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  • Economic Aspects of Trademark Transactions—Valuation, Taxes, and Financial Planning

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    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. Economic Aspects of Trademark Transactions—Valuation, Taxes, and Financial Planning is the fourth segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series.Trademarks and brands are core assets and primary drivers of profit for many multinational companies. In this segment, hear from an expert panel of speakers as they discuss valuation issues and concepts typically encountered in trademark transactions.

    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information.

    Economic Aspects of Trademark Transactions—Valuation, Taxes, and Financial Planning is the fourth segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series.Trademarks and brands are core assets and primary drivers of profit for many multinational companies. In this segment, hear from an expert panel of speakers as they discuss valuation issues and concepts typically encountered in trademark transactions.  

    Additional topics that will be covered include: 

    • Examples and highlights from recent transfer pricing cases, as well as legislation that impacts IP ownership and the protection of IP, to illustrate the importance of minimizing risk through proper management of trademarks and IP assets in a dynamic regulatory environment
    • Overview of valuation and transfer pricing, including reasons for trademark valuations, appraisal methodologies, and the distinction between legal and economic ownership
    • International tax developments including Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) developments, European Union (EU) developments, and issues relevant to specific countries
    • Benefits of coordination and communication between the internal groups of a company, such as the tax and legal departments
    • Avoiding potential problems and minimizing tax and IP enforcement risks or disputes

    Willem Bongaerts

    Partner, Bird & Bird (Luxembourg)

    Renowned for his cross-border work, Willem is seen as a leading tax lawyer.

    Willem is a partner and heads our Dutch Tax Practice. He is based in The Hague, but also works from our Luxembourg office, and is admitted to the bar in both the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

    A qualified tax lawyer, with more than 17 years of experience, Willem has built his practice around both international and domestic clients, with a particular focus on innovative companies. He specialises in international tax and advises, amongst others, European and American multinationals on cross-border transactions, corporate reorganisations, and mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on creating European investment and private equity funds, real estate investment funds, financing, licensing and holding structures. He is also a member of our Life Sciences Group.

    Willem worked as an international tax lawyer in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and New York.

    Willem is a frequent speaker on tax related topics at internal and external seminars and conferences. In addition, he frequently acts as the chairman of a variety of conferences and seminars.

    Willem joined us in 2014. He holds Masters degrees in Notarial Civil Law from Leiden University and in Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam. Willem is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB), the International Fiscal Association, the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA), the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

    Brian Daniel (Moderator)

    Vice President, Charles River Associates (United States)

    Keith Medansky

    Partner, DLA Piper (United States)

    Keith Medansky concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property, including a full range of transactional and litigation matters pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, software, anti-counterfeiting and technology.

    Keith's practice is international in scope. He has handled trademark matters in the United States and in over 100 other countries. Keith has extensive experience managing large intellectual property portfolios for all kinds of businesses, from small start-up companies to large multinationals. He has particular experience in counseling clients in matters involving the protection of Website content and domain names and in developing cyberspace and copyright policies. Keith also has broad experience in assisting clients in addressing complex intellectual property issues relating to licensing, intellectual property holding companies and arising out of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and bankruptcy.

    Keith handles litigation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and various federal and state courts. He litigates on behalf of computer component companies in connection with counterfeiting matters and the protection and enforcement of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights in software and other products. He also represents manufacturers, retailers, educational institutions, distributors, franchisors and other clients in prosecuting and defending infringement and unfair competition claims pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, domain names and trade secrets.

  • U.S. Anticounterfeiting Resources: How Brand Owners Work with the Recordation System and Centers of Excellence

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    This webcast will provide an overview about the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) and will detail how brand owners can collaborate with these centers in their anticounterfeiting efforts. Speakers will provide a presentation on the activities and objectives of the Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals CEE and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Recordation System. Additionally, the webcast will have a detailed case study that demonstrates best practices collaboration between the Pharmaceutical CEE and an industry brand owner.


    This webcast will provide an overview about the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) and will detail how brand owners can collaborate with these centers in their anticounterfeiting efforts. Speakers will provide a presentation on the activities and objectives of the Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals CEE and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Recordation System. Additionally, the webcast will have a detailed case study that demonstrates best practices collaboration between the Pharmaceutical CEE and an industry brand owner.

    Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) transform the way U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) approaches trade operations and works with the international trade community. The Centers represent CBP's expanded focus on “Trade in the 21st Century” by aligning with modern business practices, focusing on industry-specific issues, and by providing tailored support to unique trading environments. The Centers were established to increase uniformity of practices across ports of entry, facilitate the timely resolution of trade compliance issues nationwide, and further strengthen critical agency knowledge on key industry practices. 

    There are currently ten Centers of Excellence and Expertise in the country, each with a special industry focus:

    • Atlanta: Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising
    • Buffalo: Industrial & Manufacturing Materials
    • Chicago: Base Metals
    • Detroit: Automotive & Aerospace
    • Houston: Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals
    • Laredo: Machinery
    • Los Angeles: Electronics
    • New York: Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals
    • Miami: Agriculture & Prepared Products
    • San Francisco: Apparel, Footwear & Textiles


    Robb Beckerlegge (Moderator)

    Partner, Baker & Hostetler

    Eric Buchanan

    Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Goli Gharib

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Tara Steketee

    Merck & Co., Inc.

  • Trademarks in Business Transactions: Behind Closed Doors, Getting the Deal Done

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    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. Trademarks in Business Transactions: Behind Closed Doors, Getting the Deal Done is the first segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series. Hear from an expert panel of speakers as they discuss practical tips on how to get the deal done. Speakers will also share experiences from “behind the closed doors” of trademark transactions.

    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. 

    Trademarks in Business Transactions: Behind Closed Doors, Getting the Deal Done is the first segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series. Hear from an expert panel of speakers as they discuss practical tips on how to get the deal done. Speakers will also share experiences from “behind the closed doors” of trademark transactions.

    Additional topics that will be covered include: 

    • Key tools and strategies for getting transactions through where trademarks and brands are the primary assets.
    • Pointers on developing a tailored plan for your transaction.
    • Negotiation of a watertight agreement with a focus on areas where problems may arise (e.g. in relation to the definition of transferring assets, warranties, liability and indemnification provisions).

    Nicola Benz (Moderator)

    Managing Partner, FRORIEP (Switzerland)

    Nicola Benz's practice focuses on technology and IP transactions. She assists companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors.

    Ms Benz's expertise — gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments — covers licensing, joint ventures and collaborations, outsourcing, assignments and associated IP issues. She advises on franchising, sponsorship and trademark exploitation, the sale and purchase of trademark portfolios, and the protection and defence of brand rights on the internet and elsewhere. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contract, competition and regulatory issues and data protection.

    Ms Benz is recognised as a leading trademark, patent and technology licensing lawyer in professional publications and listings such as WTR1000 and Chambers Europe, which praises her "intelligence, responsiveness, pragmatism and ability to turn around very detailed comments quickly".

    Born in Scotland, Ms Benz obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined Froriep as associate in 2002, became a partner in 2010, and managing partner in 2017.

    Her working languages are English and German.

    Ms Benz is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executives Society and the International Technology Law Association.

    Read more about Nicola here.

     

    Rachelle A. Dubow

    Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (United States)

    Rachelle Dubow’s practice focuses on counseling, protection, and licensing of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on trademark prosecution and global brand management. Rachelle assists domestic and multinational companies in the selection, clearance, registration, and enforcement of trademarks, the licensing of trademark rights, and the related manufacturing and distribution of licensed products and services. She also handles franchise-related matters, including counseling on the acquisition of franchise systems, and negotiating franchisee agreements and area development agreements for both franchisors and franchisees. In addition, Rachelle assists with general IP diligence, including franchise-related issues, in both M&A and investment-related transactions.

    Rachelle represents clients in a wide variety of industries that include finance, entertainment, sports, consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, life sciences, computer technology, and the Internet. 

    Rachelle does a considerable amount of pro bono work for entities including the Family Law Project for Battered Women, the Economic Justice Project, the Center For Women and Enterprise, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and currently assists many of the firms pro bono clients with IP related matters including Partners in Health, a nonprofit corporation, the Say Yes to Education Foundation and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, among others. Rachelle is also actively involved in her community and serves on multiple committees for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Chabad of the North Shore, Cohen Hillel Academy and Congregation Shirat Hayam.

