’s role within the international trademark community, and why do you think it’s important for young practitioners in particular to become involved?

By providing resources and connecting trademark attorneys across the globe, INTA can organize common goals and streamline effective ways to ensure continued education, development of the law, and enforcement of the law in the IP field. I truly believe that practitioners early in their career have innovative ideas and want to voice them. I appreciate INTA’s interest in creating an award geared towards newer practitioners because it expresses the Association’s interest in listening to the next generation. The award provides a platform for involvement to those who might not otherwise be able to participate, and I deeply appreciate the opportunity.

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