|August 21||Asia-Pacific Conference Offers In-Depth Education On Building And Protecting Brands|INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference, October 11–12 in Sydney, Australia, will feature in-depth and robust educational sessions in addition to many networking opportunities. The conference will look at brands from multiple angles and allow you to hear from your corporate colleagues about building and protecting brands—a business’s most valuable asset. In this video, The Asia-Pacific Conference Project Team Co-Chair Ken Hamilton discusses why the advanced level education sessions are helpful to registrants. Register for the conference here.
|August 21||INTA Hosts Policy Dialogue on Anticounterfeiting in Bangkok |
The East Asia Pacific Subcommittee of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee, together with the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT) organized a Policy Dialogue on Border Measures and Best Practices in Combatting Online Counterfeiting, on August 20 in Bangkok, Thailand. The dialogue focused on the provisions of the Thai Customs Act and relevant regulations as well as procedures to protect the borders from counterfeits in import, export and transshipment. Above, Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa, Tilleke & Gibbins, (Bangkok), member of the INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee and IPAT member, speaking at the dialogue.
|August 21||INTA Participates in Events Throughout Latin America Region|The latest issue of the INTA Bulletin features an update on INTA’s presence at events in the Latin America and Caribbean region throughout the summer. INTA organized an International Seminar on Counterfeit Products Detection and Challenges for Customs in Chile on July 31. Also, in Colombia, INTA representativers attended the Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property Enforcement for Judges and Officials with Jurisdictional Functions. Read more about these events and more here.
|August 21||Register Today for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting|INTA volunteers and leaders can register for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting, November 6-9, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This meeting offers registrants an advanced-level educational program and the opportunity to conduct business and network with colleagues from around the world over four days in an amazing location. Register today.
|August 17||INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting Provides Quality Training|INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting, September 12-14 in Orlando, Florida, will offer trademark administrators, paralegals, and young practitioners the quality training they need to meet their expanding roles and client expectations. In this video, Project Team Co-Chair Marion Woods explains why the quality training provided at TMAP is crucial for trademark professionals. To learn more about TMAP and to register click here.
|August 17||INTA Participates in Events Throughout Asia-Pacific Region|INTA participated in a variety of events throughout the Asia-Pacific region during the past two months—with more to come in the near future. Among the activities, in Papua New Guinea, INTA organized its first delegation visit to the country, and on August 8, INTA representatives INTA took part in a workshop on trademark infringement determinations in a cross-border context in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In In Indonesia, INTA was one of the organizers of a focus group discussion on the proliferation of brand restrictions globally. Other activities took place in Malaysia and Singapore. Read more in the new issue of the INTA Bulletin here. Also in the region, INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference will take place in Sydney, Australia on October 11-12. Learn more here.
|August 17||Use Searchable Database for Practical Information on Trademark Opposition |INTA’s recently updated International Oppositions Guide: Comparative Practice and Procedures, is a searchable database of practical information on the structure of trademark opposition and related practices in jurisdictions worldwide. This helpful guide is available exclusively to INTA members. Learn how you can become a member here.
|August 17||Save the Date: INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference is December 10-11|Save the date for INTA’s 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on December 10–11. As a growing number of multinational trademark owners recognize the region’s developing economies, this event will focus on opportunities and challenges when it comes to attracting investment, the impact of innovation, and developing IP strategies for effective protection. Check out an overview of the Conference here.
|August 14||Asia-Pacific Conference Will Address Corporate Social Responsibility |INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference: Looking Beyond Trademarks—Protecting and Leveraging Your Brands for Growth, October 11-12 in Sydney, Australia will discuss the rise of corporate social responsibility (CSR)—a benchmark against which brands are judged and valued. Join a panel of experts as they discuss real-world examples of how going good drives consumer and employee choice, and has a positive impact on brand value. CSR is just one of many timely topics to be discussed at this Conference. Register today.
