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  • The B Corp: Should Your Company Get Certified?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/22/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    A Certified B Corporation (more commonly known simply as a B Corp) is a company committed to creating public benefit and sustainable value in addition to generating profit. Using profit maximization as the primary lens through which to make decisions can set up a hurdle in creating long-term value for all stakeholders, including the shareholders themselves. There are already close to 4,000 Certified B Corporations in the world, across 150 industries, and spanning 70 countries.

    A Certified B Corporation (more commonly known simply as a B Corp) is a company committed to creating public benefit and sustainable value in addition to generating profit. Using profit maximization as the primary lens through which to make decisions can set up a hurdle in creating long-term value for all stakeholders, including the shareholders themselves. There are already close to 4,000 Certified B Corporations in the world, across 150 industries, and spanning 70 countries. Leaders in the group include Patagonia, Athleta (a subsidiary of Gap Inc.), Happy Family Organics (a subsidiary of Danone), Cotopaxi, Data.world, Lung Biotechnology (a subsidiary of United Therapeutics), Kickstarter, Ello, Altitude Learning S’well, and Laureate Education, Inc.

    Listen to our expert panelists―including some of the leaders in the B Corp space―discuss what a Certified B Corporation is, how to become a Certified B Corporation, why companies  are choosing to become Certified B Corporations, and whether there are marketplace benefits, brand value upsides or drawbacks, or hurdles to becoming a Certified B Corporation.

    Daniel Binns

    Interbrand (USA)

    Daniel is the US ChiefExecutive Officer of Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy. He hasbeen with the company for 7 years and leads an integrated team of strategists,designers, writers, researchers and innovators who help clients leverage theirbrands to grow their businesses. His clients in the US range from Google,Microsoft and Amazon to Samsung, Ford and Unilever.

    He has worked with C-level teams toactivate brand programs for their customers and employees. Helped them definetheir purpose, navigate mergers acquisitions and divestitures, reposition theirbrands and tackle strategic business challenges.

    Daniel is a true globalist and hasworked in seven different countries across four continents during his 30years in the branding and communications industry. He spent 18 years with theadvertising agency McCann Erickson where he held positions as EVP and WorldwideAccount Director on the Coca-Cola and Unilever business, Regional President forMcCann Africa, as well as CEO in Indonesia and Malaysia.

    He now lives in New York with hisAmerican wife and their two boys.

     

    Hilary Dessouky

    Patagonia (USA)

    Hilary Dessouky is General Counsel of Patagonia. Hilary has based her career on the belief that lawyers can and must drive the success of businesses working to create positive change for people and the planet. She joined Patagonia in 2012 and has had the chance to work every day since then to advance the company’s mission:  “We’re in business to save our home planet.” 

    As the company has grown, she has helped navigate an increasingly complex legal environment as General Counsel, which in turn allows Patagonia to continue advance its mission in broad-reaching and innovative ways. Hilary also has been able to help shape Patagonia's approach to corporate governance through its benefit corporation status, which is based on a commitment to prioritizing social and environmental considerations alongside financial return. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organizations 1% for the Planet and the Conservation Lands Foundation. 

    As a working mother with two young girls, Hilary is honored to include in her scope of work supporting Patagonia’s Work Family programs, including its on-site child development centers. She lives in Santa Barbara with husband Alex and daughters Lyle and Sasha.

    Andy Fyfe

    B Lab (USA and Canada)

    Andy Fyfe works to grow and activate the Certified B Corp community across the United States and has been with B Lab for 10 years. He is responsible for growing the community and leveraging the collective influence of the B Corps to inspire a global movement of people using business as a force for good. 

    The B Corp community is a community of practice; meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability. To inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to follow and help redefine success in business, Andy fosters collaboration in the community by navigating what B Corps can do together that they can't do alone. 

    There are currently 3000+ Certified B Corporations in the world, across 65 countries, and representing 150+ industries. 

    Nicola McDowall (Moderator)

    Formerly with Online Trading Academy (USA)

    As an accomplished executive and business lawyer, Nicola brings a diverse range of creative leadership experience. This she has honed to support and build businesses, while both assessing risks and, balancing service to all stakeholders with legal compliance.

