News Article | May 17, 2017
Red Points, a global leader in brand and copyright protection, will release the latest version of its software-as-a-service platform during the upcoming 2017 INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. The updated technology offers innovative business intelligence and analytical tools to Red Points users, along with new features benefitting attorneys and law firms that partner with the company. Based in Barcelona, Red Points is a fast-growing technology company dedicated to fighting intellectual property (IP) infringements online, currently protecting more than 250 companies worldwide. Red Points combines state-of-the-art technology, expert analysts, and an in-house legal team to protect its clients’ intellectual property against the growing scourge of counterfeiting and piracy. The firm detects more than 150,000 IP infringements every month, and removes them from the Internet immediately. The latest version of the Red Points solution reflects the company’s most advanced technological and business approaches to combating IP infringement. Its technology platform introduces new features to the company’s partnership program, which enables attorneys and law firms to provide their clients with full IP protection online by offering them Red Points software and services. For existing Red Points users, the update provides full access to the company’s new analytical tools and business intelligence features, along with an improved user experience with adjustable settings that customize the technology to meet each client’s particular needs. The platform also integrates new monitoring capabilities that constantly watch for infringements on more than 5,000 marketplaces, social apps and websites based on criteria created by the users. Important enhancements have also been made “under the hood,” according to Red Points CEO Laura Urquizu. “We have updated our search algorithms and now offer even faster and more precise results. INTA’s annual meeting gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our latest developments. We’re very pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate the way we detect and eliminate online piracy and counterfeits within hours of discovering an issue.” INTA 2017 attendees can visit Red Points at Booth F6. INTA (International Trademark Association) expects to welcome more than 10,000 registrants from around the world to the Fira Gran Via Convention Center in Barcelona for its 139th annual meeting, considered the largest annual intellectual property event worldwide. About Red Points Red Points is a global leader in brand and copyright protection, combining proprietary technology with unmatched legal, technical, and analytical expertise to defend international brands and online content providers against counterfeiting and digital piracy. Red Points is the preferred brand protection partner for prestigious global brands and content owners in the sporting, entertainment, fashion, editorial, design and luxury industries, providing unique services across the entire digital spectrum. The company has been devoted to protecting creativity, innovation, and design since our founding in 2011. To learn more about Red Points, please visit http://www.redpoints.com.
News Article | May 22, 2017
"This innovative product is uniquely placed in the industry to truly ensure maximum value from the portfolio and business transparency. Applicable to all industry sectors, connecting this data and establishing the linkages from a product perspective is invaluable. I'm excited about another innovative product and solution developed by the highly skilled team here at Yerra," notes Nadine Stuttle, Managing Director, Switzerland and senior IP expert at Yerra Solutions. Some of the advantages offered by the Yerra IP Magic Triangle Solution: - Actively manage contractual expiries and renewals in line with IP asset management timelines whilst also reducing risk - Access to in-depth reporting capabilities against the portfolio to ensure maximum value - Ability to view loss of exclusivity and patent expiry per product, and levels of product syntax - Ability to link IP and contractual aspects to all levels of the defined product syntax - Significantly reduces cost and time spent in establishing linkages, as opposed to manually establishing You can learn more about this solution at the INTA Annual Meeting in Booth F28. Yerra serves the operational and technology needs of in-house legal & IP, eDiscovery and compliance organizations. The company's offerings include consulting, managed services and technology solutions that drive operational efficiency and improved outcomes. Yerra is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with offices in the UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Poland. Learn more at www.yerrasolutions.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/yerra-solutions-launches-its-ip-magic-triangle-solution-at-inta-annual-meeting-in-barcelona-300461232.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
