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Monday, 4 March 2013

"Send a Slovak!": INTA student sponsorship opportunity

Martin Husovec is a name that may be familiar to some of this weblog's readers. He is a PhD Candidate under Professor Annette Kur at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law; he is also the author of a respected weblog , Huťko´s Technology Law Blog, which has been providing a valuable mix of news and information from his native Slovakia and beyond since 2008. In short, he is one of the brightest young intellectual property lawyers in Europe.

Martin has offered to deliver a paper at this year's International Trademark Association (INTA) Meeting in Dallas and his abstract has been accepted. The subject: in rem injunctions, including injunctions that operate so as to block websites. This is an important subject that has repercussions which lie well beyond trade mark law, and Martin would certainly like to benefit from the input which his paper can expect to receive from the academics, practitioners and trade mark owners who attend INTA's scholarship sessions.

In the past, the IPKat has commented that student papers at the INTA Meeting are basically all focused on US law, since only US-based students can afford to get there and attend the Meeting.  The INTA has responded very positively to this criticism by offering assistance to a limited number of students, but cannot fully support every deserving applicant.  In short, Martin needs US $1,850 to get to Dallas, participate in the Meeting and cover his accommodation and living expenses.

If anyone -- a business, a law firm, an institution or even an individual -- would like to sponsor Martin in whole or part, can they please email the IPKat here, with the subject line "Sponsor".  All offers will be treated in confidence and the successful sponsor(s) will be guaranteed not only Martin's gratitude but a kind mention or two on this weblog.

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