Andrey Nikolayenko, Aequo’s senior associate, has been appointed to the Trademark Office Practices Committee (TOPC) of International Trademark Association (INTA) for the 2018–2019 term. Andrey participates in the work of the European National Offices (ENO) Subcommittee.
The Committee evaluates and suggests improvements to trademark office practices, procedures, operations and regulations at the national, regional and international levels. The committee will monitor trademark office developments in various jurisdictions, complete analyses and propose policy recommendations to the Board. Work includes report and submission writing, and advocacy in conjunction with relevant INTA committees and staff.
INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. INTA’s members are more than 7,000 organizations from 190 countries. INTA members collectively contribute almost US $12 trillion to global GDP annually. The Association's member organizations represent some 30,000 trademark professionals and include brand owners from major corporations as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, law firms and nonprofits. There are also government agency members as well as individual professor and student members.
More than 3,400 member volunteers applied to serve on INTA committees in 2018-2019.