|January 23||Don’t Miss Natalie Hampton, Founder of Sit With Us, Inc. this March|Natalie Hampton, a high school senior, anti-bullying activist, app developer, and CEO of a non-profit called Sit With Us, Inc., based in Los Angeles, California (USA), will speak at our Day Two Keynote Session—Innovation for a Better Life, Better World. In this session, she will share the inspirational story of how she uses innovation to act as a change agent, improve our communities, and inspire the world. To learn more and to register, visit www.inta.org/2018NewYork. Remember to register before Friday, January 26 to secure your early-bird price!
|January 23||INTA Interviews Designs Conference Co-Chair |In the latest INTA Bulletin, Co-Chair of the upcoming 2018 Designs Conference: The Power of Design Sheila Henderson (Richemont International Limited, United Kingdom) tells us why this is such an important topic for all business professionals. As she says, “Designs are the hidden gems that we have not used as fully as we should have over the years.” Learn more about this hot topic and register today.
|January 19||Brands and Innovation Conference: View the Program Online! |Join us for the Brands and Innovation Conference, to be held March 19–20 in New York City, for two days of cutting-edge education, networking, and inspiration. Be prepared for the future: learn practical tips from leading business and legal experts to successfully navigate and harness new innovations that impact brands, products, services, consumers, and our day-to-day jobs. Session topics include artificial intelligence, innovation and brand value, and how innovation is changing the retail landscape. View the program online today.
|January 19||USPTO Operating Status during the U.S. Government Shutdown|While activities across much of the federal government in the United States ceased at 12:01 a.m. January 20, 2018, due to a lack of appropriated funding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) said operations will continue as normal for a few weeks. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide more information as it becomes available. Learn more here.
|January 17||INTA Annual Meeting: The Must-Attend Event for IP Stakeholders|Join IP professionals, including practitioners, IP office and government officials, marketers, CEOs, and brand protection professionals, from around the world for INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting on May 19–23, 2018 in scenic Seattle, Washington. Registration is now open! Please note INTA has recently switched to a new member database. If you have trouble logging in, your INTA username is now your email address, and you will need to manually reset your password through the link "Click Here to Reset Password" available on the login page. You will receive a password reset link via email shortly thereafter. Learn more and register today.
|January 12||INTA Annual Meeting: The Must-Attend Event for IP Stakeholders|Join IP professionals, including practitioners, IP office and government officials, marketers, CEOs, and brand protection professionals, from around the world for INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting on May 19–23, 2018 in scenic Seattle, Washington. Registration will open on January 17, 2018 at 10 am EST! Please note INTA has recently switched to a new member database. If you have trouble logging in, your INTA username is now your email address, and you will need to manually reset your password through the link "Click Here to Reset Password" available on the login page. You will receive a password reset link via email shortly thereafter. Save the date and learn more about this exciting event.
|January 12||Check Out INTA's Upcoming Designs Conference; Early Bird Ends Soon|Design is an integral part of our everyday lives—from the clothes we wear and smartphones we use, to the cars we drive and websites we visit. Protecting these valuable design assets in a global marketplace is becoming increasingly important to companies of all sizes. Join us on February 26–27, 2018 in London for an exciting program covering hot topics such as the interplay between trademarks and copyright, and global protection strategies. Register before January 19 and save!
|January 12||Explore the Updated Geographical Indications Searchable Guide |Interested in Geographical Indications? Explore the recent update of INTA’s Geographical Indications, Certification Marks, and Collective Marks, a searchable guide of country profiles offering basic, practical information on whether and how geographical indications are protected. A new chapter on the History of GI Protection is now available.. Learn more today.
|January 10||INTA Welcomes 2018 President and Officers |We proudly announce the election of Tish Berard (Hearts On Fire Company, LLC) as the 2018 President of the Association and Chair of the Board of Directors. Her term coincides with the start of INTA’s 2018‒2021 Strategic Plan, which aims to promote the value of trademarks and brands, reinforce consumer trust, and embrace innovation and change. Along with Ms. Berard, INTA is pleased to welcome a new slate of officers. Learn more about INTA’s 2018 President and officers in this press release.
