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A View From INTA

by Bruce Jobse

The 132nd Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) kicked off this past weekend in Boston with good weather and plenty of activity.  According to the INTA website, the event is the “Largest and most prestigious gathering of trademark professionals in the world with more than 8,000 attendees from over 130 countries.”  Notwithstanding the size and sophistication of some of the vendor displays and the number of attendees, the entire event seemed to fit nicely into only a portion of the massive Boston Convention Center which could house several Goodyear blimps.  Despite the attendance reports, the foot traffic in the exhibitor’s hall on both Sunday and Monday afternoons never really felt overly busy. There was plenty of food and banter in and around Convention Center and throughout Boston at numerous private receptions hosted by many local and international law firms.  As usual, hotel space for the event was at a premium since graduation season has started for many local colleges. Long cab lines were the norm for most of Boston’s seaport area hotels, especially in the evenings.  Conspicuously absent this year were some of the larger parties hosted by INTA exhibitors in the past, perhaps a sign of the current economy.  We will see if the weather for next year’s INTA Annual Meeting, which will take place in San Francisco, can beat the unusually clear and warm weather Boston is experiencing.

For those of you who did not make it to this year’s event, here are a few photos:

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