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  • Current Trademark Issues in Brazilian Federal and State Courts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/13/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

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

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

    The judges will discuss the following issues:

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

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

    (This webcast will be 75 minutes in length.)

    Judge Márcia Maria Nunes de Barros

    Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

    Judge Luis Felipe Ferrari Bedendi

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

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

     

    Gabriel Di Blasi (Moderator)

    Di Blasi, Parente Attorneys & Associados (Brazil)

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

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

    Eriça Tomimaru (Moderator)

    Di Blasi, Parente Attorneys & Associados (Brazil)

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


    John L. Welch

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

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

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

    Read more about John L. Welch

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

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

    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • New Jersey
    • Texas
    • Washington

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



  • Escalator Going Down? A Global Perspective on Genericism

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/29/2020

    A primary goal for brand owners is to have their brand on the mind and in the heart of consumers across the globe. But without adequate protection, a brand owner’s popularity may blur the line between the trademark and the product category.

    A primary goal for brand owners is to have their brand on the mind and in the heart of consumers across the globe. But without adequate protection, a brand owner’s popularity may blur the line between the trademark and the product category.

    Join us as experts from Germany, Hong Kong SAR, China, and the United States discuss how courts address genericism in their countries. Learn some dos and don’ts for brand owners to help ensure that their marks remain strong and protectable. Get an inside peek into the strategy adopted by Velcro Companies and see how protecting brand rights is not just the work we do, it also can be fun!

    Tish Berard (Moderator)

    Velcro USA, Inc.

    Tish L. Berard is Senior Counsel of Trademarks for Velcro USA, Inc. and its related companies (“Velcro Companies”) based in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She joined Velcro Companies in 2018 as Legal Counsel for North America, and was then promoted to Senior Counsel, Trademarks.  In this role, she enjoys protecting the iconic VELCRO® Brand and educating the public about the proper use of Velcro Companies’ marks.  

    Prior to her role at Velcro Companies, Tish was trademark counsel, and subsequently Vice President and General Counsel, for Hearts On Fire Company in Boston, Massachusetts for ten years.  Tish was responsible for all legal matters for Hearts On Fire, including intellectual property maintenance and enforcement.  

    Tish also practiced in Phoenix, Arizona in the firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP where she worked in both the litigation and trademark practice sections, and the boutique intellectual property firm of Sullivan Law Group, where she led the trademark practice group and also focused on intellectual property litigation.  

    Tish served as the President of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in 2018 and currently serves on its Board of Directors. 

    Maximilian Kinkeldey

    Grünecker (Germany)

    Legal Education

    1987-1992         Munich University School of Law (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

    1992-1994         Clerkship (Referendariat) in Munich

    1995                  Admitted to the Munich Bar

    1996                  LL.M. at New York University School of Law, New York

    (Specialization: Trade Regulation – Intellectual Property Law)

    1997                 Doctorate in Law at the University of Regensburg

    Professional Career

    1995                 Attorney at law in the field of criminal defense law at the law offices of Bossi, Ufer & Dr. Ziegert, Munich, Germany

    since 1997        Associate at the law firm of Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhäusser, Munich, Germany

    since 2001        Partner at the law firm of Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhäusser, Munich, Germany

    Practice Areas

    Trademark, design and unfair competition law (litigation and prosecution)

    Member

    INTA Board of Directors 2011 - 2013, ECTA

    Languages

    German, English, (French)  


    Patsy Lau

    Deacons (Hong Kong SAR China)

    Patsy is qualified in Hong Kong and California.  She holds a JD and a BA from the University of San Francisco.

    Patsy specialises in the protection of large multinational and regional trade mark portfolios.  She has extensive experience in conducting trade mark audits and, in advising on portfolio structure, brand management and filing strategy.  Patsy’s practice also concentrates on complex trade mark disputes and negotiations, opposition, invalidation and rectification matters including trade mark appeals before the High Court.

    Patsy also advises on all forms of commercial transactions affecting trade marks from simple assignments to complex multinational licensing arrangements and conducting due diligence.

