INTA 2015 | San Diego

The International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting is the world’s largest and most-widely attended trade mark event! At the 2015 INTA conference you make new contacts, have the ability to meet with existing partners and colleagues and obtain continuing legal education credit and network among the world’s finest lawyers.

INTA 2015 is being held in San Diego in May 2015 where you can expect a new audience, new excitement and new potential to grow your international trade mark practice. Join the International Trademark Association for the 137th Annual Meeting inSan Diego – the trademark industry’s premier event of the year.

What’s New for 2015?

  • The Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address returns to Sunday evening, followed by the Welcome Reception in the spectacular Sails Pavilion.
  • Special, exclusive educational offerings for IP professionals at corporations of all sizes, including the In-House Practitioners Luncheon and Seminar, the In-House Practitioners reception and a new series of Industry Exchanges.
  • New hassle-free ways to conduct business in the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) by booking one of 4 different types of meeting spaces. Optimize your schedule and avoid missing sessions and committee meetings.
  • More educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday in addition to regular programming, so that you can maximize learning, networking and meetings across all 5 days of the Annual Meeting.
  • A new array of smaller paid networking excursions, so you can experience the best of San Diego while expanding your client and referral network.
  • New registration hours allow you to pick up your badge as early as 9:00 am on Saturday, so you can enjoy registration benefits as soon as the Annual Meeting starts.

We expect more than 9,500 trademark professionals from all over the world to register for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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Intellectual Property in South Africa


Copyright does NOT have to be registered in South Africa. Copyright vests in the author of a work once the work is created in a material form. In South Africa, the term for copyright protection is 50 years, either from the end of the year in which it was created or made publicly available.


A South African patent may be granted for an invention or idea that is new, inventive and useful. Obtaining a patent in South Africa is a two-step process, with the two steps being spaced 12 months apart. A provisional patent application is filed in order to obtain the earliest possible date from which to claim rights.


A registered design protects the appearance of an object. Aesthetic designs protect the appearance of an object irrespective of the aesthetic value thereof. Functional designs protect the appearance of an article in as far as its appearance is necessitated by the function that the object is to perform.


A trademark distinguishes your goods or services from the goods or services of others.  Once a trademark is registered in South Africa it needs to be renewed every 10 years to stay in force. A trademark may be registered forever.  Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, Motions, Positions, Gestures, scents, Sounds, Textures.