|These examples, taken from Alison Malsbury's|
Canna Law Blog, illustrate some of the
IP/cannabis issues raised by Shabnam Malek
Neither Shabnam nor Todd made any concessions to the possibility that some members of the audience might not have been based in the United States, which made their entertaining talks a good deal less useful than they might otherwise have been. It is now 12 years since the United States Trademark Association became the International Trademark Association, and this Kat avers that is no longer acceptable, if indeed it ever was acceptable in the first place, for speakers to assume that people will follow their unexplained references to US law -- just as no European speaker would throw in references in the form of bare initials and acronyms, or toss out references to "Article 2" or "Article 5" to an international audience without indicating the regulation or directive to which he was referring.
Michael Handler (University of New South Wales) [Michael being the only non-US presenter in the afternoon sessions] and "Well-Known Trademarks under Trademark Licensing" by fellow Kat Neil Wilkof (Dr Eyal Bressler Ltd). The second session selected by this Kat featured "Willfulness" by genial scholar David Welkowitz (Whittier Law School) and "Policing the Cease-and-Desist Letter" by Leah Chan Grinvald (Suffolk University School of Law). This Kat thoroughly enjoyed these sessions, from which he learned a great deal, though he was hugely disappointed that they were so poorly attended, given the large numbers who flocked to the corresponding sessions last year in Hong Kong.
Marty Schwimmer was an admirable host-in-chief. This year's raffle of counterfeit articles was conducted by Erik Pelton. Further details of the names and faces behind this year's event can be found here.