|April 20||140th Annual Meeting Is Less Than a Month Away|INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington is rapidly approaching, with less than one month to the kickoff on May 19. Get the most out of the Annual Meeting experience by attending one of the many “extras” offered by INTA. Events throughout the Meeting like Lunch and Learn sessions, the Trademark Administrators Brunch, and the two-day Course on International Trademark Law and Practice give registrants the unmatched opportunity to learn, network, and engage in unique content related to the IP landscape. Check out the full schedule here and register today.
|April 20||INTA Creates Brand Value Task Force|
The INTA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a Brand Value Special Task Force, which will be composed of INTA members and non-members. Over the next two years, the Task Force will engage in focused research designed to provide a set of recommendations and action for INTA to pursue in relation to brand value and materials needed to explain brand value, brand equity and brand valuation to stakeholders, professionals, and consumers.
|April 20||School Hosts First Unreal Campaign Presentation in Turkey|
INTA Member Okan Can (Deris Intellectual Property Attorneys, Turkey) spoke at Robert American High School in Istanbul, Turkey on April 17 about the Unreal Campaign, INTA’s initiative to educate teens about the importance of trademarks and the threat of counterfeit goods—marking the first time that the Unreal Campaign made a presentation in this country. The event was organized upon the formal invitation of the Law Society Club and was attended by 28 students and their teacher. To learn more how you can get involved in the Unreal Campaign, click here
|April 20||INTA Highlights Value of IP in Malaysia|
INTA highlighted the value of trademark-intensive industries to the economic growth in Malaysia and suggested several ways for the country to further the positive impact of IP, in remarks at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 18. To strengthen IP rights, Seth Hays, INTA’s Chief Representative, Asia Pacific, urged more research on the trade of counterfeit goods in Malaysia, and he suggested that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need a greater focus on branding. He cited INTA research findings, noting that in Malaysia, 24 percent of employment, 30 percent of GDP, and 55 percent of exports can be attributed to trademark-intensive industries.
|April 17||INTA CEO Presents to the Spanish Senate Culture Committee|
INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo addressed the Spanish Senate Culture Committee on April 9. Mr. Sanz de Acedo spoke to the committee about INTA’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan and about counterfeiting and other challenges facing brand owners and IP professionals in Spain and around the globe. He also presented examples of international best practices and offered several recommendations, including considering the creation of a Senate or a bi-cameral group dedicated to brand-related issues and specifically the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
|April 17||Recordings from Brands and Innovation Conference Are Now Available|Couldn’t attend the Brands and Innovation conference in person last month? Now you can benefit from the conference’s best-in-class educational sessions and be inspired by incredible speakers, including award-winning entrepreneurs Natalie Hampton and Caterina Fake—anytime, anywhere. On-demand recordings of this two-day event are available to purchase here.
|April 17||Webcast Will Discuss Sweeping Changes to Domain Database|A webcast on April 25 will address what INTA members need to know about the coming changes to the WHOIS domain name registrant database. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is under pressure to change its current policy due to the implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which could make the WHOIS system “go dark.” Attend the webcast to learn how the GDPR applies to WHOIS, how ICANN plans to comply by employing its proposed interim policy, and what effects the interim policy will have on trademark owners. Register today.
|April 17||IP Groups Host Successful Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims|
INTA and members of the Intellectual Property Constituency took a break from Internet and IP issues at the ICANN61 conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico last month to help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Maria. The groups raised approximately US $6,000 through generous donations from the event’s sponsors and guests. The money will go directly toward building 200 homes in Loiza, which was among the towns in Puerto Rico that were left decimated and without power from the hurricane in September 2017.
|April 9||Register Now for the Concert Featuring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts |Start your Saturday night in Seattle, Washington with networking, an 80’s dance party, and an open bar, and end it with a live performance by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, during the INTA Annual Meeting on May 19. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ms. Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. The ticket price includes an open bar, appetizer buffet, DJ dance party, and the concert at The Showbox, an art-deco gem in downtown Seattle. Register today!
|April 9||Expand your Network and Join the Membership Directory|Not listed in the Membership Directory? Want to expand your network? If you are not the Designee for your organization or serving on an INTA committee, consider an Additional Directory Listing (ADL). ADLs allow INTA members to have their contact information listed and searchable in the INTA Membership Directory. This is a great way to attract potential new clients and network with current INTA members. The cost is only US$250 per name, and there is no limit on how many names can be listed. Interested parties can email email@example.com for more information.
