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  • What are NFTs and the IP Issues Surrounding Them?

    Contains 4 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/12/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    NFTs—or non-fungible tokens—have seemingly come from out of nowhere and exploded on the Internet. Described as a "slam dunk in the world of sports," "shaking up the art world," and the "Music Biz's Wild West," NFTs are taking the world by storm.

    NFTs—or non-fungible tokens—have seemingly come from out of nowhere and exploded on the Internet. Described as a "slam dunk in the world of sports," "shaking up the art world," and the "Music Biz's Wild West," NFTs are taking the world by storm.

    Get up to speed and learn the basics behind the crypto economy and the legal issues that are quickly arising. Topics include cryptocurrency as the building block for NFTs; contracting with third-party platforms; intellectual property clearance, licensing, and enforcement; securities law; and environmental concerns.

    Nerissa Coyle McGinn (Moderator)

    Chief Diversity Partner; Co-Chair, Diversity Committee

    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Nerissa Coyle McGinn’s practice focuses on matters involving the convergence of advertising and promotions, emerging media, technology, privacy and intellectual property law. She has particular experience advising on matters involving the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU).

    Nerissa works with many of the best-known brands in the country, including H&R Block and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and its confection brands. Embracing a business-minded approach, she helps clients develop new brand assets and assists them in promoting and advertising their brands and products.  

    Clients — including Turner Broadcasting and its programming properties, for which she handles trademark clearances for new shows, web properties, interstitials and sweepstakes — regularly turn to Nerissa for trademark counseling services.   

    In the advertising and promotions facetof her practice, she works with clients on sweepstakes review, copy review, andpromotion design and fulfillment, with an emphasis on internet and interactiveadvertising and promotions. 

    Her diverse roster of clients includesadvertising agencies, large corporations, and professional sports teamsincluding the New York Giants, the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit RedWings. 

    Nerissa serves as the firm’s firstchief diversity partner and co-chair of the Diversity Committee.  

    Mercedes Tunstall

    Partner

    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Mercedes Kelley Tunstall is widely recognized as a legal leader in fintech and consumer financial services regulation and compliance. She regularly counsels clients regarding federal banking regulators and defends clients against enforcement actions taken by these regulators, particularly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

    As a former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyer and bank in-house counsel, Mercedes draws on her experience to work with companies in a wide variety of industries on advertising law, privacy and cybersecurity issues, as well as represent clients in FTC and National Advertising Division defense.

    Mercedes takes pride in helping her clients, including banks, lenders, payments companies and fintechs, innovate by incorporating artificial intelligence, mobile payments, social media, cryptocurrency, and blockchain and distributed ledger technology into financial products and services.

    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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  • Leadership at Your Level: Keep Calm and Carry On

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/05/2021

    Deadlines, projects, and responsibilities can result in stress for both supervisors and reporting employees. Join this session to learn from leadership expert Amanda Bell as she and the panel explore some demanding workplace scenarios and review how courage and competency can help manage those stressful situations.

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    Deadlines, projects, and responsibilities can result in stress for both supervisors and reporting employees. Tune in to learn from leadership expert Amanda Bell as she and the panel explore some demanding workplace scenarios and review how courage and competency can help manage those stressful situations.

    This session was developed by the Leadership Development Committee for the 2021 Leadership Meeting.

    Amanda Bell (Moderator)

    Consultant

    Vantage Consulting (USA)

    Amanda (Mandi) is an expert in assessing top candidates for high impact leadership roles, executive coaching for emerging or transitioning leaders, and training teams to be more effective amid disruption or change. She is currently focused on projects related to CEO succession planning, team effectiveness during mergers and acquisitions, and family business leadership planning. As a coach, she aims to push leaders to be creative in taking advantage of their unique circumstances and believes giving difficult feedback is a gift. She applies her knowledge and skills to helping leaders strategically define their goals in a way that is both personally motivating and in line with the business.

    Mandi’s perspective on leadership and organizational dynamics is informed by over a decade of applied psychological research. Her work emphasizes employee health and recovery from stress, and the trickle-down effects of leaders' behaviors on teams and organizations. She complements this research background with undergraduate teaching and lab management. She has translated her science to the community in various blogs and academic journal articles, including an article published in Stress and Health and a blog published in Psychology Today, cited in Fast Company.

    Mandi is an avid equestrian, having trained and competed in Dressage for over 25 years. She enjoys spending her evenings cooking vegetarian dinners with her husband and son, while competing in Jeopardy (and occasionally Wheel of Fortune over dessert).

    Julie Brown

    IP Systems and Docketing Operations Manager

    Mars, Inc., (USA)

    Julie has been part of the Mars, Inc. Law Department since July 2009 and currently leads the team of docketing paralegals supporting the Intellectual Property and Marketing Properties practice groups. Julie is also responsible for IP systems administration and works closely with the global IP team to develop and implement operational initiatives and processes. Before joining Mars, Inc., Julie held positions as a patent paralegal at several law firms in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of global patent and trademark prosecution. Julie graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in Political Science and resides in Chicago, IL.

    John Christopher

    Attorney

    Christopher & Weisberg P.A. (USA)

    John Christopher is a Registered Patent Attorney with an AV (Preeminent) peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell. His practice encompasses all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright portfolio development, management, exploitation and enforcement, as well as business transactions related to intellectual property. He works with publicly traded and privately held companies (domestic and international), start-up and early stage companies, individuals, universities, and investors in a broad range of industries, including medical and dental devices, aerospace and automotive hardware, marine hardware, refrigeration equipment, computer hardware, industrial machinery, electro-mechanical instrumentation, consumer goods, dietary supplements, and sports equipment. Mr. Christopher provides counsel with respect to intellectual property matters from start-up through financing rounds, initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, partnering arrangements, and enforcement actions.  He has served as the President of the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association (GCVCA), following many years of being a member of the Board of Directors.

