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    December Meeting: International IP Issues in the Alcoholic Beverage Field

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DECEMBER 17, 2014 IIPS Meeting

International IP Issues in the Alcoholic Beverage Field. An overview of the regulations related to alcoholic beverages as they relate to IP rights
The International Intellectual Property Society is pleased to announce that Michael Schwab, Esq, Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, will give a presentation on International IP Issues in the Alcoholic Beverage Field on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Non-IIPS Members may pay in advance by using this link to “pay now”

RSVP: Please RSVP to iipsny@yahoo.com no later than Monday, December 15, 2014

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: Holland & Knight, 31 W. 52nd St. (at 52nd St. and 6th Ave), New York, NY 10019 (View Google Map)

CLE: Two (2.0) hours – New York and New Jersey

FEE: The meeting fee is $30 for non-members or you may become a member by completing the membership form and submitting the September 2014-June 2015 annual fee of $75 ($25 for law students). Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card at the meeting or pay by credit card here.
We hope you will be able to join us and, as always, welcome your questions, comments, and any suggestions you may have for topics or speakers of interest for future IIPS programs.

About Our December Presenters

Robert A. Rivas

Robert A. Rivas is Chair of AlvaradoSmith’s Intellectual Property Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s International Practice Group.  Mr. Rivas represents clients including foreign government agencies in domestic and international commercial and intellectual property litigation matters before Federal and State Courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings in the US and abroad.  Mr. Rivas manages clients’ global intellectual property portfolios including by representing clients in the protection of trademarks and implementation of anti-counterfeit strategies.

Mr. Rivas has also developed a specialty practice area in the wine, beer and spirits arena since his first representative matter in the industry, the sale of Tequila Cazadores to Bacardi in 2001.   Mr. Rivas routinely represents spirits distillers, breweries and wineries including brand owners, manufacturers, importers and distributors in, amongst other areas, global IP portfolio management, the negotiation and structuring of supply, manufacturing, importing and distribution contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and related litigation.  Mr. Rivas also represents the National Tequila Chamber of Mexico in assisting it in the protection of the appellation of origin of tequila.

 Some of Mr. Rivas’ representative matters includes:  successfully representing Kah Tequila in trade dress litigation against Crystal Head Vodka, the sale of Tequila Cazadores to Bacardi, and the sale of Adult Beverage Company to WJ Deutsch.

 With regard to tequila appellation of origin in specific, Mr. Rivas’ representation includes assisting private clients in complying with and obtaining the necessary Mexican legal documentation to start production and maintaining the appellation of origin, and registering the necessary trademarks with the CRT and IMPI.

 Mr. Rivas has been a speaker at numerous seminars relating to tequila appellation of origin, doing business in Mexico, and other areas of wine, beer and spirits law.  Mr. Rivas is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Michael Schwab

Mike is a partner at Abelman, Frayne & Schwab. He handles all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets and advertising matters and has developed a niche practice with a particular expertise in providing global counseling to clients in the alcoholic beverage field, offering guidance about federal, state, local and international regulatory compliance, international and domestic distribution agreements, federal alcoholic beverage label approval and state brand registration, advertising compliance and trade practices.

Alcoholic beverages are some of the most highly regulated products in the world. Regulations related to the marketing and sales of alcoholic beverages significantly impact the acquisition, use and protection of intellectual property rights. Mike’s presentation will cover not only unique issues related to IP rights and alcoholic beverages, but will provide insight on IP protection for other products in highly regulated industries.

Kind regards,
John S. Sensny
IIPS Secretary

The November IIPS Meeting

A special thank you to our November presenters Ken Corsello and Roosevelt Segarra, and a very special note of appreciation to John Hanish and Goodwin Procter for the refreshments and use of Goodwin Procter’s conference room. Ken gave an excellent presentation on the Alice decision, its background, and what has happened since that decision. Roosevelt provided very useful guidance on preparing applications and drafting claims in the wake of the Alice decision.

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