    Read more about Rachelle here

    Robert Guthrie

    Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP (United Kingdom)

    Rob is a Partner in Osborne Clarke’s intellectual property litigation department. He advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection, enforcement and dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on brands and copyright.

    Rob has worked with a number of high profile clients, in particular in the fashion, entertainment and new media sectors, and regularly acts for those clients before the UK courts and the UK and EU trade mark registries. Recent cases have included the successful defence of Sky’s Now TV from a passing off claim brought by the operators of  a Now TV in Hong Kong, in a case that went all the way to the UK’s Supreme Court.

    Rob is described by Legal 500 as a “commercially minded, technical expert” and by WTR 1000 as “a first choice adviser for any brand protection work”. He is an active member of MARQUES, being Chair of its European Trademark Law and Practice Team and a member of the EU Trade Mark Reform Task Force.

    Read more about Rob here

    Astrid Luedtke

    Salaried Partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek (Germany)

    Astrid Luedtke is a Salaried Partner at the German law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. She has far-reaching expertise in all areas of intellectual property as well as media and data protection law. She advises German and foreign companies of all sizes on all areas of IP law. Her expertise covers the development of trademark strategies, trademark prosecution and litigation as well as advising on licensing contracts on all types of intellectual property rights such as patents, design patents, trademarks, know-how and copyrights. As an IP expert she also frequently advises clients on transactions involving IP rights. 

    She regularly holds lectures and workshops and serves regularly as a lecturer for Media Law at Hochschule Fresenius, University of Applied Sciences, in Düsseldorf.

     Read more about Astrid here

     

     

  • The Mediation Toolbox: Best Practices in Mediation for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa--How to Avoid Throwing a Monkey Wrench into the Works

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    The webcast will review the availability of mediation in several geographic regions including Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

    The webcast will review the availability of mediation in several geographic regions including Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The panel will conduct an overview of the applicable laws in these regions and discuss best practices for leading or participating in the mediation process.

    Felicia J. Boyd (Moderator)

    Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Felicia J. Boyd is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Minneapolis office, where she has served as co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.
    Ms. Boyd focuses her practice on complex intellectual property litigation and has led plaintiff and defense litigation on a large variety of claims related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress in federal and state court as well as complex matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Her litigation experience spans a diverse array of industries, including financial and investment services, medical devices, software, music, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured goods. Ms. Boyd’s victories have included preliminary injunction motions, summary judgment motions, favorable settlements, and jury verdicts at trial. She is a registered patent attorney with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and has represented clients in contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    Read more: http://www.btlaw.com/Felicia-J...

    Shiri Kasher-Hitin

    KasherLaw

    Shiri Kasher-Hitin is an expert in intellectual property law and a mediator in commercial law with KasherLaw.

    Over the past two decades, Kasher-Hitin has advised Israeli and foreign companies and provided them with counseling services and legal representation.

    Ms. Kasher-Hitin has extensive experience in intellectual property law in the commercial sector, in general, and with media companies in particular.

    She has acted as both an internal and external consultant to companies on numerous aspects of intellectual property, including development of intellectual property, protection thereof, negotiations for its commercial use and litigation.

    Ms. Kasher-Hitin has led dozens of commercial mediation procedures that were resolved in settlements.

    She handles mediation on a range of issues arising from all varieties of commercial disputes, including those involving violations of agreements and breach of intellectual property rights between commercial entities and private parties.

    Mark Mordi, FCI Arb.

    Litigation Partner at Aluko & Oyebode

    Mark is a litigation partner at Aluko & Oyebode. He is one of the core members of the firm’s dispute resolution team. He is a seasoned litigator who has successfully carved a niche for himself in intellectual property and maritime enforcement matters, as well as negotiating out of court settlements in favor of clients in this area.

    His areas of specialization include intellectual property, admiralty, commercial litigation and arbitration. He also represents a number of international Companies active in the spheres of Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Food and Beverages in intellectual property disputes and arbitration matters in Nigeria.

