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February 1, 2019 Vol. 74 No. 2 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Washington, D.C., Office to Engage with New Congress

January kicked off the first year of the new 116th session of the U.S. Congress. The Democratic Party is now in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican Party remains in the majority in the U.S. Senate. While many of INTA’s congressional champions remain in Congress, INTA’s D.C. office is engaging with the new leadership in key committees. Additionally, we are focused on outreach to new members of Congress about INTA and our priorities. Further, we are working with our congressional partners in building and expanding the Congressional Trademark Caucus.

As a reminder, INTA is non-partisan and continues to maintain great working relationships with both political parties.

USPTO IP Attachés Meet with Intellectual Property Stakeholders

In late December, more than a dozen U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) intellectual property (IP) attachés from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual outreach and engagement sessions with the IP stakeholder community. During these sessions, the attachés shared information and guidance about IP-related legislation and regulations in their respective areas of jurisdiction. The attachés also discussed their engagement with the trademark offices, brand owners, and consumers in their regions through education and outreach initiatives.

INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, INTA Chief Policy Office Bruce MacPherson, and INTA Senior Director of Government Relations Deborah Cohn met with the IP attachés at the USPTO and discussed INTA engagement and continuing support for the program. Throughout the year, INTA staff and members regularly work with the USPTO IP attachés on education, policy initiatives, and outreach.

INTA’s Washington, D.C., Representative Office represents the Association’s 2,361 members in North America. Working in collaboration with staff at INTA’s headquarters in New York City, the Washington, D.C, Representative Office leads the Association’s policy, membership, marketing, and communications initiatives in Canada and the United States. To learn more about INTA’s activities in the region, please contact INTA Senior Director of Government Relations Deborah Cohn at

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