    A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Mr. Christopher was awarded a B.S. degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a J.D. from Northeastern University. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Massachusetts.

    An active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) for many years, he has served as an Association Delegate to Asia, meeting with and making presentations to senior legal and government officials in Hong Kong, China and S. Korea. Mr. Christopher is also a longtime member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).  He formerly served as Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Section for the Broward County Bar Association and is a long-time supporter of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida.

    Mr. Christopher has been recognized by U.S. News magazine as “Florida’s No. 1 Intellectual Property Lawyer,” as well as one of “Florida’s Top Lawyers” by both South Florida CEO magazine and Florida Monthly magazine.  He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and has been awarded an AVVO rating of 10.0 (Superb).

     

    Jill Goldman

    Vice President and Senior Counsel II

    Intellectual Property & Contracts, American Bankers Association (USA)

    Jill M. Goldman is Vice President, Senior Counsel II, Intellectual Property and Contracts at the American Bankers Association in Washington, DC. For fifteen years, Ms. Goldman has been the Intellectual Property expert for the premier financial services trade association representing the $17 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees. In this role, Ms. Goldman is responsible for the ABA’s U.S. and International copyright and trademark portfolio maintenance, brand strategy, clearance, registration, prosecution, protection, and enforcement. Prior to joining ABA, Ms. Goldman was a trademark associate in New York City working for IP Boutique law firms with entertainment and consumer packaged goods clients.

    She is admitted to the bars of New York and DC and earned a LL.M in Intellectual Property and JD from UNH’s Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

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  • LEAD: Leadership Through Disruptive Times

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/04/2021

    Each business may be faced with disruptive challenges. The automotive industry is experiencing significant and fast-paced change through improvements in autonomous driving, electric cars, and hydrogen fuel. The Cryptocurrency market is shaping the future of how we make and accept payments. Leading effectively through changing times takes strategy, adaptability, and guts.

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    Each business may be faced with disruptive challenges. The automotive industry is experiencing significant and fast-paced change through improvements in autonomous driving, electric cars and hydrogen fuel. The Cryptocurrency market is shaping the future of how we make and accept payments. Leading effectively through changing times takes strategy, adaptability, and guts. 

    Our speakers are champions for their teams to try new things and not be afraid to fail. Enjoy this Q&A session with these leaders as they share what they have witnessed and implemented, and the influence change has on how they lead. 

    This session was developed by the Leadership Development Committee for the 2021 Leadership Meeting.

    Ulrich Kreutzer (Moderator)

    Managing Partner

    CBDL Patentanwaelte (Germany)

    Ulrich Kreutzer is German & European Patent & Trademark Attorney, also admitted to act before the Austrian Patent Office. He has been working in the field of intellectual property since 1993.

    While he specializes in litigation proceedings, his background is physics and artificial intelligence. He worked with the German Cancer Research Center on self-learning image processing and medical device. He read physics and philosophy at Ruhr Universität, Bochum, University of Sussex and Ruprecht Karls Universität, Heidelberg.

    He lives with his wife and four children in Moers on the Lower Rhine (close to Düsseldorf) and, although being a ski instructor, he also enjoys off-mountain sports like golf and soccer. 

    Jim Baumbick

    Vice President, Enterprise Product Line Management, Strategy, and Planning

    Ford Motor Company (USA)

    Jim Baumbick is Vice President, Enterprise Product Line Management, Ford Motor Company, effective Sept. 1, 2018. At the same time, he is elected a company officer. He reports to Hau Thai Tang, Chief Product Development & Purchasing Officer, Ford Motor Company.

    In this role, Baumbick is responsible for global product strategy and planning as well as leading the global product line teams that are using deep customer insights to deliver products customers really want and value and to drive end-to-end business results.

    Previously, Baumbick served as executive director of Global Product Planning and Strategy. In this role, he led the development of the company’s flexible modular architecture approach, a key enabler for product development fitness. Baumbick also developed new capital allocation and cycle planning processes to prioritize winning businesses to support the company’s overall fitness efforts.

    Baumbick joined Ford in 1993 as a Ford College Graduate. Since then, he has served in a variety of roles core to the product development process, including financial and profit analysis, engineering, product planning and program management, as well as operations. Specific roles included chief engineer of Unibody Products, engineering director for Asia Pacific & Africa, director of global product development quality and GPDS, the company’s product development system.  In addition, Baumbick serves as the vehicle line and platform director for development of Ford’s front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive flexible architecture.

    Baumbick’s leadership was recognized early in his career when he was named a recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Young Leadership and Excellence Award in 2003. The award, given since the 1980s, recognizes up-and-coming automotive professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities in their work.

    Baumbick holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University as well as a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University.

    Kirupa Pushparaj

    Deputy Counsel, Head of Intellectual Property and Legal Operations

    Square Inc. (USA)

    Kirupa Pushparaj is the Director of intellectual property at Square, Inc, where he leads a team that is responsible for all aspects of Square’s intellectual property globally. He protects Square’s innovation and rights by managing its patent, copyright, and trademark portfolios and is responsible for all of Square’s IP litigation, covering patents, domains, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Additionally, Kirupa leads Square’s legal operations team that is responsible for championing innovation, efficiency, and adoption of emerging technologies across the legal team.   

