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 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | September 12, 2017
The International Trademark Association (INTA) will explore the impact on intellectual property (IP) of the vast economic, social, and political changes taking place throughout Latin America at a conference on October 2 and 3 in Cartagena, Colombia. INTA’s Changing Landscape of Latin America conference will highlight emerging opportunities and pitfalls as well as regulatory restrictions, enforcement strategies, protection, and technological advances that may affect both start-up and established companies doing business in the region. Sessions include online counterfeiting, guidelines for brand loyalty in a social media-driven world, how to measure and value a brand, balancing IP rights and regulatory restrictions, and the interrelationship between corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and brands. The event reinforces the Association’s growing focus on Latin America as the region becomes an increasingly important contributor to the global economy. On May 2, INTA celebrated the opening of its Latin America and Caribbean Representative Office, located in Santiago, Chile. The conference is designed for IP professionals, attorneys, brand owners, brand protection professionals, entrepreneurs, and marketing professionals, and provides numerous opportunities for networking. It will be presented in English, and qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Keynote speaker Francisco Samper, Founder/President, MullenLowe SSP3 and Regional Director, MullenLowe Latin America, Bogota, Colombia, will discuss how advertising campaigns influenced the Colombian peace process, drawing from his agency's award-winning work for Colombia's Ministry of Defense to demobilize the FARC guerilla program. Building on this, themes throughout the conference will examine the role brands and advertising play in the continued economic growth and investment opportunities in the region. The more than 30 speakers represent well-known brands, including Grupo Televisa, Globant SA, Pepsico, Inc., Hard Rock International, Procter & Gamble, Alqueria S.A., Luxottica SpA, and Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia. Following the conference, on October 4, INTA will host a workshop, Free Trade Zones: Commerce vs. Counterfeits, during which brand owners, free trade zone authorities, government officials, and other stakeholders will explore the ongoing threat of counterfeiting in free trade zones. For more information and to register for the Changing Landscape of Latin America conference and the Free Trade Zones workshop, visit http://www.inta.org. About the International Trademark Association (INTA) The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related IP 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 190 countries who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education, training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, please visit http://www.inta.org.
News Article | September 14, 2017
A new impact study released today by the International Trademark Association (INTA) reports that industries which intensively use trademarks contribute significantly to five major economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Analysis from The Economic Contribution of Trademark-Intensive Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand indicates that trademark-intensive activities generate increased employment across sectors and added contributions to international trade. Trademark-intensive industries are defined as those industries which file more trademarks than other industries–weighted against total employment in that industry. The release of the report coincides with the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN, which has successfully grown to become the world’s seventh-largest market and home to the third-largest labor force over the last half century. INTA commissioned the report from Frontier Economics, an internationally recognized economics research firm. The study is the first of its kind to analyze the correlation between trademarks and their economic impact on contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), share of exports, and employment in major markets in Southeast Asia. Looking at data from 2012 to 2015, it captures both the direct and indirect value that trademarks yield to economies, governments, and consumers, and analyzes the central role of trademarks in accelerating economic development and increasing export shares within cross-border supply chains. Specifically, across trademark-intensive industries within the five countries studied, direct contribution to GDP varied between 22% and 50%, indirect contribution to GDP ranged from 40% to 60%, and workers’ share of the workforce ranged from 13% to 29% of total employment. With regard to international trade, trademark-intensive industries, including manufacturing of computers, electronics, and food production, contributed from 27% to 60% of each country’s share of exports. Additionally, region-wide analysis suggests that export shares of trademark-intensive industries are highest in the regions where computers and electronics are prominent. “This study adds to the growing body of global research on the importance of trademarks,” said INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “These results underscore the immense potential for cross-sectoral economic growth that can be unlocked by promoting the value of trademarks with the business community, government, and the general public, and by further developing national trademark systems and trademark-intensive industries.” Building on similar methodologies used by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), findings from the ASEAN report echo emerging analytical trends with regard to trademark-intensive activity. In the European Union, from 2011 to 2013, intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries generated more than 42% of total economic activity; trademark-intensive industries alone produced 36% (€4.8 trillion) of that activity and generated nearly 46 million jobs (21%). A similar study conducted by the USPTO also found that IP-intensive industries continue to be a major, integral, and growing part of the U.S. economy. In 2014, trademark-intensive industries accounted for 23.7 million jobs in the U.S. In Latin America, according to a recent study commissioned by INTA of trademark-intensive industries in Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, from 2010 to 2014, their contribution to GDP varied between 10% and 21%, and workers’ share of the workforce ranged from 8% to 26% of total employment. "As we explore the long-term economic and social implications of trademarks and related intellectual property rights, it becomes increasingly important for both public and private sectors to scale up engagement on this issue, as well as support government efforts to further trademark and brand development and protection,” said Mr. Sanz de Acedo. The ASEAN impact report and infographics can be downloaded here. About INTA The International Trademark Association (INTA) is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related IP 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 190 countries, including 289 members in the ASEAN region, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education, training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and New Delhi. For more information, please visit http://www.inta.org.
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