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UK Trademark Attorneys Include NJSBA In USA Visit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three members of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) will share their insights at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section meeting on Feb. 2. The dinner meeting, slated for 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, is open to members of the Intellectual Property Section, as well as the Business Law Section, International Law and Organizations Section and the Internet and Computer Law Committee.

Titled “Community Trademark and Community Design Rights,” the evening program is designed to educate New Jersey practitioners to understand and appreciate the importance of European trademark protection for United States companies doing business in or shipping goods to Europe, according to Marc S. Friedman, Intellectual Property Section chair.

The dinner program will highlight Dr. Stephen James, ITMA president; Philip Harris, ITMA first vice president; and Maggie Ramage, treasurer. They will discuss enforcement of community trademarks in the United Kingdom; what types of trademarks are registrable under the Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTMR); and detriment, not dilution.

"International trademark protection is increasingly important to New Jersey companies,” said Friedman. “The Intellectual Property Section of the NJSBA is endeavoring to bring in experienced foreign practitioners to help educate our lawyers. This program has been planned for many months, and we look forward to an illuminating, valuable and entertaining presentation."

A Highly Respected Organization

ITMA is a Southampton, England-based professional association for trademark attorneys in the United Kingdom. Established in 1934, it plays a significant role in promoting the importance of registering trademarks. The institute's aims are:

to ensure that all those admitted to practicing membership possess the specialized knowledge and experience necessary in trademark matters,

to consider proposed legislation affecting trademarks,

to arrange lectures for the assistance and technical instruction of members, and

to promote just and honorable practice in the conduct of the trademark profession.

The panel’s attendance at the Feb. 2 meeting is part of the ITMA’s scheduled trip to several United States’ locations. Three additional institute officers will be speaking at a similar gathering in Connecticut the same evening, and future programs are slated for Amsterdam, Warsaw and London later in the year. Last year, institute representative spoke in Quebec, Munich, Prague, Barcelona, Cannes, Rome, Berlin and several other cities throughout the world.

Sign Up To Attend

Members of the Intellectual Property Section, Business Law Section, International Law and Organizations Section or Internet and Computer Law Committee who are interested in attending the meeting may register by phone by calling the NJSBA Meetings Department at 732-249-5000, or online at Online registrants should click on the red “Meetings Calendar” button on the left side of the page, insert the date 2/2/06, and once taken to the event listing click on the event and fill out the simple registration form at the bottom of the page.

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