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July 16Latest Brand & New Podcast Features U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director
Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is the guest on the latest episode of INTA’s podcast, Brand & New. Heading the world’s largest intellectual property (IP) office, Mr. Iancu talks transparently about his vision for the USPTO, his actions since becoming director in February 2018, and what he sees as the future of the Office and IP in general. Brand & New will take a more specific focus in July and August with a look inside several other IP offices from different parts of the world, including the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the European Patent Office. Listen and subscribe to Brand & New on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.
July 16Early-Bird Pricing Ends Friday for INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference
Register by July 19 to take advantage of early-bird pricing for INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17–18, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this video, Asia Conference Co-Chair Karen Abraham (Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur) explains how the Conference will look at key issues that affect brand owners in a tech landscape filled with constant innovation and disruption. Register here!
July 16Early-Bird Pricing Ends Friday for INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference
Register by July 19 to take advantage of early-bird pricing for INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17–18, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this video, Asia Conference Co-Chair Karen Abraham (Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur) explains how the Conference will look at key issues that affect brand owners in a tech landscape filled with constant innovation and disruption. Register here!
July 16Young Practitioners: Apply for INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award by July 31
INTA is now accepting applications for its annual Tomorrow’s Leader Award, which recognizes two young practitioners for their early leadership in the intellectual property world. In a new series of videos featuring past winners, Ana Letícia Allevato (Di Blasi, Parente & Associados, Brazil), and Erica Rogers (Ward and Smith, USA) discuss how the award positively affected their careers. Learn how it can advance yours! Apply here by July 31.
July 16INTA President Meets with Government Officials in China
INTA President David Lossignol (second from right) recently visited China for an array of events and meetings about intellectual property-related challenges in China. Mr. Lossignol’s schedule included separate meetings with the China National Intellectual Property Administration, the Law Enforcement and Inspection Bureau of the State Administration for Market Regulations, and the Food and Drug Crime Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security. Additionally, he attended the China Trademark Festival in Yinchuan (above), where he gave opening remarks and discussed INTA’s Gen Z Insights: Brands and Counterfeit Products study at a session entitled “How brands build consumer trust across different generations and countries.”
July 12INTA Meets with Intellectual Property Officials in First Delegation to Israel
INTA hosted its first delegation to Israel on July 9–10, which included meetings with INTA members, law firms, brand representatives, IP judges, and officials from the Israel Patent Office to discuss Israel’s vibrant IP landscape, potential areas of collaboration, and challenges faced in Israel. INTA member Liad Whatstein (Liad Whatstein & Co.) and his team hosted one of the meetings (pictured above). From left: Mr. Whatstein; Amira Mangelus (Liad Whatstein & Co.); Yoav Prager (Elbit Systems); Justice Gideon Ginat, Senior Intellectual Property Judge, Haifa Court; Tat-Tienne Louembe, INTA Representative, Africa, Middle East and Intergovernmental Organizations; INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo; and INTA President David Lossignol.
July 12Interview: INTA’s Country Guides Editor Discusses the Benefits of this Resource
Country Guides: Essential Information on Trademark Protection Worldwide, one of INTA’s Searchable Guides, provides country profiles that offer practical information on trademark filing, prosecution, registration, and maintenance for many countries worldwide. In an interview with the INTA Bulletin, Christine James, a Principal Editor of Country Guides and Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, shares what it means to volunteer for the Association and how the resource helps brand professionals in their daily work.
July 12INTA Co-Hosts Seminar in Vietnam on Trademark Protection
INTA participated in a seminar on protecting trademarks and designs on July 5 in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization-Singapore Office, the Vietnam Intellectual Property Association, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam. In his presentation, Seth Hays, INTA’s Chief Representative, Asia-Pacific Office, highlighted how INTA helps Vietnamese enterprises by providing a network for benchmarking best practices on international trademark portfolio management. He also showcased upcoming INTA events in Asia, including the 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times (October 17–18, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and the 142nd Annual Meeting (April 25–29, 2020, Singapore).
July 10Explore the Education Program at INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference
Check out the education program with session and speaker details for INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17 –18 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The Conference will feature sessions from leading experts that will help attendees better navigate innovation in the marketplace and in the practice of trademark law, IP protection strategies, the changing enforcement landscape, and growth opportunities in the region. Register here by July 19 to take advantage of early bird pricing!