    Jason Sneed

    SNEED PLLC (United States)

    As the founding and managing member of SNEED PLLC, Jason M. Sneed has litigated intellectual property disputes before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and on behalf of clients in federal courts in over 20 states. Mr. Sneed’s intellectual property litigation background includes representing some of the most famous brands in the world in areas such as consumer goods, footwear and apparel, entertainment, insurance and financial services, additive manufacturing and personal and retail security. 

    Mr. Sneed graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Christian University in 1993. Mr. Sneed has been recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and litigation by Best Lawyers®, North Carolina Legal Elite™, IP Stars® and Super Lawyers®.  

    Mr. Sneed is active in the International Trademark Association and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and has served in leadership capacities in both organizations. He regularly writes and speaks on legal developments in the areas of trademark and copyright and has made presentations to the American Institute of Architects’ Annual Meeting, the International Trademark Association’s Business of Brands Forum, the Trademark Administrators Meeting, the International Trademark Basics Conference and in Table Topic sessions at the INTA Annual Meeting. 

    Prior to founding SNEED PLLC in 2011, Mr. Sneed practiced law for 14 years with national firms in Kansas and North Carolina, including Alston & Bird LLP where he served as a Partner and Charlotte Group Leader for the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group.

    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 cle@inta.org with any questions. 



  • Annual Review of U.S. Federal and State Case Law

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/12/2020

    An INTA annual favorite, hear Trademark Reporter (TMR) author Ted Davis deliver a concise analysis of major decisions rendered by the U.S. federal and state courts over the past twelve months.

    An INTA annual favorite, hear Trademark Reporter (TMR) author Ted Davis deliver a concise analysis of major decisions rendered by the U.S. federal and state courts over the past twelve months. And be sure to check out the United States Annual Review: The Seventy-Second Year of Administration of the Lanham Act of 1946 (January–February 2020, Vol. 110 No. 1), published by the TMR. 

    Theodore H. Davis Jr.

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (United States)

    Ted Davis divides his practice between domestic and international litigation and client counseling in the fields of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition law and has particular experience in trade dress and gray market disputes, litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and with large-scale trademark clearance and registration projects. 

    He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, on behalf of which he has testified before Congress on trademark and Internet issues, and he also has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association. 

    He is a frequent lead author of amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States and other federal courts, as well as an expert witness in federal district court litigation and in prosecution matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Read more about Ted Davis.

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

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

    • California
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Kentucky
    • Missouri
    • Nevada
    • New Jersey
    • Texas

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



  • Booking.com: A Closer Look

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us for this webcast as our expert panel of speakers discusses the issue presented in the Booking.com case that will soon be considered by the Supreme Court: whether the addition by an online business of “.com” to a generic term creates a protectable trademark under the Lanham Act.

    Join us for this webcast as our expert panel of speakers discusses the issue presented in the Booking.com case that will soon be considered by the Supreme Court: whether the addition by an online business of “.com” to a generic term creates a protectable trademark under the Lanham Act. 

    The Counsel of Record for various amicus briefs submitted to the Court will discuss the issue and provide commentary about the arguments that will take place before the Court on May 4. This trademark case will be the first case that the Supreme Court will ever hear by phone.

    Thad Chaloemtiarana

    Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, USA; Counsel of Record for .com Brand Owners as Amici Curiae for Respondent Booking.com

    Thad Chaloemtiarana is a partner at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson LLP.  He concentrates his practice on litigation and counseling in the areas of trademark and unfair competition law, copyright law and information technology law.  His experience includes both federal court litigation and transaction work, including negotiation and licensing of all kinds of intellectual property rights in a wide variety of areas. He manages, prosecutes and enforces the worldwide trademark portfolios for several international companies.

    Mr. Chaloemtiarana has litigated cases involving trademark and trade dress infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising and unfair competition, dilution, unauthorized importation of gray market goods, copyright infringement, breach of contract, and domain name cybersquatting.  He also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating many types of transactions, including technology development, integration and licensing agreements; website development and hosting agreements; on-line content and branding agreements; and trademark license, manufacturing and distribution agreements.

    Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves on Council for the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law, and he has been nominated to serve as Vice Chair of the Section commencing in August 2020,  He has served in several roles in the ABA IPL Section, including as Membership Officer, Chair of the Trademark Division, Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellows Program and a member of the Nominating Committee. For many years, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught a class on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law.  In 2010, Mr. Chaloemtiarana was recognized as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publisher of Chicago Lawyer and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

    Mr .Chaloemtiarana obtained his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Technical Editor for Harvard International Law Journal, and his B.A., with highest distinction and with honors, from Pennsylvania State University.

    Larry Nodine

    Ballard Spahr LLP, USA; Counsel of Record for the International Trademark Association as Amicus Curiae for Respondent Booking.com

    Lawrence K. Nodine is the Managing Partner of the firm's Atlanta office, a member of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and its former Practice Leader. Since 1983, Larry has served as lead counsel, including first chair trial counsel, on a wide variety of cases involving trademarks, copyrights, and patents. He has appeared in more than 300 cases in 23 jurisdictions across the United States. The many complex patent cases he has handled encompass such diverse technologies as biotechnology, electronic communications, electric meters, programming guides, vehicular telematics, pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial agents, hand-held electronic devices, commercial carpet and flooring systems, and avionics.

    - Chairman of INTA Amicus U.S. Subcommittee for the 2018-19 term

    - Counsel of record in Booking.com for INTA’s amicus brief to SCOTUS

    - Ballard Spahr, LLP. Managing Partner Atlanta Office and former head of IP Litigation Practice Group.

    - Emory School of Law, Adjunct Professor for Internet Law

    - WIPO Panelist for UDRP

    Antonio Turco (Moderator)

    CPST Intellectual Property, Canada; Chair of the INTA International Amicus Committee

    Antonio is a founding partner of CPST Intellectual Property.  His practice focuses on litigation related to intellectual property rights, including disputes related to patents, copyright, trademarks, industrial designs and trade secrets.  He has represented clients in domain name disputes under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

    Antonio is involved in the management of intellectual property portfolios, including providing strategic advice, searching the availability of trademarks, the filing and prosecution of trademark and copyright applications in Canada, as well as trademark opposition and non-use proceedings. On the commercial side, he also assists clients in commercial transactions involving intellectual property and technology, such as financing and licensing.  Antonio has been recognized as a leading IP lawyer in Canada by various ranking publications.

    Antonio currently serves as the chair of INTA’s International Amicus Committee

     

    Rebecca Tushnet

    Harvard Law School, USA; Counsel of Record for Trademark Scholars as Amici Curiae for Neither Party

    Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law at Harvard Law School.  Her work focuses on copyright, trademark, and advertising law. Her blog, tushnet.blogspot.com, is one of the top intellectual property blogs, and her writings may be found at tushnet.com.  She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.

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

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

    • California
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • New Jersey
    • Texas

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



  • Bad Faith and the Coronavirus—China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) Takes Action

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/04/2020

    Join us for this webcast as our speakers discuss recent cases of bad faith filing of COVID-19-related marks in China and the orders and sentences issued in response, including the significant penalties set by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.

    Join us for this webcast as our speakers discuss recent cases of bad faith filing of COVID-19-related marks in China and the orders and sentences issued in response, including the significant penalties set by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.

    In addition to the recent Supreme People’s Court decisions on bad faith filings and the registration of trademarks and company names, our speakers will discuss whether these cases may signal the beginning of a new approach by the Court to bad faith filings.

    Xianjie Ding

    King & Wood Mallesons (China)

    Mr. Xianjie Ding is an experienced Chinese trademark and patent attorney. He has been practicing in intellectual property field for over 30 years. He helps his domestic and international clients manage their patent and trademark portfolio and advise on IP protection strategy. His expertise includes trademark and patent prosecution, domain name dispute resolution, IP due diligence, IP audit, IP licensing and acquisition. 