    Before Square, Kirupa was IP counsel for Lab126 – the digital technology arm of Amazon.com – and was at Perkins Coie LLP before that, where he practiced patent prosecution and IP litigation. Prior to practicing law, Kirupa was a practicing engineer, first as a software engineer at Siemens Telecommunications Limited, and then as a hardware design engineer at Intel Corp., where he worked on semiconductor circuit design and process technology.

    Kirupa enjoys teaching and has been an adjunct professor for over ten years at various California universities, including Stanford University, the University of the Pacific, and the University of California, Davis. He has been recognized as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers, as Corporate IP Counsel of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times, as Corporate IP Star by Managing IP, as Best Under 40 Lawyers by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has been included in the IAM 300 list of World’s Leading IP Strategists. He has also received multiple Wiley W Manuel awards for his continued pro bono services. He serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley IP Law Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and is an advisory board member to a couple of tech companies in the Silicon Valley.

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  • Domain Name Enforcement: Present and Future

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/22/2021

    Several factors have converged to drive a dramatic increase in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) filings. The large-scale redaction of domain-name registrant data, increases in the number of malicious actors due to COVID-related unemployment, and the unprecedented acceleration of e-commerce adoption have all played a part in driving a record increase in UDRP case filings.

    Several factors have converged to drive a dramatic increase in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) filings. The large-scale redaction of domain-name registrant data, increases in the number of malicious actors due to COVID-related unemployment, and the unprecedented acceleration of e-commerce adoption have all played a part in driving a record increase in UDRP case filings.

    This webcast will examine the current and future state of the UDRP (and domain-name enforcement more broadly). The expert panel will discuss, among other topics: the surge in cases of domain-name infringement and the corresponding burst of UDRP filings (including ccTLD cases), the effective use of the UDRP as part of an overall enforcement program (including the economic implications and complexities of multiple-domain UDRP filings), and technologies for finding, investigating, and attributing infringing domain names. Finally, the panel will analyze and assess the potential policy changes that may come from ICANN's forthcoming review of the UDRP.


    Todd Williams (Moderator)

    IP Counsel

    Stripe, Inc. (USA)

    Todd Williams is IP Counsel at Stripe. As part of his role, he leads the company’s digital-enforcement and domain-name efforts. He is the Chair of the INTA Internet Committee, and formerly served on the ICANN Working Group responsible for developing accreditation standards for WHOIS privacy and proxy service providers.

    Griffin Barnett

    Senior Associate

    Winterfeldt IP Group (USA)

    Griffin M. Barnett is a Senior Associate with Winterfeldt IP Group, a boutique intellectual property law firm based in Washington, DC. He has practiced IP law for nearly a decade, including with both large global law firms and boutique firms, and was recently included in the 2021 World Trademark Review 1000 list as a top global trademark practitioner, earning a bronze level designation for prosecution and strategy, DC Metro area. 

    Griffin advises clients on the creation of global brand strategies, registering and enforcing clients’ IP rights, and protecting against infringement in the US and internationally, with a particular focus on the digital ecosystem. Griffin is an expert in domain name disputes such as the UDRP, URS, and similar processes for ccTLDs.  Griffin participates actively in ICANN and other Internet policy development on behalf of brand owners, including as an active member of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency. Griffin also regularly counsels clients on cutting edge digital issues such as social media, blockchain, ecommerce and online intermediary, and data protection and privacy issues impacting brand protection. 

    Griffin has served on the INTA Internet Committee since 2018, including as Chair of the Subcommittee on Rights Protection Mechanism Review (2018-2019), and currently as Chair of the ICANN Engagement Subcommittee (2020-2021).  

    Brian Beckham

    World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Switzerland)

    Brian Beckham heads up WIPO’s Internet Dispute Resolution Section which primarily manages WIPO's dispute resolution services under the WIPO-initiated UDRP and ccTLD policies – covering thousands of cases each year. Brian also oversees WIPO’s domain name-related policy activities, including representation at industry meetings (e.g., ICANN, INTA, MARQUES, ECTA) and RPM proposals. Brian also oversees WIPO’s annual UDRP training workshop and panelists' meeting, and undertook a total overhaul of WIPO’s jurisprudential “WIPO Overview 3.0”. He led a WIPO team that successfully proposed an “eUDRP” for paperless domain name case pleadings.  

    Prior to this, Brian was Head of Legal Policy at new gTLD consultancy Valideus, which provided ".brand" clients with policy and strategic advice.  At Valideus, Brian led a team that successfully negotiated with ICANN on Registry Agreement terms for “.brand” new gTLD applicants (ICANN’s “Specification 13”), and was an active member of both the INTA Internet Committee, and ICANN Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC).  Licensed in Virginia, Brian began his career at Gammon & Grange covering trademark prosecution and maintenance, and a range of non-profit matters.

    Fred Felman

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Appdetex (USA)

    Frederick Felman, the Chief Marketing Officer of Appdetex, has over 30 years of success in product and marketing roles at high-growth private and public companies.  Before joining Appdetex, Fred was MarkMonitor’s Chief Marketing Officer from 2006-2015. Following the acquisition of MarkMonitor by Thomson Reuters, Fred was the Chief Marketing Officer for the Thomson Reuters operating unit that included MarkMonitor and Thomson Compumark.  In addition to his marketing experience, Fred has been an active participant in internet policy development in the ICANN community since 2006. He also has direct brand protection experience, having managed online enforcement for one of the world’s largest and most trusted mobile communications apps.

