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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/20/2018

    We all have unconscious biases—attitudes and stereotypes that we may not even be aware of or agree with, that can affect how we view and work with others, and act as potential hurdles to successful leadership and teamwork. Such biases can even affect whether justice is done in the courtroom.

    Pre-recorded at INTA's 2018 Annual Meeting.

    This interactive session will explore how to recognize and overcome the negative effects of such biases, and foster more inclusive and effective business and legal work environments. In addition, the speakers will explore the ethical implications of unconscious bias, and how diverse teams can actually deliver better results. 

    Jack Manhire

    Texas A&M University School of Law (United States)

    Fidelma Macken

    Former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, Dublin (Ireland)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/05/2015

    As in-house counsel responsible for your company’s global trademark portfolio, you have numerous options available when it comes to managing and maintaining this most valuable of company assets. But which way should you go? Having an in-house team to reduce external spending might seem the most cost-effective structure, but what unexpected problems can this lead to? When can an external advisor really assist in achieving your goals without blowing your budget? And how can you demonstrate your value to management when the external agents are the ones doing the real work? If these are issues you face as an in-house practitioner, join this interactive panel discussion, which will draw on the experience of both in-house practitioners and the external advisors who assist in-house teams in delivering excellent portfolio management to their companies. (Intermediate Level)

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2015 Annual Meeting.

    Covering practical tips on efficient filing practices as well as more nuanced issues such as whether to appoint territory specific agents or one single external agent to manage your portfolio, this session will be of primary interest to in-house counsel and practitioners working within industry, as well as trademark professionals in private practice firms interested in understanding what they can do to better tailor their services to their corporate clients around the world.

    Cameron Olsen (Moderator)

    International Brand Management Ltd. (United Kingdom)

    Tom Heremans

    CMS DeBacker (Belgium)

    Nicole L. Linehan

    Schneider Electric (United States)

    Natalie Salter

    Lane IP Limited (United Kingdom)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/04/2015

    Famous marks are frequently subject to parody. There is a thin line between what is protected by the law as parody and what constitutes infringement. (Advanced Level)

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2015 Annual Meeting.

    Speakers will take a theoretical look at the law in a variety of jurisdictions to explore when parody may be legitimate fair use and when it is just used as an excuse by infringers.

    Camila Santamaría (Moderator)

    Noemi Parrotta

    Studio Legale SIB (Italy)

    Barbara Quinn

    The Walt Disney Company (United States)

    Sanjiv D. Sarwate

    Dell Inc. (United States)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/02/2015

    In-house counsel are under a constant mandate to continually decrease legal spending and provide certainty in estimating legal expenses for budgeting purposes. At the same time, outside counsel are under unrelenting pressure to keep up with rising costs and make a reasonable profit at year-end. Are these competing forces irreconcilable? (Intermediate Level)

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2015 Annual Meeting.

    This panel will work together and propose practical solutions to minimize conflict and maximize harmony:

    • What motivates in-house counsel when it comes to managing outside legal counsel fees, and what expectations do in-house counsel have in asking outside counsel for cost estimates (and how should law firms deal with such requests)?
    • What law firm activities are amenable to standard charges (e.g., trademark prosecution), and how should standard charges be conveyed (e.g., standard fee schedule updated annually)?
    • What services should be included as part of the standard charge (e.g., reporting publication and registration, legalizing documents)?
    • What expenses should law firms pass on, and how should they be handled (e.g., billing for copying charges and legal research, marking-up expenses)?
    • How can alternative fees be used, especially in the context of litigation (e.g., contingency fee, blended rate, fixed rate, fee bap, risk collar, holdback, merit bonus)?
    • What are the experiences of outside counsel in dealing with various alternative approaches to billing (i.e., what works and what does not work)?

