Fellows and Associates attend the 136th INTA Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

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Recruiters of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Fellows and Associates, have recently returned from a week of rubbing shoulders with fellow Intellectual Property professionals at the INTA Annual Meeting in Hong Kong.

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The Annual Meeting is a staple part of our business model and we see it as a key in further building our network in the Intellectual Property industry.

The Annual Meeting is organised by the International Trademark Association (INTA), a global association of trade mark professionals dedicated to supporting trade marks and related intellectual property issues and helping to educate members on international and/or differing perspectives on IP. Its members originate from over 6,600 organisations from across 190 countries, including major international conglomerates, SMEs, law firms and firms of patent and trade mark attorneys and not-for-profit organisations, as well as individual members with a relevant interest in IP and government agencies from across the world.

Pete Fellows, Managing Director at Fellows and Associates explains “The Annual Meeting is seen as an educational opportunity for trade mark professionals to come together and further their knowledge on a global scale, gain critical insight into the advancement of the industry and compare market activity in differing countries. Furthermore, we find it is an excellent networking tool where we can meet and build relationships with a significant number of professionals from across the world, all in the space of a few days.”

The emphasis is most definitely on ‘significant’ with over 8,500 attendees making this year’s Meeting a tremendous success. Michele Fellows, who attended with her colleagues Pete Fellows and Phillipa Field, highlights that “it was certainly an experience attending the Meeting in Hong Kong, which is a departure from its regular location in the US. Of course INTA has ventured overseas in the past, for example Berlin in 2008, however this year there was a real emphasis on the Asian market and the ‘Focus on Asia’ track allowed attendees to learn more about law updates in the regions, opening up the opportunity for them to expand their business into Asia.”

Phillipa Field, consultant at Fellows and Associates, explains “the Annual Meeting is a staple part of our business model and we see it as a key in further building our network in the Intellectual Property industry. We are currently expanding our work in the IP service provider field and are working to source a number of roles in a variety of technical areas, including operations, paralegals and sales and account management. INTA has been instrumental in helping us forge a name for ourselves in this area of recruitment and allows us to speak directly to potential clients in a relaxed and unpressured environment.”

“The schedule can be notoriously hectic for those attending the Annual Meeting and given the humidity and less than welcoming weather that greeted us on our arrival, it did take us a little longer than normal to adjust” Pete Fellows says. “However, I think the entire Fellows and Associates team will agree that this year has borne fruit at an exceptionally quicker rate than previous years. We are seeing encouraging signs of activity in trade marks, professionals working for IP service providers, as well as patent attorneys in certain technical specialisms.”

Fellows and Associates have far from finished their networking efforts for this year with Pete and Phillipa’s attendance confirmed at the AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress in Toronto in September. “I am extremely excited that we are attending AIPPI again this year” enthused Phillipa. “The Congress in Seoul in 2012 was my first experience at an IP networking event and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am hoping the additional experience and knowledge I have gained during my time at INTA in Dallas and Hong Kong will help me really benefit from what AIPPI has to offer”.

About Fellows and Associates
Fellows and Associates recruit Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys, IP Lawyers and other Intellectual Property professionals worldwide. The firm offers a diverse range of recruitment services including search, advertised selection and managed campaigns. Fellows and Associates’ management consultancy division offers targeted strategic advice to firms within the Intellectual Property sector worldwide. See http://www.fellowsandassociates.com for more, phone +44 207 903 5019 or email contact(at)fellowsandassociates(dot)com.

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