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INTA Annual Meeting 2015

  • How courts are interpreting transformative use

    May 06, 2015

    American football players and comic book villains featured in a discussion yesterday about the balance that should be struck between First Amendment protections and an individual’s right of publicity.

  • Push the boundaries of your trademark

    May 06, 2015

    More than just a source of additional revenue, licensing can be a way to grow and expand into new markets.

  • San Diego Annual Meeting breaks records

    May 06, 2015

    The number of trademark professionals registered to attend this year’s Annual Meeting in San Diego topped 9,915 at 5pm yesterday, making it the largest INTA Annual Meeting to date.

  • The in-house holy grail

    May 06, 2015

    It is the million-dollar question: how can you manage your trademark portfolio on a budget while ensuring your brand is protected? Registrants yesterday received tips for doing more with less.

  • Get ready for alternative fee arrangements

    May 06, 2015

    Private practice lawyers and their clients can find ways to make alternative fee arrangements a win-win, said panelists at yesterday’s INTA Annual Meeting session, Show Me the Money: Creating Alternative Fee Arrangements That Provide Value.

  • What’s next for plain packaging?

    May 05, 2015

    Trademark practitioners have raised alarms about the threat that plain packaging laws pose to IP rights. In Monday’s Trademarks and Consumer Protection session, Myrtha Hurtado Rivas of Novartis argued that pharmaceuticals are already subject to similar restrictions.

  • How to work with China’s Trademark Office

    May 05, 2015

    China’s revised Trademark Law has been effect for a year. Rachel Zhang, Shanshan Du and Yue Li of China Patent Agent (HK) discuss the effect of those changes on proceedings before the China Trademark Office and the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board and how to work effectively with the busiest trademark office in the world

  • Meet Twitter’s first trademark counsel

    May 05, 2015

    California-based Twitter faces unique trademark challenges in its role as an online social network. Stephen Coates explains his role as the company’s first trademark counsel.

  • Don’t be afraid of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency

    May 05, 2015

    If you would like to join ICANN’s nearly 400-member Intellectual Property Constituency but are concerned that it might be too technical or that you will be overwhelmed by material then Gregory Shatan of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, President of the IPC is keen to reassure you.

  • INTA and the Philippines IP Office sign MOU

    May 05, 2015

    INTA President J. Scott Evans and Allan B. Gepty, Deputy Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), yesterday signed a deal to increase levels of cooperation between the two organizations.

  • Surf’s up in mock trademark trial

    May 05, 2015

    Registrants were treated to a highly-entertaining mock trial yesterday, featuring a feud over surf board designs, an unreliable witness and even an interruption for take-out food.

  • Playing for leverage in multi-jurisdictional IP disputes

    May 05, 2015

    Are you ready for a trademark battle pitched across multiple continents? Yesterday’s session Have Dispute Will Travel: Managing Multi-Jurisdictional Trademark Disputes showed what such an endeavor may look like and why coordination between jurisdictions is key.

  • Unreal accelerates counterfeiting awareness campaign

    May 05, 2015

    In 2012, INTA launched the Unreal Campaign to raise awareness with teenagers (14-18 years old) about the dangers of counterfeiting and the importance of trademarks.

  • How color marks transcend borders

    May 05, 2015

    Color marks are increasingly important because of globalization. Emma Barraclough previews a session that will address how they can be protected in key markets.

  • INTA Internet Committee welcomes you

    May 05, 2015

    INTA’s Internet Committee will open its doors to all INTA Annual Meeting registrants during an unprecedented open full committee meeting today from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Room 25AB. The meeting is designed to engage all members who are interested in Internet issues, but may not know where to start.

  • Trademarks in the new mobile world

    May 05, 2015

    The mobile revolution has played a big role in internationalizing trademark practice. Peter Leung asks: what can you do to help your clients adapt to this new world?

  • The evidential groundwork for litigation success

    May 05, 2015

    It’s never too early to collect the evidence that will win your trademark case, as Emma Barraclough finds out.

  • Fair use in a digital age

    May 05, 2015

    The concept of fair use is not a new one, but some companies with business models built on the mobile Internet are adopting more relaxed approaches to the use of their marks.

  • INTA Leadership Meeting heads to Panama

    May 05, 2015

    Panama City will host this year’s INTA Leadership Meeting in November, as the Association holds a major event in Latin America for the first time.

  • Trademark issues on the edge

    May 05, 2015

    Stereotypes about academics living in ivory towers were shattered yesterday as law professors considered the practical challenges of branding cannabis products and trademarking sex toys.

  • Interview: Jeremy Kaufman, Fox

    May 05, 2015

    Fox must strike a delicate balance between protecting its IP and not prompting backlashes from fans. Jeremy Kaufman explains the entertainment giant’s trademark strategy.

  • Understand Europe’s trademark trends

    May 05, 2015

    It has been a busy year in Europe’s courts. Emma Barraclough previews a session that will discuss some of the most significant cases.