    Steve Meleen (Moderator)

    Pirkey Barber PLLC (United States)

    Bobby Ghajar

    Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP (United States)

    Mark Holah

    Bird & Bird LLP (United Kingdom)

    Allison McDade

    7-Eleven, Inc. (United States)

    Kristin McNulty

    Intel Corporation (United States)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/02/2015

    The business of running a law firm has never been more stressful. In-house counsel are demanding ever-greater efficiencies and price reductions from outside law firms. At the same time, associates and staff are not getting any less expensive and they need to be cultivated to ensure the long-term success of the firm. Professional and ethical obligations to keep up-to-date on legal developments and skills have not changed over time. (Advanced Level)

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2015 Annual Meeting.

    This session will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the many issues facing law firm management, specifically:

    • How does a firm balance the pricing pressure from inside counsel with the need to maintain a reasonable level of profitability?
    • How does one deal with staffing issues and balance the client relationship with the need to handle administrative and marketing responsibilities?
    • How does one facilitate more knowledge sharing within a firm and foster relationships among colleagues?
    • What technologies are available to make the law firm more efficient?
    • How does a firm mentor and supervise its associates to strengthen their critical legal and business skills?
    • How can staff and paraprofessionals provide more value to the firm?
    • What are best practices in dealing with collections to reduce accounts receivable?
    • Are requests by clients for proposals worth the time and effort to respond?
    • How are firms dealing with issues of reciprocity when it comes to maximizing potential business while advancing client interests in uniform representation?
    • How are firms vetting and handling conflicts of interest: legal vs. business?

    Mark Kachigian (Moderator)

    Johnson & Kachigian (United States)

    Rose Auslander

    Carter, Ledyard & Milburn LLP (United States)

    Marcus Gallie

    Ridout & Maybee LLP (Canada)

    Anthony Tong

    Robin Bridge & John Liu (Hong Kong SAR, China)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/02/2015

    The days of spending your time cloistered away in a library researching and writing a memo for the file have long passed. Clients are more cost conscious than ever in expecting law firms to provide business-savvy service at the lowest possible price. Law firm partners are under such pressure that they feel like they do not have the time (or incentive) to mentor their associates. How, then, are associates expected to develop an understanding of trademark law in order to serve their firms and eventually advise clients and litigate disputes? Answering this question is essential to ensuring that the next generation of trademark lawyers is as well seasoned as the ones that have come before. (Intermediate Level)

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2015 Annual Meeting.

    A panel including a law firm partner, a law firm associate and a law firm consultant (or inside counsel) will examine the changing landscape for trademark lawyers and address the following critical issues:

    • How are trademark attorneys hired, and are law school IP programs important?
    • How do trademark attorneys learn the nuts and bolts of substantive trademark law?
    • How do trademark attorneys learn how to prosecute trademarks and handle international work?
    • Does technology make a difference in the way trademark attorneys are trained today?
    • What can trademark attorneys do to ensure the viability of their skills well into the 21st century?
    • What can law firms do to better mentor trademark attorneys and cultivate their legal (and networking) skills?
    • How can organizations like INTA be utilized to help groom the legal (and marketing) skills of the next generation of trademark lawyers?

    Amalia M. Berg (Moderator)

    Goodmans LLP (Canada)

    Tracey Berger

    Spruson & Ferguson (Australia)

    Carrollanne Lindley

    Kilburn & Strode LLP (United Kingdom)

    Devon Sparrow

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (United States)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/24/2016

    In today’s market, trademarks are no longer static symbols, but instead, are dynamic indicators of brand and origin. This panel offers a global perspective on fluid marks, as well as legacy and heritage marks, and genericide.

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2016 Annual Meeting. 

    In today’s market, trademarks are no longer static symbols, but instead are dynamic indicators of brand and origin. This panel offer a global perspective on fluid marks, as well as legacy and heritage marks, and genericide. Speakers will offer their perspectives on:

    • The potential commercial impact of changing or varying a mark.
    • How to maintain protection in marks in the absence of use.
    • Possible vulnerability that can result from a “successful” advertising and marketing campaign.