|August 14||August 20 Marks Final Day to Submit Table Topic Proposals for 2019 Annual Meeting|Monday, August 20 is the deadline to submit Table Topic proposals for INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts next May. This is an opportunity to showcase your expertise, interact with your peers, and discuss an IP-related topic of your choice over breakfast or lunch with 10 other participants. The Annual Meeting Project Team will consider all submissions and will be in touch with you by early October 2018 if your proposal is accepted. Priority is given to applicants who submit fully developed ideas, so we encourage you to spend time on your proposal. Learn more here.
|August 14||INTA Co-Hosts Congressional Roundtable on Trademark Innovation |
INTA, in conjunction with the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable discussion on the state of trademark innovation, on August 13 in Brooklyn, New York. U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District) and Heather McDonald, 2016-2017 Chair of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee, spoke about the importance of innovation in the trademark world and the dangers of counterfeiting.
|August 14||INTA Seeks Feedback for WHOIS Story Submissions|
Changes to the WHOIS domain name database challenge the way legal practitioners can protect their brands. INTA is calling upon members and IP practitioners globally to submit their stories related to the WHOIS database in order to gather evidence of these challenges. Please submit one to two paragraph stories to WHOISchallenges@inta.org . Reports will be anonymized, and data will be used to inform INTA’s advocacy positions moving forward.
|August 10||Take Advantage of the New Attendee Match Program at TMAP|New this year at INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioner’s Meeting (TMAP): With hundreds of trademark administrators, paralegals, and other practitioners gathering for TMAP on September 12-14 in Orlando, Florida, finding a like-minded professional colleague can be the right way for you to start the meeting. INTA is introducing an Attendee Match Program, which will pair TMAP registrants based on a short online survey about their professional background and networking interests. Participants will be notified about their match in early September. Learn more here.
|August 10||USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Discusses Enforcement with INTA Bulletin|Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is the highest-ranking U.S. government official whose role is devoted entirely to brand protection. She discussed the USPTO’s efforts to fight counterfeiting with the INTA Bulletin. Read the interview by member of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee Christian Liedtke (acuminis llp, USA) here.
|August 10||Webinar Recording on Privacy and Goodwill Is Now Available|Ideal for brand and privacy professionals, a recorded webinar is now available that explores both the opportunities and inherent risks posed by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). INTA and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) jointly presented the webinar, entitled “Privacy and Goodwill: The New Risks and Rewards for Branding and Trust Under the GDPR,” on July 17. A recording of the webinar can be found on the IAPP website here.
|August 7||Asia-Pacific Conference to Offer a ‘Great Time’ for Learning and Fun|INTA’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference, October 11–12 in Sydney, Australia, will offer registrants a “great time to learn, debate, discuss, and have a good time,” according to Ken Hamilton, Project Team Co-Chair. Learn more in this video. Register for the Asia-Pacific Conference here.
|August 7||Check Out INTA’s Fact Sheets to Expand Your Trademark Knowledge|INTA’s fact sheets are a great way to expand your trademark knowledge. The Association has nearly 50 fact sheets available only to INTA members that cover critical trademark topics such as different types of protections, cross-border issues, domain names, and ways to protect trademarks. In addition, INTA has more than a dozen fact sheets available to the public here. Learn how to become a member here and gain access to all of INTA’s fact sheets.
|August 7||Why It’s Important for Bands to Focus on Trademark Strategies|Bands often find themselves in trademark disputes, commonly due to their name and ownership. An article in the new issue of the INTA Bulletin analyzes some of the cases in which musical groups have litigated trademark disputes and gives tips to help practitioners avoid or limit disputes in the future. Read more here.
|August 7||Register Today for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting|INTA volunteers and leaders can register for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting, November 6–9, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will offer advanced-level education programs that address the cutting edge of trademark law, the opportunity to meet face-to-face with committee members, and the chance to network with colleagues from around the world in a city famous for its food, music, and culture. Register here.
|August 3|| INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting to Feature Education, Networking, and Team Building|INTA’s 2018 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners (TMAP) Meeting, September 12-14 in Orlando, Florida, will feature compelling and timely educational sessions, multiple networking opportunities, and a team-building event that will help a local food bank. In this new video, TMAP Project Team Co-Chairs Marion Woods and Amber Sterling describe what registrants can look forward to at this year’s meeting. Register for TMAP here.
