|October 20||Watch Video Offering Insight into INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference|Join us in Berlin November 30-December 1, 2017 for our first-ever conference on these hot topics: corporate social responsibility and sustainability. In this video interview, INTA’s CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and External Relations Enforcement Advisor Iris Gunther discuss how consumers are changing the way they interact with brands, and how brand counsel and others can gain valuable tools to be a part of the conversation. Learn more and register today.
|October 19||INTA Co-Hosts Policy Dialogue in Europe|
On October 18, INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee in partnership with the Belgian Anticounterfeiting Association ABAC BAAN hosted an IP policy dialogue dedicated to combating online counterfeiting. It was aimed at bringing together all three types of stakeholders—government officials, brand owners and online platforms—to foster dialogue and propose concrete solutions to tackle this problem. Learn more information about this event in an upcoming edition of the INTA Bulletin.
|October 18||INTA Co-Hosted Policy Dialogue to Discuss Combatting Counterfeiting in Canada|
INTA co-hosted a policy dialogue with the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network and the Canadian Intellectual Property Council on October 17 to discuss "Combating a Tsunami of Counterfeits, Piracy and Fraud: Protecting the Health, Safety and Economy of Canada." Stay tuned for more information in the next INTA Bulletin.
|October 18||Madrid System—100 Members and Counting!|In a landmark moment in Madrid System history, the government of Indonesia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Indonesia the 100th member of the Madrid Union. The Protocol will enter into force for Indonesia on January 2, 2018. Read more on the INTA Blog.
|October 17||Don’t Miss this Hot Topic Conference: Brand Authenticity Early Bird Ends Soon|With 84% of global consumers saying they seek out and buy responsible products whenever possible, tying mission to growth has become a winning strategy for many brands. Join INTA for Brand Authenticity, November 30-December 1 in Berlin, and discover your role in advancing sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity initiatives that impact brand value and the bottom line—and gain the tools to move this forward. Read an interview with TOMS Shoes Inc.’s CSR director in the current issue of the INTA Bulletin about her company’s pioneering approach to this topic and her goals for this conference. Register by October 20 and enjoy the early bird rate. Learn more at www.inta.org/2017Berlin.
|October 13||Deliver Business Results that Matter|With 84% of global consumers saying they seek out and buy responsible products whenever possible, tying mission to growth has become a winning strategy for many brands. Join INTA for Brand Authenticity, November 30-December 1 in Berlin, and discover your role in advancing sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity initiatives that impact brand value and the bottom line—and gain the tools to move this forward. Register by October 20 and enjoy the early bird rate. Learn more at www.inta.org/2017Berlin.
|October 13||Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) Briefing in Washington, D.C.|
On October 11, INTA hosted a United States Congressional Trademark Caucus (CTC) briefing on Trademarks and Brands with a focus on intellectual property enforcement, outreach, and education. The briefing included keynote speeches from CTC House of Representatives Co-Chairs, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX-4th) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22nd) that focused on the consumer and business harms caused by counterfeiting. The briefing included an INTA brand owner panel on IP education and enforcement efforts featuring Ayala Deutch (NBA Properties, Inc.), Paul Brown (UL), and Anthony Zook (Merck), and moderated by Fabricio Vayra (Perkins Coie). The USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, and Deputy Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, William Ross, also spoke.
|October 11||INTA Supported 3rd Annual INBA Privacy Summit 2017 in Bangalore|INTA was pleased to support the India National Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Privacy Summit on Privacy, Data Protection, and Cyber Security held on September 21 in Bangalore. The summit was aimed at benefiting the management at international level in data protection and privacy by connecting the efforts of privacy and data protection professionals from across the globe. Leading data protection, privacy and legal experts, general counsel, academicians, law practitioners, technology practice leaders, and specialists from across a wide spectrum of verticals addressed an audience that represented more than 80 organizations from India, Italy, Singapore, and the U.S.
|October 6||INTA Attends WIPO General Assembly|
Hundreds of delegates from around the world have been meeting in Geneva for the Assemblies of the Members States of WIPO, being held through October 11. INTA’s President, Joseph Ferretti (PepsiCo, Inc.) and INTA Geneva Representative Bruno Machado were in attendance. Director General Francis Gurry delivered an opening address about the potential long-term growth for WIPO.
