Friday, August 29, 2008

Any Future Trademark Practitioners Out There?

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association of more than 5,500 trademark owners and professionals, from more than 190 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce.

The Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” After 125 years, INTA continues its mission to represent the trademark community, shape public policy and advance professional knowledge and development.

Law Student membership is $25. Benefits of membership:

The Trademark Reporter: Bimonthly journal containing articles that contribute to the scholarly discussion and exploration of all aspects of trademark law.

INTA Bulletin: Biweekly newsletter with up-to-date news on Association issues, trends in trademark law practice and procedure, and legislative activity and business developments. Student members receive the INTA Bulletin as an electronic newsletter via email and can also access it online.

Practitioner’s Guide to the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol: Searchable online database of practical information on the local application of both treaties in the member countries.

International Opposition Guide: Searchable online database that allows comparative analysis of the availability and feasibility of trademark opposition in 130 jurisdictions worldwide.

Country Guides: Searchable online database of current information on trademark filing, prosecution, registration and maintenance in more than 90 jurisdictions.

Trademark Matters: Online news service that brings together the latest trademark news and case law information from more than 4,000 sources.

INTA Membership Directory: Provides easy access to trademark owners, counsel and service firms worldwide.

TM Topics List: The TMTopics email discussion list is a free forum where more than 1,000 subscribers from top-level corporations, law firms and academia exchange comments, questions and ideas via email on intellectual property-related topics.

And more!

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