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What I learned at INTA 2016 (including photo journal)

Posted by ipelton on: June 6th, 2016

I have finally recovered from all the activity from the INTA® conference at the end of May in Orlando, Florida.  Here are a few things I learned this year:

  • Intellectual property is an international affair. Many (most?) of the attendees are not from the US. And relationship around the world can be key in helping clients.
  • There is increasing divisions and distinctions between three types of trademark service providers: large law firms, smaller boutique law firms, and online providers that offer little or no legal advice.
  • Trademark lawyers can get caught up in trademarks and businesses, but in the end it is a people business — working with other trademark lawyers, and helping business people grow and strengthen their companies.
  • The next 12 months will be a busy year for developments in the (U.S,) world of trademarks: new TTAB rules, new USPTO fees, potential new USPTO procedures for challenging non-uses, possible Supreme Court cases regarding disparagement and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, and potential legislation regarding the USPTO’s expenses and costs on appeals of Ex Parte TTAB decisions to District Courts (costs currently borne by the Applicant).
  • Orlando without children is a much different place.
  • The INTA general education sessions have become too unwieldy. By appealing to a mass international audience, the majority of topics are not covered in an advanced fashion.
  • Speaking with IP law professors is quite interesting, as they see the world of IP through a different lens and it is helpful to compare with my client practice.
  • The Orlando convention center is too big. You can be next to the center, and still be 3/4 of a mile from where you need to be in the convention.
  • I am quite thankful for uberx! (see prior bullet point)
  • Orlando’s slogan – “You don’t know the half of it®” – is bizarre and not a good one.
  • Meet the Bloggers event is still fun to host! See pictures below.

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Trademark Lawyer’s Guide to Orlando for #INTA16

Posted by ipelton on: May 19th, 2016

Next week, thousands of trademark professionals from around the world will descend upon Orlando for the annual meeting of INTA.

We offer this guide to many of the major sites and activities around San Diego, through our trademark perspective. Because this guide is for use with the INTA® (Registration No. 1914028) conference, we have, of course, included information regarding interesting trademark registrations!

– Erik Pelton

2016 Trademark Guide to Orlando by Erik Pelton

The twelfth annual Meet the Bloggers event will be held once again this year at the annual conference of INTA in Orlando. All blog readers are invited to join us for the fun.  Please RSVP here so that we know to expect you.

MTB XII will take place Monday, May 23, 2016, from 8PM to 11PM, at Kings Bowl America, 8255 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819, next to the Orlando Eye. See map.

For more details, see http://www.meet-the-bloggers.com/

Kings Bowling logo

I am once again honored to be a host of this event with several colleagues:

 

Property, intangible
Pamela Chestek
Likelihood of Confusion
Ron Coleman
Ant-like Persistence blog and host of the E-Trademarks and Madrid-Llistservs
Carl Oppedahl
IPelton blog
Erik Pelton
The Legal Satyricon
Marc Randazza
The Trademark Blog and @leasonellis
Marty Schwimmer
The TTABlog
John L. Welch

Downtown San Diego hosted the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association last week with over 10,000 visitors from around the globe. The city was a great host for the conference. In addition, the area was full of vibrant small businesses, and great brand names and logos.  The convention center, and the San Diego department of tourism, both have great logos too, featuring suggestions of San Diego’s aquatic nature. But many of the small business’ trademarks are, unfortunately, not full protected because they are unregistered. See below for photos of many of the local trademarks.

My favorite trademarks found include:

  • Va-Va Varnish (nail services0
  • Debonair (barber shop)
  • the westbean (coffee shop)
  • Iron Monkey logo (beer)
  • The Blind Burro (restaurant and bar)
  • The Bike Revolution logo
  • Broken Yolk Cafe (diner) (Registered @USPTO!)
  • “Life is Too Short to Be Bitter!” slogan (coffee)
  • Zymology21 (restaurant and bar)

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Reminder: Meet the Bloggers at #INTA15 on Monday night

Posted by ipelton on: April 29th, 2015

The eleventh annual edition of “Meet the Bloggers” will be held this Monday night, May 4th, from 8-11 pm at Henry’s Pub & Restaurant, 618 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (see map).

Co-hosting the event this year, along with me, are:

Property, intangible Pamela Chestek  
IP Fridays Rolf Claessen & Kenneth Suzan  
Likelihood of Confusion Ron Coleman  
Ant-like Persistence blog & host of E-TrademarksandMadrid-Llistservs Carl Oppedahl  
IPelton blog Erik Pelton  
The Legal Satyricon Marc Randazza  
The Trademark Blogand @leasonellis Marty Schwimmer  
The TTABlog John L. Welch  

Please RSVP here so that we know to expect you.

More details here: http://www.meet-the-bloggers.com/