|October 19||Register Now for the Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition|There’s still time to register for INTA’s second annual Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition, taking place from March 1-2, 2019 in Singapore. The competition is open to teams of students from law schools outside the United States, and will expose law students to important issues arising in trademark and unfair competition law in the Asia-Pacific region. To learn more about the competition and to register, click here. The registration deadline has been extended to November 2.
|October 19||Read about U.S. Digital Milennium Copyright Act and its Implication on Trademarks|INTA’s Online Dispute Resolution Task Force, which operates under the Enforcement Committee and consists of representatives from the Internet, Enforcement, Anticounterfeiting, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees, released a detailed review of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The review explores whether this law could serve as a model for possible future trademark legislation. Read more in the current issue of the INTA Bulletin here.
|October 18||Early Bird Registration for the Middle East and Africa Conference Ends Friday October 19|Early bird registration for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, ends Friday, October 19. Investment in the Middle East and Africa regions is growing and is set for continued growth, which makes the conference so timely and essential, said INTA President Tish Berard in a new blog post. Register for the conference here!
|October 16||Product Shape Marks Owners Face Challenges in European Union|Courts in the European Union have been very severe in their evaluation of product shape marks, leaving substantially reduced chances of successfully registering a trademark consisting of the shape of a product or its packaging. An article in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin summarizes recent EU court decisions that illustrate the challenges faced by owners seeking protection for product shape marks. Read the article here.
|October 16||INTA Representative Speaks on Brands and Anti-IP Sentiment at Colombia Event|
INTA Chief Representative Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, Jose Luis Londoño presented at “+Cartagena” in Cartagena, Colombia on October 4 about The Impact of Regulatory Restrictions on Brands and the Anti-Intellectual Property Sentiment in the Sales Forces. In his remarks, he emphasized the importance of IP in international commerce and how it affects gross domestic product.
|October 16||INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting Will Offer Exciting New Features |INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting, November 6-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana, will include some exciting new additions to the program that build on the advanced-level educational sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. This year, INTA is introducing two corporate social responsibility activities to help the local community, as well INTA Influencers, a session featuring dynamic leaders who will share personal stories about their careers, experiences, and interests beyond trademarks. Also, take advantage of complimentary professional headshots. Learn more about these new features here. Member volunteers can register for the Leadership Meeting here.
|October 16||INTA e-Learning Provides On-Demand Webcasts and Educational Opportunities|INTA’s e-Learning webcasts are dynamic resources that provide enormous value in online trademark education. The diverse course material is ideal for IP professionals looking to sharpen their expertise and to learn at their convenience. CLE/CPD is available for most programs. Find the full list of on-demand e-Learning offerings here.
|October 12||INTA Blog Post Outlines Membership Renewal Frequently Asked Questions|Do you have a question about INTA’s membership renewal process? A new post on the INTA Blog outlines the significant benefits of being an INTA member, how to renew your membership, and the answers to the frequently asked questions related to the process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to ask any additional questions you may have about renewing your INTA membership. Renewal ends December 31.
|October 12||Learn About Data Protection and Data Privacy at INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference|How do businesses balance utilizing data to conduct their activities and consumers’ anxiety about the extent of information that is collected? Data protection, data privacy, and duty of care is one of many hot topics that INTA will address at its 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The session will dive into General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), dealing with data breaches, and much more. View the complete program and register for the early-bird discount here.
|October 12||Find Guidance and Tips in the INTA WHOIS Challenges Toolkit |INTA’s WHOIS Challenges: A Toolkit for Intellectual Property Professionals can help trademark professionals navigate the new world of online enforcement under changes to the WHOIS global database of domain name registrants. The changes limit access to important information which, until recently, was publicly available, and enabled trademark professionals to locate and contact registrants behind websites engaged in counterfeiting, identity theft, and other criminal activities. INTA continues to advocate for an accessible, contactable, and accurate WHOIS global database. The toolkit is available here. Updated on October 15, 2018.
