I have been a member of the European trademark association named MARQUES, for years, having led a sub team for the Famous and Well Known Marks team where I have helped create at least six surveys of legal issues and have provided the US positions in response to them. I also was a lecturer before 600 people at MARQUES’ 2018 Annual Meeting in Paris, France about how non-traditional trademarks are treated by the USPTO, and was a moderator of and speaker for a 2012 panel at MARQUES’ annual conference in Athens titled “Treasure or Nuisance? The Real-Life Challenges of Well Known Brands” with speakers from Europe, Russia, China, Latin America and I examining issues concerning how to achieve and enforce the enhanced protection of well-known brands, and I also discussed the intricacies of the U.S. trademark anti-dilution statute. The information given and received at MARQUES has been very helpful for my clients based outside of the US.
Additionally, I have authored articles about the licensing of characters as trademarks, as well as the necessity of policing trademarks in the US to avoid the anomaly presented in the Thermos case, which appeared in the World Trademark Review and an article about non-traditional trademarks in ABPI, the Journal of the Brazilian Intellectual roperty Association, which were well received, among others I have written.
I also lectured in Japan about the US Defend Trade Secrets Act in Japan and in South Korea about issues of concern to Korean IP owners who wish to enforce their rights in the US International Trade Commission.