|April 9||New Business Transactions Webcasts|INTA is pleased to introduce an on-demand webcast series designed to prepare trademark professionals to work with corporate transactions and commercial agreements. The, Business Transactions series will address major issues involving trademarks in business transactions, as well as offer relevant, practical tools and tips for practitioners. Each session will run approximately 60–75 minutes and will be available as an individual segment or as part of a package. Learn more and register here.
|April 9|| INTA Holds Policy Dialogue About Brand Restrictions|
INTA and the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT) co-hosted a policy dialogue in Bangkok, Thailand on March 29 to discuss brand restrictions across different industries. A panel of practitioners and diverse brand owners shared their views on legislation and regulations, and brand strategies and challenges. Speakers included Praphon Angtrakool (Food and Drug Administration), Louis Chan (INTA Board Member), Somboon Earterasarun (IPAT Member), Rachanatorn Laohaphan (Moët Hennessy Diageo), Samir Dixit (Brand Finance), Jesse Lieberman (Minor Group), Eliza Stefaniw (KMUTT), Jakkrit Kuanpot (Tilleke & Gibbins), and Kowit Somwaiya (IPAT Member).
|April 4||Domain Name Registration Data System (WHOIS) Faces Blackout|The collision between the privacy obligations within the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the domain name registration data currently publicly available through the WHOIS system remained the primary focus at ICANN’s 61st International Public meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in mid-March. Discussions during the meeting did little to assuage concerns about the continued availability of ICANN’s WHOIS data following the May 25, 2018, effective date of the GDPR. An article in the current issue of the INTA Bulletin explains why the possible WHOIS blackout should be an urgent concern for all brand owners and other stakeholders.
|April 4||Dynamic Speakers to Present Lunch and Learn Sessions at Annual Meeting|The 2018 Annual Meeting’s Lunch and Learn sessions present dynamic speakers on thought-provoking topics that go beyond intellectual property. On tap this year on Monday, May 21, is advertising trailblazer Francisco Samper, Founder and President, MullenLowe SSP3 and Regional Director, MullenLowe Latin America, whose moving presentation will reveal how his agency’s groundbreaking campaign influenced the Colombian peace process. Then, on Tuesday, May 22, strategist Erica Dhawan will explore the power of Connectional Intelligence, a modern skill that enables virtually anyone to maximize potential and achieve breakthrough performance. Learn more and register today!
|April 4||INTA Hosts Seminar with IP Lawyers in Thailand|
INTA co-hosted an event with the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand on March 28 to discuss the protection of trademarks and IP legislation in Bangkok, Thailand. Nearly 60 Thai IP lawyers attended the seminar. Louis Chan (above), of Procter & Gamble Asia (Singapore) and a member of the INTA Board of Directors, shared tips and best practices on thematic areas related to the Madrid Protocol and its operations. In addition, a representative from the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand presented legislative updates in line with recent developments in the country.
|March 30||INTA Hosts Workshop and Delegation in India|
INTA President Tish Berard presented opening remarks at a workshop entitled “A ‘Brand’ New Day—Preparing for the Present and Future of Trademarks,” in New Delhi, India on March 14. “The rise of Indian brands is being fueled by innovative leadership and a spirit of optimism,” she told the 130 attendees.. Following the workshop, INTA hosted its eighth annual delegation to India in New Delhi and Mumbai.
|March 29||Explore the Updated Enforcement Searchable Guide|Recently updated, INTA’s Enforcement: An International Litigation Guide helps you find information on the many facets of trademark litigation, including: pre-filing requirements; claims for infringement of registered and unregistered marks; emergency measures; early resolution of litigation; evidence; trials and oral hearings; judgment and final orders; post-judgment issues; costs of litigation; and remedies. Learn more.
|March 23||INTA Annual Meeting Offers Range of Educational, Networking Add-Ons|With the INTA Annual Meeting less than two months away, it’s time to start planning how to round out your experience. Myriad educational and networking opportunities are available, including small group discussions at Table Topics breakfasts and lunches, Lunch and Learn sessions with dynamic speakers, a timely Anticounterfeiting Workshop; exciting networking excursions around Seattle; and a live, exclusive performance by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Get ready!
|March 23||Gain Access to Brands and Innovation Conference Content|Brands and Innovation was one conference that should not have been missed! Now, INTA is offering for sale recordings of part or all of the unique two-day conference, which took place March 19–20. Be inspired by teen Natalie Hampton’s story of how she moved from being bullied to creating a globally-used anti-bullying act: “All it takes is one person to change the world.” Be guided by Flickr founder and venture capitalist Caterina Fake: “Be cognizant of the values we put into the brands and software we’re building.” And learn so much more from a slate of other experts about why it's important for brand professionals to keep up with innovation. Recordings are now available for purchase.