|October 6||INTA’s October 2017 Global Report is now available online|INTA’s Global Report provides a snapshot of recent trademark and IP-related policy developments, Association activities, and developing judicial and legislative issues in eight key geographic regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.
|October 5||Don’t miss INTA’s first two-day conference dedicated to sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and integrity|Join us for INTA's Brand Authenticity Conference, November 30 – December 1 in Berlin, which will focus on one of the hottest topics across industries today: how can these initiatives drive brand purpose, brand value, and business results? What do IP lawyers and other business professionals need to know? Visit www.inta.org/2017berlin to learn more and register.
|October 4||Advance your professional development at the 2017 Leadership Meeting! |The 2017 Leadership Meeting offers an advanced-level educational program, the opportunity to conduct business, and the chance to network with colleagues from around the world in just four days! Join us November 7-10 in Washington, D.C. (USA). To learn more and register, visit www.inta.org/2017LM.
New: Two Harvard Law School Executive Education Workshops for Outside Counsel and In-House practitioners.
|October 3||INTA’s Latin America Conference Wraps Up in Colombia|INTA hosted its Changing Landscape of Latin America Conference on October 2-3 in Cartagena, Colombia. On the second day of the conference, attendees heard about brands and advertising, tips for managing IP issues in the Caribbean, social media, and online counterfeiting. Two of the conference’s keynotes—Adriana Suarez, Executive Director at Endeavor Colombia, and Martín Umaran, Co-Founder and Chief of Staff at GLOBANT S.A—discussed entrepreneurship and fast-growing independent companies in Latin America. Thank you to everyone who made this conference a success!
|October 3||Renew your INTA Membership and Enjoy Benefits Through 2018|It is time to renew your INTA membership to ensure that you continue to receive all your INTA benefits in 2018. This includes obtaining the member rate for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington (USA). Renew your membership today by logging into the INTA website and clicking “My Profile” in the upper right-hand corner. The renewal deadline is December 31, 2017.
|October 2||INTA Bulletin is Now Available Online|The October 1 INTA Bulletin discusses pertinent topics, including what to expect from changes to the European Union Trademark (EUTM) reform which entered into force on October 1. This issue also provides a recap from the September TMAP Meeting and updates from INTA’s regional offices. Read the full issue online today.
|October 2||INTA’s Latin America Conference Kicks Off in Colombia|INTA hosted its Changing Landscape of Latin America Conference on October 2 in Cartagena, Colombia. During the first day, Francisco Samper, Founder and President of MullenLowe SSP3 and Regional Director of MullenLowe Latin America, discussed how advertising campaigns impacted the Colombian peace process. Session topics included the impact of innovation and IP on economic growth in the region, entrepreneurship and IP, regulatory rights, and corporate social responsibility. Stay tuned for a full report in an upcoming INTA Bulletin edition.
|September 29||Brand Owners Gather to Discuss Innovation in Singapore |
INTA co-hosted an event titled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Brands’ Opportunities in Today’s Economy” with Singapore Management University (SMU) on September 27. Distinguished speakers from Lazada, Redmart, GO-JEK, and DBS discussed how technology is creating opportunities and challenges for their brands. Panelists also shared their brands’ digital journey through e-commerce and subsequently fintech.
|September 26||INTA Participates at Anticounterfeiting Conference in China|
INTA was honored to participate in a forum in Hangzhou on September 19 in partnership with the AQSIQ E-Commerce Monitoring Center, which focused on online counterfeiting. INTA provided opening remarks about INTA's global advocacy efforts and online anticounterfeiting initiatives. Stay tuned for a full update in the INTA Bulletin.
|September 26||Participants From Close To 30 Countries Will Attend Latin America Conference Monday|Brand owners, business professionals, marketing executives, and legal experts from close to 30 countries who recognize the importance of the Latin American market to businesses today are gathering in Cartagena, Colombia, October 2-3, 2017, for INTA’s Changing Landscape of Latin America conference. Will you be there to meet them? Register today.
|September 26||2017 Trademark Administration is Now Available|The 2017 update of INTA’s online publication, Trademark Administration, is now live. New information includes discussion of the Tam case and disparaging marks, potential repercussions as a result of Brexit, dilution issues, dealing with the use of a surname, and more great advice for trademark administrators. The chapters are now also available in HTML (in addition to the PDF versions), making them responsive, mobile friendly, and fully searchable.