    Karen Fong

    Partner

    Keystone Law (United Kingdom)

    Karen Fong is a specialist IP and commercial lawyer with over 20 years experience.  

    A partner at Keystone Law, a leading UK law firm, she has practised  in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Karen has advised well-known brand owners as well as start-ups and creative individuals on all aspects of business issues including drafting commercial agreements and the protection and exploitation of IP rights in the UK and internationally in a broad range of industries. Karen has both a non-contentious as well as contentious practice. She is highly experienced in conducting litigation dealing with disputes at all court levels in the UK, particularly those involving trade marks, domain names, copyright, designs, database rights, confidentiality and trade secrets.  With significant senior in-house experience, Karen engages effectively with business stakeholders and assesses legal issues in a commercial context. 

    Karen is also skilled in the use of alternative approaches to dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. She is a domain name panelist for the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC),  Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and is accredited as a mediator by the Centre of Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

    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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  • Franchise Laws and Your Trademark Practice: What Every Trademark Attorney Needs to Know

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/14/2021

    Did you know that a trademark license could also be a franchise governed by franchise laws? This webcast will guide trademark attorneys and other brand professionals through state/provincial franchising laws and trademark laws in the United States and Canada.

    Did you know that a trademark license could also be a franchise governed by franchise laws? This program will guide trademark attorneys and other brand professionals through state and provincial franchising laws and trademark laws in the United States and Canada, and discuss franchise agreements and other franchise documents, along with franchise legal and business considerations related to the practice of trademark attorneys and how those considerations impact a client’s brand decisions.


    Marc Lieberstein, Moderator and Speaker

    Kilpatrick Townsend LLP (USA)

    Marc is the co-chair of the Franchise Group and Retail & Consumer Goods Industry Team at Kilpatrick Townsend LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property licensing and franchising in the retail/consumer goods and services areas, fashion/apparel and accessories, food and beverage, and commercial/industrial design, including the drafting, negotiation, and enforcement of license and franchise documents and agreements, as well as implementation of branding and commercialization objectives for clients via licensing and franchising. In conjunction with the services above, Marc counsels clients on creating effective strategies for procuring, protecting, and enforcing their global intellectual property assets. Marc has also participated in and used alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation to enforce intellectual property rights and resolve license and franchise contractual disputes.

    INTA honored Marc in 2015 with the Volunteer Service Award (VSA) in the Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives category for providing exemplary volunteer service to INTA. Marc also received the 2015 Commitment to Justice Award presented by Her Justice recognizing his pro bono work in representing a client who sought help in terminating her arranged marriage. He is also a recipient of the Kilpatrick Townsend 2014 Pro Bono Justice Award. In 2015, Marc received the Cardozo Law School Alumni of the Year Award recognizing Marc's leadership and dedication to Cardozo Alums and students.

    Jason Adler

    Cellairis Franchise Inc. (USA)

    Jason Adler is General Counsel and an executive team member of Cellairis Franchise Inc., an industry leader in cutting-edge wireless device accessories and repair services with 400+ franchise units worldwide.  Franchise law has been a chief focus for the majority of his career, and his expertise extends to domestic and international business strategy, trademarks, patents, litigation, regulatory compliance, and other areas.

     Recently joining the Governing Committee, Jason was Chair of the ABA corporate counsel franchise division.  He is best known for his commitment to fostering informal networking, collaborations, and best practices among peers.  A frequent public speaker to colleagues in the franchise industry, he has presented at Annual Forums (most recently presenting a five hour Intensive Program entitled “A Clearer Vision of Trademark and Trade Dress Issues Affecting Franchised Businesses”), the International Franchise Association, and the Franchise and Distribution Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

    Jason is devoted to public service and holds multiple leadership positions with community-based and other organizations, including as Executive Vice President of his synagogue, a Board Member and Immediate Past President of Creating Connected Communities, and as PTO Co-President of his children’s elementary school.

    Janaki Parmar

    Marriott International, Inc. (USA)

    Janaki is Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International, Inc. For over 15 years, she has represented companies in structuring, negotiating and enforcing U.S. and international franchise, licensing, joint venture, and distribution agreements.  She presently runs Marriott International’s franchise regulatory compliance program for its 20 franchised hotel brands in the United States and Canada and advises on a variety of legal issues associated with the development and operation of its franchise systems.  Janaki is a frequent presenter at ABA Forum on Franchising and International Franchise Association events.  

     

    Peter V. Snell

    Gowling WLG (Canada)

    Peter V. Snell is a partner at Gowling WLG.  He is based in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office and is called to the bar in British Columbia and Ontario. Peter is the National Co-Chair of Gowling WLG’s franchise practice. 

    Peter was a special advisor to the Government of British Columbia in the drafting of British Columbia’s franchise legislation and in 2018 was presented with the Lexpert Zenith Award for mid-career excellence in Franchise Law. Peter is recognized as a leading lawyer in Canadian franchise law in Chambers, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert®, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Franchise Times Legal Eagles, and the Expert Guides, World’s Leading Franchise Practitioners. 

    Peter acted as General Counsel to the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) from 2015 to 2019.  Peter also served as the Chair of the CFA’s Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee from 2011 to 2015 and was on the Board of Directors of the CFA from 2011 to 2019. 