  • Avoid pitfalls when investing in Africa

    May 05, 2015

    With investment in Africa growing, IP protection in the region is key. Two sessions this week will provide some guidance for rights owners, explains James Nurton.

  • Three hot topics in the Middle East

    May 05, 2015

    There are some important changes happening in the Middle East. James Nurton finds out what today’s session will cover.

  • Navigating the well-known maze in China (sponsored discussion)

    May 05, 2015

    Well known trademark status is a valuable asset to have in China. Frank Liu and Kenneth Ng of Chang Tsi & Partners examine how to get well-known status, and review recent legal developments.

  • The evolving Indian trademark environment (sponsored discussion)

    May 05, 2015

    Sudeep Chatterjee and Jaya Mandelia of Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi talk about some of the most important court cases and legal developments in India, as well as some best practices for enforcement

  • In-house counsel become digital natives

    May 04, 2015

    In-house practitioners had an opportunity to network, share their approaches to new gTLDs and learn about ways their companies can connect with millennials through advertising during the In-House Practitioners Workshop and Luncheon yesterday. The day was hosted by Project Team Leaders Monique Cheng Joe of DreamWorks and Christy Hurley of Expedia.

  • Japan embraces non-traditional marks

    May 04, 2015

    In yesterday’s Japan Patent Office (JPO) User’s Meeting, representatives from the JPO provided INTA Annual Meeting registrants with an update on the how the Office is handling non-traditional marks.

  • Latin American trademark offices highlight user-friendly trends

    May 04, 2015

    Representatives from IP offices across Latin America yesterday discussed how they are engaging users with increased internationalization and more streamlined procedures.

  • New members get to grips with Madrid

    May 04, 2015

    Since last year’s Annual Meeting a number of countries have joined the Madrid Protocol. Representatives from the trademark offices of new members Cambodia, Zimbabwe and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) shared their experiences with a packed crowd in the Madrid Users’ Meeting yesterday. Also speaking during the session were representatives from the USPTO and OHIM.

  • Practitioners v Professors goes two rounds at INTA

    May 04, 2015

    The morning after Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao squared off in what was billed as the Fight of the Century, an INTA session aimed to offer the same for the trademark world. Registrants were treated to two lively debates during a session entitled (Dis)order in the Court: A Debate Between a Practitioner and a Professor.

  • Public speakers confess at INTA Annual Meeting

    May 04, 2015

    “My name is Brian and I am a public speaker,” confessed Brian W. Brokate of Gibney Anthony & Flaherty in the U.S. So began a series of testimonials from the eight speakers on a panel on public speaking yesterday about their presentation mishaps.

  • Interview: Danielle Criona, Senior Counsel - IP, Roll Law Group

    May 04, 2015

    Roll Law Group advises Roll Global, which owns many well-known food products. Danielle Criona, Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property, explains some of the trademark issues she faces.

  • Trademark administrators discuss new resources, J Scott Evans’ bacon

    May 04, 2015

    Trademark professionals will have access to new resources to help them keep up to date with the latest developments in law and practice, members of the Trademark Administrators Committee revealed during yesterday’s Trademark Administrators Brunch.

  • Understand the power of brands - INTA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony

    May 04, 2015

    Annual Meeting Project Team Co-Chairs Joshua Burke of General Mills and Mario Soerensen Garcia of Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados kicked off Sunday’s Opening Ceremony with the news that the number of registrants as of noon yesterday had reached a record 9,855.

  • ARIPO opens for e-filing

    May 04, 2015

    The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has begun accepting online applications, making it easier for IP owners to protect their trademark rights in the Organization’s 19 member states. Among its members are Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

  • Interview: Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO of INTA

    May 03, 2015

    Etienne Sanz de Acedo has had a busy year as INTA’s Chief Executive Officer. Ahead of this year’s Annual Meeting, he spoke to James Nurton.

  • The hottest trademark issues in Latin America

    May 03, 2015

    Registrants will be brought up to speed on the latest developments in Latin America with a regional update this afternoon, as Michael Loney reports.

  • Avoiding worldwide licensing pitfalls

    May 03, 2015

    Licensing is becoming a more important tool for exploiting brands worldwide. Peter Leung finds out how to do it successfully.

  • The parody primer

    May 03, 2015

    Parody will be the subject of what promises to be an entertaining session today. Moderator Camila Santamaría tackled some questions about it.

  • Busy times for trademarks in Asia

    May 03, 2015

    A session today will examine recent and planned reforms in China, Japan and Korea. Emma Barraclough reports.

  • Tackling online infringement in China (sponsored discussion)

    May 03, 2015

    With the explosion of online commerce in China, rights holders have to adapt their enforcement strategies. Celia Y. Li and Aaron D. Hurvitz of Kangxin provide insights on how to tackle this growing challenge

  • Korean IP Office seeks more efficiencies through IT - interview

    May 03, 2015

    The Korean IP Office (KIPO) wants to slash pendency times and increase customer convenience through use of IT and mobile technology.

