The International Trademark Association (INTA) confirmed the 142nd Annual Meeting will be held in November in the US. It will be held jointly with the Leadership Meeting 2020.
The news comes weeks after the event, which was originally scheduled for April in Singapore, was postponed.
Etienne Sanz de Acedo, Chief Executive Officer of INTA, released the following statement:
Today, we would like to inform you that we will be holding INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting in November in the United States.
Given that the 2020 Annual Meeting will now take place in November, we will not hold a stand-alone 2020 Leadership Meeting, but rather we will combine the Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting this year. The dates, venue, and registration timeline will follow soon.
While we originally had intended to reschedule the Annual Meeting for May or June, and had planned to launch registration a few weeks ago, we held off because of the fast-moving developments and escalating uncertainty of the public health crisis. We believe that delaying the Meeting until November is the most viable and most judicious decision at this time.
As you can imagine, we have been facing an unprecedented and difficult challenge. As such, we apologize that the Association had paused its communications these past few weeks regarding rescheduling of the Annual Meeting.
However, there are significant logistics and nuances to consider when arranging a meeting of this size and scope—complicated by the unfolding developments with COVID-19, including travel bans, states of emergency, and restrictions on large gatherings. We appreciate all the time and effort spent by potential host cities in exploring whether they could accommodate our Meeting.
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