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December 7INTA’s 2019 March Conference to Focus on ‘The Business of Brands’
INTA’s 2019 March Conference: The Business of Brands will take the discussion beyond trademarks and focus on brands from a business perspective. Taking place March 28-29 in New York, New York, this forward-looking conference will provide insights and practical tips to help brand owners, IP practitioners, and business professionals stay ahead of trends and be instrumental in creating the future. Registration is now open. Read more about the March Conference here.
December 7INTA Participates in Training on Domain Name Disputes
INTA members and domain name experts Francine Tan of Francine Tan Law Corporation (Singapore) and Dennis Cai of DotTrademark (Hong Kong) co-presented at an Asian International Arbitration Centre training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 29. The event focused on the importance of domain names and global trends and issues affecting online businesses. Attendees included in-house counsel, trademark practitioners, and trademark group representatives from throughout Asia.
December 7INTA’s 2019 Ladas Memorial Award Competition Is Now Open
Submissions are now being accepted for the Ladas Memorial Award, an annual award presented in student and professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. The Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, a distinguished practitioner and author, and funded by Ladas & Parry LLP. Submissions are due by January 18, 2019. For more information about the award and the official rules, click here.
December 7INTA Co-hosts Congressional Briefing to Raise Awareness of Counterfeiting
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and INTA co- hosted a Congressional Briefing on December 6 with the U.S. Congressional Trademark Caucus to raise awareness of efforts to address counterfeiting, and to provide consumers with tips to safeguard against the purchase of fake products. INTA Senior Director of Government Relations Deborah Cohn (pictured) provided an overview of INTA and introduced fellow speakers, who included special guest Vishal Amin, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the White House.
December 4Registration Ends Friday for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration ends this Friday, December 7, for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP. On-site registration will not be available. CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and President Tish Berard will be at the event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 10-11, to welcome and address registrants. “It’s timely that we are hosting our conference in a region that is rapidly becoming the center of economic growth and innovation across the globe,” says Mr. Sanz de Acedo. Click here to register today!
December 4Latest Brand & New Podcast Dives into Disruption of Trademark Law
The latest episode of INTA’s Brand & New Podcast is now available! “Entitled Disrupting Trademark Law: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Social Media, and More,” this episode features Jeanne Fromer, a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy in New York. Professor Fromer discusses many thought-provoking questions about trademark law artificial intelligence, and other technologies that are challenging traditional legal concepts in today’s fast-changing world. A new Brand & New podcast focusing on innovation and intellectual property comes out every other Tuesday on Spotify, iTunes, and Stitcher. Learn more here.
December 4INTA and Chinese Officials Meet to Discuss Collaboration
On November 26, INTA was honored to host a delegation of officials from the Shandong Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC), based in Rizhao City, China, to discuss potential avenues for collaboration. The meeting, which took place at INTA’s New York City office, included (from left-to-right), Li Duanfu, Director, AIC Market Regulation Office; Hou Dianxiao, Director, AIC Office of Rizhao City; Bruce MacPherson, Chief Policy Officer, INTA; Tiffany Pho, Senior Coordinator, Anticounterfeiting, INTA; Dolores Moro, Senior Strategist, Education, INTA; and Zheng Weidong, Deputy Director of AIC General Affairs Department
November 30Final Days to Register for INTA’s Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ends Friday, December 7. There is no on-site registration for the conference. INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and INTA President Tish Berard will open the conference and share their thoughts about innovation and IP in the growing regions. Register now!
November 30INTA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian IP Office
INTA and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 28 that serves as the foundation for developing cooperative activities in the field of trademark and other related areas. INTA President Tish Berard (left) and CIPO’s Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer, Johanne Bélisle, signed the agreement on behalf of their organizations at the CIPO offices in Ottawa, Canada. Read more about the MoU here.
November 30Check Out The Latest Issue of The Trademark Reporter
The September-October 2018 issue of INTA’s The Trademark Reporter (TMR) is available now. This issue features an article proposing the use of corpora (large databases of text) instead of genericness surveys, an insightful commentary on the risks and rewards of co-branding by social media influencers and fashion brands, TMR’s first dual-language book review, and a review of a scholarly work on national versus unitary IP rights in the EU. Read it here!
November 30INTA Speaks at Intellectual Property Awareness Summit in New York City
INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Manager Maysa Razavi (second from right) presented on the importance of trademarks and dangers of counterfeiting s at the Second Annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit entitled “IP Literacy in a Digital World” on November 29 at Columbia University in New York City. The event explored how to communicate the value of intellectual property to the general public, consumers, innovators, and C-Suite executives.