|October 10||U.S. Law Students: Registration Ends Friday for Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition|Friday, October 12, is the last day to register for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Hosted by INTA, this annual event is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. The annual event introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law and helps them develop brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock court room experience. The event honors Saul Lefkowitz, whose distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law. Register for the competition here.
|October 10||INTA Blog Highlights Most Seized Counterfeit Goods at EU Borders|A new post on the INTA Blog dives into the recently-released annual report by the European Commission – Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union on the volume and types of seizures by customs authorities of the 28 European Union (EU) member states during 2017. The blog notes, for example, that daily use products account for the most seized counterfeit goods. Read the blog to find out what else is being seized.
|October 10||Follow INTA on Social Media|Follow INTA’s social media accounts for updates from INTA and news about the IP community around the world. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube to stay in the know.
|October 5||EUIPO’s New Executive Director to Speak at Asia-Pacific Conference|Christian Archambeau, the new Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), will be the featured speaker at INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference: Looking Beyond Trademarks—Protecting and Leveraging Your Brands for Growth, October 11-12 in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Archambeau will share his perspective on the EUIPO’s strategy within the TM5/ID5, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Last chance to obtain online registration discount!
|October 5||INTA Blog Highlights Most Seized Counterfeit Goods at EU Borders|INTA’s Global Report provides a snapshot of recent trademark and IP-related developments, Association activities, and judicial and legislative issues to watch for in eight key geographic regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. The latest issue of the Global Report is available here.
|October 5||Athlete and Advocate to Deliver Inspiring Middle East and Africa Conference Keynote|Michael Haddad, professional athlete, environment advocate, and social entrepreneur will deliver the keynote address at INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Despite suffering a spiral cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Mr. Haddad has accomplished three world records in walking, climbing, and snowshoeing. Hear Mr. Haddad’s inspiring story, which is livingis proof of what technology and innovation can do in our daily lives. His address kicks off two days of inspiration and robust discussion on hot topics. Learn more and register today!
|October 5||How the Canadian Domain Name System Can Cause Confusion|Brand owners seeking to secure a domain name in Canada will find useful information in an article in the latest INTA Bulletin. Canada is often considered an attractive market for international brand owners seeking to expand their online business activities. With this expansion, owners generally desire the country code top-level domain “.ca.” In reality, Canada has a unique and nuanced domain name system which presents, at times, unexpected intricacies and complexities to foreign companies. Learn more in the INTA Bulletin here.
|October 2||Renew Membership and Reap the Benefits |INTA members can now renew their membership for 2019. Belonging to INTA includes having access to business development opportunities through the INTA Membership Directory, professional development opportunities with discounted rates to meetings and conferences, and time-saving resources that produce comprehensive and comparative results. Renew your membership online today by logging in and clicking on “My Profile”. The renewal deadline is December 31, 2018. Learn more here.
|October 2||Register Now for Asia-Pacific Moot Court|Registration for INTA’s second annual Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition is now open. The competition will be held in Singapore, March 1-2, 2019, and is open to teams of students from law schools outside the United States. The event will expose law students to important issues arising in trademark and unfair competition law in the Asia-Pacific region. To learn more about the competition’s requirements, benefits, and awards, and to register, click here.
|October 2||Leadership Meeting Registrants to Help Combat Homelessness in New Orleans, Louisiana|INTA will be partnering with New Orleans, Louisiana-based Network Volunteers on several projects to help combat homelessness in the city as part of the Association’s 2018 Leadership Meeting on November 6-9. The latest INTA Bulletin features an interview with Theodore Nathan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Network Volunteers, about the organization’s work and how INTA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts will impact the community. Register for the Leadership Meeting today!
