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INTA 2014

  • Profile: Mei-lan Stark, INTA President

    May 10, 2014

    Mei-lan Stark has hit the ground running in her first four months as INTA President, establishing three task forces to ensure the Association’s strategic plan is a success.

  • Interview: Etienne Sanz de Acedo, INTA’s CEO

    May 10, 2014

    Etienne Sanz de Acedo has had a busy year since taking over as INTA CEO, implementing a new four-year strategic plan and gearing up for this year’s Annual Meeting. Michael Loney spoke to him about his role

  • Interview: António Campinos, president of OHIM

    May 10, 2014

    Ahead of Sunday's CTM and RCD Users Meeting, OHIM President António Campinos explains some of the trends in trademark and design registration in Europe. Interview by James Nurton

  • USPTO wants to lower most trademark filing fees

    May 13, 2014

    The USPTO has proposed to reduce fees for trademark filings that are done electronically. Deborah Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks at the Office, explained during the UPSTO Users session yesterday that the aim is to lower costs and promote efficiency for customers.

  • Interview: Amy Yang of Procter & Gamble

    May 13, 2014

    Amy Yang of Procter & Gamble discusses the responsibilities of managing a large and diverse brand portfolio and why rights holders can be optimistic about trademark protection in China

  • Brand owners diverting from the script

    May 13, 2014

    Choosing a local script mark can be good for business, as long as you get it right. Emma Barraclough explains what issues brand owners need to consider

  • Latin America inching towards the Madrid Protocol

    May 13, 2014

    Latin America has not been heavily affected by the world economic crisis, and intellectual property is becoming more important in the region

  • How luxury culture will shape the law

    May 13, 2014

    How will shifting consumption patterns affect brand protection? That was one of the questions posed at the INTA panel, Trademarks at the Crossroads of Trade and Culture

  • Big trademark changes taking place in Canada and Asia

    May 10, 2014

    Some INTA Annual Meeting attendees got down to business early by attending the Academic Course on International Law and Practice on Saturday. The audience was a mixture of private practice lawyers, in-house counsel and students

  • US courts in “disarray” over irreparable harm

    May 13, 2014

    Attendees were updated on the confusing approach to irreparable harm in U.S. courts at the INTA Annual Meeting in the session The Presumption of Irreparable Harm: Don’t Stop Believing

  • Develop your online enforcement strategy

    May 13, 2014

    In-house counsel discussed the most effective response to online infringement at two sessions at the INTA Annual Meeting this week, recommending IP owners take a strategic approach to brand protection.

  • India goes “scientific” to improve Registry

    May 13, 2014

    An overhaul of the Indian Trade Marks Registry has brought about considerable improvements to the quality of its services. Thanks to streamlined procedures and increased digitalization, the Trade Marks Registry has been able to reduce pendency times and increase responsiveness in the office.

  • See you in San Diego!

    May 13, 2014

    INTA’s 137th Annual Meeting will take place in San Diego, California from May 2 to 6, 2015. Co-chairs Joshua J. Burke of General Mills and Mario Soerensen Garcia of Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados in Brazil predict that it will be educational, entertaining and exciting.

  • INTA and HKIPD sign MoU

    May 12, 2014

    INTA and the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding at the Annual Meeting

  • Interview: Candy Tan Avance of Sweetyet

    May 10, 2014

    Candy Tan Avance, Group Legal Counsel for Sweetyet Development Limited, talks about the challenges of managing a diverse brand portfolio worldwide, dealing with parallel goods and how to prepare for Hong Kong taxi drivers.

  • Concern over plain packs

    May 12, 2014

    Panelists at a session on plain packaging at the INTA Annual Meeting were united in their concern about the impact of standardized packaging on trademarks and trademark owners

  • New gTLDs discussed at INTA Annual Meeting

    May 12, 2014

    The latest developments on ICANN, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) tool were discussed in yesterday’s session on trademarks and new gTLDs

  • Mexico off to a good start with Madrid

    May 12, 2014

    Mexico has not been a member of the Madrid Protocol for long but Miguel Angel Margáin, director general of the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI), the country’s patent and trademark office, believes it been a big success so far.

  • Digital Asia: is your brand Internet-ready?

    May 12, 2014

    The first phase of the Internet revolution created a wealth of both opportunities and challenges for brand owners and legal practitioners. How will the continuing development of the digital economy shape the landscape in Asia and what do companies need to do to protect and develop their brands? Peter Leung reports.

  • Advice from INTA veterans for first-timers

    May 10, 2014

    Three experienced attendees gave tips on Saturday to the many first-timers at the Annual Meeting Orientation, which was chaired by Trina Marie Brainard of Richard Law Group

  • Work with authorities in China to prosecute IP crimes

    May 12, 2014

    IP owners who want the Chinese authorities to prosecute counterfeiters under the criminal law face a number of challenges. Panelists at a session today will explain ways of overcoming them, says Emma Barraclough.

  • Interview: Helen Xu, Jaguar Land Rover

    May 12, 2014

    Helen Xu of Jaguar Land Rover shares her thoughts about brand protection in China, and how the Trademark Law will help prestigious brands protect their rights.