November 27Last Chance to Register for INTA's 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference
Registration for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, United Arab Emirates closes on December 7. With its steady commercial activity and innovation, the region presents enormous opportunities and challenges for brand owners. The conference will explore how innovation is re-shaping the economy and the importance of a thorough IP strategy for effective protection in the region. Professional athlete Michael Haddad, the keynote speaker, will share his inspirational story which highlights what technology and innovation can do in our daily lives. Please note: onsite registration will not be available. Register today!
November 27INTA Adopts New Process to Add and Sunset Committees
INTA’s Board of Directors recently adopted a formal process to add new committees and sunset others. The process is now included in the INTA Code of Policies. For the next committee term, 2020-2021, members and staff must submit proposed changes by December 15, 2018 for consideration by the Planning Committee in the selection process that takes place in 2019. For details on who us eligible to propose changes and how, learn more here.
November 27Renew INTA Membership to Maintain Access to Unique Benefits
As 2018 comes to an end, maintain access to INTA’s unique benefits and services by renewing your membership today. INTA membership means entry to authoritative online multi-jurisdictional resources, which are designed to save time and money in day-to-day operations, and to enhance professional expertise. Renew your membership online today by logging in at and clicking on “My Profile.” The renewal deadline is December 31, 2018.
November 27INTA Representative Speaks at UK IP Enforcement Program in Thailand
INTA member Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa (Tilleke and Gibbins, Thailand) spoke on behalf of the Association, at the UK IP Enforcement Program on November 13-14 in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of the program, hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, was to discuss IP enforcement challenges in the region from a policy and industry perspective, and to learn, share, and develop ways of effectively enforcing IP rights. Ms. Mokkhavesa, a member of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee, explained the purpose and goals of the committee to those in attendance while also discussing the mission and strategic plan of INTA.
November 20Middle East and Africa Conference to Tackle How Innovation is Changing IP
Hear from a panel of leading legal experts and government officials on the ways that innovation is changing how they work, at INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Speakers will offer real--world examples of how innovation can help IP teams and examine potential pitfalls. Get ready to hear about artificial intelligence, e-discovery, and using innovation to combat infringers. Read about other sessions here. Registration ends December 7.
November 20Listen to the Latest Episode of Brand & New, INTA’s Podcast on Innovation
The second episode of Brand & New, INTA’s new podcast focused on innovation, is out now. In this episode entitled ,“Embrace the Future: How Technology is Transforming Legal Practice,” Stéphane Lemarchand, Partner, Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper France LLP, Paris, France, shares his experience about the way the legal and IP ecosystems interact with technology, and why practitioners must embrace technology sooner rather than later “to remain relevant and efficient.” INTA releases a new episode of Brand & New every other Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. More information on Brand & New is available here.
November 20Consider an Additional Listing in INTA’s Membership Directory
If you aren’t the Designee for your organization but want to be listed in INTA’s Membership Directory consider an Additional Directory Listing (ADL). ADLs allow INTA members to have their contact information listed and searchable in the INTA Membership Directory. ADLs can help you access potential new clients and allow you to network with current INTA members. Each ADL costs US $250, and there is no limit on how many names can be listed for your organization. Interested parties can email for more information.
November 20INTA Participates in Privacy Summit in India
The Indian National Bar Association held its 4th Annual Privacy Summit on October 25 in Bangalore, India, focusing on the topic of ”Privacy Challenges in a Changing Digital Paradigm.” INTA and several other organizations supported the event, which drew general counsels from a wide variety of industry sectors, representatives of leading law firms, and technology practice leaders. Sessions included enforcement challenges related to personal data protection, the impact of, data localization on businesses in India, and disruptive technologies in the fast-changing, complex privacy environment.
November 16Save the Date: INTA’s Europe Conference Registration Opens November 21
Join INTA for our 2019 Europe Conference: Embracing Change from February 18 -19, 2019, in Paris, France. The Conference will help practitioners identify changes that will impact their professional life, discuss practical tips and concrete tools to adapt to the challenges raised, and enable attendees to better equip themselves to navigate the changing European political and legal landscape.Registration opens here on November 21.
November 16INTA to Host Spanish Language Webcast on Amicus Curiae Procedures in Latin America
INTA will be hosting a Spanish language webcast on Amicus Curiae procedures in Latin America in relation to industrial property disputes on November 20. Panelists will share their perspective on the relevance of this legal institution. For more information on the webcast and to register click here.
