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London Lawyer Receives International Trademark Association’s Prestigious President’s Award

Published: November 19, 2020

New York, New York―November 19, 2020―The International Trademark Association (INTA) is pleased to announce Anna Carboni of London, United Kingdom, a prominent lawyer and thought leader in the intellectual property (IP) field, as a recipient of the Association’s 2020 President’s Award.

The global association of brand owners and trademark professionals presents the prestigious award annually to the most distinguished INTA volunteer for a career dedicated to trademarks and IP protection and advancement, and contributions that have advanced INTA’s mission and made a lasting impact on the Association.

Ms. Carboni has specialized in trademark, designs, and copyright disputes for more than 30 years. Currently, she is a consultant at the media, technology, and IP firm of Wiggin LLP in London, where she previously served as a partner and the Head of the IP Group.

A dedicated volunteer with INTA for more than 25 years, she was a member of INTA’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2013. More recently, in 2018 and 2019, she served as INTA’s Counsel, becoming the first practitioner from outside North America to hold that position at the Association. During her time as Counsel, Ms. Carboni assisted with updating INTA’s privacy and data protection arrangements and oversaw the revision of INTA’s Code of Policies, to ensure that they provide a best-practice platform from which the Association can continue to advance its work.

“Being involved with INTA for a quarter century has given me enjoyment, legal knowledge, professional skills, and—best of all—friends all over the world,” said Ms. Carboni. “Receiving INTA’s President’s Award is fabulous icing on the cake, which I would love to share with my INTA friends and colleagues who have been so supportive all the way.”

In presenting the award to Ms. Carboni, INTA President Ayala Deutsch said, “I’d like to extend my sincerest appreciation to Anna Carboni for exemplifying what it means to be an all-star intellectual property practitioner. Her expertise in the field is undeniable, and her contributions to INTA have been invaluable.”

Moreover, Ms. Deutsch added, “She’s had a profound influence on not only me, but on countless women in the Association who look up to her for all that she has accomplished.”

At INTA, Ms. Carboni is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and is the  European Union contributor for the Trademark Cancellations Practice Guide. Previously, she chaired the Unfair Competition Committee and the Parallel Imports Committee, as well as participated in numerous other committees.

In 2016, Ms. Carboni eagerly responded to INTA’s request to participate in its Brexit Task Force, representing INTA members’ interests and advocating before the UK government on various IP issues related to the UK’s separation from the EU.

In addition to her countless accomplishments at INTA, Ms. Carboni has made significant contributions to IP law through her judicial and quasi-judicial appointments. She was an Appointed Person hearing trademark appeals from the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom for more than seven years and has been a Nominet Dispute Resolution Service Expert since 2004. She is also an accredited mediator for The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

A thought leader in the IP world, Ms. Carboni sits on the editorial boards of the European Trade Mark Reports and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. She has published chapters on mediation in IP cases and overlapping trademark and design rights.

In 2007, Ms. Carboni joined a group of IP lawyers from around world to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising a considerable amount of money along the way for ActionAid, an organization dedicated to ending poverty.

Ms. Deutsch presented Ms. Carboni with the President’s Award in a video announcement on November 19 during INTA’s all-virtual 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting. The Association also announced a second recipient of the 2020 President’s Award, Mladen Vukmir, Partner at Vukmir & Associates, Zagreb, Croatia. Earlier during the Meeting, INTA recognized the 2020 winners of the INTA Service Awards and the Tomorrow’s Leader Award.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Members include nearly 6,500 organizations, representing more than 34,350 individuals (trademark owners, professionals, and academics) from 185 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, visit