"Alt Legal's docketing software is proof positive of the value of IP automation and data," said Michelle Virzi, Wolters Kluwer's Product Manager for Intellectual Property. "We are pleased to integrate Wolters Kluwer's best-in-market trademark content with Alt Legal's powerful docketing software." "Trademark Navigator from Wolters Kluwer is a go-to resource for trademark professionals. We are excited to offer our customers immediate access to expert trademark content and strategy guides directly in their dockets," said Nehal Madhani, Alt Legal's founder and CEO. IP professionals can immediately take advantage of the Alt Legal/Wolters Kluwer integration by accessing their Alt Legal accounts and enabling Trademark Navigator from Wolters Kluwer. Representatives from Alt Legal and Wolters Kluwer will demonstrate the new collaboration at INTA's annual meeting at booth D84 & D86. Information about the integration can be found at https://www.altlegal.com/wknavigator. To learn more about Trademark Navigator from Wolters Kluwer, visit: https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/wktmnavigator About Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. is part of Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL), a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services. Wolters Kluwer headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide. For more information about Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., visit www.WoltersKluwerLR.com, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. About Alt Legal Alt Legal, Inc. is a New York-based legal software company started by Nehal Madhani. A former Kirkland & Ellis attorney, Madhani left the top-tier international law firm, taught himself programming, and founded Alt Legal. Alt Legal's intuitive cloud-based software provides automated IP docketing, document assembly, and analysis tools for IP professionals to file and manage trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Am Law firms, premier IP boutiques, and public and private companies trust Alt Legal's software to manage hundreds of thousands of filings every day. Alt Legal automatically updates case statuses and deadlines, seamlessly collects key client details, and instantly generates IP filings. For more information, visit http://www.altlegal.com or follow them on Twitter @altlegalhq. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wolters-kluwer-and-alt-legal-announce-collaboration-at-annual-inta-conference-300462341.html
News Article | June 29, 2017
Philadelphia and Wilmington intellectual property attorneys John D. Simmons and Bridget H. Labutta attended the May conference of the International Trademark Association in Barcelona, Spain. During the conference, more than 10,200 brand management, trademark, and other IP professionals met for five days of intense learning, business strategy meetings, and networking. The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association for trademark owners and professionals who have dedicated and supported trademarks and related intellectual properties in order to protect consumers to promote fair and effective commerce. INTA has members in more than 7,000 organizations from more than 190 countries. A partner at Panitch Schwarze, Simmons leads Panitch Schwarze’s IP litigation group and serves on the firm’s management committee. He focuses his practice on IP litigation, prosecution and counseling. He has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technologies, from gaming devices, video games, software, and Internet security software/systems to instrumentation, ionization systems, industrial designs, and medical devices. Labutta focuses her practice in the area of intellectual property, including counseling emerging and established companies regarding trademark, copyright and domain name matters, negotiating and drafting licenses, and representing clients in federal court litigation and administrative proceedings. She has previously served on INTA’s Young Practitioners Committee and Design Rights Committee. About Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm’s IP law practitioners provide strategic litigation, licensing and counseling service relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, domain names and Internet issues domestically and internationally. The firm’s long-standing relationships with a network of associates worldwide enable its attorneys and advisors to provide clients with global intellectual property advice and protection. # # #
News Article | July 13, 2017
Tara Conner, a former Miss USA, struggled with severe depression and addiction. Today, she is a recovery advocate for mental health issues and substance use disorders. Conner hopes her experiences will shed light on these serious issues and encourage those who live in the shadow of both mental illness and substance abuse to step into the light as they seek help and treatment. Being aware of the triumphs and struggles Tara has experienced, Conner’s fiancé Daniel Sanders-Joyce selected Peter Young, Creative Director of INTA Gems & Diamonds, to design an engagement ring with an enlightened message that reminded them both of the power and beauty of sunshine. Sanders-Joyce wanted his wife-to-be to know that even through the darkest days of recovery, their engagement ring celebrates one of their brightest days together. Peter Young said, “Understanding Tara’s strength and courage in the recovery work she fights passionately for, Dan and I both recognized that choosing the an appropriate centerstone for Tara’s ring was a very important element. Although diamond is the traditional engagement ring center stone, it would be fitting to choose a unique gemstone that more closely matched Tara’s identity. I explained to Dan the rare solar characteristic of unheated yellow sapphires. Without sunlight, this gemstone’s color may fade and become clear. However, placed back into the sunlight, this gem can regain to its vibrant yellow color after a vigorous sunbath.” After hearing this aspect of the unheated yellow sapphire, Sanders-Joyce felt it would be perfect to choose it for Tara’s