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Even at this early stage, the choice of Hong Kong has given the INTA Meeting a very different flavour. This blogger's impression is that there are considerably fewer participants from North America but far more from Asia (he's not sure about the Europeans, but there seem to plenty of them around). The stands in the Exhibit Hall seem to be more numerous, and many more than usual are occupied by firms offering professional IP services (go back 20 years and there was scarcely an IP law practice to be seen exhibiting; the booths were largely taken up by companies offering search services, computer solutions and printed publications).
Apart from a couple of meetings with lawyers at which he was able to sit down and discuss real legal issues, this Kat spent most of the time in the vicinity of the Oxford University Press stand which, being conveniently near the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, makes it easier to spot his friends -- and even easier for them to spot him. He won't be there so much tomorrow (it's the Scholarship Day so he'll be at the Professors' Lunch and the afternoon Scholarship Symposium), but he'll be there for much of Tuesday and Wednesday, if you happen to be there and want to say hello.