    Nicola has been the first General Counsel (and built legal departments) for public and private companies. She is a champion of collaborative, inclusive and inspiring corporate cultures. As the General Counsel of Online Trading Academy (“OTA”) she initiated and drove the process for that entity and its subsidiaries to become B Corp Certified and to fully embrace measuring what matters to more specifically fulfil its intent of being in business as a force for good.

    Prior to OTA, Nicola flexed her entrepreneurial muscles and operated her own law firm for seven years, representing a full range of businesses and franchisors, nationally and globally. Before that she was General Counsel of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc., during which time that franchise system expanded from 14 States to the entire USA and 52 countries. Nicola has also worked for Big Law firms; CMS Cameron McKenna in the UK and Latham and Watkins in the USA. It was at smaller, boutique law-firms where she developed her passion for the franchise community and its deliberate emphasis, as a relationship industry, on developing system wide win-win solutions to build business.

    Nicola began her legal career in London, England, expanded it to California and is now located in New York. She is licensed to practice law in the UK, California and D.C. and is registered as In House Counsel in New York. Nicola has held the designation as a Certified Specialist Franchise & Distribution Law (State Bar of CA Board of Legal Specialization) since 2010. 

    Kendra Peavy

    S’well (USA)

    A passionate strategic communications specialist, Kendra Peavy boasts two decades of integrated marketing experience with emphasis in public relations, content development and sustainability. 

    Kendra is the Vice President of Global Communications, Sustainability and Impact at S’well. As part of the executive leadership team, she oversees external positioning, brand visibility and responsible business strategy. Kendra approaches every facet of her role through the lens of building business and culture. 

    Prior to S'well, Kendra was General Manager, Director of Development at Digennaro Communications (DGC), a business-to-business communications agency. She helped manage agency operations, new business development and national/international client programs for brands such as McDonald's, GroupM, Engine and numerous marketing services companies. During her tenure, Kendra helped grow the agency 500% and launched the company's social media and employee training programs. She played an integral role in developing agency best practices in account management, thought leadership and team empowerment.

    Kendra began her communications career in California. She was a Creative/Account Supervisor with Southern California‐based Integrated MarketingWorks, where she developed and implemented award-winning programs for such clients as the California Avocado Commission, DENSO Sales California, Sunkist, Dole, Roche and other brands in retail, travel and life services. In addition, she held roles in production, account management and copywriting. Kendra's first communications role was on the corporate side, producing trade and consumer motorcycle shows for Advanstar Communications.

    Kendra earned a BA in Communication with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University in Orange, California. She also holds a graduate certification in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas, Dallas.

     

    A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States. 

    CLE is pending and states will be added as they are approved. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions. 



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  • Plan for Success: How to Best Navigate Virtual Events

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/17/2020

    With virtual speed networking, online happy hours, and many other virtual events taking center stage this year, successfully navigating the virtual environment has become crucial. This session will feature tips and tricks sure to help you to make the most of virtual events.

    Join us for this webcast to get ready for INTA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting before INTAconnect launches on September 21. INTAconnect is the powerful and easy-to-use technology behind the 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting Appointment System. This platform uses artificial intelligence to match registrants based on select criteria, and it creates a place to facilitate communication between new and familiar contacts.

    Steven Boyce

    beedance (USA)

    Amanda Mangione (Moderator)

    International Trademark Association (USA)

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  • Lisbon Agreement—the New International Registration System for GIs

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/16/2020

    The panel of speakers will examine how stakeholders are facing the implementation of the Lisbon Agreement, analyzing opportunities and issues from the perspective of both GI holders and trademark right holders.

    On February 26, 2020, the WIPO Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications entered into force. The Geneva Act establishes an international and transparent registry for GIs, which will allow protection to be obtained in several jurisdictions through one single application to be filed with WIPO.

    The panel of speakers will examine how stakeholders are facing the implementation of the Agreement, analyzing opportunities and issues from the prospective of both GI holders and trademark right holders.