|September 22||INTA Attends EUROPOL IP Crime Conference|
Chris Van Steenkiste, Cluster Manager Counterfeiting at Europol, presenting at the Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Innovative Strategies for Effective Enforcement. INTA staff members Maysa Razavi and Hadrien Valembois attended the conference on September 19 & 20 and participated in the Stakeholders Advisory Group meeting for the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition, which preceded the conference. More information on the event to come in the next INTA Bulletin.
|September 19||INTA Holds Successful TMAP Meeting in New Orleans|
More than 350 attendees joined INTA in New Orleans to participate in the Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP). On September 19, attendees participated in sessions on emotional intelligence, career development, and managing a trademark portfolio. At the closing ceremony, Wendell Brunious and Bill Taylor from the Trombone Shorty Foundation discussed the cultural impact of the city’s music. Thank you to everyone that made this such a successful meeting. Keep an eye out for a full report in an upcoming INTA Bulletin.
|September 19||Registration Deadline is October 20!|Inspired by the continued success of INTA’s Moot Court Competitions in the United States, INTA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Association's first-ever Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition in Singapore. This exciting and rewarding competition is for teams of students from law schools outside the United States and will take place on February 24, 2018. To learn more about the competition’s requirements, benefits, and awards, or to register, visit www.inta.org/mootcourtsingapore. Be sure to register today!
|September 18||INTA’s TMAP Meeting Kicks Off in New Orleans|INTA is excited to welcome nearly 350 attendees to the Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting (TMAP) in New Orleans. On September 17, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a team-building charity event: Bikes for Kids. Today, TMAP Co-Chairs, INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo, and keynote speaker David Edmond of Liberty’s Kitchen kicked off the events during the Opening Ceremony. Read more about INTA’s TMAP Meeting.
|September 14||Now Available: INTA Publishes ASEAN Impact Study Results|INTA has released the results of the ASEAN Impact study. The report shows that industries which intensively use trademarks contribute significantly to five major economies in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Analysis from The Economic Contribution of Trademark-Intensive Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand indicates that trademark-intensive activities generate increased employment across sectors and added contributions to international trade. This study has been released after the conclusion of five press conferences throughout the ASEAN region. Read the complete study today.
|September 13||INTA Presents ASEAN Impact Study in Malaysia|
INTA released the results of the ASEAN Impact study during a press conference in Malaysia on September 13. The report shows that industries which intensively use trademarks contribute significantly to five major economies in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Analysis from The Economic Contribution of Trademark-Intensive Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand indicates that trademark-intensive activities generate increased employment across sectors and added contributions to international trade. There will be five press conferences in total for this impact study throughout the ASEAN region. The study will become publicly available on September 14.
|September 12||INTA Presents ASEAN Impact Study in Thailand|
INTA released the results of the ASEAN Impact study during a press conference in Thailand on September 12. The report shows that industries which intensively use trademarks contribute significantly to five major economies in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Analysis from The Economic Contribution of Trademark-Intensive Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand indicates that trademark-intensive activities generate increased employment across sectors and added contributions to international trade. There will be five press conferences in total for this impact study throughout the ASEAN region. The study will become publicly available on September 14.
|September 12||Join INTA in Cartagena for Two Full Days of Education|The changing economic and political landscape in Latin America is impacting brand owners and legal practitioners from around the world. Join us on October 2-3 in Cartagena as we explore these influences from every angle and answer the important business questions facing both start up and established companies operating in the region. Visit www.inta.org/2017Cartagena to learn more and register.
|September 12||Registration is open for the 2017 European Events: Brand Authenticity Conference and FTZ Workshop|Join us in Berlin, Germany for the Brand Authenticity Conference on November 30 and December 1, 2017, as we answer the question of “How Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Integrity Impact Your Bottom Line?” This conference is preceded by the Free Trade Zones: Commerce vs. Counterfeits Workshop on November 29 also at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Berlin. Learn more.
|September 12||Register for INTA’s Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition by October 13|Which law school will win this year’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition? Your school could be the winner only if it registers by October 13. The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition encourages students to develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. It is open to student teams from any US law school so long as graduation from that school renders its students eligible for admission to a state bar. INTA members, encourage your alma mater to participate too. Learn more and sign up today at www.inta.org/lefkowitz.