July 10INTA Leadership Meets with Israel Patent Office
As part of INTA’s first delegation to Israel on July 9 and 10, Association leadership met with officials from the Israel Patent Office. They discussed areas of cooperation, and Office officials briefed INTA on their latest activities, including a project on image recognition and comparison to improve filings. From left: INTA President David Lossignol; Ofir Alon, Executive Director, Israel Patent Office; INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo; Anat Levy, Director of Trademark Department, Israel Patent Office; Jacqueline Bracha, Deputy Director, Israel Patent Office; and Tat-Tienne Louembe, INTA Representative, Africa, Middle East and Inter Governmental Organizations
July 9INTA Releases Update to Cancellations Guide
INTA recently updated one of its searchable guides, Trademark Cancellations: International Practice and Procedures, with new information. The guide is a searchable database that provides practical information on trademark cancellation practice and procedures in country profiles covering topics such as availability of cancellation proceedings, applicable grounds, representation, time frames, and estimated costs. All of INTA’s searchable guides are exclusive to INTA members. Join INTA here.
July 9Apply by July 12 to Become an INTA Committee Member
Applications to join one of INTA’s 35 committees for the 2020–-2021 term are due by July 12. Participation on an INTA committee offers you a unique and rewarding opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the Association’s objectives, network among your peers, and raise your visibility within the international trademark community. See what being on an INTA committee means to one member here. Learn more and apply here.
July 9INTA Co-Hosts Policy Dialogue in Italy on Online Counterfeiting
INTA co-hosted a policy dialogue with the Italian Patent and Trademark Office and INDICAM on July 2 in Milan, Italy, which focused on online counterfeiting. Maysa Razavi (right), INTA‘s Manager, Anticounterfeiting , presented the findings of the Association’s new Gen Z Insights: Brands and Counterfeit Products attitudinal study; and INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee Vice Chair Myrtha Hurtado Rivas (Novartis International AG, Switzerland) highlighted the importance of educating consumers about programs like INTA’s Unreal Campaign, which teaches young consumers about the dangers of counterfeits.
July 9Visit the INTA Exhibition at National Inventors Hall of Fame
Traveling to the Washington, D.C. area this summer? Visit INTA’s expansive new interactive exhibition —“The Power of Trademarks”—at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. The exhibition informs visitors about the role of trademarks, and helps them recognize genuine vs. counterfeit goods, as well as highlights stories and artifacts from iconic brands. It makes for a perfect day trip! Learn more about the free exhibition here.
July 1INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference to Explore Innovation in the Marketplace
New technologies present new challenges for brand owners today. INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17–18, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will help registrants navigate innovation in the marketplace and in the practice of trademark law, says Co-chair Karen Abraham in a new video. Register today for early-bird pricing!
July 1Brand & New Podcast Features Head of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, shares insights from one of the world’s most innovative intellectual property (IP) offices during an interview on the latest episode of INTA’s Brand & New podcast. How does Mr. Tang define innovation? How will artificial intelligence impact IP offices? Listen to his responses to these and other questions on Brand & New, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, and be sure to subscribe for new episodes in your feed every other Tuesday!
July 1Read the Latest Issue of The Trademark Reporter
The new issue of INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter, is now available. It includes a comprehensive analysis of acquired distinctiveness in the European Union, with an emphasis on nontraditional marks; new insights on Eveready and Squirt surveys; and a concise take on the Federal Circuit's 2018 decision in Converse, Inc. v. International Trade Commission. Read the latest issue here.
July 1Young Practitioners Can Apply for INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award
Do you think of yourself as a future leader? INTA is now accepting applications for its annual Tomorrow’s Leader Award, which recognizes two young practitioners for their early leadership in the intellectual property world. Winners receive placement on an INTA committee for the upcoming committee term, and complimentary admission to both the 2019 Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas, and the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore. Applications are due by July 31. Learn about the requirements here and apply today.
June 28Register for INTA’s 2019 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting
INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP) is a “must for all trademark administrators,” says an attendee at past TMAP Meetings. See for yourself: Register today for the 2019 Meeting on September 15–17 in Berlin, Germany! The event includes educational sessions on trending topics and best practices, an Idea Exchange, and networking opportunities. Read an interview with the co-chairs here. Learn more about the Meeting and register here.
