The International Trademark Association (INTA) will be holding its Trademark Administrators and Practitioners (TMAP) Meeting in Arlington, Virginia from September 11 to 13, providing hundreds of trademark administrators, paralegals, young practitioners, and professionals who manage a global trademark portfolio with the knowledge and tools to tackle essential trademark and brand-related issues in today’s ever-evolving legal environment.
The Meeting’s dynamic sessions will cover key developments in trademark law and best practices in brand protection, including hot topics like the metaverse and brand influencers, and updates on bad-faith filings, designs and copyrights, alternative dispute resolution, and domains. Also on tap are practical topics such as managing large trademark projects, collaborating effectively with outside counsel and clients, and utilizing technology.
The educational sessions feature speakers from about a dozen countries and are themed around Alice in Wonderland, the 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll.
In addition, in line with INTA’s emphasis on professional development in its 2022–2025 Strategic Plan, the 2022 TMAP will have a greater focus than previous gatherings on professional development, such as discussions on career paths; leadership opportunities, including a look at the Association’s Women’s LeadershIP Initiative; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and related workplace issues.
“The 2022 TMAP recognizes the enormous contributions and evolving roles of trademark administrators,” said INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo. “In managing and maintaining trademark portfolios and other daily responsibilities, these non-attorney professionals are the glue that holds together portfolios. It is critical for organizations to invest in them, from training to career advancement, and utilize their skills to bolster the entire legal team.”
On top of educational sessions, the Meeting will feature myriad Business Development opportunities: social and volunteer activities, networking opportunities, and the Brand Marketplace exhibition hall. The social events take advantage of the locale, such as, on Sunday, a brunch cruise on the Potomac River to kick off the Meeting and a Dine-Around that evening.
For the 2022 TMAP, INTA has put in place precautions related to COVID-19 and its variants and will adjust the guidelines as appropriate to prioritize attendees’ health and safety. In addition, the host venue, the Crystal Gateway Marriott, has implemented various new protocols and elevated practices in response to the pandemic.
This year’s Meeting comes after a three-year hiatus in holding TMAP due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. INTA had its most recent TMAP in Berlin, Germany from September 15 to 17, 2019.
Early-bird pricing is available through July 22. To register for the 2022 TMAP and for sponsorship/exhibition opportunities, visit www.inta.org/2022TMAP.