    Mr. Ding joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2010. He is a member of International Trademark Association and has served in its multiple professional committees. He was the ex-chair of the Editorial Board of the INTA China Bulletin, and current chair of Digital Asia Subcommittee of Internet Committee. He is also counsel to Shanghai Pudong Intellectual Property Protection Association, vice-chair of Trademark Agency Committee of Shanghai Trademark Association, and member of All China Patent Agent Association.

    He Fang

    King & Wood Mallesons (China)

    Mr. He Fang specializes in intellectual property litigation. He is a senior IP litigator and co-leads the IP litigation group in the KWM Shanghai Office.

    Mr. He Fang has a solid theoretical foundation and rich practical experience in the field of intellectual property. He has substantial China litigation and enforcement experience, as well as significant advocacy experience in the PRC Courts. His achievements include working on a series of landmark IP cases, such as the first declaration for non-infringement of trade marks in China (‘The Peter Rabbit’ case), and the first preliminary injunction award for design patent in Zhejiang Province (‘The Hansgrohe’ case). 

    He is particularly strong in the areas of trade mark, trade dress and copyright, having successfully advocated for a number of clients in several high profile and award winning cases (including a series of the Top IP Cases in China as judged by the Supreme People’s Court). Among which, Mr. He Fang acted for Shanghai M&G Stationery Inc. in winning an industrial design infringement dispute. The judgment is a significant reference for determining the similarity of industrial designs of daily items. It was named by the Supreme People’s Court to the lists of “2016 Top 10 IP Cases in Chinese Court System”, and “20 Typical Cases of 2016” tried by the Shanghai IP Court.His successful advocate in the first declaration for non-infringement dispute heard by the Supreme Court also set a benchmark for the industry.

    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 cle@inta.org with any questions. 



  • Data Privacy 101―How to Ensure Data Protection and Enhance Brand Value in the Age of Data Privacy

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/30/2020

    Data privacy has emerged as an important legal issue with the potential to affect the reputation and integrity of many brands. This webcast, presented by INTA members with in-house data privacy expertise, will provide trademark practitioners with a “Data Privacy 101” overview together with a practical discussion to raise awareness of common data privacy pitfalls. Speakers will also touch upon emerging issues in the field.

    Data privacy has emerged as an important legal issue with the potential to affect the reputation and integrity of many brands.

    This webcast, presented by INTA members with in-house data privacy expertise, will provide trademark practitioners with a “Data Privacy 101” overview together with a practical discussion to raise awareness of common data privacy pitfalls. Speakers will also touch upon emerging issues in the field.

    The webcast will be of interest to trademark practitioners worldwide, given the growing overlap between brand protection and data privacy legislation.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Overview of data privacy pitfalls for trademark professionals to be aware of
    • The in-house counsel perspective on data privacy
    • Enhancing brand value through data protection
    • Emerging Issues: EU data privacy law, California privacy law, Illinois biometric law

    Brian Goncalves

    Mastercard (United States)

    Brian Goncalves is Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel with the Mastercard legal department. Brian leads a global team of attorneys focused on product development, innovation, privacy, and data protection in the technology sector, applying a unique background in computer science to the practice of law.  

    In this role, Brian is responsible for counseling business teams on the intersection of law, technology, and corporate strategy.  Prior to Mastercard, Brian advised multinational technology and media companies on complex litigation and transactions, information security, privacy law, and patent, copyright, and trademark law.  

    Brian holds degrees from Sacred Heart University (B.S., Computer Science), Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D.), and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (LL.M., Intellectual Property).

    Chiang Ling Li

    Jones Day (Hong Kong, SAR China)

    Chiang Ling Li's practice has focused on China IP and pharmaceutical law since 1994. She has been in the forefront of the law, leading successful litigation involving patents, trade secrets, copyright, unfair competition, 3-D marks and well-known marks, as well as successfully pursuing criminal enforcement of IP infringement in China.