    In the course of his intellectual property enforcement practice, Mark has prosecuted several class actions; IP enforcement matters ranging from trademark infringements; enforcement of rights to letters of patents; copyright enforcement actions; unlawful interference with the performance of contract cases for major multinational/local pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies; as well as opposition proceedings before the Trademark Registry. In the course of prosecuting these cases he has successfully obtained and enforced, in every case, pre-emptive remedies in the nature of Anton Piller Orders, temporary restraining orders or injunctions against counterfeit producers, parallel importers and passers-off; and also renders anti-counterfeiting advice.

    James Tumbridge

    Partner, Barrister at Venner Shipley

    James is an Intellectual Property Litigation partner in our legal services team. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). His practice has covered a wide variety of matters including; commercial litigation, admiralty, employment, insolvency, banking, pensions, and mortgage claims. He focuses on intellectual property disputes; and has been involved in cases such as the Supreme Court decision in R. v. Prudential on the issue of whether legal professional privilege applies to non-lawyers representing the interests of the IP community, the House of Lords decision in RPR v Yeda concerning patent entitlement to a cancer therapy, CCH v the Law Society of Upper Canada a decision of the Canadian Supreme Court concerning copyright in judgments, trade mark cases such as the Enterprise Court decision protecting the Dyno-Rod mark from rogue plumbers, as well as design and confidential information disputes in the High Court.

    James’ work also extends to anti bribery compliance, data protection matters; compliance for politicians and political campaigns, advertising and promotions, as well as issues with data capture for those dealing in virtual currency and customer data.  He has been an ad hoc advisor to various UK MPs and MEPs on a range of IP and dispute issues. Through his engagement with policy makers he has extensive Government relations experience and advises clients on how to prepare for legislative changes and regulation compliance.

    James is also a qualified mediator, listed with the world intellectual property organisation (WIPO), the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, ADR Group, IDRS, Talk Mediation, Clerksroom and a number of other ADR providers.  He also spent two years chairing the International Trade Mark Association’s ADR committee.

  • Overview of Corporate Transactions and Due Diligence

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    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. Overview of Corporate Transactions and Due Diligence is the second segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series. In this segment, an expert panel of speakers will discuss due diligence tips and tricks from both the buyer and seller perspectives.

    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. 

    Overview of Corporate Transactions and Due Diligence is the second segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series. In this segment, an expert panel of speakers will discuss due diligence tips and tricks from both the buyer and seller perspectives.

     Additional topics that will be covered include:

    • Share sale versus asset sale, points to watch.
    • Defining the scope of due diligence at the outset.
    • What information needs to be collected through due diligence
    • Examples of complications that may become apparent in the course of a due diligence exercise, and suggestions on how they may be overcome
    • Steps to be taken post-closing, and the impact of due diligence on post-closing work

    Nicola Benz (Moderator)

    Managing Partner, FRORIEP (Switzerland)

    Nicola Benz's practice focuses on technology and IP transactions. She assists companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors.

    Ms Benz's expertise — gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments — covers licensing, joint ventures and collaborations, outsourcing, assignments and associated IP issues. She advises on franchising, sponsorship and trademark exploitation, the sale and purchase of trademark portfolios, and the protection and defence of brand rights on the internet and elsewhere. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contract, competition and regulatory issues and data protection.

    Ms Benz is recognised as a leading trademark, patent and technology licensing lawyer in professional publications and listings such as WTR1000 and Chambers Europe, which praises her "intelligence, responsiveness, pragmatism and ability to turn around very detailed comments quickly".

    Born in Scotland, Ms Benz obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined Froriep as associate in 2002, became a partner in 2010, and managing partner in 2017.

    Her working languages are English and German.

    Ms Benz is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executives Society and the International Technology Law Association.

    Read more about Nicola here.

     

    Sara Blotner

    Director and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Citigroup Inc. (United States)

    Sara Blotner is a Director and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Citigroup Inc. Since 1998, Sara has handled all aspects of IP for Citigroup and all of its subsidiaries on a global basis.  Her primary practice areas include worldwide trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution and conflicts, right of publicity, corporate transactions, licensing, internet and social media. 

    Sara began her career with the trademark group of Fish & Neave and went in-house to NBA Properties Inc. in 1995. Sara graduated cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

    Sara has lectured on Intellectual Property issues for the International Trademark Association, Foley and Lardner, Holland and Knight, Kilpatrick Stockton, Lawyer’s Alliance, National Association of Women Lawyers, NYIPLA, Practicing Law Institute, Pro Bono Partnership and ALM.