    In 2004 Peter co-edited and co-authored the ABA Forum on Franchising publication Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada.  The second edition of this publication was released in 2016.  In 2013 he co-authored the chapter Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising in the ABA publication Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer (3rd Edition). The fourth edition was released in 2018. Peter co-authored the chapter on Canada in the ABA publication International Franchise Sales Laws.  In 2015 and 2016 Peter authored the Canadian chapter for the Franchise Law Review (2nd Edition) and (3rd Edition).  

    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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  • Session 6: Local Initiatives, Coordination of Cross-Border IP Enforcement Measures, and International Support Measures Available in Africa

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/01/2021

    The protection and enforcement of IP rights in Africa are rapidly evolving with both locally and internationally driven initiatives that are helping to increase awareness as to the importance and benefits of IP rights in Africa. (This is part of the Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa Webcast Series. You may purchase a single session or the whole series.)

    The protection and enforcement of IP rights in Africa are rapidly evolving with both locally and internationally driven initiatives that are helping to increase awareness as to the importance and benefits of IP rights in Africa. 

    In this session, speakers will discuss: 

    • Local initiatives to reinforce understanding of IP rights;
    • The role of customs in Africa and the support provided by the World Customs Organization; 
    • Initiatives put in place by international organizations and associations such as INTA and the USPTO in Africa. 

    Maurice Emiola Adefalou

    Technical Officer, Compliance

    World Customs Organization (Belgium)

    Prior to joining the Word Customs Organisation, Maurice Emiola had a 13-year career in various positions at Benin Customs, including heading up the rapid intervention service, also known as the “mobile brigade,” with responsibility for the Atlantic and coastline, and was the spokesperson for Benin Customs administration, just prior to his departure from Benin Customs.

    In September 2016, Maurice Emiola relocated to WCO headquarters in Brussels and joined the team responsible for the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Health and Safety Programme in the Enforcement and Compliance Sub-Directorate.

    In 2018, he held the position of Director, Policy and International Relations Director, Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Taxes, Benin.

    Today, Maurice Emiola holds the position of Technical Officer, IPR, and health and safety programme manager in Compliance sub directorate in WCO.

    He has participated in several WCO operations against illicit medicines, such as ACIM and Mirage. He is now the main coordinator of the STOP Operation, the WCO immediate response against illicit trafficking of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies linked to COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Holly B. Lance

    Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (USA)

    Holly B. Lance is an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  As a member of the Enforcement team, Ms. Lance provides technical advice, analysis, and expertise on domestic and global intellectual property enforcement issues. Ms. Lance’s portfolio is Sub-Saharan Africa, and she promotes and advocates for improved protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the region through capacity building and technical assistance programs.  

    Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Lance was in private practice, where she focused on trademark, copyright and internet law issues, including counseling, trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement and litigation.

    Ms. Lance holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Cultural Anthropology and Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Darren Olivier

    Afro-IP, and Adams & Adams (South Africa)

    Darren Olivier has over 20 years of experience in brand protection and intellectual property commercialization. He is an IP adviser to the Zulu royal family and sits on the editorial board of the University of Oxford’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. He also writes as Afro Leo on the Afro-IP blog, which he founded. He is a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and dual qualified South African and English solicitor and is a member of INTA. He holds a B.Com LLB.

    Maysa Razavi

    External Relations Manager for Anticounterfeiting

    International Trademark Association (INTA) (USA)

    Maysa Razavi has worked with the International Trademark Association (INTA) on the frontline of the war against counterfeits for the past nine years. As the External Relations Manager for Anticounterfeiting at INTA, Maysa leads the organization’s anticounterfeiting policy worldwide. She also is the staff focused on international amicus intervention for the Association. Her work has involved a wide range of industries from pharmaceuticals to fashion. Maysa is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D.) and New York University (B.A.).

    Gregor Schneider

    AfrIPI Deputy Project Leader - International Cooperation Service

    European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (Spain)

    Law Studies in Saarbrücken and Salamanca. After obtaining the qualification for holding judicial office (German Second State Examination), he practiced as a lawyer with Forrester, Norall & Sutton (now: White & Case) in Brussels, Belgium. From 1997 to 2001, he served as a staff legal advisor for European Union law and German law for the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne, Switzerland. 

    In 2001, Mr Schneider joined EUIPO to work as a lawyer in the Legal Department. Apart from representing the Office in more than 800 cases before the European Court of Justice, he took over different responsibilities in various departments of the Office (Cancellation, International Cooperation, DPO). In 2020, he assumed the role of Deputy Project Leader for the AfrIPI project, a Commission project aimed at strengthening IPRs in Africa which is co-funded and implemented by the EUIPO. 

    Vanessa Ferguson (Moderator)

    Founder

    Ferguson Attorneys (South Africa)

    Vanessa is the founder of FERGUSON ATTORNEYS a South African Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting specialist law firm. 

    For more than two decades, Vanessa has been assisting clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting measures, both in South Africa as well as key African territories.

    Vanessa furthermore holds the position of Immediate President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) – 2019-2020, member of Council, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting and Education committees.  Vanessa serves as a member of the INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Middle East & Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

    She is the co-author with Marius Schneider of the book “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa”, published by Oxford University Press in May 2020. 

    With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures. 

    Marius Schneider (Moderator)

    Founder and Director

    IPvocate Africa (Mauritius)

    Marius is the founder and director of IPvocate Africa, a law firm focusing on the protection, management, and enforcement of IP rights all over Africa. He assists clients, including multinationals from Europe and North America, in setting up and enforcing their IP strategy across Africa.