    Chiang works closely with industry organizations lobbying for legal reforms, including those concerning patent linkage and data exclusivity, and has been appointed an arbitrator by CIETAC, HKIAC, ADNDRC, and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

    Chiang is author of China Executive Report: Intellectual Property, the China IP chapters of LexisNexis's Intellectual Property Rights, the "Anticounterfeiting and Enforcement" chapter in China's Participation in the WTO, and the China chapters in PLC Cross-border Life Sciences (2007-2012 editions), Trade Secrets Throughout the World TreatisePatents Throughout the World, and Designs and Utility Models Throughout the World. She is also author of many articles on China IP and pharmaceutical law and practice.

    Olena Manuilenko

    Divjak Topić & Bahtijarević (Croatia)

    Olena Manuilenko is the Head of IP & TMT practice at Divjak, Topić & Bahrijarević Law Firm from Zagreb, Croatia. Olena specializes in intellectual property, technology, media, privacy and e-commerce law. Her expertise encompasses contentious and non-contentious work falling within the ambit of both traditional and digital business, including strategic advising and day-to-day legal support pertaining to brand management, marketing and advertising, copyright, trade secrets, cross-border data transfers, IP due diligence, along with dispute resolution and enforcement.

    Paul D. McGrady (Moderator)

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (United States)

    Paul D. McGrady is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in its intellectual property practice group. McGrady represents large brands as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises in the United States and around the world, regarding the adoption, licensing, prosecution and enforcement of trademarks and cutting edge representation on domain name and ICANN matters.

    Evan Nagler

    Mastercard (United States)

    Evan Nagler is Director and Senior Counsel with the Mastercard legal department. Evan is part of a global team of attorneys supporting privacy by design, data protection, and innovation focused on data analytics products. In this role, Evan provides privacy by design advice with a primary focus on North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Prior to Mastercard, Evan advised a variety of companies across industries on privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, and data breach laws. 

    Evan holds a Bachelor’s from Brandeis University (Computer Science; Mathematics) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Kimberly Nix

    WestRock Company (United States)

    Kimberly Nix is a Senior Paralegal at WestRock Company in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, her duties include domestic and foreign trademark prosecution in addition to oversight of trademark usage on the company websites, domain name registrations, and review and approval of marketing material annual reports, and webinars for the various businesses. She has worked in the legal profession for over 27 years in corporate legal departments and law firms with experience in patents and trademarks.

    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 cle@inta.org with any questions. 



  • Being Part of the Solution: Brands Innovate for a Green Future

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/27/2020

    Brands are the means by which businesses build their reputation in the market and communicate with consumers. Often times, brands can lead innovation and spark a new way of thinking―for example, socially conscious brands that champion the fight against climate change can lead the way to a greener future.

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    Brands are the means by which businesses build their reputation in the market and communicate with consumers. Often times, brands can lead innovation and spark a new way of thinking―for example, socially conscious brands that champion the fight against climate change can lead the way to a greener future.  In honor of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme, Innovate for a Green Future, INTA will be hosting a free virtual roundtable to discuss the role brands can play in tackling the climate crisis. 

    Join moderator Tiffany Valeriano, INTA Brands for a Better Society Committee member, and speakers Aiko Bode, Group Chief Sustainability Officer (Fenix Outdoor International AG, Germany), and Fabrice Mattei, Climate Change and IP Group Head, Partner (Rouse, Thailand) as we discuss the role brands can play in transitioning to a more sustainable economy.  

    We will debate compelling issues such as: 

    • The impact that adopting CSR policies has on brand value and the world;
    • Opportunities and challenges for brands looking to implement CSR policies, with examples from Fenix Outdoor International AG;
    • Underlying innovations and commitments resulting from CSR policies;
    • Effects of counterfeiting on CSR policies for brands and consumers;
    • The world’s first IP carbon footprint calculator, “CLipMATE,” and its value for brands and society.

    Aiko Bode

    Fenix Outdoor International AG (Germany)

    Aiko Bode is a historian and biologist and worked in the field of sustainable development for more than 25 years. He currently holds the position of Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Fenix Outdoor International. 

    Before joining Fenix Outdoor, Aiko worked for TUV Rheinland as Group Head of CSR & Compliance. He has also been working in the financial sector at a leading European insurance group and with the United Nations at locations in Nairobi, New York and Geneva.