|August 3||INTA Participates in National Trademark Exposition|INTA attended the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) National Trademark Exposition July 27-28 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. INTA’s President Tish Berard participated in an anticounterfeiting panel called “The Real Dangers and Costs of Fake Goods.” The Unreal Campaign, INTA’s teen-oriented consumer awareness program, had an exhibit to teach visitors about the dangers of counterfeiting.
|August 3||Submit Nominations for President’s Award and Volunteer Service Awards by August 31|Nominations for INTA’s President’s Award and Volunteer Service Awards are due by August 31. The President’s award is given to exceptional volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to INTA over the course of a career in trademark law, and as acknowledgement for making a lasting impact on INTA and its mission. The Volunteer Service Awards recognize individuals and organizations who provide exemplary volunteer service to INTA in five separate categories. For more information on each award and who is eligible to submit nominations, click here.
|August 3||INTA to Host Congressional Roundtable on Trademark Innovation in New York|INTA, the International Anticounterferiting Coalition (IACC), The United States Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will be hosting U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District) for an informal roundtable discussion on August 13 on the state of trademark innovation in New York. This unique roundtable—limited to INTA members—will explore the value of intellectual property protection in today’s economy, anticounterfeiting solutions, and and the contribution of trademarks to consumer safety, job creation, and community growth. For more information on the event, contact Debbie Cohn at email@example.com.
|August 1||INTA Files Amicus Brief on Licensee Rights After Licensor Bankruptcy|INTA filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court on July 12, in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC n/k/a Old Cold LLC. The brief takes the position that, when a trademark licensor in bankruptcy rejects a trademark license, the rejection should be deemed a breach of license but should not terminate the licensee’s right to continue use of the mark. The latest issue of the INTA Bulletin provides more information on the brief and background on this important case.
|August 1||INTA Participates in National Trademark Exposition|INTA attended the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) National Trademark Exposition July 27-28 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. INTA’s President Tish Berard participated in an anticounterfeiting panel called “The Real Dangers and Costs of Fake Goods.” The Unreal Campaign, INTA’s teen-oriented consumer awareness program, had an exhibit to teach visitors about the dangers of counterfeiting.
|August 1||INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference Features Advanced Level Education Sessions|INTA’s Asia-Pacific Conference, October 11–12 in Sydney, Australia, will feature in-depth and robust educational sessions with many networking opportunities. In this new video, The Asia-Pacific Conference Project Team Co-Chair Ken Hamilton discusses why the advanced level education sessions are helpful to registrants. Register for the Asia-Pacific Conference here.
|August 1||Check Out the Current Issue of The Trademark Reporter|The current issue of INTA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter, features a variety of articles dedicated to trademark law. Check out a commentary on the potential upside for brand owners of post-sale confusion, a book review detailing the ongoing battle between two doll brands, a commentary on trademark strength and fame, and much more. The Trademark Reporter is available here.
|July 27||INTA Applauds United States Senate Resolution on Increasing Public Awareness of Trademarks|INTA applauds the United States Senate for its unanimous passage on July 24 of S. Res. 580, which recognizes and supports the need for increased public awareness on the importance of trademarks as well as the goals of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s National Trademark Exposition. The Exposition takes place on July 27-28 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. INTA President Tish Berard will participate in an Exposition panel about counterfeiting, while INTA’s Unreal Campaign will be exhibiting throughout the event. Read INTA’s statement about S. Res. 280 here.
|July 27||Attend INTA’s Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting for Quality Training|INTA’s 2018 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners (TMAP) Meeting, September 12-14 in Orlando, Florida, will offer trademark administrators, paralegals, and young practitioners the quality training they need to be meet their expanding roles and client expectations—as Project Team Co-Chair Marion Woods explains in this video. Check out TMAP here, and register today!
|July 27||Registration for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting Is Now Open|
Registration for INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6-9, is now open. The Leadership Meeting brings INTA volunteers and leaders together for advanced-level education on trademark law and practice issues, face-to-face meetings with fellow committee members, and numerous networking opportunities— all in a city peppered with great restaurants, jazz, and culture. Register here