  • INTA welcomes EU trademark reform deal

    May 03, 2015

    Community trade mark renewal fees will be cut; measures to combat goods in transit will be strengthened; and some registration procedures will be harmonized following a deal struck by EU institutions on April 21.

  • What can your IP attaché do for you?

    May 03, 2015

    IP attachés from the U.S. and the U.K. explained yesterday how they help brand owners deal with intellectual property issues abroad.

  • Is responding to requests for proposals worth the bother?

    May 03, 2015

    Running a law firm is a stressful endeavor. It throws up issues such as balancing pricing pressure from clients with the need to maintain profitability; dealing with administrative and marketing responsibilities; facilitating more knowledge sharing within a firm; utilizing technology to make the firm more efficient; and handling staff and paralegals to provide more value to a firm.

  • INTA expands Washington, D.C. team

    May 03, 2015

    INTA has recently hired two senior staff members in its Washington, D.C. office. Deborah Cohn, formerly Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO, has joined as Senior Director of Government Relations while Lori Schulman, most recently General Counsel for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), became Senior Director of Internet Policy.

  • The trademark profession wants YOU!

    May 03, 2015

    Peter Leung previews today’s session on developments in education and teaching in the U.S.

  • INTA Board approves plain packaging resolution

    May 03, 2015

    The INTA Board of Directors yesterday approved a policy resolution from the Limits on Trademark Use Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee. The resolution sets forth INTA’s position regarding restrictions on trademark use through plain and standardized product packaging.

  • Be prepared to commit to pro bono cases

    May 03, 2015

    “Blackhorse is in many ways the mother of all pro bono cases,” Wilson Brown of Drinker Biddle & Reath declared in yesterday’s session, Taking the Ball and Running with a Pro Bono Case Like the Redskins Trademark Cancellation Action.

  • Profile: J Scott Evans, INTA President

    May 03, 2015

    Ahead of this year’s Annual Meeting, Michael Loney met J. Scott Evans in New York to discuss brands, bylaws and the Internet.

  • Interview: Jill Abasto, Senior Trademark Counsel, Qualcomm

    May 03, 2015

    San Diego-based semiconductor company Qualcomm receives a lot of attention for its patent activities, but it also has about 3,000 trademark registrations and applications. Senior Legal Counsel Jill Abasto explains its trademark strategy.

  • USPTO looks to clear out the dead wood

    May 03, 2015

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking to increase the accuracy of its registry by ensuring that actual use by brand owners line up with registrations, and Canada may have the answer. Peter Leung reports.

  • Get up to date with the Madrid System

    May 02, 2015

    WIPO will host a meeting for users of the Madrid System today. James Nurton asked David Muls, Senior Director of the Madrid Registry, what they should expect.

  • Protecting online content and domain names in Mexico (sponsored discussion)

    May 02, 2015

    Attorneys from Basham Ringe y Correa explain the issues facing IP rights holders when taking action against potential infringement online.

  • Dealing with piracy and counterfeiting in India (sponsored discussion)

    May 02, 2015

    Pravin Anand and Binny Kalra of Anand and Anand in New Delhi discuss how to approach counterfeiting problems in India and the advantages and disadvantages of criminal and civil enforcement

  • “A dramatic year” for trademark cases in the United States

    May 02, 2015

    It’s been a busy year for U.S. trademark litigation. Michael Loney previews Wednesday’s Annual Review of federal case law and TTAB developments.

  • Welcome to the INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego!

    May 01, 2015

    Ten years after it was last held here, the INTA Annual Meeting is returning to San Diego, one of the most popular cities to visit in the United States.

  • INTA and WIPO to collaborate on dispute resolution

    May 01, 2015

    INTA and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center have entered into a collaboration to facilitate the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in particular mediation. The idea is to harness the special expertise of INTA’s Panel of Trademark Mediators and the international case administration experience of the WIPO Center. Increased use of mediation by parties can reduce the negative impact of disputes in the productive use of trademark rights.

  • Looking to the future of the profession

    May 01, 2015

    As trademark practice faces ever greater pressures, private practice lawyers need to adjust to clients’ needs. Several sessions today look to give private practice lawyers insights on how to adapt.

  • Europe’s new IP enforcement tools

    May 01, 2015

    The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights is developing various tools to help rights owners. James Nurton spoke to Andrea di Carlo, its Deputy Director, to find out more.

  • Ten tips to enhance your INTA Annual Meeting experience

    May 01, 2015

    Annual Meeting planning can be challenging. While five days seems like a long time, before you know it, it’s Wednesday and you’re making your way to the Grand Finale. From first-time attendees to 20-year veterans, this advice for all Annual Meeting registrants, to help you get the most of our time in San Diego.

  • Introduction to customs protection in China (sponsored discussion)

    May 01, 2015

    Zheng Peng and Zy Jia of Liu, Shen & Associates provide a guide to Customs protection for IP rights in China, and how rights owners can take advantage of the options available.

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