    Fabrice Mattei

    Rouse (Thailand)

    Fabrice Mattei is a Partner of Rouse. He worked 5 years in London and Paris for two international law firms before he moved to Asia in 1996 where he opened Rouse’s offices in Thailand and Myanmar.  His practice focuses on IPRs prosecution & litigation as well as Climate Change. 


    Tiffany Valeriano

  • Empowering Indigenous Communities to Make Strategic Use of Intellectual Property

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/06/2020

    Join us as this expert panel of speakers will provide an introduction to the intersection between indigenous rights (and traditional knowledge) and trademarks (and intellectual property rights).

    Join us as this expert panel of speakers will provide an introduction to the intersection between indigenous rights (and traditional knowledge) and trademarks (and intellectual property rights).

    The speakers will discuss how this intersection affects brand owners in their regions. 

    Justice Janet Fuhrer (Moderator)

    Federal Court of Canada (Canada)

    Justice Fuhrer studied law at Queen’s University, where she obtained her LL.B. in 1985. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987 and later obtained her LL.M. in e-Business from York University while working full time. She practiced in the intellectual property law field since her call to the bar until her appointment to the Federal Court in June 2019.

    Justice Fuhrer spent the majority of her years in private practice as a partner of Ridout & Maybee LLP in its Ottawa office. She was a certified specialist by the Law Society of Ontario in Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks and Copyright). She is Past President of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She was among the first Canadian members invited to become Fellows of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She has served in various leadership roles with all three organizations, as well as with the Ontario Bar Association and the International Trademark Association. Prior to her appointment, she was a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on intellectual property law topics.

    Justice Fuhrer taught the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law Course at Queen’s University Faculty of Law the fall of 2016 and served on the Dean’s Council for about six years up until her appointment. She is a previous associate editor of the Canadian Patent Reporter and a former chair of the Trademark Agents Examination Board.

    Lynell Tuffery Huria

    AJ Park (New Zealand)

    Lynell has found her home at AJ Park, having joined the firm in 1990, aged just 16, while studying to become an actuary. Five years later, she was invited onto AJ Park’s trademarks team and began studying towards her law degree.

    'AJ Park really provides an environment where people can grow and develop,' she says. 'I’ve been given many wonderful opportunities at this firm, and I’ll always be grateful for them.'

    Lynell keenly follows international debates on the protection of indigenous culture around the world. She is particularly proud of her work over the years on the INTA Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Subcommittees. It saw her involved in drafting submissions on new legislation for the protection and recognition of indigenous rights across the globe.

    Lynell was recognized for ‘overseeing much of the ensemble’s “extensive presence in the Pacific Islands”’ in the 2019 edition of the WTR 1000. She was also selected for inclusion in the first-ever WTR Global Leaders 2019, a publication which features the 'best of the best' in trademark practice and shines a spotlight on those that lead the way across the trademark industry.

    Lynell featured in the 2017 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 rankings, where she was described as 'a go-to for US corporations with interests in New Zealand' and called a 'guru' for trademarks relating to the Pacific Islands.

    Lynell is also the Chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Subcommittee for the International Trademark Association (INTA).

    Robert A. MacDonald

    Gowling WLG (Canada)

    Mr. MacDonald is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A., 1978) and the University of Ottawa (LL.B., 1981).  He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983 and is a Registered Trademark Agent.  He is an advocate in the Federal Court of Canada and before the Opposition Board.

    Since his call to the Bar, Mr. MacDonald has worked within the Gowling WLG IP group, with particular focus on trademark law including prosecution, licensing, oppositions and litigation in the Federal Court.  He is recognized as a leading trademark practitioner by The Best Lawyers in Canada, Managing Intellectual Property, Who's Who Legal, WTR1000 and by Chambers Global. He is also recognized in the 2019 LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He served for several years on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Committee for the Certification of Specialists in IP and is certified as a specialist in Trademarks.