    INTA’s GIs Committee is currently drafting a position paper on this issue to support the Association’s advocacy efforts regarding the implementation of the Lisbon Agreement.

    Elio De Tullio (Moderator)

    De Tullio & Partners (Italy)

    • Managing Partner of De Tullio & Partners
    • Attorney-at-Law
    • Admitted to the Bar in Italy since 1994
    • Registered European and Italian Trade Mark & Design Attorney
    • Director of the Italy-Argentina Chamber of Commerce (CaCIA) and member of the Board of Directors of the Italy-Dominica Chamber of Commerce
    • Legal Advisor for Istituto di Economia dei Media (Fondazione Rosselli) and Fondazione Valore Italia of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development

    John A. Clarke

    European Commission (Belgium)

    John Clarke is the Director for International Affairs in the European Commission’s Agriculture department. He has been the chief negotiator for many of the EU’s Free Trade Agreements including on GI’s. He was previously head of the EU Delegation to the WTO and UN in Geneva. Before joining the EU in 1993 he spent ten years as an official of the Hong Kong government and was the negotiator of the WTO TRIPS Agreement. 

    Alexandra Grazioli

    World Intellectual Property Organization (Switzerland)

    Alexandra Grazioli is currently Director of the Lisbon Registry in the Brands and Designs Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  Her area of supervision involves the management, development and promotion of the Lisbon System, as well as the development and implementation of projects relating to geographical indications.  Since taking up her duties with WIPO in 2014, she has worked as Senior Counsellor and then as Director in the Office of the Director General. 

    Before joining WIPO, she worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property first as trademark examiner, then as Senior Legal Advisor, where she was responsible for the coordination of WIPO issues and negotiations on geographical indications.  Finally, she worked as Counsellor in charge of intellectual property issues at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the Other Organizations in Geneva.  As representative and head of the Delegation of Switzerland, she attended several meetings and negotiations in all fields of intellectual property and on issues relating to governance and budgetary issues at WIPO, WTO (TRIPS and Doha Round negotiations).


    Frank Hellwig

    Castlewood Strategies LLC (USA)

    Frank Z. Hellwig is the founding partner of Castlewood Strategies LLC, focusing on developing and implementing strategies to solve complex IP problems for his clients.  Prior to the founding of Castlewood Strategies, Frank worked in various legal capacities for Anheuser-Busch InBev from 1991 until 2015, most recently as Global Legal Director for Intellectual Property at the global headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.  From 1986 to 1991, Frank worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office.  In addition, Frank was an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri from 2001 to 2004 and was a US government industry trade advisor from 2005 to 2012.   He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. degree in 1983 and from George Washington University with an LL.M. in Intellectual Property in 1990. Frank has been practicing IP law for over 30 years and geographical indication law for nearly 25 years.  Frank is based in the United States and is licensed to practice in New York and Missouri.

    Massimo Vittori

    oriGIn (Switzerland)

    Massimo Vittori is the Managing Director of oriGIn, in charge of the Organization’s strategic planning and overall management.

    Massimo previously worked as legal advisor at the International Trade Center (ITC) – a technical assistance agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations – where he was in charge of several projects in the field of intellectual property, trade law harmonization, model contacts for SMEs and alternative business dispute resolution mechanisms. Massimo also worked at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the improvement of developing countries’ investment climate through regulatory reforms.

    Following his Bachelor Degree in International Relations, Massimo obtained a Master’s Degree in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property at the University of Turin. 

    Massimo regularly delivers seminars on GIs, trademarks and trade related issues in several European Universities.

    A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States. 

    CLE is pending and states will be added as they are approved. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions. 



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  • Managing Legal Teams in 2021: Looking into the Crystal Ball

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/10/2020

    COVID-19 is permanently changing the way we do business. Join us as the Law Firm Committee presents an international panel of Associate Members who will share insights on how things have changed, how to make the most of remote working, and what the future might look like.

    COVID-19 is permanently changing the way we do business. Join us as the Law Firm Committee presents an international panel of Associate Members who will share insights on how things have changed, how to make the most of remote working, and what the future might look like.

