Kuala Lumpur - October 2019
Francine had the pleasure of being able to participate as a panel speaker and moderator, as well as a project team member, in the two-day advanced level conference in Kuala Lumpur. The event was aimed to help attendees navigate innovation in the marketplace and in the practice of trademark law, IP protection strategies, the changing enforcement landscape, and growth opportunities in the region. Francine was joined by two esteemed colleagues from Beijing, in the panel session dealing with the 2019 amendments to China’s trademark laws.
Kuala Lumpur - November 2018
Francine was honoured to have been able to represented INTA at the AIAC Training Programme on domain name disputes in Kuala Lumpur. Francine was a panelist alongside Mr Dennis Cai (President of Policy and Compliance, Internet Dot Trademark Organization), Mr Indran Shanmuganathan (Partner, Shearn Delmore), and Ms Hemalatha P. Ramulu (Partner, Skrine). Amongst other issues relating to the value of brands on the Internet, Francine shared about the work of INTA in advocacy for the interests of brand owners and in fostering and harmonizing effective trademark laws and policies worldwide.
MARQUES 2019 - Brands Confronting Change
Dublin- Sep 2019
Francine attended the 33rd Annual Meeting of MARQUES, which took place on 17th - 20th 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. As always, Marques organised a high-quality programme with interesting panel discussions on, amongst other topics, geographical indications, societal evolution and disruptions in the world of brands and trade marks, and legal practice.
We had the privilege one of the evenings to enjoy a private visit to the Guinness Storehouse, the venue of a very solid brand established in the 1750s, which has repositioned and remade itself way beyond its traditional association with beer. The Guinness strategy of modernising its image and widening its appeal as an iconic brand with a very long history is indeed pretty impressive. Whilst I am game to join in for a pint when the occasion arises, I would not say I'm a big fan of stout. But, and it's a big "BUT", the Guinness brand and associated imagery have without a doubt established an emotional connection with me and I count myself a fan!
INTA Annual Meeting - Session on Geographical Indications & Domain Names
Seattle - May 2018
During the INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Francine moderated a panel discussion on the topic of Geographical Indications in the Domain Name Space. The stellar panel of speakers comprised Ms Mary Wong (Vice President, ICANN), Massimo Vittori (Managing Director, oriGIn), Charles Goemaere (Deputy Director General, Comite Champagne), Jonathan Agmon (Founding Partner, Soroker Agmon Nordman) and Scott Gerien (Director, Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty).
SINGAPORE - Feb 2018
Francine Tan co-hosted a Roundtable discussion on the topic of Plain Packaging and Brand Restrictions: The WTO Upcoming Decision and the IP Perspective. Francine Tan was a panelist alongside Bryan Mercurio, Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Mr. Seth Hays,Chief Representative, Asia-Pacific at International Trademark Association (INTA), and Mr. Samir Dixit, Asia Pacific Managing Director of Brand Finance.
Representing INTA at SICC event
SINGAPORE - 17 Nov 2017
At the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce event on Protecting Your Brand & Intellectual Property, Francine, as a representative of INTA (the International Trademark Association), spoke on the topic of plain packaging and presented the perspective and concerns of INTA.
SINGAPORE – Nov 2017
Francine Tan spoke on the latest developments in trade marks and geographical indications at the Singapore-Australia training programme on IP rights, organised by the IP Academy.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – 20 Sep 2017
Speaking on the topic of "Censored marks - Trade mark offices as guardians of public policy and morals"
There is a broad international consensus that trade marks which are scandalous, disparaging, contrary to principles of morality or public policy should not enjoy protection. But is there a consensus as to what defines a scandalous, disparaging or immoral trade mark? Where is the dividing line between poor taste and scandal and distaste and outrage?The session examined the differing legal and jurisdictional approaches in the Arabic, Asian and Western world to so called offensive or scandalous trade marks.
- Trademark prosecution
- Brand protection strategies
- Trademark dispute resolution
- Trademark clearance searches
- Patent drafting and prosecution
- Registered designs
- Domain name disputes & online infringements
- Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting
- Trademark opposition and revocation proceedings
- Franchising & licensing agreements