The International Trademark Association (INTA) has announced that it will be holding its 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting on 16-20 November in Houston, Texas. Registration will open in early June.
The new date and location as well as combining for the first time the Association’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting reflect scheduling changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and INTA’s prioritization of the health and safety of registrants, staff, and the community at large.
INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo noted that despite the challenging times, “It is important to look to the future. I look forward to a meeting of joy, of hope — a meeting where we’ll stand up and keep going as an intellectual property community and as a big IP family,” he said.
Mr. Sanz de Acedo acknowledged that while Houston, like other cities in the United States and around the world, is currently affected by COVID-19, “it is our hope that by November, the situation will be resolved.”
INTA will continue to monitor the situation, he said.
INTA’s Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of brand owners and intellectual property professionals. The 2020 Annual Meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Singapore this month.
The Leadership Meeting is for INTA members who are in leadership positions or sit on committees, advisory councils, and project teams; activities will begin on 15 November for those eligible to attend the Leadership Meeting.