    Specifically, the panel will discuss: 

    • Best practices and practical tips to manage your IP practices
    • Short term and long term trends in law firm business operations
    • Working remotely―now and in the future

    The session will wrap up with an audience Q&A.

    James Buchan (Moderator)

    Gowling WLG International Limited (Canada)

    James H. Buchan is firm managing partner – clients for Gowling WLG in Canada. In this role, he is responsible for external matters related to the firm's client relationships, as well as the key sectors and regions in which the firm offers its services.

    In addition to his expertise in the areas of intellectual property advisory and enforcement work, James is also a past member of the firm's Board of Trustees, as well as a former leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and a former co-leader of its Trademarks Group.

    As a barrister and solicitor, James' expertise in the IP field is broad-based and extensive, covering a wide range of IP-related contentious and non-contentious matters, including patent, trademark and copyright litigation. He has appeared as counsel of record in more than 25 reported decisions of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and has been counsel in over 750 trademark opposition and expungement proceedings before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

    Year after year, James is recognized by various legal publications for his in-depth expertise and dedication to client service excellence. These publications include The Best Lawyers in Canada, World Trademark Review and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

    He remains active in numerous national and international legal committees and industry groups, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the American Bar Association and the Defence Research Institute.

    Kevin Costanza

    Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (USA)

    Kevin Costanza's practice is focused on mechanical patent prosecution, trademark clearance and registration, and intellectual property licensing. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Irvine in 1990, concentrating in mechanical engineering and material sciences. Kevin received his J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law in 1995.

    Meera Chature Sankhari

    Jupiter Law Partners (India)

    Meera's focus has been on transactional IP for the past 10 years and IP for 18+, which includes prosecution, litigation & advisory. She enjoys IP oriented M&A transactions, software contracts, entertainment sector and IT & ITES related services including opinions and advisory.

    Meera started her career with IP prosecution, followed by IP litigation. In the course of past 18 years, she has handled large portfolios of Fortune 500 companies in various industry sectors. Meera has dealt with litigation of IP matters, defamation, unfair competition and disparagement.

    Michael Wolnizer

    Davies Collison Cave Law (Australia)

    Michael practices in all areas of trade mark law including availability and infringement searches, prosecution, opposition and trade mark infringement issues and related copyright, trade practices and associated common law actions. Michael manages the trade mark portfolios of numerous Australian and multi national companies.

    Michael has particular expertise in internet related trade mark and copyright issues and he heads up Davies Collison Cave’s domain name practice group. He was a member of the inaugural auDA Domain Name Advisory Panel whose recommendations led to the reform of policy in the .au name space in 2000. He has also been a member of the INTA Internet Committee.

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  • Unfold the Mystery of the Brain…and Empower Your Team in These Turbulent Times, for a Successful Return to the Office

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/03/2020

    We all have a different experience of the lockdown, but we certainly share one common denominator: we had to adapt, both our professional and personal lives, to find our “new normal.” What impact does this new normal have on you and your team? What challenges and lessons does it carry? What can behavioral neuroscience teach us to help us better integrate this new normal?

    Get a chance to better understand your brain’s reaction to the lockdown. Learn useful tips and get equipped for an efficient and more serene working environment for you and your team whenever you return to the office!

    INTA Human Resources Director Kelli Kombat will address some of the most pressing questions team leaders ask themselves with INTA Chief Representative Officer―Europe Hélène Nicora. Hélène is a team leader with two years of training in behavioral neuroscience.

    Kelli Kombat

    International Trademark Association

    Hélène Nicora

    International Trademark Association

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  • WHOIS Access: Are We Any Closer?

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    Over two years ago, public access to WHOIS domain name registration data was effectively shut down in response to ICANN’s interpretation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Brand owners, law enforcement, and cyber security researchers lost an important tool for investigation of infringement and cybercrime.

    Over two years ago, public access to WHOIS domain name registration data was effectively shut down in response to ICANN’s interpretation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Brand owners, law enforcement, and cyber security researchers lost an important tool for investigation of infringement and cybercrime.

    ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process was initiated to resolve the questions surrounding WHOIS data collection and access. A final report and recommendations will issue within the next few months. Are we any closer to WHOIS access? And, if so, will it be accurate? Hear the negotiators for the Business and Intellectual Property Constituencies of ICANN discuss the progress and remaining challenges for WHOIS access.

    (This webcast will be 75 minutes in length.)

    Brian King (Moderator)

    Clarivate (USA)

    Brian J. King is Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate®, where he is a vocal advocate for internet policy that protects the intellectual property rights and promotes the interests of MarkMonitor and its customers. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Brian spent nearly a decade with other corporate domain name registrars and brand protection companies, most recently as Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Vendors, TLDs, and Compliance. He is currently serving a term on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Data Protection Committee, having previously served on INTA’s Internet Committee, and is active with ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency.

    Franck Journoud

    Motion Picture Association (USA)

    Franck Journoud, Vice President, Technology Policy, Motion Picture Association

    Franck leads MPA’s global advocacy on issues at the intersection of technology and public policy. He joined MPA in 2019 at a time of profound evolution, driven by technological change, of the business models of the motion picture industry and of the copyright infringement challenge. He advises MPA members—Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.—and develops and implements advocacy strategies to advance the industry’s interests. He represents MPA before governments and in international fora, including as representative of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in the ICANN process that is developing new rules for access to internet domain name registration data (aka WHOIS).

    Before MPA, Franck was Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Technology Policy at Oracle. He also served as Co-Chair of the Cyber Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and was twice elected to the Executive Committee of the IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC.) Before Oracle, he served as Director of Cybersecurity Policy for the Business Software Alliance, as Manager of Government & Industry Affairs for RSA Security, and as Director of Public Policy for the European-American Business Council. He started his career as an EU affairs consultant with Hill & Knowlton in Brussels, Belgium.

    Franck holds a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Master in International Relations from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He holds a Bachelor in Public and International Law from the University of Poitiers, France, and also studied Law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall College), UK.

    Margie Milam

    Facebook (USA)

    Margie Milam has global expertise in legal, policy and IP issues, including copyrights, anti-piracy, domain names, trademark, privacy and cybersecurity. Ms. Milam joined Facebook's IP legal department in 2017 and currently serves as Facebook's IP Enforcement and DNS Policy Lead. In 2018 to 2020, Ms. Milam represented business interests at ICANN in the high-visibility negotiations to develop a new WHOIS policy to support a safe and secure internet for businesses, consumers and end-users, while simultaneously respecting global privacy laws. In former roles, Ms. Milam served as Vice President of Strategy at ICANN, General Counsel of MarkMonitor, and Partner at the Pillsbury Winthrop law firm.

    Mark Svancarek

    Microsoft (USA)

    Mark Svancarek has worked at Microsoft since 1993 and has held various roles in hardware, software, online services and policy development throughout the company. He holds eight U.S. patents. He is presently a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft's Privacy and Regulatory Affairs team, where he coordinates corporate engineering efforts related to IPv6, Universal Acceptance and Internet Governance policy. He is also a representative for the Business Constituency for the ongoing ICANN EPDP effort to restore reasonable access to domain name registration contact data.

    A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States.

    CLE for the following states have been approved and a certificate of attendance is available for download:

    • California
    • Nebraska
    • Texas

    Additional states will be added as they are approved. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions.




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  • Fireside Chat: David Gooder, Commissioner of Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/20/2020

    We are proud to announce the launch of The Corner Booth on our INTA TO-GO e-learning platform. The Corner Booth is the place to go for inspiration and insights. We will share interviews with leaders and innovators across the globe―from within or from outside our trademark community. Our inaugural event is a fireside chat with David Gooder, Commissioner of Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Listen in as Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO of the International Trademark Association, and David Gooder, Commissioner of Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, have a fireside chat to discuss what attracted Mr. Gooder to the role of Commissioner, how the world today has impacted operations at the USPTO, key priorities for the USPTO from the trademark perspective, and how the role of IP might change as the world becomes more technologically advanced.