    Peter Bolger

    Partner, Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy, LK Shields (Ireland)

    Peter is Head of our highly regarded Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy team. He advises clients on all aspects of privacy law in respect of compliance, registration, international transfers, policies and audits including the GDPR.

    Peter is Head of our highly regarded Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy team.

    His substantial practice centres on assisting national and international clients in dealing with the Irish and EU aspects of IP protection, strategy, commercialisation and enforcement, domestic and cross-border commercial, IP, tech and tax-related agreements and re-organisations and all aspects of technology agreements from enterprise to SaaS licensing (with a focus on fintech).

    Peter advises clients on all aspects of privacy law in respect of compliance, registration, international transfers, policies and audits including the GDPR.

    Peter also specialises in media law for Irish and multinational clients.

    Peter is an Irish solicitor and an Irish and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney.

    Read more about Peter here

    Laurence Rickles

    Chief Trademark Counsel, Teva Pharmaceuticals

    Larry has been a trademark and copyright attorney for over 25 years.  Since December 2015, he has been Chief Trademark Counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals, in Horsham, PA.  There, he is responsible for managing Teva’s team of trademark professionals, who handle Teva’s portfolio of almost 35,000 trademarks in dozens of countries worldwide.

    Prior to Teva, Larry’s in-house experience included almost 17 years at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ.  While at J&J, he was the trademark attorney responsible for many of J&J’s well-known brands, including TYLENOL® , MOTRIN®, REACH® toothbrushes, and OneTouch® blood glucose monitors and test strips, as well as significant portions of J&J’s pharmaceutical trademark portfolio, including REMICADE® and STELARA®. He also worked on numerous character license agreements on behalf of the BAND-AID® brand, as well as J&J’s sponsorship of the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.

    Larry has also been an outside counsel, namely, as a Member of the Intellectual Property Group of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, in Philadelphia, PA.  While there, his practice focused on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, including trademark portfolio management; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; and unfair competition matters, including advertising issues, protection against counterfeit goods and marks, and misappropriation of trade dress.

    Larry was an associate at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, as well as Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

  • Navigating an EU Application for Action

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    The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, based at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), created the Enforcement Database (EDB) as a free, multilingual, and secure information exchange system.

    In compliance with Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 12, 2013, EDB offers brand owners the electronic filing of customs applications for action (AFAs) in all the languages of the EU member states. 

    This webcast will show you in four easy steps how to send AFAs using the intellectual property rights and product information from the database. 

    Blanca Arteche

    Senior Project Manager, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures—Managing Domain Names and Social Media Accounts in Transactions

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    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures—Managing Domain Names and Social Media Accounts in Transactions is the third segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series. In this segment, an expert panel of speakers will discuss best practices in performing domain and social media due diligence.

    CLE pending. Please email cle@inta.org for more information. 

    Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures—Managing Domain Names and Social Media Accounts in Transactions is the third segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series.  In this segment, an expert panel of speakers will discuss best practices in performing domain and social media due diligence.

     Additional topics that will be covered include:

    • Considerations in valuing domain names.
    • Purpose of and introduction to due diligence.
    • Common issues and considerations involved in reviewing/investigating a domain portfolio.
    • What social media assets, agreements and policies form part of any transaction?
    • How to define and pass social media assets from one party to another.
    • Addressing third party rights in social media assets.

    Mark Jansen

    Associate, Fenwick & West LLP (United States)

    Mark Jansen’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and trade name counseling, and strategies for developing and managing domain name portfolios. He advises clients from start-ups to multinational corporations on brand strategy and the protection of brand assets, including, brand creation, selection, protection, expansion, and enforcement. Mark has extensive experience in the social media and Internet space, both advising platforms in trademark matters and helping brand owners navigate social media.

    Mark is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section. In 2017, Super Lawyers honored him among the leading intellectual property lawyers in Northern California.

    While in law school, Mark was honored with the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Intellectual Property and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He was also Lead Production Editor for the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal. Mark served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter Jr. of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California and also worked as a law clerk for Oracle, Quantum, and eBay.