November 16Renew Your INTA Membership for Event Discounts and Other Benefits
As 2018 nears a close, it’s time to renew your INTA membership in order to continue to reap valuable benefits. Belonging to INTA includes access to business development opportunities via the Membership Directory; discounted rates to meetings and conferences that offer education, networking, and professional development opportunities, and time-saving resources that help produce comprehensive and comparative results. Check out membership renewal FAQ’s here and renew your membership online today by logging in and clicking on “My Profile.” The renewal deadline is December 31, 2018.
November 16Unreal Campaign Educates Students in Rome, Italy
INTA members Lorenzo Litta (Spheriens, Italy), Vice Chair of the Unreal Campaign Committee, and Andrea Klein (AKRAN Intellectual Property, Italy), member of the Trademark Office Practices Committee educated more than 100 students at the International University of Rome on the dangers of counterfeits and the importance of trademarkson November 13. The presentation is part of the Unreal Campaign’s efforts worldwide to educate and engage teens about these issues. Check out more on the Unreal Campaign here.
November 13Don’t Miss Robust Discussion, Networking at Middle East and Africa Conference
INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP, December 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is taking place in a region that is becoming increasingly IP aware. The Conference will offer insight into this exciting region, robust discussion on hot topics, and invaluable networking opportunities. In a new video, INTA Member Jon Parker (Gowling WLG, UAE) discusses why it is the “perfect time” for INTA to bring its experience and its members to the area. Advance registration required for this Conference. Find out more here.
November 13Unreal Campaign Presents to New Orleans Students During 2018 Leadership Meeting
Members of the Unreal Campaign Committee and the Anticounterfeiting Committee educated teenagers at the Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana about the dangers of counterfeit goods during a presentation that coincided with INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in the city. Marking the first time that the Unreal Campaign hosted a student engagement event in Louisiana as part of its strategy to engage students worldwide, from right to left, Unreal Campaign Committee Chair Daniela Rojas, Unreal Campaign Committee North America Subcommittee Chair Anthoula Pomrening, and Anticounterfeiting Committee Member Rebecca Gibbs presented to students in a business law class at the school. Learn more here
November 13INTA Celebrates Accomplishments at Leadership Meeting Opening Ceremony
As INTA’s Leadership Meeting got underway last week, INTA President Tish Berard (Velcro Group Corporation, USA) and CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, addressed attendees at the Opening Ceremony. This was followed by the announcement of the recipients of the volunteer awards. The winner of the 2018 President’s Award is Kathryn Park. The winners of the Tomorrow's Leader Award are Gaurav Bhalla and Mina Jovanovic. The Volunteer Service Awards winners are Motasem Abu-Ghazaleh, Felicia Boyd, Kevin Hartley, Rudy Gaines, Bienvenido Marquez, Jennifer Visintine, and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Congratulations to all award recipients! 
November 13Read About Good-Faith Prior Use Exception to Brazil’s First-to-File Rule
While Brazil is a first-to-file trademark jurisdiction—as a general rule, rights in a trademark belong to the first party to apply for and successfully register the markthere are a handful of exceptions to this general rule. Read more about these exceptions in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin here.
November 9Listen to Brand & New, INTA’s New Podcast on Innovation
INTA officially launched its new podcast on innovation, Brand & New, on November 6. The host, Audrey Dauvet, shares a new topic every two weeks, on Tuesday—to inform and inspire listeners. Each podcast consists of an open dialogue with experts, visionaries, and influential people from around the world on timely topics that include the evolution of the legal and intellectual property ecosystem, its concepts, and all actual or potential consequences. Now available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify, the first podcast provides an introduction to Brand & New by INTA President Tish Berard. More information on Brand & New is available here.
November 9Restaurateur Ralph Brennan Speaks to INTA’s Political Action Committee at Leadership Meeting
INTA's Political Action Committee (INTA PAC) hosted their 2018 Leadership Meeting reception in New Orleans on Thursday, November 8 featuring special guest speaker, Ralph Brennan, who owns and operates, with family members a number of iconic restaurants in New Orleans. In a room full of INTA PAC supporters, Mr. Brennan discussed the importance of trademarks as a key component of his family's business. INTA PAC supports both U.S. political parties and provides unique opportunities for INTA to advocate and represent brand owners' interests in the U.S. Congress.
November 9INTA Influencers at 2018 Leadership Meeting
The INTA Influencers session at INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana was a dynamic event highlighting the personal stories about the careers, experiences, and interests of three of INTA’s volunteer leaders. Marion Heathcote (Davies Collison Cave, Australia, shown above) discussed how her passions, career and time with INTA have combined to foster positive change. Rudy Gaines (Womble Bond Dickinson, US) spoke about emotional quotient and emotional intelligence as important abilities needed for a successful career and Gustavo Giay (Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina) discussed how INTA’s membership benefits have taken his career to the next level.
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