    This fireside chat is available to INTA members only.

    David Gooder

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USA)

    David S. Gooder is the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Commissioner serves as the primary agency official for trademarks, domestically and internationally, and is responsible for all aspects of the Trademarks organization, including policy, operations, and budget relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.

    Mr. Gooder has worked for more than 25 years on intellectual property and brand-protection challenges facing iconic global brands, notably in the distilled spirits and wine industries. Prior to joining the USPTO, he served as the founding Managing Director and Chief Trademark Counsel at Jack Daniel’s Properties. Additionally, he was the Chief Trademark Counsel for Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns over 30 distilled spirits and wine brands. In that position, Mr. Gooder directed the company’s global intellectual property work, including its large trademark portfolio, rights clearance, brand protection (including anti-counterfeiting), licensing, and entertainment deals for the brands. Before that, Mr. Gooder practiced trademark, copyright, and entertainment law at Graham & James in Los Angeles and Luce Forward in San Diego.

    Mr. Gooder has been an officer and served two terms on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association (INTA). He has also served as Chairman of the INTA Foundation. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Gooder was a drummer and a video and music director. He is also an Eagle Scout.

    Mr. Gooder is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law.

     

    Etienne Sanz de Acedo

    International Trademark Association (USA)

    Etienne Sanz de Acedo joined INTA on July 1, 2013. As CEO, Mr. Sanz de Acedo works with the Board of Directors and Officers to recommend, formulate, and implement policies and programs for the Association; is responsible for the administrative operation of the Association’s offices and the supervision of all staff; and is responsible for the development and administration of the annual budget.

    Before joining INTA, Mr. Sanz de Acedo was Head of Communications and Member of the President’s Cabinet at the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the EU’s intellectual property agency, where he was responsible for strategic communications and the agency’s corporate image and identity.

    Before joining the EUIPO, he practiced as an attorney in Spain and taught law at the University of Alicante, Spain.

    Mr. Sanz de Acedo holds a law degree from the University of Alicante, an LLM in European Community Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and an executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid. A Spanish and French national, he speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

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  • Current Trademark Issues in Brazilian Federal and State Courts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/13/2020

    Join us for this webcast to hear two prominent IP judges from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from two different court jurisdictions, as they discuss their experiences deciding cases involving trademark invalidation and infringement issues while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Join us for this webcast to hear two prominent IP judges from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from two different court jurisdictions, as they discuss their experiences deciding cases involving trademark invalidation and infringement issues while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The judges will discuss the following issues:

    • The difference of Court jurisdiction when requesting invalidation or arguing infringement;
    • The possibility of a suspension of an infringement lawsuit because an invalidation lawsuit has priority;
    • Recent trademark decisions;
    • Legal and procedural adaptations to continue working in full compliance with the guidelines from World Health Organization.

    This webcast is brought to you by INTA’s Enforcement Committee’s Judges Workshop Task Force. 

    (This webcast will be 75 minutes in length.)

    Judge Márcia Maria Nunes de Barros

    Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Judge of the 13th Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, specialized in pension and intellectual property, Coordinator of the Intellectual Property at EMARF (Federal Court of the 2nd Region School of Judges), Masters in Public Policy, Strategies and Development from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Fiocruz, current member of operating group of National Intelligence National Center of Federal Court.

    Judge Luis Felipe Ferrari Bedendi

    State Court of São Paulo (1st Business Chamber), Brazil

    Judge of the Court of Business Conflicts and Conflicts Related to Arbitration of Sao Paulo City from Sao Paulo Court Justice (Juiz das Varas Empresariais e de Conflitos Relacionados à Arbitragem da Cidade de São Paulo do Tribunal de Justiça de São Paulo), since 2017; Judge of São Paulo Court of Justice since 2012.

     

    Gabriel Di Blasi (Moderator)

    Di Blasi, Parente Attorneys & Associados (Brazil)

    Gabriel Di Blasi is managing partner of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados, an Intellectual Property Law firm founded by him 32 years ago.