    Read more about Mark here

    Dennis Prahl

    Partner, Ladas & Parry (United States)

    Dennis a Partner of Ladas & Parry in the firm’s New York office.  

    Mr. Prahl has been consistently recognized as one of the leading trademark practitioners in the world by the World Trademark Review and Euromoney/MIP.  He specializes in the areas of international trademark, copyright, domain name, right of publicity and unfair competition law and has represented and advised a wide range of clients in diverse fields, from multinational corporations to individuals.  

    Mr. Prahl received his B.A. from Northwestern College and his J.D. from New York Law School.  In addition, he holds a diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies from the McGeorge School of Law.   Dennis also serves as president of Principium Strategies – Ladas & Parry’s ICANN-accredited domain name registrar and brand monitoring subsidiary.

    Tiffany Schwartz

    Senior Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP (United States)

    Tiffany Schwartz is a member of Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology group with a broad range of professional experience encompassing the strategic management and growth of trademark portfolios; copyright registration and enforcement; the licensing and monetization of intellectual property assets; software licensing; anti-counterfeiting; and IP dispute resolution. Tiffany also counsels clients on Internet and privacy issues; guides clients through domain name acquisitions and disputes; conducts IP due diligence in connection with potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and negotiates and drafts agreements relating to licensing, privacy, website usage, and the settlement of intellectual property disputes.

    Read more about TIffany here

    Inga Smith (Moderator)

    Legal Program Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc. (United States)

    Inga has 20 years of intellectual property experience.  She is currently a Legal Program Manager at Cisco Systems, managing the global trademark portfolio, the domain name portfolio, and the copyright filing program.

     Prior to joining Cisco, Inga was a Senior Patent Paralegal at Georgia-Pacific and a Senior IP Paralegal at Schlumberger.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University and Paralegal Certification from The National Center for Paralegal Training.  She is an active member of the International Trademark Association, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Resources and Tools Subcommittee on the Trademark Administrators (TMA) Committee.

  • Anticounterfeiting Resources: Recordation Tools for Brand Owners

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    A valuable anticounterfeiting tool is customs recordation systems. INTA believes that these systems are a basic need for customs officials to easily identify counterfeit goods. The ability to record trademark rights, methods of identification of genuine goods, and contact information of the brand owners will make it easier for customs officials to work with the private industry to protect their borders.

    This webcast will highlight two such tools to get your brand’s information to the most officials possible through the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) global Interface Public-Members (IPM) platform and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s (EUIPO) regional Enforcement Database (EDB).

    The Interface Public-Members (IPM) platform is WCO’s web and mobile platform allowing rights holders to share relevant product information and the only global security solution gateway allowing customs officers to verify the authenticity of products online. IPM allows brands operational data to be communicated directly to customs officers, facilitating the identification of counterfeit goods.

    The IPM service was quite expensive in the past, but now is more affordable for rights holders. A special discount will also be given to INTA members. WCO’s Bob Peeters will tell you more about the IPM tool and give you more information about the discount.

    Developed and run by the EUIPO, the EDB contains information on products that have been granted an intellectual property right, like a registered trade mark or design. Police and customs officials of the 28 Member States can access this tool to view information and product details, making it easier for them to identify counterfeits and take action.

    Any IP right owner can be part of the EDB; you just need to enter information about your products into the database and connect it to your IP rights. The EDB is free for all trademark owners. EUIPO’s Blanca Arteche will show how EDB works and why every trademark owner should participate.

    Blanca Arteche

    Senior Project Manager, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

    Bob Peeters

    IPM Senior Manager for the Private Sector at the World Customs Organization

    Since 2015, Bob Peeters joined the World Customs Organisation (WCO) IPM Private Sector team as the Senior Manager of the IPM Private Sector team. 

    The WCO is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively focused on customs issues and is composed of 180 countries, representing 98% of the world trade. 

    Bob is responsible for the promotion of the IPM Tool amongst the Private Sector with his global team. He is also involved in the expansion of the IPM Connected programme, which mainly focuses on collaborating with authentication and track & trace technologies. 

    Prior to the WCO, Bob was working in the EMEA and APAC IT and telecom industry, focusing amongst others on security and integrity aspects of national and global networks.