Dykema is proud to announce that both Eric Fingerhut and Jennifer Fraser were each recently selected to serve on committees for the International Trademark Association (INTA). Fraser was chosen to again sit on the Trademark Office Practices Committee, while Fingerhut was chosen for the Building Bridges committee. Their respective two-year terms begin on Jan. 1, 2022.
According to INTA, the Trademark Office Practices Committee evaluates and suggests improvements to trademark office practices, procedures, operations, and regulations at the national, regional, and international levels, including procedures relating to the Madrid System and developments of the TM5, a forum of the five largest trademark offices. The Committee monitors and analyzes trademark office developments in various jurisdictions, and proposes policy recommendations to the Board. Committee work includes writing reports and submissions, developing educational programs specifically designed for trademarks offices, and advocacy in conjunction with relevant committees and staff. Fraser previously served as chair of this committee.
The Building Bridges Committee focuses on fostering strategic partnerships with non-intellectual property and non-legal organizations, including advertising and marketing associations; associations that develop and promote sustainability and ethical standards; associations that support the development of small- to medium-sized enterprises; consumer associations; financial and standard-setting associations; licensing associations; and retail and manufacturing associations. Committee members, together with INTA staff, contribute their knowledge to addressing issues such as advocacy of trademarks and brand owner rights, resources dedicated to intellectual property advancement, communication and implementation of INTA’s strategic objectives, and planning educational programs and events.
INTA is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation. Founded in 1878, the nonprofit association’s membership includes nearly 6,500 organizations from 185 countries, representing more than 34,350 trademark professionals and including brand owners from major corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, firms, and nonprofits, as well as government agency members.