    As an industrial engineer, industrial property agent and a lawyer, his practice covers national and international issues, including patents, industrial design, business secrets, cultivars, licensing and franchise agreements, management of technology and technological innovation. Gabriel’s prosecution’ and litigation’ practice embrace a wide array of industries, including agribusiness, pharmaceutical, medical device, animal health, agrochemicals, green tech, biotech, telecommunication, mechanics, oil and gas, among others. Gabriel also, focused on regulatory matters and is particularly involved with ANVISA, ANEEL, ANP and among others measures in Brazil.

    Eriça Tomimaru (Moderator)

    Di Blasi, Parente Attorneys & Associados (Brazil)

    Eriça Tomimaru is an attorney-at-law and holds the title of Specialist in Intellectual Property Law issued by the Superior de Advocacia (ESA/SP). Ms. Tomimaru has also completed an exchange course in International Law and Trade Relations at Fukushima University (Japan). Ms. Tomimaru is currently completing her graduate specialization studies in Corporative Law and Compliance, as well MBA in Public Management, both in Superior de Advocacia (EPD/SP). Her main focus has been providing legal advice and assistance involving patents, trademarks, unfair competition, trade dress issues, public affairs and antipiracy measures. In addition, she is head of Legal Department at Instituto de Relações Governamentais

    A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States. 

    CLE is not available for this webcast. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions.  



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  • Annual Review of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Developments

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/17/2020

    An INTA favorite, the Annual Review of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Developments will be virtual this year.

    An INTA favorite, the Annual Review of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Developments will be virtual this year.

    Hear Trademark Reporter (TMR) and TTABlog author John L. Welch (@TTABlog) deliver a concise analysis of major decisions rendered in 2019 and in recent months by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

    And be sure to check out the United States Annual Review: The Seventy-Second Year of Administration of the Lanham Act of 1946 (January–February 2020, Vol. 110 No. 1), published by the TMR. 


    John L. Welch

    Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. (United States)

    John Welch has represented clients in scores of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and domain name lawsuits across the country, and has handled hundreds of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

    He is responsible for the international trademark portfolios of a number of major companies in such diverse fields as restaurant services, food processing machinery, and computer hardware and software. John has obtained numerous utility and design patents for clients in a variety of industries, such as lighting fixtures, electrical instrumentation, ceramic candle holders, food processing machinery and kitchen utensils.

    Read more about John L. Welch

    A General Certificate of Attendance is available for participants who are located outside of the United States.

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    A note about NY State CLE:

    Although we currently track attendance by log in and log out times, the New York Continuing Legal Education Board specifically requires a verification code be entered during the program to ensure attendee engagement. NY State has notified us that they will not be able to approve CLE for past webcasts. We are currently working to implement a verification system that will meet these requirements for future webcasts.

    Additional states will be added as they are approved. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions.



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  • Hot Topics in EU and UK Trademark Law

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/10/2020

    Join us for this Zoom webcast to hear Nick Aries of Bird & Bird and member of INTA’s Enforcement Committee’s Bad-Faith Task Force discuss hot topics in EU and UK Trademark Law.

    Join us for this Zoom webcast to hear Nick Aries of Bird & Bird and member of INTA’s Enforcement Committee’s Bad-Faith Task Force discuss hot topics in EU and UK Trademark Law. 

    Nick will cover the following issues:

    • The possible rise in prominence of bad faith (Skykick, Monopoly, Koton—CJEU)
    • Trademark liability for online platforms (Louboutin v. Amazon, Coty v. Amazon—CJEU)
    • Brand enforcement online: where to sue a website (AMS Neve—CJEU) and website-blocking injunctions (CJEU and national decisions)
    • European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) Directive reforms: implementation status update
    • Brexit impact on brands: takeaway points

    Nick Aries

    Bird & Bird (United States)

    Nick co-heads the firm's representative office in San Francisco, advising on and coordinating European and UK IP law matters from a US time zone. Nick is a trusted advisor in connecting Bird & Bird's US clients with their experts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, covering all areas in which the firm specializes.


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    • Illinois

    Additional states will be added as they are approved. Please email memberoperations@inta.org with any questions. 

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