Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

October 15, 2007
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at Southwestern - Speaker to Discuss Updates on the Madrid Protocol

Southwestern is hosting a presentation by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Alan Datri, Senior Counselor, Office of the Assistant Director General for WIPO, will present "WIPO Comes to California: Updates on the Madrid Protocol" on the law school's campus at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 5.  The Education, Computer Law, and Trademark Committees of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California are sponsoring the presentation.

The Madrid Protocol is a treaty that facilitates the international protection of trademarks.  Under the treaty, a trademark owner in a signatory country can have its trademark protected in several countries by filing a single application directly with his own national or regional trademark office.  It has significantly changed the way in which trademarks are registered globally.

Mr. Datri is directly involved in the formulation and implementation of strategic plans and policies with respect to the activities of the Sector. Before joining WIPO, he served as an attorney/advisor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he held a variety of positions within the examining operation, what is now the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Datri earned a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

"This is a rare opportunity for California lawyers to hear firsthand what is happening at WIPO regarding international trademark law," Professor Michael Scott said.

Program attendees will qualify for one hour of MCLE credit, but an RSVP to Professor Scott is required. The free event will be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Campus parking is available for $6. For directions to campus, click here.