|January 9||Data Protection Committee Publishes Report on Data Privacy|INTA Data Protection Committee member Miriam C. Beezy (Baker & Hostetler LLP, USA) and her associate, Stephanie A. Lucas (Baker & Hostetler LLP, USA) have authored an article that provides guidance to U.S. practitioners titled “Compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. Discovery Law.” Known as the General Data Protection Regulations (GDRP), the new regulation will have wide-ranging implications for European and Non-European organizations that collect and process data relating to the offering of goods or services to EU data subjects. The GDPR is set to take effect on May 25, 2018. Learn more.
|January 9||INTA Discusses the Implementation of Its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan|INTA leadership presented the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and its corresponding Implementation Plan to members at the INTA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., in November 2017. A video recording of the presentation is available online here. Read the press release announcing the implementation of the Strategic Plan for more information.
|January 5||The latest issue of The Trademark Reporter is now live!|The new issue of TMR is devoted exclusively to fashion and includes an article by Francesca Montalvo Witzburg comparing U.S. and European fashion design protection, an article by Sheldon Burshtein on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. and IP protection of fashion products in Canada, and a commentary by Rosie Burbidge on the use of blockchain technology in the fashion industry.
|January 5||INTA Attends its First IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference |INTA continued to increase engagement with the economic research community when Sheila Francis, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Economic Research, and Phil Cox, Chair of the Impact Studies Committee, travelled to the 2017 IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference in Mexico City, Mexico late last year. More than 100 economists, academics, and other members of the global research community attended the event. Read the blog post to learn more about INTA’s experience at the conference.
|December 20||Data Protection Committee Publishes Report on Data Privacy|As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is front and center of data privacy, INTA’s Data Protection Committee has produced an insightful report on the “The Intersection Between Data Protection and Trademark Rights: Balancing Fundamental Rights.” Authored by Ruth Hoy (DLA Piper, UK) and Jeremy Blum (Bristows, UK), this report surveys the state of European law at the national and regional levels regarding trademark rights and the right to the protection of personal data. With helpful case citations, it explains the complexities surrounding balancing the factors for enforcement and data privacy. Proportionality seems to be a key consideration as to whether courts will grant trademark owners access to data for enforcement purposes.
|December 20||INTA Presents at Global Brand Protection Innovation Program in Bangkok|
The Global Brand Protection Innovation Program (GBPIP) was held in Bangkok on December 14 and 15. This IP Summit looked at the global security challenges faced by brands, and the issues of counterfeiting and product diversion. Among the 14 renowned speakers from different industries, INTA member Dr. Jakkrit Kuanpoth (Tilleke & Gibbins) spoke on behalf of the Association on 3D printing and IP rights in the pharmaceutical industry.
|December 20||Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition: Registration Results|Marking the first time INTA has organized a moot court competition outside of the United States, we are proud to announce that 27 law schools have registered for the 2017-2018 Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition. In February, these schools will meet in Singapore to argue their cases in front of mock judges. The event aims to introduce law students to important issues arising in trademark and unfair competition law in the region. To get involved as a judge for the competition and learn more about sponsorship, click here. Good luck to all of the participants!
|December 15||INTA Prepares for the Implementation of Its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan|At the start of the new year, INTA will implement its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. INTA leadership presented the Strategic Plan and its corresponding Implementation Plan to members at the INTA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., in November. A video recording of the presentation is available online here. Read the press release announcing the implementation of the Strategic Plan for more information.
|December 15||INTA Attends Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum |
The Business of Intellectual Property Asia (BIP Asia) Forum 2017, jointly organized by the Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and Hong Kong Design Centre, held its two-day Forum on December 7-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Entitled "IP & Innovation: Propelling Change, Growth and Connectivity,” the event featured more than 80 prominent speakers and attracted more than 2,000 participants from 31 countries. Learn more about this event in an upcoming edition of the INTA Bulletin.
|December 14||Be Aware of Unauthorized Solicitations Offering Housing for the 2018 Annual Meeting|Please be warned that there are companies claiming to have some relationship with the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting, and please be aware that this is a misrepresentation. These companies may offer discounted hotel rates, use URLs and websites similar to INTA or may identify themselves in calls or emails as working for INTA. Please do not be misled. The only authorized communications will come from INTA or from OnPeak, the official exclusive housing company for the 2018 Annual Meeting. Learn more here.
|December 14||INTA’s 2018 Brands and Innovation Conference: Registration is now open! |Join us in New York City, March 19–20, for cutting-edge education, networking, and inspiration. As part of our successful March conference series, we are pleased to invite you to a new and exciting program, Brands and Innovation. Discover the significant impact of innovation on brands, and learn practical tips from leading business and legal experts to successfully navigate and harness new innovations that benefit products, services, brands, consumers, and our day-to-day jobs. Learn more and register today!