June 28INTA Notes World Industrial Design Day on June 29
INTA recognizes the World Design Organization’s World Industrial Design Day on June 29, which “increases awareness of the profession of industrial design and champions the power of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural, and environmental development.” In November 2018, INTA’s Board of Directors approved a resolution adopting general guidelines on a range of issues related to the examination of applications for industrial designs. The guidelines are available here.
June 28Submit Table Topic Proposals for INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore
INTA is soliciting moderators to develop and facilitate Table Topics at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore on April 25–29. Table Topics are moderated interactive conversations about relevant topics that include up to 10 participants and take place over breakfast or lunch. Applications are due by July 19. Each applicant should submit no more than two proposals, and selected applicants will each be assigned one Table Topic. Learn more here.
June 28Register Today for INTA’s Blockchain 101 Webcast
Register for INTA’s Blockchain 101 webcast on July 17. The webcast will provide a three-part introduction to blockchain, including an overview of what it is, an explanation of how it works, and a look at how the technology can be applied to legal and non-legal fields. Register today!
June 26U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Immoral Marks Cites The Trademark Reporter
The U.S. Supreme Court cited INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter (TMR), in its majority opinion in Iancu v. Brunetti, issued on June 24, which held that the Lanham Act’s ban on “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is unconstitutional. The Court cited “Trademarks Laid Bare: Marks that May Be Scandalous or Immoral” authored by Anne Gilson LaLonde and Jerome Gilson. This marks the second time in recent years that the Court has referenced the TMR; it was also cited in the majority opinion in Matal v. Tam in 2017.
June 26Being on an INTA Committee Means...
Why should you apply to be on one of INTA’s 35 committees for the 2020–2021 term? Chinwe Ogban (Jackson, Etti & Edu, Lagos, Nigeria) is excited to tell you. In a new video, Ms. Ogban explains what being on an INTA committee means to her. Learn more about the committee selection process here. Applications are due by July 12.
June 26Join Industry Experts at INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference in Malaysia
Learn from leading experts and network with peers at INTA’s 2019 Asia Conference: Brands in Changing Times, October 17–18, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The dynamic educational program will help attendees better navigate innovation in the marketplace and in the practice of trademark law, and explore intellectual property protection strategies, the changing enforcement landscape, and growth opportunities in the region. Register here for early bird pricing.
June 26INTA Bulletin Looks at Patent Applications and Their Effect on Trade Dress Protection
An article in the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin looks at how patent applications can affect trade dress protection in the United States. The article notes the risk in filing for utility patent protection and trade dress protection for the same product and discusses other guiding principles that applicants need to be aware of. Read more in the INTA Bulletin here.
June 21Take the Unreal Challenge and Help Educate Young Consumers about Counterfeits
Be a part of INTA’s Unreal Challenge to help educate young consumers about the importance of trademarks and brands, and the dangers of purchasing counterfeit products. More than 200 individuals have already signed on since INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting when INTA President David Lossignol issued a call to action, asking INTA members to make presentations to students supporting the Association’s Unreal Campaign. Learn more about the Challenge here, and email Catherine Shen at cshen@inta.org to sign up.
June 21Apply to Become an INTA Committee Member Today
Apply to join one of the INTA’s 35 committees for the 2020–2021 term. One of the Association’s most valuable assets is the talented and dedicated group of member volunteers who serve on committees. Find out more about the unique and rewarding experience of being on an INTA committee here. The deadline for application is July 12. 
June 21Educate Summer Associates with INTA’s Trademark Basics Web Series
Ideal for summer associates, Trademark Basics is a six-part webcast series that starts with definitions and then delves into the building blocks of trademark practice, including searching, filing, and prosecution in the United States and the European Union, as well as legal ethics in the trademark field. The introductory course works on any screen—phone, laptop, desktop, or conference room projector. Purchase the full series or individual modules here.
June 21INTA Hosting Trademark Oppositions Seminar in Austria
INTA is hosting a seminar on June 26 that will provide an overview of the revised legal framework for oppositions in Austria and best practices for handling trademark oppositions. The seminar, which will take place at the Austrian Patent Office in Vienna, is organized by INTA’s Trademark Administrators Committee and is specifically intended for trademark administrators, paralegals, associates, and junior attorneys. Learn more here.
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