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International Trademark Association Appoints New Committee Members for 2020 Term


October 8, 2019
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New York Intellectual Property Attorneys William R. Samuels and Kristin G. Garris Appointed to Serve on Two International Trademark Association (INTA) Committees

The International Trademark Association (INTA) recently appointed New York Intellectual Property Attorneys William R. Samuels and Kristin G. Garris to serve on two of the association’s committees. Both attorneys will serve their terms effective January 1, 2020 through until December 31, 2021.

International Trademark Association Appoints New Committee Members for 2020 Term

Partner and Chair of Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Copyright and Trademark practice groups, William R. Samuels, was appointed to serve on the INTA’s Non-Traditional Marks Committee. As a member of the Committee, Mr. Samuels will be involved in the development and advocacy of the INTA’s policy regarding the balanced protection of non-traditional trademarks (e.g., sound, color, trade dress). Additionally, Mr. Samuels will be involved in the monitoring of developments in various treaties, cases, legislation and regulation in several jurisdictions.

Kristin G. Garris, Counsel in Scarinci Hollenbeck’s New York Intellectual Property practice, was appointed to serve on the INTA’s Internet Committee. Ms. Garris, who has extensive IP experience in the Internet space, will be involved in the development and advocacy of the INTA’s policy regarding the balanced protection of trademarks on the Internet. Ms. Garris will focus primarily on policy development and compliance issues at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) with regards to the use of trademarks in the domain name system.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit global association of professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers, the INTA’s member organizations currently represent some 31,000 trademark professionals and include brand owners from major corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, law firms, and nonprofits.  The INTA was founded with a mission “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.”

You can learn more about the work of the International Trademark Association at: https://www.inta.org/About/