engagement ring. He selected a sparkling 4.89 carat radiant cut centerstone. If Conner’s yellow sapphire fades in color, his heartfelt gift to her will serve as a loving reminder for her to step into the sunshine and enjoy the beauty around her every day. With the sapphire centerstone chosen, Young designed an engagement ring crafted in 18K white and yellow gold. The engagement ring was named “The Sunlight of Tara” for their marriage proposal as a symbolic expression of sunshine, support, and love in their lives together. Sanders-Joyce proposed to Conner on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 3, 2017 on one of the happiest days of their lives together. From that day forward, the Sunlight of Tara Ring serves as a loving reminder from her supportive fiancé and soon-to-be husband. Conner now has a specially designed engagement ring with a purposeful message that embodies Dan’s love and support to continue to be a champion for those struggling with mental illness and addiction. **** Tara Conner is an American advocate, actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss USA 2006 and has also competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. Conner serves as a public advocacy consultant sharing her journey of recovery with others and being an advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by addiction. She also works with the SOBA Recovery Organization who works to help those facing difficulties with addition. Earlier this year Tara did her Tedx Talk and wrote an op ed piece for USA Today dealing addiction and recovery. Daniel Sanders-Joyce is an acting coach, television, film and stage actor. Peter Young is the Creative Director of INTA Gems & Diamonds and a second generation family jeweler. He has designed jewelry pieces for celebrities such as music icon Prince, Olympic Legend Michael Phelps, Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014 and Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011 and up and coming Hollywood stars. INTA Gems & Diamonds has the distinct honor of being the official crown jeweler of Miss California USA. http://www.intagems.com
News Article | August 2, 2017
The International Trademark Association (INTA), the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property, announces the launch of its Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse for eligible individuals, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organizations. In its initial stage, the program will be available in the United States and Germany, and will later expand its presence to additional countries. “As technical leaders, visionaries, and pioneers of innovation, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and non-profit organizations contribute considerably to the global economy. Accordingly, it is imperative that they protect their trademarks and related intellectual property,” remarks INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “INTA’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse will provide free legal counsel to help ensure trademark protection for eligible individuals and entities.” A trade/service mark is any word, name, symbol or device that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods/services of one party from those of others. An experienced trademark attorney can help a client select a strong and unique mark that identifies source and resonates with customers, file an application to register the mark and guide the client through the registration process, and counsel clients on appropriate use and maintenance of trademarks. An experienced attorney can also assist clients with trademark enforcement matters both offensively, against third parties adopting a mark similar to a client’s mark, and defensively, where a third party has accused a client of infringing its rights. “INTA is excited to launch this pilot program, which it believes will strengthen trademark protection by providing individuals and corporations free legal advice that they would not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Megan Bannigan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee’s Clearinghouse Subcommittee. “Among the goals of the pilot is to provide INTA’s members with a pathway to share their extensive knowledge of trademark law via pro bono legal services that benefit the community at large.” Individuals will be eligible to apply for pro bono assistance based upon a (i) showing of financial need and (ii) the existence of a bono fide trademark issue. Non-profit organizations will be eligible to apply for pro bono assistance based upon (i) a showing of status as a 501(c)(3) organization serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life through important social, civic, arts, educational or environmental programs or services and (ii) the existence of a bono fide trademark issue. A bona fide trademark issue involves any aspect of trademark law, including trademark clearance, registration, disputes and licensing. Learn more about how to obtain assistance through the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Pilot, or email Stacey Sutton, Associate, Member Acquisition, at Ssutton(at)inta(dot)org. About INTA The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 7,000 trademark owners, professionals, and academics from more than 200 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education, and training, and international network. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and has representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. This press release can be found on inta.org.