    Marius is the co-author with Vanessa Ferguson of the 2020 Oxford University Press (OUP) publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa’, the first book discussing intellectual property rights enforcement in all 54 African countries. He is the co-editor of the OUP publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU’ (third edition in progress) and a Consulting Editor of the OUP Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

    He is a lawyer at the Brussels bar and is registered as a Legal Adviser in Mauritius. He serves on the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the EUIPO Observatory and the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Marius works in English, French, German and Dutch.

    INTA will apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for the whole series and individual sessions. Total CLE credits available will vary from state to state. For more information, please email: memberoperations@inta.org.

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  • Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa Webcast Series

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    Africa and its growing middle class remain a center of attention for Intellectual Property (IP) right-holders and their representatives. Enhanced dialogue is needed involving all stakeholders in Africa on the enforcement of IP rights. With this web series we will be fostering learning and dialogue on IP enforcement issues.

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    Africa and its growing middle class remain a center of attention for Intellectual Property (IP) right-holders and their representatives. Enhanced dialogue is needed involving all stakeholders in Africa on the enforcement of IP rights. With this web series we will be fostering learning and dialogue on IP enforcement issues.

    The presenters for this six-session series are experts in their field and include government officials, practitioners, and brand owner representatives from key jurisdictions.

    This series will be presented live over the course of six weeks, starting on February 25, 2021. You can purchase a single session or the whole series. And you can also purchase the sessions or the full series on demand after they have been presented live.

    The program includes an overview session focusing on the current economic climate, factors contributing to counterfeiting, and the robust anticounterfeiting activities taking place across the region.

    Later sessions in the series will provide more detailed analysis in each of the four regions of the continent. In the final session, we will hear from local and international actors on the initiatives in the fight against counterfeiting, cross border initiatives, and the importance of international collaborations. We hope this series will spark debate and contribute to knowledge sharing and capacity building on the African continent and beyond.

    INTA will apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for the whole series and individual sessions. Total CLE credits available will vary from state to state. For more information, please email: memberoperations@inta.org.

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  • Session 5: IP Enforcement in North Africa

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/25/2021

    North Africa is a dynamic region neighboring Europe. Northern African countries have effective customs recordal systems and well-drafted IP laws. Still, counterfeit and pirated goods produced locally and abroad are widely available on the local market and exported to Europe. (This is part of the Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa Webcast Series. You may purchase a single session or the whole series.)

    North Africa is a dynamic region neighboring Europe. Northern African countries have effective customs recordal systems and well-drafted IP laws. Still, counterfeit and pirated goods produced locally and abroad are widely available on the local market and exported to Europe. 

    In this session, speakers will: 

    • Look at the trade links between EU and North Africa and how they impact counterfeiting in both regions;
    • Provide an update on IP rights enforcement in Egypt and Morocco; and 
    • Discuss how brand owners ensure that their IP rights are respected in the region. 

    Issam Benhssine

    Founder

    IB for IP (Morocco)

    Mr. Issam Benhssine has ten years of experience working in the legal field. He served as a lawyer at the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office between 2010 and 2018, promoting intellectual property rights for both creators and innovators and dealing with anticounterfeiting measures and procedures at the national, regional and international levels.

    In August 2018, Mr. Issam Benhssine founded IB FOR IP, an abbreviation of Issam Benhssine for Intellectual Property, an intellectual property firm based in Casablanca, Morocco. IB FOR IP provides a full range of legal services covering counselling, registration, prosecution, licensing and litigation related to intellectual property rights. 

    Mr. Issam Benhssine holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in intellectual property from the University of Turin (2015/2016). He is a member of INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee, Middle East and Africa Subcommittee, since January 2020. Mr. Issam Benhssine is the author of several articles in the field of intellectual property.

    Mohamed Eldib

    Eldib & Co. (Egypt)

    Mohamed obtained his Bachelor of Science from Boston University – School of Management in 2013. He later obtained his LLB and LLM from BPP University in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Mohamed joined Eldib & Co, a regional law firm with branches across Africa, in 2014 specializing in corporate and intellectual property law.

    In his corporate law practice, Mohamed has assisted in various contracts for high profile clients worldwide. At Eldib & Co he handles litigation claims on behalf of multinational companies in instances of counterfeit products appearing in the market. Mohamed is a member of the International Trademark Association’s Anti-counterfeiting committee and a co-chair in the Middle East General Advisory Counsel.

    Franck Pradier

    Novartis Global Security (Switzerland)

    Franck Pradier joined Novartis Global Security in 2014 and has been focusing on the fight against falsified medicines since then, occupying several different positions of increasing responsibilities. In his current role, Franck not only leads several projects related with this topic, but also acts as the Anti-Counterfeiting Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the Europe and Middle East region. Franck holds a Master’s degree in Business Intelligence since 2010 and is a Certified Fraud Examiner – CFE degree since 2016.

    Nathan Wajsman

    European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Observatory (Spain)

    Born in Wrocław, Poland and a dual Polish/Danish national, Nathan Wajsman was educated at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and later undertook graduate studies in the USA, earning a PhD in Economics from the University of Florida and an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia.

    Dr. Wajsman was named Chief Economist of the EUIPO in May 2011. He has been with the agency since 2007, previously working in Finance and Quality Management. 

    Prior to joining the EUIPO, he spent 20 years working in the private sector. A stint as a forecasting analyst at an electric utility in Florida was followed by a career in telecommunications and finance industries in the USA and several European countries, including positions with AT&T in the USA and Belgium, Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich, and Claranet Benelux, a managed hosting and internet service provider in the Netherlands.