|March 20||Anti-Bullying Activist Gives Inspirational Keynote|“A simple act of kindness can change lives,” declared Natalie Hampton, a high school senior and the CEO of a non-profit called Sit With Us, Inc., Los Angeles, California (USA), on day two of INTA’s Brands and Innovation conference. In her inspirational keynote address, the anti-bullying activist also suggested, “All it takes is one person to change the world.” And she challenged the nearly 300 attendees: “So what will you do next?” You can hear Natalie’s speech, about how she moved from being bullied to creating a globally-used app to prevent bullying, as well as other presentations by purchasing recordings of the conference. Visit https://learning.inta.org/brands-and-innovation.
|March 19||Caterina Fake Opens INTA’s Brands and Innovation Conference|INTA’s Brands and Innovation conference in New York opened on March 19 with a fireside chat with award-winning entrepreneur and venture capitalist Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr and former chair of Etsy. Speaking about her investment strategy, she said, “A lot of early stage investing is interpreting a founder's ability to take it to the finish line ... The market is important ... Timing is important ...Find a parade and get in front of it." Those who missed this unique conference can purchase recordings of each day and/or the entire program. Visit https://learning.inta.org/brands-and-innovation.
|March 16||Experience the Brands and Innovation Conference via Livestream and Recordings|We’ve just added some new ways for those unable to attend the Brands and Innovation conference to still take advantage of its unique programming. On Monday, March 19, you can livestream select sessions handpicked for you, including a fireside chat with award-winning entrepreneur Caterina Fake. Also available are recordings of either one day or both days of the conference. To learn more and to purchase these options click here. Plus, you can still register on site at the conference on March 19; find out more.
|March 16||Brexit Negotiations Finally Factor In Intellectual Property|Read the latest issue of the INTA Bulletin to find out how intellectual property is at long last being addressed as part of the negotiation process related to Brexit. In its draft Withdrawal Agreement, the EU Commission included a dedicated Title IV (Articles 50–57) that covers trademarks, designs, geographical indications, databases, and even plant variety rights.
|March 9||Brands and Innovation Conference Online Registration Ends Soon|Be sure to reserve your spot at the Brands and Innovation conference on March 19–20 in New York City! Join 200+ attendees from 45+ countries for premium networking, a lineup of 30+ industry expert speakers, 11 best-in-class educational sessions, and two award-winning special guests. Attendees will learn how to successfully navigate and harness new innovations to benefit products, services, brands, consumers, and their own day-to-day jobs. Register now before online registration ends on Friday, March 16. Visit www.inta.org/2018NewYork to learn more.
|March 8||Annual Meeting Attendees: Register Now for Concert Featuring Joan Jett & the Blackhearts|Start your Saturday night in Seattle with networking and an 80’s dance party, and end it with a live, exclusive performance from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Joan Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Registration includes networking, open bar, light hors d'oeuvre, a DJ dance party, and a live performance from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Registration is nonrefundable and limited, so be sure to register early.
|March 8||New Report Details How Consumers and Brands Can Best Benefit from Data Collection and Ensure Data Protection|INTA’s Data Protection Committee has released a comprehensive report representing the trademark industry’s guidance for navigating privacy and protection in the digital age. The report offers companies best practices for creating value for their clients, maintaining brand quality, and for earning continued trust from their consumers. Download Big Data and Building Trust here.
|March 6||INTA Discusses Value of IP Protection at Seminar in Vietnam|
INTA organized a seminar with WIPO, the VIetnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vietnam IP Association, and the IP Association of Ho Chi Minh City on March 6 to discuss the value of trademark and intellectual property protection. Director General Phi of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam opened the event, and 150 representatives of Vietnam companies were in attendance.
|March 5||Understanding Real Versus Fake Goods During National Consumer Protection Week|March 4–10, 2018, is National Consumer Protection Week. INTA is encouraging consumers to learn more about their consumer rights so they can make smart purchasing decisions in a marketplace where the sale of counterfeit goods is on the rise. INTA released this press release shedding light on its various efforts to raise awareness on this important issue.
|March 2||Why we must keep up with innovation|Brands and Innovation conference Co-Chairs Monique Joe (NBC Universal Media, LLC, USA) and Diane Lau (Facebook, Inc., USA) share their thoughts on why brand professionals must keep up with technology, new services, and other innovations. Watch the video here.
|February 27||Congratulations to the Winners of INTA’s Inaugural Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition|INTA’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition took place at Singapore Management University, Singapore, on February 23–24. Two dozen teams from eight counties participated in the competition, which builds upon the success of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in the United States. Congratulations to all the schools, students, and coaches who participated. Click here to see all the winners.
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