News Article | December 2, 2016
An international team of scientists, with IAC participation, has discovered that the biggest galaxies in the universe develop in cosmic clouds of cold gas. This finding, which was made possible using radio telescopes in Australian and the USA, is being published today in the journal Science. Galaxies are usually grouped into clusters, huge systems comprising up to thousands of millions of these objects, in whose interior are found the most massive galaxies in the universe. Until now scientists believed that these "supergalaxies" formed from smaller galaxies that grow closer and closer together until they merge, due to gravitational attraction. "In the local univers we see galaxies merging" says Bjorn Emonts, the first author of the article and a researcher at the Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA) in Madrid "and we expected to observe that the formation of supergalaxies took place in the same way, in the early (now distant) universe." To investigate this, telescopes were pointed towards an embryonic galaxy cluster 10 thousand million light years away, in whose interior the giant Spiderweb galaxy is forming, and discovered a cloud of very cold gas where the galaxies were merging. This enormous cloud, with some 100 thousand million times the mass of the Sun, is mainly composed of molecular hydrogen, the basic material from which the stars and the galaxies are formed. Previous studies had discovered the mysterious appearance of thousands of millions of young stars throughout the Spiderweb, and for this reason it is now thought that this supergalaxy condensed directly from the cold gas cloud. Instead of observing the hydrogen directly, they did so using carbon monoxide, a tracer gas which is much easier to detect. "It is surprising", comments Matthew Lehnert, second autor of the article and researcher at the Astrophysics Institute of Paris, "how cold this gas is, at some 200 degrees below zero Celsius. We would have expected a lot of collapsing galaxies, which would have heated the gas, and for that reason we thought that the carbon monoxide would be much more difficult to detect". However, combining the interferometers VLA (Very Large Array) in New Mexico (USA) and the ATCA (Australia Telescope Compact Array) in Australia, they could observe and found that the major fraction of the carbon monoxide was not inthe small galaxies. "With the VLA", explained Helmut Dannerbauer, another of the authors of the article and researcher at the IAC who contributed to the detectoin of the molecular gas, "we can see only the gas in the central galaxy, which is one third of all the carbon monoxide detecte with the ATCA. This latter instrument, which is more sensitive for observing large structures, revealed an area of size 70 kiloparsecs (some 200,000 light years) with carbon monoxide distributed around the big galaxy, in the volumen populated by its smaller neighbours. Thanks to the two interferometers, we discovered the cloud of cosmic gas entangled among them". Ray Norris, another of the authors of the study and researcher at the CSIRO and Western Sydney University underlined that "this finding shows just what we can manage to do from the ground with international collaboration". According to George Miley, a coauthor of the article, and whose group at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) discovered and studied this embryonic cluster with the Hubble Space Telescope at the end of the 90's: "Spiderweb is an astonishing laboratory, which lets us witness the birth of supergalaxies in the interiors of clusters, which are the "cosmic cities" of the Universe" And he concludes: "We are beginning to understand how these giant objects formed from the ocean of gas which surrounds them". Now it remains to understand the origin of the carbon monoxide. "It is a byproduct of stellar interiors, but we are not sure where it came from, or how it accumulated in the centre of this cluster of galaxies. To know this we will have to look even further back into the history of the universe", concludes Emonts.
News Article | December 21, 2016
This gorgeous image shows this month's full moon, also known as a 'cold moon', seeming to hover above a set of satellite tracking dishes on the campus of the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial (INTA), in the southern part of the Canary Islands' Gran Canaria, at Montaña Blanca. One of the antennas – the 15 m-diameter dish seen at left – is ESA's Maspalomas tracking station, which currently communicates with ESA's Cluster, LISA Pathfinder and XMM-Newton missions. It was captured on 14 December by amateur photographer Claus Vogl, from Fürth, Germany, who writes: "I spent my vacation last week at Gran Canaria. I spotted the ESA site many years ago and always was fascinated by this big antennas facing into space. The entire shooting window for this image was just two minutes. I shot from on top of a little mountain 1.6 kilometres West of the big antenna, just outside a very little village called Montaña la Arena on a narrow dirt road. The camera equipment was a Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 with an EF 70-200/2.8 IS L lens (exposure time 1.0 sec/aperture F5.6/ISO 400)." Explore further: Image: First pass of Echo 1 satellite over the Goldstone Tracking Station
News Article | February 22, 2017
Left, an image of comet Chury showing outgassing of water vapor, which entrains dust. Right, the neck region, between the comet's two lobes. Various types of relief can be seen, including the dunes, at bottom left (circled in red), in the sandy region. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA) Surprising images from the Rosetta spacecraft show the presence of dune-like patterns on the surface of comet Chury. Researchers at the Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes (CNRS/ESPCI Paris/UPMC/Université Paris Diderot) studied the available images and modeled the outgassing of vapor to try to explain the phenomenon. They show that the strong pressure difference between the sunlit side of the comet and that in shadow generates winds able to transport grains and form dunes. Their work is published on 21 February 2017 in the journal PNAS. The formation of sedimentary dunes requires the presence of grains and of winds that are strong enough to transport them along the ground. However, comets do not have a dense, permanent atmosphere as on Earth. Nonetheless, the OSIRIS camera on board the Rosetta spacecraft showed the presence of dune-like forms approximately ten meters apart on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. They are found on the lobes of the comet as well as on the neck that connects them. Comparison of two images of the same spot taken 16 months apart provides evidence that the dunes moved and are therefore active. Faced with this unexpected finding, the researchers show that there is in fact a wind blowing along the comet's surface. It is caused by the pressure difference between the sunlit side, where the surface ice can sublimate due to the energy provided by the sunlight, and the night side. This transient atmosphere is still extremely tenuous, with a maximum pressure at perihelion, when the comet is closest to the Sun, 100 000 times lower than on Earth. However, gravity on the comet is also very weak, and an analysis of the forces exerted on the grains at the comet's surface shows that these thermal winds can transport centimeter-scale grains, whose presence has been confirmed by images of the ground. The conditions required to allow the formation of dunes, namely winds able to transport the grains along the ground, are thus met on Chury's surface. This work represents a step forward in understanding the various processes at work on cometary surfaces. It also shows that the Rosetta mission still has many surprises and discoveries in store. More information: Pan Jia et al. Giant ripples on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko sculpted by sunset thermal wind, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1612176114
News Article | September 1, 2016
A colour image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko composed of three images taken by Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS in the red, green and blue filters. The images were taken on 6 August 2014 from a distance of 120 kilometres from the comet. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA A European team of researchers has reported on comet dust sample examinations being conducted by the Rosetta space probe in a letter in the journal Nature describing the types of experiments the probe has been conducting and what it has found thus far regarding space dust grains. Ludmilla Kolokolova with the University of Maryland offers a News & Views take on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Space dust is important to space scientists because they believe it is one of the most basic components of planets and other objects such as asteroids. Many believe that the more we learn about space dust the more we will learn about the early history of our solar system and perhaps the universe in general. The Rosetta project involved putting a probe into orbit around comet 67P by the European Space Agency—it was launched in 2004 and took ten years to reach its target. The probe, which is still working, successfully launched a lander module called Philae to the surface of the comet, also known as Churyumov–Gerasimenko—the lander collected samples for two days before losing power. In this latest effort, the researchers have analyzed dust collected directly from around the comet by the Rosetta craft between November 2015 and February 2015. It has been doing so using an onboard device called the Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System. They now report that they have obtained data regarding size, texture, shape and even the microstructure of particles. The particles, the team reports, varied in size from as large as tens of micrometers to as small as hundreds of nanometers. There were also many shapes, the most important of which were single grains—the team was able to calculate the elongation of over a hundred of the dust grains—enough to confirm that they conform to theories of the size of interstellar dust particles, which suggests they represent some of the building blocks of comets and also offers some degree of optimism that someday soon, interstellar craft (such as Breakthrough Starshot) could become a reality. The Rosetta mission is set to end on the last day of this month with a dramatic plunge into the comet it has been studying. Explore further: Comet-chasing probe closes in on target More information: Mark S. Bentley et al. Aggregate dust particles at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature19091 Abstract Comets are thought to preserve almost pristine dust particles, thus providing a unique sample of the properties of the early solar nebula. The microscopic properties of this dust played a key part in particle aggregation during the formation of the Solar System. Cometary dust was previously considered to comprise irregular, fluffy agglomerates on the basis of interpretations of remote observations in the visible and infrared and the study of chondritic porous interplanetary dust particles that were thought, but not proved, to originate in comets. Although the dust returned by an earlier mission has provided detailed mineralogy of particles from comet 81P/Wild, the fine-grained aggregate component was strongly modified during collection. Here we report in situ measurements of dust particles at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The particles are aggregates of smaller, elongated grains, with structures at distinct sizes indicating hierarchical aggregation. Topographic images of selected dust particles with sizes of one micrometre to a few tens of micrometres show a variety of morphologies, including compact single grains and large porous aggregate particles, similar to chondritic porous interplanetary dust particles. The measured grain elongations are similar to the value inferred for interstellar dust and support the idea that such grains could represent a fraction of the building blocks of comets. In the subsequent growth phase, hierarchical agglomeration could be a dominant process and would produce aggregates that stick more easily at higher masses and velocities than homogeneous dust particles. The presence of hierarchical dust aggregates in the near-surface of the nucleus of comet 67P also provides a mechanism for lowering the tensile strength of the dust layer and aiding dust release.