Last month, Doni Robinson and Vivek Jayaram attended the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) in Seattle, WA. Aside from meeting with clients and friends of the firm, Doni and Vivek attended various panel discussions and lectures regarding a number of emerging and hot button issues in trademark law. The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation.

INTA’s members are more than 7,200 organizations from 191 countries. INTA members collectively contribute almost US $12 trillion / €8.8 trillion / ¥73 trillion to global GDP annually. For comparison, the 2016 annual GDP of the top three markets was $11.2 trillion (China), $16.4 trillion (European Union) and $18.6 trillion (United States).

The Association’s member organizations represent some 31,000 trademark professionals and include brand owners from major corporations as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, law firms, and nonprofits. There are also government agency members, as well as individual professor and student members.
As a not-for-profit association, INTA’s role is to serve its members and society as a trusted and influential advocate for the economic and social value of brands. 2018–2021 Strategic Plan
Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington D.C. and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi.

The firm has plans to attend next year’s conference in Boston, MA.