    Mr. MacDonald is an active participant in IPIC, CBA, INTA and Marques and has served on various committees within those organizations. He is past Chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Team within Marques. He is the Chair of the of INTA’s Regional Indigenous Rights Analysis (Americas) Sub-Committee. Mr. MacDonald has presented talks to various organizations on issues relating to Canadian and Russian trademark laws. Mr. MacDonald was a lecturer at the Advanced Practical Trademarks Course offered by IPIC and the McGill University Centre for Continuing Education.

    In addition to his practice, Mr. MacDonald is actively involved in the management of Gowling WLG and has held various positions over the years.  In particular, he was the Managing Director of the Gowling WLG Moscow office for ten years and he is currently the co-head of the IP practice group within Gowling WLG.  

    Mr. MacDonald is the Chairman of the Board of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra.  

    Wend Wendland

    World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Switzerland)

    Wend Wendland has some 30 years’ experience in intellectual property, in both the private and public sectors.  He practiced law as a partner of a leading South African law firm, Webber Wentzel, from 1987 to 1997, before joining the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he became a Director in 2008.  

    For the last many years, he has devoted himself to multilateral norm-setting and capacity-building at the interface between intellectual property and global issues such as biodiversity, food and agriculture, cultural heritage and human rights.  

    Mr. Wendland is passionate about economic, social and cultural development in developing and least-developed countries.  In his work, he travels widely and is familiar with the conditions in many countries in all regions.  He maintains a wide network of senior-level contacts within government departments, diplomatic missions, regional organizations, industry, civil society and academia.  

    Mr. Wendland is also an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He publishes extensively and is a frequent speaker at conferences.  He was born in Cape Town and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.

    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 cle@inta.org with any questions. 



  • Mental Health in Your Workplace: How to Be Part of the Solution

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/11/2020

    According to the latest mental health statistics, one in six workers is experiencing a common mental health problem, most often anxiety or depression. The prevalence of mental health and substance abuse issues puts that number closer to one in three for lawyers. The most recent studies on law student well-being suggest that they too are already experiencing chronic stress and higher rates of depression and substance abuse than the general population. (This webcast is free of charge and available to INTA members only.)

    This webcast is not about all that bad news, however. Research studies provide strong evidence that companies with high levels of mental health awareness are more successful. Improving the mental health of employees can improve thinking, decision-making, workflow, and relationships at home and at work. 

    Join us for this virtual event and learn how to be part of the solution. 

    (This webcast is free of charge and available to INTA members only.)

    Amalia Berg (Moderator)

    Goodmans LLP (Canada)

    Amalia Berg is a partner and heads the Intellectual Property Group at Goodmans. She is also a registered trademark agent. Amalia practises exclusively in the areas of intellectual property and technology law with an emphasis on trademarks, copyright and confidential information.

    Amalia represents public companies and investors as well as smaller clients and start ups. She is regularly involved in transactional work involving intellectual property and her practice encompasses all aspects of client counselling and portfolio management, including trademark clearance and prosecution, both domestic and abroad, opinion work, opposition and cancellation proceedings, enforcement, licensing, and domain name and e-commerce issues. Having a passion for the arts, she also advises on art-related legal matters.

    Read more about Amalia Berg.

    Leanne Matlow

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Counselor, Thinking About Thoughts (Canada)

    Leanne is a cognitive behavioral therapy counselor with a private practice specializing in anxiety for children and adolescents.  She is trained as a teacher and guidance counselor, with a Masters degree from Toronto’s Institute of Child Study, OISE and certificates in CBT from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia.  

    Discovering the prevalence of anxiety issues in the classroom setting, and their regular misdiagnosis as academic concerns, Leanne has become a mental health advocate who speaks regularly about anxiety in the classroom to parent and teacher groups. Together with the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, she founded and organizes the annual Mental Health Empowerment Day symposium to increase the understanding of parents and those who work with children and youth in our community settings (including schools, camps, youth groups and travel experiences) regarding mental health issues.  

    Leanne is the 2019 Inspiration Award Winner for the Women of Action of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, serves on the board of the Musical Stage Company and is the Treasurer of Canadian Friends of Auditory-Verbal Israel.