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Jean-Claude Darné
Manager, Communications

Sari Schwartz
Senior Strategist, Communications

Laura Heery
Senior Coordinator, Communications

  INTA Launches Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse Pilot Program

New York, NY—July 31, 2017
—The International Trademark Association (INTA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse. An initial two-year pilot program will take place in Germany and the United States, after which the Clearinghouse will be expanded to other countries.

The Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse has been created to connect eligible individuals and non-profit organizations in need of trademark legal assistance with trademark attorneys who are looking for pro bono opportunities, and are prepared and able to assist.

“Entrepreneurs and small business owners focused on growing their businesses often overlook the role of trademark protection in those early stages of business development. The same can be said about non-profits focused on their causes. The Clearinghouse provides INTA with an opportunity to elevate the status of trademarks within the business and non-profit communities,” noted INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “Indeed, this is a unique opportunity to promote early trademark registration and protection, and, in doing so, also support economic growth, innovation, and worthy non-profit organizations.”

“We are excited to be launching a trademark clearinghouse. By providing individuals and eligible organizations with legal advice that they would not otherwise be able to obtain, the Clearinghouse can serve to strengthen trademark protection,” said Megan Bannigan (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, USA), Chair of the Pro Bono Committee’s Clearinghouse Subcommittee. “Moreover, as a pro bono service, the Clearinghouse will also provide INTA members with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of pro bono legal work.”

Participation in the Clearinghouse presents INTA members with a number of benefits, including opportunities for:
  • Expanded public relations;
  • Business development;
  • Talent recruitment and retention; 
  • Training and professional development; and
  • The opportunity to give back, and share their professional skills with a deserving and in need clients and causes.
During the pilot program, participation in the Clearinghouse will be limited to members of INTA’s Pro Bono Committee. This controlled launch will allow the Association to effectively evaluate and prepare the Clearinghouse for its expansion, both geographically and among the INTA membership.

For more information about the pilot program or to refer a potential client, click here or email Stacey Sutton, Associate, Member Acquisition, at

About INTA

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 7,000 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from more than 200 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education, and training, and international network. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and has representatives in Geneva and New Delhi.