    Vanessa Ferguson (Moderator)

    Founder

    Ferguson Attorneys (South Africa)

    Vanessa is the founder of FERGUSON ATTORNEYS a South African Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting specialist law firm. 

    For more than two decades, Vanessa has been assisting clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting measures, both in South Africa as well as key African territories.

    Vanessa furthermore holds the position of Immediate President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) – 2019-2020, member of Council, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting and Education committees.  Vanessa serves as a member of the INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Middle East & Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

    She is the co-author with Marius Schneider of the book “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa”, published by Oxford University Press in May 2020. 

    With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures. 

    Marius Schneider (Moderator)

    Founder and Director

    IPvocate Africa (Mauritius)

    Marius is the founder and director of IPvocate Africa, a law firm focusing on the protection, management, and enforcement of IP rights all over Africa. He assists clients, including multinationals from Europe and North America, in setting up and enforcing their IP strategy across Africa.

    Marius is the co-author with Vanessa Ferguson of the 2020 Oxford University Press (OUP) publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa’, the first book discussing intellectual property rights enforcement in all 54 African countries. He is the co-editor of the OUP publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU’ (third edition in progress) and a Consulting Editor of the OUP Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

    He is a lawyer at the Brussels bar and is registered as a Legal Adviser in Mauritius. He serves on the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the EUIPO Observatory and the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Marius works in English, French, German and Dutch.

    INTA will apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for the whole series and individual sessions. Total CLE credits available will vary from state to state. For more information, please email: memberoperations@inta.org.

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  • Session 4: IP Enforcement in West Africa

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2021

    Being the number one economy and the country with the largest population in Africa, Nigeria is the focal point of investors in the West African region. At the same time, Nigeria has increasingly become a target destination and a significant transit route for counterfeit and pirated products. This has a significant impact on the neighboring countries, including member states of the regional IP organization, OAPI and Ghana—another regional giant. (This is part of the Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa Webcast Series. You may purchase a single session or the whole series.)

    Being the number one economy and the country with the largest population in Africa, Nigeria is the focal point of investors in the West African region. At the same time, Nigeria has increasingly become a target destination and a significant transit route for counterfeit and pirated products. This has a significant impact on the neighboring countries, including member states of the regional IP organization, OAPI and Ghana—another regional giant.  

    In this session, speakers will discuss: 

    • Discuss the role of the OAPI and how OAPI trademarks are enforced in the member states;
    • Provide an update on IP rights enforcement in Ghana and Nigeria; and
    • Discuss how brand owners are protecting their trademarks in the region. 

    Obafemi Agaba

    Etti, Edu & Co. (Nigeria)

    Obafemi heads the Brand Protection Practice as well as the FMCG Sector of Jackson, Etti & Edu, a prestigious law firm recognised locally and internationally as having the foremost IP practice in Nigeria and a flourishing Africa practice. 

    Obafemi has a solid background in commercial litigation and has grown into a leading light in IP litigation, rights protection and enforcement, espousing recondite points of law and fundamental principles in the Nigerian IP jurisprudence. He also regularly interfaces with regulatory and enforcement bodies on the protection of IP rights.

    Obafemi holds an LLM.IP from the University College London and a PGD in International Copyright Law from King's College London. As a strong voice in IP practice, he was also elected as the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria in December 2020 and currently serves on the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the INTA.

    Maurice Batanga

    African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

    Mr. Maurice Batanga is holder of:

    • A Degree in Private Law obtained in 1986 at the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Yaounde
    • An MA and a Doctorate in International Relations awarded by the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

    Mr. Maurice Batanga is the Director of Legal Affairs Department at the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), in Yaounde- Cameroon. He has been working in this organization since 1996.  

    He is also a Lecturer in the Academy of Intellectual Property that was created in 2005 in OAPI. Prior to joining OAPI, Mr. Maurice Batanga, who is a Diplomat, served at the Ministry of External Relations of Cameroon, from 1991 to 1996.

    He participated as a student, at a training program on IP at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies of the University of Strasbourg in France.

    Olusola Adejumoke Ogundimu

    Integrated Legal Consultants (Ghana)

    Olusola Ogundimu is one of the leading faces of IP law in Ghana. Her practice, Integrated Legal Consultants, founded in 2007, remains at the forefront of IP matters in Ghana providing services to local and international clients some of which include Fortune 500 companies 

    Olusola is responsible for securing the registration of several leading international brands with both the Nigerian Trademarks Registry and the Ghanaian Trademarks Registry and has registered a significant number of patents and industrial designs. She has also advised and litigated on intellectual property rights and anti-counterfeiting matters.

    A graduate of The University of Ile Ife in Nigeria, Olusola was admitted to the Nigerian Bar and Ghanaian Bar in 1992 and 2007, respectively and has since worked with and in various capacities in Ghana; Sierra-Leone (Wright & Co and Fourah Bay College: 2003-2005); and Nigeria (Aluko & Oyebode: 1994 – 2001).

    She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Ghana Bar Association, the International Bar Association  and  the International Trademark Association.

    Braam Schoeman

    SC Johnson & Son (South Africa)

    Braam Schoeman’s career started as a legal advisor with the South African Police Service. As such he predominantly dealt with High Court litigation matters against the Police. His last 4 years in the Police were dedicated to coordinating anti-counterfeit efforts between the public and private sectors and assisting with the compiling of a training manual for anti-counterfeit enforcers.