    Maria Baratta (Moderator)

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (United States)

    Alison Tan

    The Procter & Gamble Company (United States)

    Margaret Walker

    Xerox (United States)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/22/2016

    Today, more than ever, brand owners and trademark attorneys are being asked to include copyright protection in their in-house or client portfolios. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of copyright to overall brand identity protection, and recognizing that the overlap between trademark and copyright can serve as another tool in their brand protection arsenal.

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2016 Annual Meeting. 

    Brand owners and trademark attorneys are learning that they need to institute best practices against copyright infringement to protect both their own intellectual property and to protect the company against costly and reputation damaging copyright infringement claims.

    Speakers will share insight on all the copyright topics you need to know more about, including:

    • Best practices for practical tips on maximizing brand protection through copyright.
    • How to protect against copyright infringement in your company.
    • Issues and copyright concerns in the corporate environment.
    • How to obtain copyright permission and much more.

    Christopher Kenneally (Moderator)

    Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (United States)

    Gretchen Klebasko

    Legg Mason & Co., LLC (United States)

    Randi Singer

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (United States)

    Maury Tepper

    Tepper & Eyster, PLLC (United States)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/21/2016

    Tech-savvy speakers will discuss various best practices and new developments involved in running the technologically advanced trademark law firm practice.

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2016 Annual Meeting. 

    Tech-savvy speakers will discuss various best practices and new developments involved in running the technologically advanced trademark law firm practice. Topics to be discussed will include

    • IP docketing software.
    • Data/file storage in the cloud.
    • Disaster recovery plans.
    • Transcription/voice recognition software.
    • Billing and financial software.
    • Hardware platforms.
    • Integrating various software in law firms to work together.

    Mark Kachigian (Moderator)

    Johnson & Kachigian (United States)

    Anuj Desai

    Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

    Anuj Desai is a partner in the Litigation Practice and Intellectual Property Team. Mr. Desai also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. He focuses on delivering high quality and efficient solutions to his clients’ dispute resolution and intellectual property legal needs. Mr. Desai regularly counsels clients in all aspects of creative intellectual property, including on matters of trademarks, infringement, creative review, copyrights, FTC compliance, social media, licensing, and contract negotiation. He manages large worldwide trademark portfolios for clients in the consumer products, restaurant, entertainment, utility services, and industrial technology market sectors. Additionally, Mr. Desai is well-recognized for his strategic and practical advice to clients regarding the development, use, and divesture life cycle of their brands, whether in the US or abroad. Mr. Desai is a longstanding member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and currently serves as a sub-committee chair for its Law Firm Committee. As part of his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Desai regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout the country in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation matters. He is also well versed in leading and coordinating inter partestrademark proceedings worldwide, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Desai advises clients on dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution strategies, but also has first chair experience in handling trial and injunctive relief proceedings, and appeals. Mr. Desai serves a variety of industries, but his practice is focused primarily in the retail, software, technology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare IT fields. 

    Cory Furman

    Furman IP Law & Strategy PC (Canada)

    Nathalie Dreyfus

    Dreyfus & Associes (France)

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/21/2016

    Trademark practitioners face divergent cultures and customs when interacting with their international counterparts. Understanding these global cultural differences and nuances can help practitioners successfully navigate interactions with international clients and counsel, and avoid potential pitfalls that could unintentionally alienate a business partner.

    Pre-recorded from INTA's 2016 Annual Meeting. 

    Through a series of vignettes depicting professional and social situations that one may encounter when interacting with professionals from different cultures, a geographically diverse panel of trademark practitioners with a wide spectrum of experiences in the global market will share their insight on spotting and understanding cultural differences.

    Alison Tan (Moderator)

    The Procter & Gamble Company (United States)

    Philippe Bhering

    Bhering Advogados (Brazil)

    Myrtha Hurtado Rivas

    Novartis Pharma AG (Switzerland)

    Stephen Jiew

    Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates & Legal Consultants (United Arab Emirates)

    Mark David McVicar

    Winkler Partners (Taiwan)