International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Live+ took place in the United StatesAAA IPRIGHT2
The International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Live+ took place in the United States from April 30 to May 4. The event comprised both in-person meetings and Live+ meetings to allow flexibility in consideration of the raging Covid-19 pandemic across the globe.
Although INTA has been holding the Annual Meeting for nearly one-and-a-half centuries, the 144th time Annual Meeting by INTA in 2022 is still a special event unlike any other throughout the history of this organization with many new features, especially with the adaptation of technology.
To participate in person, the participants had to go through many checks to ensure compliance with the organization’s health and safety policies.
However, as with the Live+ version, the means of access were provided with much lower security measures. It can be said that INTA’s Annual Meeting Live+ is bridging the physical and digital divide with an event unlike any other.
The annual meeting was a gathering location for many influential brand professionals from across the globe and across industries. Took parts in the meeting, the participants would come away with new perspectives, fresh ideas, and a renewed connection with the trademark community, and embrace myriad opportunities to make lasting memories with colleagues and friends from around the world.
Events in the International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Live+
WIPO also participated in the INTA’s annual meeting Live+ this year, as expected of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
During the meetings that expanded 5 days, WIPO had tackled the following issues:
- Updates on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks and the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs – with Madrid Registry Senior Director David Muls and the Hague Registry Director Grégoire Bisson;
- Updates on the news and recent Madrid System Online Services – with Communications and Information Manager, Madrid Information and Promotion Division, Benoît Apercé;
- A panel discussion session on the better use and enhancement of the Madrid System moderated by Christine Respond, Head IP Paralegals, Novartis Pharma AG.
The WIPO experts could be found at the WIPO booth (no. 136) in the Brand Marketplace Exhibit Hall.
Another key part of the meeting was the USPTO’s remarks. Particularly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal had given a speech to urge INTA members to share their ideas on how to improve the intellectual property (IP) system.
In her remarks, she also announced a USPTO initiative called the Council for Inclusive Innovation, stating how it is important to have an inclusive element in innovation and patent-related matters.
Ms. Vidal also gave out several key aspects that the USPTO is currently tackling such as counterfeit behavior, trademark backlog, etc.
Finally, Ms. Vidal thanked INTA for its “really important” Pro Bono Clearinghouse program: “We need to do everything we can to make sure that everybody has access to our IP system and this is something that at the USPTO, during this Administration, we’re focused on. We want to create and incentivize more innovation for more people in underserved communities. We want to bring that innovation impact, and that’s going to involve making sure we’re protecting that innovation and there are no barriers to accessing IP.”
Throughout the events, there have been many shows detailing new ways of view towards IP matters. Not just in the event, adjacent to the event, there is also a milestone mark for India as Safir Anand marked the United States release of his book Chrysalis. Hosted by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, the reception celebrated both the book’s release and the firm’s success in the practice of intellectual property law.
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