    From the Police, he moved to the music industry to establish a national Music Anti-Piracy Group for the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). He spent 8 years in the roll as the Anti-Piracy manager during which period he and his team removed all visible music piracy from the streets of South Africa while utilizing technology to identify peer-to-peer file sharers, predominantly uploaders.

    From the music industry, he moved to S. C Johnson & Son (SCJ) where he was appointed as the Brand Protection manager responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa. As such he has established an enforcement network across Africa combating counterfeit SCJ products. Some of his successes include having eradicated counterfeiting of SCJ products in Kenya & Uganda to less than 1%. To date he is still frequently requested to address regional, operational & educational workshops hosted by Interpol, WIPO and the WCO.

    Vanessa Ferguson (Moderator)

    Founder

    Ferguson Attorneys (South Africa)

    Vanessa is the founder of FERGUSON ATTORNEYS a South African Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting specialist law firm. 

    For more than two decades, Vanessa has been assisting clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting measures, both in South Africa as well as key African territories.

    Vanessa furthermore holds the position of Immediate President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) – 2019-2020, member of Council, as well as the Anti-Counterfeiting and Education committees.  Vanessa serves as a member of the INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Middle East & Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

    She is the co-author with Marius Schneider of the book “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa”, published by Oxford University Press in May 2020. 

    With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures. 

    Marius Schneider (Moderator)

    Founder and Director

    IPvocate Africa (Mauritius)

    Marius is the founder and director of IPvocate Africa, a law firm focusing on the protection, management, and enforcement of IP rights all over Africa. He assists clients, including multinationals from Europe and North America, in setting up and enforcing their IP strategy across Africa.

    Marius is the co-author with Vanessa Ferguson of the 2020 Oxford University Press (OUP) publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa’, the first book discussing intellectual property rights enforcement in all 54 African countries. He is the co-editor of the OUP publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU’ (third edition in progress) and a Consulting Editor of the OUP Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

    He is a lawyer at the Brussels bar and is registered as a Legal Adviser in Mauritius. He serves on the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the EUIPO Observatory and the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Marius works in English, French, German and Dutch.

    INTA will apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for the whole series and individual sessions. Total CLE credits available will vary from state to state. For more information, please email: memberoperations@inta.org.

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  • Looking Through the Leadership Lens: Trademark Office Leadership on Confronting Challenges in an Evolving Landscape

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2021

    Leadership can be as diverse as the leaders at the helm. The Looking Through the Leadership Lens webcast series will explore critical topics on leadership and development through industry speakers with unique perspectives. The knowledge, advice, and experience shared through this series will provide you with the insight needed to make a mark in your organization. The first session, Trademark Office Leadership on Confronting Challenges in an Evolving Landscape, in this series will focus on leadership within a Trademark Office. (The Looking Through the Leadership Lens series is available to INTA members only.)

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    Leadership can be as diverse as the leaders at the helm. The Looking Through the Leadership Lens webcast series will explore critical topics on leadership and development through industry speakers with unique perspectives. The knowledge, advice, and experience shared through this series will provide you with the insight needed to make a mark in your organization. 

    The first session, Trademark Office Leadership on Confronting Challenges in an Evolving Landscape, in this series will focus on leadership within a Trademark Office. This distinguished panel will share how, during these challenging and unpredictable times, they have served as leaders of their respective agencies and how they have learned in the process.

    This webcast will cover: 

    • The personal journey to leadership and defining your personal and professional roles as a leader
    • Memorable leadership lessons
    • The most pressing challenges Trademark Office leaders are facing
    • Advice for the next generation of leaders

    The Looking Through the Leadership Lens series is available to INTA members only. 

    Tiki Dare (Moderator)

    Vice President and Associate General Counsel and 2021 INTA President

    Oracle Corporation (USA)

    Tiki Dare is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Oracle, where she specializes in trademark and copyright law. Her areas of practice also include anticounterfeiting, advertising, intellectual property, and competition.

    Ms. Dare previously led the trademark group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Before joining Sun, Ms. Dare specialized in trademark law at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California. She started her legal career in the Federal Practice group at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C., where she litigated issues including trademark and patent infringement and false advertising.

    Ms. Dare is a graduate of Dartmouth College (cum laude) and the Duke University School of Law. In her role as INTA President, Ms. Dare is Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

     

    Cláudio Furtado

    President

    Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) (Brazil)

    Cláudio Vilar Furtado is a career teacher at the São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

    He holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Master in Business Administration from FGV, Master of Business Economics and a PhD in Finance from the University of Chicago, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration from EAESP-FGV.

    On February 11, 2019, Mr. Furtado was designated President of INPI.

     

    David Gooder

    Commissioner for Trademarks

    United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) (USA)

    David 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.

    Mesmin Pierre

    Director General

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) (Canada)

    Since July 2019, Mesmin has served as Director General of the Trademarks and Industrial Designs Branch within the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). As Director General, Mesmin is responsible for the sound operation of the Branch by providing strategic vision and leadership to deliver CIPO’s mandate. In September of 2016, he was appointed Director General of the Trademarks Branch, and prior to that Director of the Copyright and Industrial Designs.

    Before joining CIPO, Mesmin led the Broadband Canada Program at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, which aimed at providing support to companies to extend high-speed Internet coverage to unserved and underserved areas of Canada. He held leadership positions at the Department of Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada. Mesmin worked in management and consulting in the private sector before joining the federal public service 17 years ago.

    Mesmin is a graduate from York University’s Schulich School of Business in public management. He is also a certified chainsaw operator and a decent soccer player. 

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