|December 13||Counterfeits and Consumer Safety During the Holidays|
INTA’s Washington, D.C., office, in collaboration with the Global Innovation Policy Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted a congressional briefing entitled “Counterfeits and Consumer Safety During the Holiday Shopping Season” on December 11. The briefing included an IP expert panel moderated by INTA Board Member Brian J. Winterfeldt, who is the Founder and Principal of Winterfeldt IP Group. The panelists discussed the increasing problem of counterfeiting and provided tips to help protect shoppers from purchasing counterfeit goods. Learn more in the January 15 INTA Bulletin issue.
|December 12||Visit INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Exhibit at National Inventors Hall of Fame|Planning a trip or live in the Washington, D.C. area? Visit INTA’s new anticounterfeiting exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame located at the USPTO headquarters. This exhibit is intended to educate visitors on the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeit goods. The exhibit will be up through May 2019. Thank you to the USPTO and the corporate project team members for their help in building this display. For more information and directions, click here.
|December 8||EUIPO Hosted TM5 Annual Meeting|The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) last week hosted the 6th Annual Meeting of the TM5 at EUIPO headquarters in Alicante, Spain. The TM5 is a collaborative initiative of five major trademark offices: Japanese Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), EUIPO, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). INTA members were represented by Elisabeth Escobar of Marriott International, Inc., and Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle of Lichtenstein, Körner & Partners mbB. Learn more about this meeting on the INTA blog.
|December 5||Timor-Leste’s first Trademark Law Dialogue|INTA organized Timor-Leste’s first Trademark Law Dialogue on December 1. Held in the capital, Dili, of this country in Southeast Asia, the event was attended by representatives from across its government, including Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and the National Police (PNTL). Timor-Leste currently does not have a trademark law, and INTA experts will be working with authorities on future drafts. Learn more here and in an upcoming edition of the INTA Bulletin.
|December 5||INTA Announces 2018 Competition for Original Papers on Trademark Law|INTA is currently accepting submissions of original papers on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks for its 2018 Ladas Memorial Award competition. Sponsored by Ladas & Parry LLP, the Competition was established in memory of outstanding practitioner and author Stephen P. Ladas. The award is presented every year for the best student and professional paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. Complete the online application and submit your paper by January 19, 2018 for consideration. Visit www.inta.org/ladas for more information or email email@example.com with questions.
|December 5||INTA Annual Meeting: The Must-Attend Event for IP Stakeholders|Join IP professionals, including practitioners, IP office and government officials, marketers, CEOs, and brand protection professionals, from around the world for INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting, May 19–23, 2018, in scenic Seattle, Washington. Registration will open on January 17, 2018! Save the date and learn more about this exciting event.
|December 1||INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference Wraps Up in Berlin|On the second day of INTA’s Brand Authenticity conference in Berlin, attendees heard from the owner of the FJÄLLRÄVEN brand, Aiko Bode, about the importance of sustainability and its direct impact on brand value. Speakers at other sessions discussed the collaboration between brands and the non-profit sector, cultural sustainability, and anticounterfeiting and CSR. Check out the next issue of the INTA Bulletin for a full report.
|November 30||INTA Model Design Law Guidelines Provide the Framework to Advocate for Harmonization |INTA’s Board of Directors recently approved a resolution adopting Model Design Law Guidelines. The guidelines will serve as a standard for the Association’s analysis of and comment on national and regional design laws and regulations. Read the full press release here.
|November 30||INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference Kicks-Off in Berlin|INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference opened on November 30, in Berlin, Germany. Keynote speaker Santiago Peralta, founder of Pacari Chocolate's, shared with attendees his brand's journey to create a transparent model of tree-to-bar manufacturing. The education program covered the evolution of corporate social responsibility, 3D printing, the value of corporate social responsibility, and more. Join the conversation on Twitter (#INTABerlin) to learn more.
|November 30||Early bird discount ends Friday January 19 - Register today and save!|Join us February 26‒27 in London for the 2018 Designs Conference: The Power of Design. Learn from leading business and legal experts about how you can harness the power of designs and navigate the challenges of obtaining valid and enforceable protection. Learn more and register today!
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