|October 2||INTA Participates in International IP Crime Conference in Dubai|INTA participated in the 12th International IP Crime Conference co-hosted by INTERPOL and Dubai Police in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on September 25-26. INTA Senior Coordinator, Anticounterfeiting, Tiffany Pho (far right) presented on a panel which focused on “Combatting Online Threats and Making the Internet Safer for Consumers.” The conversation on IP-issues in the region will continue at INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference on December 10-11 in Dubai. Learn more and register for the Conference here.
|September 28||Successful Non-Profit CEO to Deliver Keynote at 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference |Louise Baxter, Chief Executive and Executive Director of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, will provide the keynote address on October 12, at INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney, Australia. Her inspiring presentation will explore program development and sustainable revenue growth at Starlight —whose mission is to “brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families”—while fostering a culture that makes Starlight one of Australia’s Great Places to Work. Register today to attend the Conference, which also includes timely topics such as corporate social responsibility, indigenous intellectual property, data privacy, and ambush marketing.
|September 28||2018 Middle East and Africa Conference Co-Chairs Discuss New Perspectives in IP|INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will move away from the traditional perspectives on intellectual property issues to examine the relationship between IP and innovation, as well as other hot topics relevant for this growing region. In a new video, Conference Co-Chairs Bassel El Turk (Rouse, United Arab Emirates) and Vanessa Ferguson (Kisch IP, South Africa) explain how the conference brings value to stakeholders. Register today!
|September 28||Read the New Issue of The Trademark Reporter|The new issue of INTA’s peer reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to trademark law, The Trademark Reporter, contains a comprehensive article challenging the underpinnings of irreparable harm, a provocative commentary critiquing a decision of the U.K. Supreme Court concerning well-known marks, and a review of a guide targeted to business readers on the legal issues related to brand management. Read The Trademark Reporter here.
|September 28||Law Students: Register Now for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition|Registration for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is now open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Hosted by INTA, this annual event introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law and helps them develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. The event honors Saul Lefkowitz whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to trademark and unfair competition law. Registration ends October 12.
|September 25||Learn, Debate, and Discuss at INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference|INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference: Looking Beyond Trademarks, October 11–12 in Sydney, Australia, will offer registrants a valuable opportunity to learn, debate, discuss, and have a good time, according to Ken Hamilton, Project Team Co-Chair. Hear more from Hamilton in this video and find out how you can attend the Conference here.
|September 25||Respond to ICANN's Rights Protection Mechanisms Survey by September 28|INTA’s Internet Committee encourages INTA members to respond to an important survey on the effectiveness of ICANN’s Sunrise and Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) by September 28. Trademark owners may use sunrise and trademark claims services for enforcement purposes provided their trademark rights are recorded through ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse. The service is engaged when a new gTLD launches. The survey takes about 25 minutes to complete and is intended for brand owners or law firms. Contact INTA’s Senior Director for Internet Policy, Lori Schulman, at email@example.com if you have questions about the survey.
|September 25||INTA Hosts ‘The Future of Intangibles’ Roundtable in Bangalore, India|Join INTA for “The Future of Intangibles” roundtable in Bangalore, India, on September 29. The roundtable will feature discussions on innovation in intellectual property and the future of personal data following the passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union and the Indian Personal Data Protection Bill of 2018. For more information and to register click here.
|September 21||INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference Provides Unique Look at Trademark Protection|There’s still time to sign up for INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference: Looking Beyond Trademarks—Protecting and Leveraging Your Brands for Growth, October 11-12 in Sydney, Australia. In a world of rapid change, disruption, and innovation, don’t miss this opportunity to hear about building and protecting brands—a business’s most valuable asset. Speakers include those from well-known brands. Sign up today!
|September 21||INTA Seeks Feedback About WHOIS Domain Name Database Challenges |
With changes to the WHOIS domain name database challenging the way legal practitioners can protect their brands, INTA is calling upon members and IP practitioners globally to submit their database-related stories in order to gather evidence of these challenges. Please submit one to two paragraph stories to WHOISchallenges@inta.org. Reports will be anonymized, and data will be used to inform INTA’s advocacy positions moving forward.
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