  • Branding a world city

    May 12, 2014

    Skyscrapers, crowded streets, dragons, finance, shopping, trams and ferries, east and west, old and new: these are all aspects of “Brand Hong Kong,” said Financial Secretary John Tsang in yesterday’s INTA Annual Meeting keynote address. “They are all relevant but by no means definitive,” he added

  • Africa gears up for Madrid System

    May 11, 2014

    The Madrid System could expand beyond 100 member states within the next year if the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) delivers on its plans to join

  • How to win law students' attention

    May 11, 2014

    Meet Generation-e: today’s law students are permanently connected to their electronic devices; constantly distracted by emails, texts and tweets; and believe they can combine keeping in touch online with listening to lectures

  • Protecting Trademarks “Hong Kong-style”

    May 11, 2014

    The INTA Bulletin interviewed Peter Kam-fai Cheung, Director of Intellectual Property, Registrar of Patents, Designs and Trademarks for the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (HKIPD) in December of last year. The HKIPD is co-organizing the Unreal Student Session on Tuesday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.

  • What to do when an infringer is your biggest customer

    May 11, 2014

    Trademark owners have long complained that own-brand rivals use look-alike products to free-ride on their reputations and steal market share. INTA panelists today will explain what they can do about it, says Emma Barraclough

  • US trademark case and TTAB trends explained

    May 11, 2014

    A session on Wednesday will give attendees analysis of the most important US trademark cases in the past year. Michael Loney looks at some of the cases that might be discussed.

  • Five best practices for trademark teams during M&A

    May 11, 2014

    A panel tomorrow will provide practical advice on dealing with trademarks during mergers and acquisitions. Michael Loney discusses five of the top tips.

  • Profile: Karen Law, Senior Legal Counsel, Alibaba Group

    May 11, 2014

    Karen Law, Senior Legal Counsel of Alibaba Group, talks to the INTA Daily News about where it faces its biggest brand enforcement issues (hint: it’s not China), what she looks for when selecting outside counsel and why the least expensive lawyer isn’t always the best.

  • How brand owners can prosper in China

    May 11, 2014

    China’s dynamic economy attracts plenty of overseas investment. But how should foreign companies conduct business to secure long-term success? Emma Barraclough reports

  • Being smart about global brand development

    May 11, 2014

    In an increasingly globalized marketplace, companies need to learn to pick their battles and conserve their resources. That’s the message from yesterday’s panel, The Essentials of Managing a Worldwide Trademark Portfolio Companies.

  • Japan looks to provide protection for non-traditional marks

    May 11, 2014

    At yesterday’s users’ meeting, representatives from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) gave an update on recent activities and upcoming developments in Japanese trademark law. One of the biggest changes is that the country is looking to introduce protection for non-traditional marks.

  • Looking for the wow factor in designs

    May 11, 2014

    “Good morning trademark people,” began Grégoire Bisson, Director of The Hague Registry, at the Madrid System Users’ Meeting yesterday. “There’s nothing wrong with trademarks, but once you’ve worked in designs there is no going back.”

  • Get your INTA networking up to speed

    May 11, 2014

    In the Exhibit Hall this year you can find many items of interest from around the world. These include Russian dolls, traditional Chinese outfits, Ecuadorian chocolate, Vietnamese figurines and pirates of the Caribbean. Cuddly toys also appear popular among exhibitors this year. You can even win some at one stand if you manage to throw a sticky ball at a target. At INTA’s stand you can view samples of some counterfeit goods, including fake designer jeans and purses.

  • INTA and QBPC sign cooperation agreement

    May 11, 2014

    INTA President Mei-lan Stark and Steven Wang, Acting Chairman of China’s Quality Brands Protection Committee, signed a cooperation agreement yesterday to deepen the collaboration between the two IP organizations. QBPC represents foreign brand owners in China and works to promote IP protection in the country.

  • What Asia’s rise means for brands

    May 10, 2014

    The 21st Century might be Asia’s time to shine, but what does that mean for brands? Emma Barraclough considers the issues

  • Sharing in-house experience across the Association

    May 10, 2014

    A new INTA Project Team has been created to help ensure the perspective of in-house practitioners is made available across INTA’s work. The Cross Pollination Project Team, launched this year, is part of the In-House Practitioners Committee and is holding its first face-to-face meeting in Hong Kong this week.

  • Building strength through diversity

    May 10, 2014

    Candy Tan Avance, Group Legal Counsel for Sweetyet Development Limited, talks about the challenges of managing a diverse brand portfolio worldwide, dealing with parallel goods and how to prepare for Hong Kong taxi drivers.

  • Introducing INTA's Past Leaders Project Team

    May 10, 2014

    If you’ve served your term as a Committee Chair or Vice-Chair, or even completed a three-year period on the INTA Board of Directors, what comes next? A new Project Team aims to ensure that the great pool of leadership experience and talent in INTA does not go to waste

  • INTA co-chairs welcome attendees to Hong Kong

    May 10, 2014

    INTA’s 136th Annual Meeting is the first to be held outside of North America and Europe and, 21 years after USTA became INTA, it is set to be the most diverse yet

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