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Barcelona trademarks – an INTA photo journal

Posted by ipelton on: June 1st, 2017

Barcelona has striking architecture and beautiful streets. Like any big city, it has many stores and many trademarks. Some American and international brands, and many local brands. Here are photos of brand names and logos that caught my eye.

Barcelona reflections after INTA #INTA17

Posted by ipelton on: May 26th, 2017

Some random thoughts on the way home from Barcelona:

  • Barcelona is a wonderful city. The architecture, views, arts, history, transportation, people, culture, diversity, and food were are noticeable and tremendous. I can’t wait to return some day.
  • Meeting people with different backgrounds from all over the world that share a connection to trademarks is wonderful. The global reach of the conference is amazing.
  • Is 12,000 official attendees plus thousands more unregistered too many? I becomes difficult to meet people and find things and navigate the conference parts and venues when it is so large.
  • A little more communication would go a long way. While there were signs aplenty, a few more details about the best ways to get places, or the amount of time to allow, would have helped make the experience even better (for example: Metro stop to convention center; directions to Finale).
  • Hosting MEET THE BLOGGERS for the sixth year in row with esteemed colleagues (Welch, Schwimmer, Chestek, Oppedahl, Coleman) is a tremendous honor and tremendous fun. Connection with other fun, smart, and interesting trademark people is the highlight of the meeting for me.
  • The cost is tremendous. Perhaps – given the amount of sponsorship that appears to be involved – costs could be lowered or attendees from small firms and smaller companies/entities could be discounted. Many would have liked to attend but could not afford the price. Or perhaps a cheaper conference registration could be available for attending a committee meeting and two or three CLE panels?
  • In 2017, standard lecture panels should be the exception, not the rule, at legal conferences.
  • Slides with case law summaries should generally be prohibited.
  • Sessions featuring debates, audience participation, and interactive exercises should be encouraged.
  • I urge INTA and its committees to explore not only the effect of trademarks on brands and lawyers, but on public interests and justice throughout the world. These topics are more important than ever and the actions and policies of INTA and its members could have an enormous impact in the leading the way to make the world an even better place for people, for businesses, and for justice as a whole. In recent years, INTA has increased its attention to diversity and to pro bono work; while I applaud them for it there is still a long way to go in a variety of manners.

Veteran INTA tips for newbies:

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring far more clothing than you think you need. Changing and refreshing are useful to keep going!
  • Don’t over schedule meetings; and
  • Don’t forget to bring home gifts for the office staff

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Interesting BARCELONA trademarks (a mini INTA guide)

Posted by ipelton on: May 25th, 2017

This weekend, the INTA International Trademark Association annual conference kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. Here a some interesting trademarks with a connection to the city of Barcelona (click marks for USPTO records).

  • Mark Image – registered for long list of goods and services
  • BARCELONA – registered for cement tiles
  • Barcelona Bra – registered for bras; lingerie
  • Mark Image– registered for musical instruments
  • Mark Image – registered for advertising, marketing and promotion services
  • BARCELONA – registered for live plants, namely lavenders
  • Mark Image– registered for restaurant and bar services
  • Mark Image– registered for Cultural activities, namely, organizing community festivals featuring ethnic dances, art exhibitions, services of organization and running of exhibitions for cultural or educational purposes, namely, to promote and educate about Catalonia and its history, economy, tourist attractions, geography, restaurants, social life and customs; organizing community sporting and cultural activities; arranging and conducting of courses, educational conferences, colloquiums, seminars, symposiums and training workshops in the fields of Catalonia’s cultural and tourist attractions; organization of trade fairs and exhibitions for educational, cultural and training purposes, and more
  • Mark Image– registered for Badges of precious metal; Chronographs for use as watches; Chronometers; Costume jewelry; Gemstones; Jewelry made in whole or significant part of precious metals, gemstones, glass, plastic or metal; Jewelry and imitation jewelry; Key rings of precious metals; Synthetic precious stones; Watches, clocks

 

 

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